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[The New Deals]: The Australia Day Edition 2018

By Jan 24, 2018 Dining
January 26 is Australia Day, and, like Columbus Day, it's a bit of a touchy subject. Colonization and all that. But here're a handful of Aussie-friendly venues taking it in light-hearted stride, with a selection of meals, free-flows and events tailored for the bludgers, the bogans, the mugs and the... cane toads? The internet suggests that means someone from Queensland which, I believe, is in Australia.

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Sat Jan 27

Australia Day BBQ 2018

Kakadu - 8 Jianguo Zhong Lu, near Chongqing Nan Lu

Every year(ish), modern Australian restaurant and lounge Kakadu puts on a daytime Australia Day celebration: free-flow BBQ, free-flow booze, live music, and kid-friendly activities. Plus, very important, pavlova bake-off. Australian Chamber of Commerce members get a discount; 400rmb/200rmb for adult/child members, otherwise it's 480rmb/280rmb for adult/child non-members. "Kid" means 6-15 years old, joeys under 6 eat for free.



Daily until Jan 28

Australia Week Specials

The Rooster - 455 Shaanxi Bei Lu, near Beijing Xi Lu

The Rooster starts its Australia Day specials on Thursday, going through until the Australian Open on Sunday, Jan 28. It's 40rmb and "down under" (heh) for Aussie brews, such as Mornington (of Mornington, Victoria), Toohey's and low-carb Pure Blonde. They've also got additional deals and offers on the Sunday Australian Open, but you'll have to head down to check it out. Those all run in addition to their regular deals.



Fri Jan 26

A Long Lunch with Greg Ritchie

The Camel (Puxi) - 1 Yueyang Lu, near Dongping Lu

Come for the 4.5 hour free-flow, stay for roast lunch with Queensland cricket legend Greg Ritchie at The Camel. Or the other way around. Greg Ritchie's played 30 Tests and 44 One Day Internationals for Australia in a career spanning 12 years and 24 centuries. He'll be there to share stories of his career in the '80s in his "inimitable colorful style," ie. there'll be swearing. The price is 395rmb for a three-course roast lunch, and that aforementioned free-flow.



Fri Jan 26

Little Creatures Opening Party

Little Creatures - B1/F, 158 Julu Lu, near Ruijin Yi Lu

Australian brewery (and frequent special guest on Shanghai's taps) Little Creatures opened up in Found 158. You might've seen it. We wrote about it here. Their grand opening is on Australia Day (how fortuitous!), and they're offering special prices on draft and bottles, music, performances, and complimentary "Aussie" snacks from 6 to 9pm. There'll also be a "special visit from an Aussie Legend" which, just going to guess here, maybe see the entry above. Unless they really managed to book Dame Edna.



Daily until Feb 2

Australia Day Tap Takeover

Lil' Laundry - Unit 120, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Xikang ...

Litlle Laundry's restaurant-ier little sister Lil' Laundry is doing a tap take over for the Australia Day weekend; from January 26 to February 2, there're 11 Australian craft beers, including KAIJU! Beer, Temple Brewery and Mornington Peninsula Brewery, hogging the bar. At 30rmb a pint, they're pretty cheap too. There're also deals on Aussie burgers, meat pies, and the like. That's from 6pm till late.


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  • 3 years ago moses

    Someone from Queensland is generally referred to as a ‘banana bender’

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