Sydney, Erskineville Hotel, 6pm Fri Nov 13th
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Fri November 13 at 6:00 PM, Erskineville Hotel
102 Erskineville Rd, Erskineville NSW 2043, Australia (Map & Directions)
Anyone keen on an end-of-year meetup?
I've been in Sydney four years but haven't been able to make it to any meetups. I'd love the chance to meet some Mefites in person!

I'm personally flexible on times, but perhaps 6.00 pm on Friday 13th November as a starting point? Anyone care to suggest a pub or similar in a central location?

Edit: Table confirmed for 6pm under the name of Metafilter; Erskineville Hotel - 102 Erskineville Rd. Close to Newtown station.
posted by quercus23 to Meetup (123 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

I'm in! I haven't been to a Sydney meetup yet and I am HELLA KEEN
posted by Quilford at 10:09 PM on October 13, 2015


I would be SIMILARLY KEEN
posted by polychora at 12:07 AM on October 14, 2015


Friday the 13th sounds auspicious to me.
posted by misfish at 1:04 AM on October 14, 2015


I will try to make it. I have compulsory work drinks that evening, but I don't suppose they'll go late, so I can come join yous after and keep my blood alcohol from dipping too low.
posted by lollusc at 1:36 AM on October 14, 2015


Well, I'm also fine rescheduling to another day where more peeps can make it. I basically have nothing scheduled that far ahead anyway
posted by Quilford at 1:52 AM on October 14, 2015


Yes, yes, a thousand times yes! Friday the 13th works for me.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 2:26 AM on October 14, 2015


Don't even think about rescheduling on my account. I think I can probably make it (which would not be true for most other Fridays in the next couple of months), and I truly have no objections to two lots of drinks in a row!
posted by lollusc at 3:01 AM on October 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


Let me check with the fambo, should be fine. :)
posted by smoke at 3:13 AM on October 14, 2015


oh and Nthing the city or somewhere closeish to trains.
posted by smoke at 3:13 AM on October 14, 2015


It has to start at the Erko [inaugural] - ten long years this past March (or not, there was some light flak).
Count me in anyways.
posted by unliteral at 3:22 AM on October 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


If it were the city I could potentially do it and would def be keen!
posted by Jubey at 3:24 AM on October 14, 2015


Sounds fun but I will be in Melbourne that weekend! Have a great time though.
posted by Cheese Monster at 3:36 PM on October 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


Well heck as its been 10 years it feels rude not to show up.

Erko does good ribs now.
posted by arha at 6:47 PM on October 14, 2015


I cannae. Bloody children need me to pay a LOT of money to watch them be in a school show I had to pay even more to enter them in. Not bitter. Not at all.
posted by taff at 2:30 AM on October 15, 2015 [1 favorite]


The erko menu looks bloody fantastic. I could probably be persuaded to share one of those gigantic mai tais, too.
posted by smoke at 3:47 AM on October 15, 2015


Well I'm certainly not going to object to the Erko, it is disgustingly close to me
posted by Quilford at 5:59 AM on October 15, 2015


I love that they have a menu called "fancy drinks". I'm going to order one and feel fancy.

Or I would totally share a giant mai tai too.

(Yes, I plan my orders a month in advance: why do you ask?)
posted by lollusc at 6:03 AM on October 15, 2015


The first thing I ask my colleagues when I get into work is pretty much "what are you having for lunch today?", followed five minutes later by "what are you having for dinner?". It''s the kind of thing I think where you get it, or you don't.
posted by smoke at 2:26 PM on October 15, 2015 [1 favorite]


Well, it looks like there's a fair bit of consensus for the Erskineville Hotel (pdf menu). Anyone know if they take bookings for tables?
posted by quercus23 at 7:41 PM on October 15, 2015


smoke, Lollusc, I don't get it.
You're both weird.
I'm not.
Red thoughts makes fudge.
posted by taff at 3:33 AM on October 16, 2015


Am I making fudge now? Caramel or chocolate?
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 9:24 PM on October 16, 2015


Caramel fudge is my nickname for you.
posted by smoke at 12:57 AM on October 17, 2015 [1 favorite]


I'd like to come! And (checks calendar- tumbleweed drifts past) I sure can.... though being something of a hermit and all I have to admit to being kinda scared.

But I will Try My Utmost not to pike on y'all!
posted by Philby at 1:04 AM on October 17, 2015 [1 favorite]


I was scared my first time, too. After the initial pain, the whole experience was quite pleasurable, I assure you. ;)

Also, central location means escape is simple. Red Thoughts, I trust you'll bring the zip ties?
posted by smoke at 1:43 AM on October 17, 2015


Caramel fudge is my nickname for you.

I am more of a mocha shade. During summer, I vary from milk chocolate to 60% cocoa dark chocolate.

I am also known in some circles as "Chocolate Thunder".
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 4:47 AM on October 17, 2015 [1 favorite]


Red Thoughts, I trust you'll bring the zip ties?

Settle down, Smoke. You'll startle the horses.

Also, gaff tape is way more secure.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 4:47 AM on October 17, 2015 [1 favorite]


The Erko has a menu! I joked but now I loved. See you all then.
posted by unliteral at 5:32 AM on October 17, 2015 [1 favorite]


Apparently you made imaginary fudge last time at Taff's. This time I don't mind whether it's caramel or chocolate, but would prefer it not to be imaginary, thanks.

Philby, don't pike! We are all hermits at heart. But socialising is much easier and even fun after a bucket of mai tais. Or so I've heard. From a friend. Allegedly.
posted by lollusc at 1:29 AM on October 18, 2015 [1 favorite]


Wow "making imaginary fudge" sounds like a total euphemism. I didn't mean it that way, but if I abuse the edit function, a mod will show up and beat me with a stick, so please to read my last comment innocently only.
posted by lollusc at 1:30 AM on October 18, 2015 [1 favorite]


Why not.
posted by kithrater at 2:46 AM on October 18, 2015 [1 favorite]


It would be delightful to finally meet you in the flesh, kithrater.
posted by smoke at 3:40 AM on October 18, 2015


In this context of BBQ ribs, zip ties and gaff tape, I rather wish you had chosen a different turn of phrase, smoke.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 4:23 PM on October 18, 2015 [1 favorite]


I'm keen! Would be good to finally meet everyone. I love the Erko.
posted by stellathon at 5:08 AM on October 19, 2015 [1 favorite]


Count me in! (I had to check the old thread to see why the hell I missed it.)
posted by web-goddess at 5:06 PM on October 19, 2015 [1 favorite]


This is still three weeks away? Aw mannnnnn
posted by Quilford at 1:05 AM on October 23, 2015


Okay, this is pretty awesome timing. My partner and I are moving to Sydney, and one of us will have to be in town for our furniture delivery on the 13th. So whichever one of the two of us gets that job will probably be there - it'd be great to meet some nice Sydney folks outside of work!
posted by langtonsant at 2:03 PM on October 23, 2015 [2 favorites]


Wait... [reads comments by smoke & HTWRT]... [reconsiders life choices]... I've made a huuuge mistake
posted by langtonsant at 2:16 PM on October 23, 2015


Don't be afraid! I attempted to call the erko about tables on Thursday but no one picked up, will try again on Monday.
posted by smoke at 3:03 PM on October 23, 2015


Qwip and I will come!
posted by amusebuche at 11:09 PM on October 23, 2015 [2 favorites]


Can I just call you all a sack full of Latham Abbotts for planning this when I'm totes busy doing something I don't want to do?
posted by taff at 5:27 AM on October 24, 2015


Serves you right for wanting your adorable demon spawn to feel loved and grow up well adjusted, taff.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 6:26 AM on October 24, 2015


Qwip and I will come!
This makes it an absolute must.
posted by unliteral at 8:04 AM on October 24, 2015 [1 favorite]


Promise you all will stay a long time and I'll Uber over, post spawn-performance, if you're at it. #FOMO
posted by taff at 2:19 PM on October 24, 2015 [1 favorite]


Ok, definitely in. Mrs K may have other engagements, unfortunately.
posted by kithrater at 3:59 PM on October 24, 2015


So every time I call the erko it bloody rings out. I'm told they do take bookings, however, and suggest we get one toot suite. Maybe a local could stroll down?
posted by smoke at 6:10 PM on October 25, 2015


Or someone else may have better luck on the phone.
posted by smoke at 6:11 PM on October 25, 2015


I promise to stay there until they kick me out, Taff. Call us when your kiddie thing ends and we'll tell you if the party is fun enough for you to come on over. (Hint: the answer will be yes).
posted by lollusc at 9:42 PM on October 25, 2015 [1 favorite]


Table at the Erskineville hotel confirmed for 6pm on the 13th under the name of Metafilter. I'll post more specific details about how to find me when I work out what I'm bringing/wearing on the day.
posted by quercus23 at 10:56 PM on October 25, 2015 [4 favorites]


Good on you Quercus! Did you get through on the phone or wander down? I swear it rung out every time for me, and I tried all different times too!
posted by smoke at 11:55 PM on October 25, 2015


Awesome. I am totally there.
posted by kjs4 at 2:33 AM on October 26, 2015


Managed to get them on the phone.
posted by quercus23 at 4:02 AM on October 26, 2015


Is that map totally whack for everyone else or is it just me?
posted by unliteral at 3:53 PM on October 27, 2015


Thank you for the fix restless_nomad.
posted by unliteral at 4:56 PM on October 27, 2015


Would love to come but unfortunately turns out this is the one Friday night of the year I will be working. Have fun!
posted by joz at 2:26 PM on November 3, 2015


I'll post more specific details about how to find me when I work out what I'm bringing/wearing on the day.

I'll bring name tags. Because, uh ... taff ... can't remember anyone's names. Yes, it's taff. All taff.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 6:10 PM on November 3, 2015 [1 favorite]


Okay! I'd really like to meet you all, plus I would certainly do well to Get Out Of The House... so I'm going to ratchet my courage up to maximum levels and come along to the Erko next Friday- I have a whole week to psych myself up then out then back in again! If i get gaff taped up and transformed into imaginary fudge.. then so be it! I can't imagine a better group of people to turned into confectionary by. At least i will have managed to fit in a wee bit of socialisation before i meet my chocolatey doom!
posted by Philby at 1:35 AM on November 6, 2015 [4 favorites]


Im hoping to be there by about 21:30. After some interminable kids concert at our local primary school. You bastards had better be still kicking on or I'll sulk and vote for Turnbull in the next election. Ok, maybe I won't get THAT churlish, but I'll be sad.
posted by taff at 6:08 AM on November 7, 2015


i cannot come to this because of geographical distance, but i just wanted to thank you all for making this thread, which will now lead to me referring to my own home as "The Erko"
posted by Greg Nog at 8:02 AM on November 10, 2015 [6 favorites]


Greg, I want to know how you found this thread. Do you have your geographical radius set to "entire world"? Or do you get so bored at work that you read all the IRL threads once you finish the blue and the green?
posted by lollusc at 5:37 PM on November 10, 2015 [2 favorites]


Or were you googling your surname with some weird extra regex thing going on?
posted by lollusc at 5:37 PM on November 10, 2015


i cannot come to this because of geographical distance, but i just wanted to thank you all for making this thread, which will now lead to me referring to my own home as "The Erko"

Don't be soft. There's plenty of time to catch a flight over. Come on down, Greg!

Either that, or invite us all over for drinks at Casa de Erko.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 7:39 PM on November 10, 2015 [3 favorites]


If any of you are able to get to Kentucky within the next day, we're having some people over for board games and mulled wine tomorrow afternoon! All are welcome!

But no, no searching involved, just saw my last name on the side of the front page of MetaTalk and was like WELL HECK YEAH TIME TO CHECK OUT A THREAD COMPLETELY UNRELATED TO ME

Anyway, I hope you guys have a great time at this meetup on Friday!
posted by Greg Nog at 9:20 PM on November 10, 2015 [1 favorite]


I'm so excited about the nachos. Honestly, I can't even express it, and I write communications for a living. I can feel the crunch already.
posted by smoke at 11:45 PM on November 10, 2015


Of course, I'm totally psyched about seeing you all, too. Totally psyched. Definitely up there with the nachos.
posted by smoke at 11:45 PM on November 10, 2015 [1 favorite]


Well, the way this week is shaping up, I am going to need a lot of of booze. Nachos will assist.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 12:08 AM on November 11, 2015 [1 favorite]


Following greg's example I just skimmed a bunch of random IRLs, and wow, ours is by far the most fun. I am glad I live here.

On the other hand, I noticed mods actually deleted "off topic" comments in some of the other threads, so I think maybe our thread just got lucky and stayed under the radar.
posted by lollusc at 1:04 AM on November 11, 2015 [2 favorites]


Not that nachos are off topic. They are, in fact, very on topic.

I think it's the poutine that is calling my name, though. That or the jerk chicken.
posted by lollusc at 1:08 AM on November 11, 2015


I love that a) I'm not the only one who immediately looked up the menu and has been thinking about eating foodstuffs from it, regularly (NB, the jerk chicken does look nice. I'm considering "supplementing" my nachos with an order of buffalo wings, colitis and alcohol permitting).

b) that we can all unanimously agree that nachos are germane to every conversation.

c) that we got an unexpected visit from that scion of mefi - "the Fonz" of metafilter in my, and everyone's, hearts - Greg Nog, who not only literally metaphorically literally lives in Erskineville, wherever he lives, but has also collected a hearty new nickname with an unmistakably Australian aftertaste to it. It's only fitting, we love our Gregs in Australia, Greg.
posted by smoke at 2:22 AM on November 11, 2015 [2 favorites]


That's Greg of The Erko, to you, peon.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 2:30 AM on November 11, 2015 [2 favorites]


Greg Nog Erko for President has a ring to it.
posted by unliteral at 7:13 AM on November 11, 2015 [1 favorite]


I need all the drink after this week.
posted by kithrater at 7:40 PM on November 11, 2015


We shall call him Lord Egg Grog of Erko.
posted by taff at 10:24 PM on November 11, 2015 [1 favorite]


holy moly, this is tomorrow! much excite!
posted by Quilford at 4:05 AM on November 12, 2015 [1 favorite]


See you all tonight!
posted by amusebuche at 1:30 PM on November 12, 2015


I'll be there! I think after moving all our stuff into the new place, I will have earned a beer and nachos.

(Langtonsant is my lovely partner).
posted by naturesgreatestmiracle at 2:15 PM on November 12, 2015 [1 favorite]


I'm so sorry but I'm not going to make it tonight.
I was really looking forward to it. Have a great night.

Saddest face ever.
posted by stellathon at 2:47 PM on November 12, 2015


Oh no, stellathon! Don't worry, we shall have another soon.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 5:22 PM on November 12, 2015


It's just started bucketing down here in the inner west, and there's some thunder too if I'm not mistaken! Hope everyone's okay to get there.
posted by Quilford at 8:58 PM on November 12, 2015


Sorry to hear you can't come stellathon D:
posted by Quilford at 8:58 PM on November 12, 2015


Shit's getting real with the weather. Stick it out, crew! No piking! We shall still have fun no matter how damp we are.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 9:23 PM on November 12, 2015


I am finally leaving stupid Olympic Park now. Thank God. So much for my dream of an early mark.
posted by smoke at 10:17 PM on November 12, 2015


Oh fuck I literally just missed the stupid fucking sprint train and the next one isn't for twenty minutes. I'M SO HUNGRY.
posted by smoke at 10:19 PM on November 12, 2015


I am in a very grim mood, so I will arrive early and have a couple of drinks before y'all show so happy red thoughts can attend this shindig.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 10:33 PM on November 12, 2015


Oh no! I forgot the fudge!
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 10:34 PM on November 12, 2015


Out of sheer foolishness, I assumed my bus would be on time. However, its apparently going to be 5 minutes late. So I'll be there at 6:05.
posted by Quilford at 10:35 PM on November 12, 2015


I'm sure the food will inspire much happiness!
posted by Quilford at 10:36 PM on November 12, 2015


I have caffeinated myself in preparation, and am about to jump on the train. Be there about 6.10.
posted by kjs4 at 10:46 PM on November 12, 2015


In. First?
posted by unliteral at 11:05 PM on November 12, 2015


For those unable to come tonight - you'll all be invited to at Chaiday Night dal at mine very soon.

Email me if you want to be invited.

Attendees- I'll be there sooooooon. Ish. Stay till 21:30 or I'll be sad.
posted by taff at 11:07 PM on November 12, 2015


We are in a room out the back. We have a fancy sign and everything!
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 11:13 PM on November 12, 2015


Ok! Time for bold deeds of devilmaycarefulness: it's time to thrust myself forth into the breech and meet my (fudge)maker...

Gah I has a scared

I totally have to show up now, or else go into shameful exile.. see you in a lil while, my SyFite comrades
posted by Philby at 11:30 PM on November 12, 2015


I am on my way now, I promise to stay until at least 21:32.
posted by misfish at 11:33 PM on November 12, 2015


I'm en route from Central. There soon.
posted by web-goddess at 11:43 PM on November 12, 2015


I thought about coming to this, but alas'n'alack work got in the way. Have a fabulous evening all, and thanks for the storm you sent up from Sydney. It's a nice storm so far, fat raindrops falling in the last of the sunbeams, and the thunder is beginning.

Hugs.
posted by valetta at 11:43 PM on November 12, 2015


Work drinks are done. I'll be there in about 30 mins. Mollusk is just outside the pub and scared that he got there first. I think I persuaded him to go on in. Be nice to him!
posted by lollusc at 11:54 PM on November 12, 2015


PS have been drinking since 4pm already. Whee!
posted by lollusc at 11:54 PM on November 12, 2015


Sorry guys- I've been sidetracked- ran into an old old friend I haven't seen in the better part of a decade. The perils of taking a stroll down King St! I'll be there as soon as i can manage it, I swear to dog!!!
posted by Philby at 12:40 AM on November 13, 2015


The people at the one free table near us are casting glances our way like 'who are these LOSERS with NAMETAGS???'
posted by Quilford at 1:04 AM on November 13, 2015 [1 favorite]


They are heaps jealous of our fine nametags.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 3:07 AM on November 13, 2015 [1 favorite]


What a lovely evening, my only regret is that I didn't get to chat with all of you! It a so nice putting faces to so many names. Quercus I can't believe you scampered away without saying goodbye!
posted by smoke at 3:23 AM on November 13, 2015


Yeah, sorry, I am living way out West and don't want to leave the driving too late. Will just have to come up to the next meetup - there were murmurs about escape rooms? Yay for the 10th anniversary!
posted by quercus23 at 3:29 AM on November 13, 2015 [1 favorite]


In all fairness as a fellow Westie (well, West Ryde), I didn't stay much longer!
posted by smoke at 3:44 AM on November 13, 2015


Great evening. Thanks for coordinating, Quercus. Smoke, next time we'll get a good chat in.
posted by amusebuche at 3:59 AM on November 13, 2015 [1 favorite]


Philby! We missed you! Are you in exile now?
posted by lollusc at 4:17 AM on November 13, 2015


Damn good fun. Thanks for coming everyone.
posted by unliteral at 5:10 AM on November 13, 2015 [2 favorites]


That was delightful. Thanks all.

I think we may have shocked quilford a bit, but it will ultimately do him good.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 5:28 AM on November 13, 2015 [1 favorite]


The only thing I was shocked by was how hard I laughed at that cat video. I thought 'eh, cats and cucumbers, surely this isn't anything we haven't seen before' and let me tell you, I was so so wrong
posted by Quilford at 6:35 AM on November 13, 2015 [4 favorites]


Good lord can't a guy with colitis enjoy a litre of sugary rum drinks, nachos and chicken wings without such an incendiary effect on his digestive system? My colon has been re-enacting the first twenty minutes of The Hurt Locker this morning!
posted by smoke at 1:53 PM on November 13, 2015


Mediocre, smoke.

hey what was the best pathfinder book again? Asking for a friend.
posted by kithrater at 3:20 PM on November 13, 2015


That was good fun, y'all are really nice folks; glad I managed to psych myself up into going. Thanks to everyone for being so welcoming.
posted by polychora at 3:26 PM on November 13, 2015 [5 favorites]


I'm really glad you came, polychora, and you too Quilford. I was having a really dreadful day on Friday, and meeting old and new friends was a perfect tonic to that. Also I know it's a bit intimidating to go to your first meetup, and I'm really happy you were willing to take a risk on your weird rando acquaintances from the interwebs.

Thanks again to quercus for organising. I'll commit to working out the next one - I believe the vote was for escape rooms?
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 5:28 PM on November 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


Uh no, red thoughts, they were sotto voce trying to escape from you.


I joke, I joke.


Yes, please panic.

Do we bring towels?
posted by taff at 11:22 PM on November 14, 2015


Sorry to have missed this; and it was in my neighbourhood as well. Next time :)
posted by UbuRoivas at 4:30 AM on November 18, 2015 [1 favorite]


Yes to escape rooms!
posted by quercus23 at 5:43 PM on November 18, 2015


Ok. We're doing Chaiday Night Dal at my place this Friday night for any mefite interested.

Memail me for the address in the inner west. Very close to two train stations.
All mefites welcome.
Here is the spiel:




Chaiday Night again this Friday!

Repeat of the same story- ie in the spirit of catching up with- people we love but seldom see, people we see but never for long enough, people we would like to get to know better and people who enjoy our company... "Chaiday Night Dal" is for you.

MrTaff and I invite you to the semi-regular, utterly informal, open house where you come if you like, bring something (or someone!!) to share if you like and stay as long as you like. Door opens at 18:00.

We chuck some food on the table in a house that's guaranteed to be cluttered and messy but welcoming.

The dal is made by MrTaff which makes it actually yummy.

See this as your personal invitation, daling. Really.
Only need to RSVP if you're a yes. Xx

#ChaidayNight

Minimum two mefites attending...but they're sneaky buggers. More may appear.
posted by taff at 9:43 PM on November 18, 2015 [1 favorite]


Yay, come to chai night. I shall be there, though I might be a bit late.
posted by kjs4 at 12:59 AM on November 19, 2015


I cannot, but I will come to a future one, and it will herald the return of the fabled fudge (if I can remember this time).

I hope you have lots of ice, taff, it's a scorcher.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 3:09 PM on November 19, 2015


Oh, I got completely distracted by the weather. Fried brain cycling home from work.
posted by UbuRoivas at 5:33 PM on November 20, 2015


Ubu!

It's on again.
Totally welcome to come this Friday. Bring lil ubu!!

Any and all mefites welcome. Email me for the address.
posted by taff at 7:19 PM on December 2, 2015


Taff!

Unfortunately, this Friday I am socialising with an ex and her female friend, who must have overcome their natural fear of my abusive nature in order to hang out and have some drinks and laughs.

lil ubu is with his mother this week.

But please keep me posted for any future chaidays :)
posted by UbuRoivas at 2:36 AM on December 3, 2015


Wait, what?
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 3:52 AM on December 3, 2015


You clearly aren't keeping up with your askme reading, HTART.
posted by lollusc at 4:58 AM on December 3, 2015


Ubu! I totally missed that ask also. Bloody hell. I'm so sorry.
I'm a terrible rubric to use, but I think there's a degree of cultural difference in that question.

Send me an email and I'll put you on the door list /email list for future Chaiday nights.
posted by taff at 6:07 PM on December 4, 2015



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