Sometimes, everything you need to know is in the name.
La Cita is actually known as one of the few Latin bars in Sydney that caters to the followers of salsa, bachata, merengue, and reggaeton; the name can be loosely translated in English as a date (though I think it’s more often used to indicate an appointment). Either way, it struck me as a dating spot and a “meeting place”; you’ll either spot couples or people that roll with their crew (usually groups arrive as all girls or all guys – and most are fairly young). I would’ve hoped for a bigger crowd, but I was there before midnight on a rainy Friday, and half the people out in the city were in pubs waiting for Uruguay vs. Ghana
A few things to keep in mind: there’s a $15 cover on Friday for entry (it gets you a drink at the bar – you can opt for a tequila shot with a mixer to start your night). I asked about the pricing for shots: $12-15 on average. You’re better off getting your free shot with the entry, then order the cheapest beer you can before hitting the dance floor. The crowd is a good mix between salsa students, really good dancers, and people who dance to their own beats =)
No pressure! Just fun times. (and make sure you smile at the DJ)
Leave it to the city of Sydney to come up with headliner festivities every month. Apparently, I just missed the 57th Annual Film Festival and the Alpine Winter Festival just started tonight! No worries – I’ve got you covered. And here I thought I had nothing planned for the weekend. Besides, the World Cup is just getting even more interesting as we narrow down the teams from the Round of 16. (insert: “Go USA!“) I wonder how much sleep I’ll be getting next week. Note to self: must moderate drinking to stay up late enough for the actual games.
In any case, first plan for the weekend: I’m heading out to Cockatoo Island on Saturday afternoon. It’s a little random, I know. But this month also celebrates the 17th Biennale of Sydney and Cockatoo Island is apparently hosting the work of 56 artists. So I’m thinking massive art installations and exhibits on the largest island within Sydney Harbor? That could be cool. Especially since the island is a former prison and shipyard – maybe it’ll even be a little creepy. I just gotta make sure I don’t miss the last ferry out. That might suck. Second plan: must go to see the “winter wonderland” at Hyde Park (part of the Alpine Fest) – I’ll have to determine logistics of company or strictly go as a spectator.
If I come up with anything else, you can blame my ever growing social circle and constant need to do something. I’ve got both cameras charged and ready to go. Snap! Snap! Snap!
Stay tuned =)