Man, what a blowout. Yelp’s District 01 Alley Party was our last Elite Event for 2012, and what a cracking way to see the year off it was. Randle Lane is the Clark Kent of alleyways – unassuming on the outside, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find the Superman of Sydney event spaces, District 01. Home to fashion shows, movie nights, markets and pop-up dinners, Yelpers of all persuasions came a-buzzing and lifted the roof off the joint.
It was a steamy summer evening and Mountain Goat Beer had the perfect antidote: frosty cold brews straight from the ice bucket. Sydney rep Ed was on deck slinging Steam Ale, Hightail Ale, a Citra-driven IPA and not one but two special treats – a small batch Rare Breed called the Before The Dawn Black IPA, and the ultra-limited Triple Hightail beer, created to celebrate Mountain Goat's 15th birthday!
The back corner housed the Bionade beach bar, where two beautiful Bavarian blondes handed out the drink for a better life, a 100% organic soft drink brewed like just like a beer. Herb and Elderberry got the popular vote for tastiest flavours on the night. Fresh outta Crown St, the dudes at The Original California Burrito Company brought a metric ton of burritos, nachos, and giant quesadillas with guac and pico de gallo. How tasty is their food? Considering it was vapour inside an hour, pretty damn delicious – Yelpers love their Mexican.
Music/fashion/culture website SomethingYouSaid.com played DJ for the night, with editor-in-chief Bobby Townsend personally curating the playlist before local singer-songwriter Daniel Acheson grabbed his guitar and finished on a brilliant rendition of Hallelujah, Jeff Buckley-style. There were even some international Yelp Elites in attendance all the way from L.A.
Special thanks to Sam MacDonald Photography for providing the happy snaps of the night. Want more?
And until next time, SYOY!
Ben B Sydney Community Manager