Sydney Nightlife

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  • It's hard not to party here. So many like-minded people and venues to cater for just about any taste, budget, age bracket and body clock. Small bars are 'big' right now. Recent changes to liquor licensing laws have encouraged a plethora of new, intimate, 'hole in the wall' or basement bars. Hardly a week goes by without a new venue opening. This is long overdue, and adds a more urbane touch to Sydney that was sadly lacking.
    Surry Hills and Darlinghurst are the more vibrant nightlife hubs, while Kings Cross, with its seedy back streets, is still worth seeking out. Absinthe Salon in Surry Hills takes you back to 1930s Paris, while Grandma's, with its eccentric basement entrance (think wall mounted stag's head) describes itself as a "retro-sexual haven of cosmopolitan kitsch and faded granny glamor". Inner city Bambini and The Winery by Gazebo cater for a more upmarket, older crowd. As does Zeta Bar in the Hilton Hotel, which is like stepping onto a James Bond movie set, except you're the star, while down on Darling Harbor, the crowd at the Loft is mostly after-work professional types, but then a shift change strangely happens later when groups of tottering young girls and their impossibly cool consorts fill the space. DJs play until very late.
    For the those who party late and hard, there's no place like Home at Cockle Bay. Reputed to be the largest nightclub in Australia, its waterside location, slick interior design spread over three levels, and luxurious rooftop terrace make it hard to go past. For a slight change of pace, Tone occupies a stylishly converted warehouse in Surry Hills, and bills itself as a discerning space catering to music lovers, artists and party people.
    Gay and lesbian action happens in and around Oxford Street in Darlinghurst, but hetero is OK here too. Q Bar in the Exchange Hotel still packs them in; likewise ARQ, with an extraordinary sound and lighting setup, it's a venue with the lot (nightclub, bars galore exuding a different vibe, depending on your mood, as well as a restaurant).

    Zeta Bar - Hilton Hotel

    488 George Street
    Level 4, Hilton Sydney

    Like stepping onto a James Bond set, but you're the star... read more


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    Darling Harbour
    Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Park

    Other clubs may come and go, but there's no place like Home... read more

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    Q Bar

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    34-44 Oxford Street

    The who's who of Oxford Street... read more

    Loft (The)

    3 Lime Street
    King Street Wharf

    Like sipping cocktails in a North African kasbah...
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    Absinthe Salon

    87 Albion Street

    The exotic drink they banned is back (green fairy optional)... read more


    275 Clarence Street

    "Retro-sexual haven of cosmopolitan kitsch and faded granny glamor."... read more

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    Comedy Store (The)

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    Cnr Lang Rd & Driver Ave
    The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park

    Good place for a laugh... read more

    Sepia Restaurant & Wine Bar

    201 Sussex Street

    Sepia is a little hard to find. It is worth the search. Flapper jazz music, warm tones of soothing coffee and chocolate, as suggested by the name. A Sydney fine dining hot spot... read more

    Sydney Airport

    Montreaux Jazz Bar

    Tap your foot to a jazzy tune, cocktail in hand before take off. From the music festival organisers, Montreaux Jazz cafe comes to Sydney international terminal... read more

    Small Bar

    48 Erskine Street

    It's a Small Bar, It's That Simple... read more

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    Bodhi Cafe

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    Eddy Avenue
    Shop 8, Central Station

    Right at the station... read more

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    Govinda's & Movie Room

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    112 Darlinghurst Road

    Meal & movie deal... read more

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    Wood Glen Vegetarian Restaurant/Cafe

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    92 Glebe Point Road

    Out of the woods... read more

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    Hopetoun Hotel

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    416 Bourke Street
    Surry Hills

    Laid back band venue and bar... read more

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    Bank Hotel

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    324 King Street

    Bank on a good night... read more

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    East Village

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    234 Palmer Street
    East Sydney

    Slick and trendy bar and restaurant... read more

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    Tilbury Hotel

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    12-18 Nicholson Street

    Live it up!... read more

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    City Recital Hall

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    Angel Place

    A new addition to Sydney's music venues... read more

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    Stonewall Hotel

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    175 Oxford Street

    Welcome to the gay ghetto's haven... read more

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    Studio at The Sydney Opera House (The)

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    2 Macquarie Street,
    The Sydney Opera House

    Contemporary entertainment... read more
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