October 2012 saw Time Out Sydney turn 5 years old. The milestone co-incided with Time Out Australia websites exceeding for the first time, 500,000 UBs in a month.
An exclusive party was held at the ivy sun room attended by young stars of our inaugural ’30 under 30’ edition – a bumper 100-page edition to mark the anniversary, including Brenna Harding (Puberty Blues) and Sarah Snook (Not Suitable for Children), who mingled with longtime friends of the magazine like glam Bodega hostess Sarah Doyle and Red Lantern man and TV favourite Luke Nguyen.
Guests were treated to bespoke Time Out Sydney cocktails from Time Out Shakedown winners Neilson Braid (Rockpool Bar & Grill) and Brendan Keown (The Hazy Rose) and a three-course meal prepared by three young apprentice chefs we met back at our Time Out Taste Tests: Jessica Chan (winner ’12), Jay Richardson (runner-up ’11) and Zen Ong (winner ’11).
The night ended with a kick-arse country hoedown in the sun room as Fanny Lumsden and the Thrillseekers took to the stage to play songs from their EP, Autumn Lawn, and sing us a better-than-Marilyn rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’.
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