Anzac Day is a time to acknowledge the sacrifice of current and past service people. It can also be about spending quality time at the pub with mates. From Anzac-specific events to catching up on art exhibitions and films, here’s our suggestions for making the most of your day off.
Spike your morning coffee with spiced rum alongside a brekkie roll at The West Village. The special breakfast is inspired by the ANZAC’s Gunfire Breakfast, where soldiers used to add rum to their morning coffee before battle. Two-up will begin at noon.
The Lord Gladstone
Satirical website the Betoota Advocate is hosting Anzac Day at The Lord Gladstone. The grill will be serving lamb chops, steak, sausages, fried eggs and a vegan option all day, alongside a special Betoota cocktail menu, which includes the Gunfire Breakfast. The Betoota team will also host two-up, which kicks off at noon.
The Wild Rover
Wild Rover will open its doors at noon for two-up and special Anzac-inspired whisky cocktails. Freshly shucked oysters will be $1 a piece until 6pm, and the Rover’s sausage rolls will be available all day.
The Dolphin Hotel
The Dolphin Hotel is getting into the spirit with a special menu of Australian snacks. Start with Monty Koludrovic's take on the RSL (rissole) sandwich. Australian and New Zealand beers will be poured all day and two-up will start at noon in the dining room.
Coogee Pavilion will open extra early to serve bacon-and-egg rolls in time for the dawn service at nearby Goldstein Reserve. Two-up will start at noon and there will be Anzac biscuits available all day long.
Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
In addition to winning some cash playing two-up, the NSW Pipe Band will serenade you while you nibble on street food. Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel’s's resident DJs will also be playing through the afternoon.
The Spanish Film Festival at Palace Cinemas
The sights and sounds of Spain and Latin America return to Australian cinemas across April and May with the Spanish Film Festival, which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary.
Sad meets sadism meets disco in this collaborative video installation by Australian artists Jane Polkinghorne and Ingrid Stiertzel. The two artists will dance-off against one another to a never-ending loop of ’70s dance hits. The exhibition is open until April 28 at First Draft Gallery.
If your weekends have been too crowded to get to an art gallery to see The National at one of its three venues, Anzac Day might be your last chance. The National showcases the best of contemporary Australian art at Carriageworks, The Museum of Contemporary Art and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. All three venues will be open for the public holiday.
AGNSW’s Andy Warhol blockbuster
Go back in time and explore Andy Warhol’s formative years as a commercial illustrator at new exhibition Adman: Warhol before pop. The exhibition features 300 works including never-before-seen drawings, artist books, vintage advertisements and windows displays and was produced in partnership with the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.
Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Set during the Iraq war, two American marines and an Iraqi translator meet the ghost of a witty tiger in this award-winning play being performed at the Old Fitz theatre. Tickets are still available.