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This din­ing and nightlife des­ti­na­tion is lo­cated in the his­toric Rocks precinct. Housed in the 1820s Ar­gyle Stores build­ing, The Ar­gyle fea­tures six bars over two lev­els. With a huge pro­gram of events, in­clud­ing live mu­sic, DJS, spe­cial food of­fers and more, there’s al­ways some­thing hap­pen­ing at The Ar­gyle.

18 Ar­gyle Street, The Rocks. thear­gyle­


With its or­nate fur­ni­ture and rich art­work, this re­fur­bished 1836 School of Arts build­ing is one of the city’s most in­spi­ra­tional venues. The venue fea­tures four sep­a­rate bars, var­i­ous art ex­hi­bi­tions, bur­lesque and cabaret nights, life draw­ing as well as DJS and club nights. From the At­tic Bar, to the mod­ern Verge Bar and Graf­fiti’s or­nate art deco stylings, there is some­thing and some­where for ev­ery­one to en­joy.

275 Pitt Street, Syd­ney. 9284 1200. art­house­ho­


The iconic Aus­tralian Her­itage Ho­tel is lo­cated in The Rocks. This is a beer lover’s par­adise as it of­fers more than 120 Aus­tralian craft beers, with 20 ro­tat­ing Aus­tralian beers on tap. Re­lax amongst lo­cals and try one of their fa­mous gourmet piz­zas like the “Coat of Arms” (half-emu and half-kan­ga­roo) or “The Aus­tralian” (crocodile and veg­eta­bles).

100 Cum­ber­land Street, The Rocks. 9247 2229. aus­tralian­her­itage­ho­


For an in­cred­i­ble panoramic view of Syd­ney, head up 36 lev­els of the Shangri-la Ho­tel to Blu Bar on 36. For a ro­man­tic date high in the sky, or sim­ply a spe­cial evening to re­mem­ber, you’ll find great ser­vice, a cock­tail list from their world­cham­pion mixol­o­gists and a di­vine bar food menu, all with the most in­sanely beau­ti­ful city view cap­tur­ing the sparkling har­bour, the Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge and the Syd­ney Opera House.

Level 36, Shangri-la Ho­tel, 176 Cum­ber­land Street, The Rocks. 9250 6000. 36lev­


Lo­cated in in­ner-city Surry Hills, you’ll find the pi­rate-in­spired But­ton Bar. You are guar­an­teed a good time here, with sin­ga­longs and cock­tails like the “The Good, The Bad, The Ugly” and “Sneaky Tiki Time”.

65 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills. house­of­ bars/but­ton-bar-surry-hills/ venue-de­tails/


Amidst all the hus­tle and bus­tle of Cir­cu­lar Quay at the Over­seas Pas­sen­ger Ter­mi­nal, you’ll find Cruise Bar. With iconic har­bour­side views across to the Syd­ney Opera House, and a re­lax­ing vibe, Cruise is the per­fect pit stop on your trav­els. The ground floor bar is full of buzz and good vibes, while up­stairs Junk Lounge of­fers an Asian in­spired food and drink jour­ney.

Level 1, 2 and 3, Cir­cu­lar Quay West, Syd­ney. 9251 1188. cruise­


In the back streets of Potts Point, you’ll find Gazebo. Lounge in the court­yard or dine from their de­li­cious Ital­ian menu. From the cock­tail list, try the Li­mon­cello Spritz, it will trans­port you straight to the Amalfi Coast.

2 El­iz­a­beth Bay Road, El­iz­a­beth Bay. 0419 496 011. gaze­boeliz­a­beth­


Head to Chip­pen­dale’s Kens­ing­ton Street and you’ll dis­cover the fan­tas­tic small bar, Gin Lane. It is housed in an 18th Cen­tury ter­race house, and is based on a 17th Cen­tury Gin Palace. This unique bar serves over 80 dif­fer­ent gins and a wide se­lec­tion of whisky and scotch too. Try the “Wa­ter­ing Can” cock­tail with gin, Pimms, soda, gin­ger ale and fresh fruit—it’s de­li­cious!

Kens­ing­ton Street, Chip­pen­dale. gin­lanesyd­


The renowned Glen­more is al­ways pop­u­lar, and with a rooftop like theirs, it’s easy to see why. They have a tra­di­tional ‘pub­lic bar’ on the ground floor with a his­toric feel, a cock­tail bar and din­ing rooms on the first floor, and the now iconic Rooftop Bar on the top floor. With 180-de­gree views of Syd­ney Har­bour you can soak up the sun in

the day, and re­lax by the glit­ter­ing lights of the city at night.

96 Cum­ber­land Street, The Rocks. 9247 4794. the­glen­


The Four Sea­sons Ho­tel Syd­ney takes ho­tel bars to the next level with their re­fined ground floor bar, Grain. Cel­e­brate the fine craft of drink­ing with an ex­ten­sive menu of bou­tique beers, care­ful­ly­crafted cock­tails and one of Aus­tralia’s largest whisky se­lec­tions. There’s bar food to share, from cheese plat­ters and char­cu­terie boards to main meals and de­li­cious desserts.

Lobby Level, Four Sea­sons Ho­tel Syd­ney, 199 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 9250 3118. grain­


With ex­otic har­bour views, Ha­cienda Syd­ney is per­fectly placed for an af­ter­noon cock­tail or two. With its cool plan­ta­tion vibe and pas­tel colour pal­ette you’ll be at ease. Choose from their rum-in­spired cock­tails or feast on the share menu.

Level 3, 61 Mac­quarie Street, Syd­ney. 9256 4083. ha­cien­dasyd­


The views don’t get much more iconic than at the Har­bour View Ho­tel— the name says it all re­ally! It is lo­cated in The Rocks un­der the south­ern end of the Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge. The first Har­bour View Ho­tel was built in 1843 and de­mol­ished to make way for the bridge to be built —it was orig­i­nally lo­cated where the gran­ite py­lons now stand. Head up to the rooftop cock­tail bar or dine at the restau­rant, it doesn’t get much bet­ter than this!

18 Lower Fort Street, Dawes Point. 9252 4111. har­


Lo­cated at the top of Ho­tel Pal­isade, Henry Deane is a so­phis­ti­cated bar spread across two floors, with ex­quis­ite views over Baranga­roo and the har­bour. Their gor­geous cock­tail lounge will have you grin­ning with a menu full of ex­otic op­tions in­clud­ing the ‘No way Frose’ and ‘Sunkissed Spritz’. Pair th­ese with food choices from their menu in­clud­ing oys­ters, seafood and desserts.

Ho­tel Pal­isade, 35 Bet­ting­ton Street, Millers Point. 9018 0123. hotel­pal­


Lo­cated on the top floor of the five-star In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal Syd­ney Dou­ble Bay, the Rooftop Bar and Lounge is a par­adise over­look­ing both leafy Dou­ble Bay and shim­mer­ing Syd­ney Har­bour. En­joy the panoramic Syd­ney views, a clas­sic blue-and-white striped sun lounge, or your own pri­vate ca­bana, where you can or­der ca­bana pack­age meals in­clud­ing a fresh seafood se­lec­tion.

33 Cross Street, Dou­ble Bay. Open Oct–apr (closed to the pub­lic May–sep). 8388 8388. ic­syd­ney­dou­ble­


ivy is a lead­ing din­ing, en­ter­tain­ment and re­tail des­ti­na­tion in the heart of Syd­ney’s CBD. It is home to award-win­ning restau­rants, their fa­mous rooftop pool bar and nu­mer­ous event spa­ces. ivy venues in­clude Pool Club, Ash St. Cel­lar, Pal­ings, Felix, The Royal Ge­orge and Uc­cello. ivy’s world-class de­sign, im­pec­ca­ble ser­vice and great food en­sure that you’ll have a mem­o­rable night out.

330 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 9240 3000.


Level Seven is a New Yorkin­spired rooftop bar at the her­itage Primus Ho­tel. Fea­tur­ing lush green ar­eas, nau­ti­cal ca­banas and twin­kling fairy lights, it is a stylish des­ti­na­tion, where you can sit back and en­joy cham­pagne, oys­ters and house-crafted cock­tails.

339 Pitt Street, Syd­ney. Open Sep–apr (closed to the pub­lic May–aug). 8027 8000. primusho­tel­syd­


The gor­geous Mar­ble Bar at Hil­ton Syd­ney was built in 1892 and re­stored in 2005. To­day it is a lively un­der­ground bar and live mu­sic venue, with live mu­sic from 7pm ev­ery Thurs­day to Sun­day. Try a drink from their pro­hi­bi­tion-in­spired menu.

Level B1, Hil­ton Syd­ney, 488 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 9266 2000. mar­ble­barsyd­


It’s Ok­to­ber­fest all year round at this Bavar­i­anstyle bar in the heart of The Rocks. En­joy their premium im­ported Bavar­ian beers and de­li­cious Ger­man menu which in­cludes all things pork, in­clud­ing schnitzels, sausages, pork belly and their fa­mous crispy pork knuckle. All th­ese Bavar­ian treats are served to you in a tra­di­tional bier hall at­mos­phere with staff dressed in tra­di­tional cos­tumes too!

Cnr Play­fair and Ar­gyle Streets, The Rocks. 9247 7785. mu­nich­


Nola is a cel­e­bra­tion of all things New Or­leans. Fa­mous for their South­ern BBQ menu, head to the bar and try a Saz­erac cock­tail, or per­haps you are game for one of their spe­cial Whiskey Flights.

Level 1, In­ter­na­tional Tower 1, 100 Baranga­roo Av­enue, Baranga­roo South. 9188 3039. no­lasyd­


Per­haps Syd­ney’s most fa­mous out­door bar, Opera Bar is a must-do on any visit to Syd­ney. Perched in the shad­ows of the iconic Syd­ney Opera House, it is lo­cated on the Lower Con­course and pro­vides epic pic­ture-postcard views of the city, har­bour sur­rounds and Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge. Sit back and bask in the city’s glow with a cock­tail in hand, and feast on bar snacks, sal­ads, de­li­cious mains, meat and cheese plat­ters, or freshly shucked oys­ters and seafood.

Syd­ney Opera House, Lower Con­course, Ben­ne­long Point, Syd­ney. 9247 1666. op­er­


Step back in time to a pro­hi­bi­tion-era bar at Palmer & Co. Hid­den down a laneway, this base­ment speakeasy is the place to go for classy cock­tails like the ‘El Pres­i­dente’ or ‘The Capone’. Be sure to check out the stylish staff decked out in 1920s-style fash­ion.

Aber­crom­bie Lane, Syd­ney. 9114 7315. merivale.


As its name sug­gests, Pocket Bar is a small bar lo­cated in the back streets of Dar­linghurst. The in­ti­mate venue serves up

bar food like cheese and meat plat­ters, and de­li­cious po­lenta truf­fle fries.

13 Bur­ton Street, Dar­linghurst. 9380 7002. house­of­ au/bars/pocket-bar­dar­linghurst/venue-de­tails/


Lauded as one of Syd­ney’s best bars, PS40 is well-known for mak­ing their own so­das with nat­u­ral, lo­cal and na­tive in­gre­di­ents. Try one of their spe­cialised cock­tails at their very own small bar in the heart of the city.

Shop 2, 40 King Street, Syd­ney.


This lo­cal small bar is hid­den away in Syd­ney’s CBD, and is ex­actly the kind of place you imag­ine a bar to be if it is named af­ter an Avalanches song. It’s cool and quirky, friendly with live mu­sic, and street art adorn­ing the walls. Try the yummy bar food and the freshly shaken cock­tails.

338 Kent Street, Syd­ney. 9262 4986. sin­ceileft­


En­ter through the faux seam­stress shop and you’ll find Stitch Bar hid­den down some stairs. Try the Amer­i­can diner menu, think hot dogs and ta­cos, while sip­ping on some cu­ri­ously named cock­tails like “That one time at band camp”.

61 York Street, Syd­ney. 9279 0380. house­of­pocket.­ney-cbd/venue-de­tails/


Lo­cated atop Syd­ney hotspot, Baranga­roo House, you’ll find Smoke Rooftop Bar. It’s the place to head to watch the sun­set, cock­tail in hand. Match your drinks with a bar menu of delectable snacks, in­clud­ing brisket dough­nuts and their fa­mous sea urchin and or­ange jam toastie.

35 Baranga­roo Av­enue, Syd­ney. 8587 5400. baranga­


Over­look­ing Dar­ling Har­bour and Baranga­roo, the Hy­att Re­gency’s Ze­phyr Sky Bar is a unique rooftop des­ti­na­tion. It is known for its cut­ting-edge “lev­i­tat­ing” drinks pre­sen­ta­tion, where sea­son­ally-in­spired creations are served di­rectly to your ta­ble in a smok­ing lev­i­tat­ing glass. Cus­tom ver­mouth-in­spired cock­tails, vin­tage rums and sig­na­ture drinks such as the Straw­berry Spritz and freshly-pressed Grape­fruit Mar­tini can be paired with mouth­wa­ter­ing snacks.

Hy­att Re­gency Syd­ney, Level 12, 161 Sus­sex Street, Syd­ney. 8099 1234. zephyr­barsyd­


Hil­ton Syd­ney’s Zeta Bar is an ex­clu­sive es­cape in the heart of the city. Try their award-win­ning cock­tails, or sam­ple their shar­ing plat­ters, pizza or bar snacks.

Level 4, Hil­ton Syd­ney, 488 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 9265 6070.



The party is well and truly alive at Archie Broth­ers Cirque Electriq. Think a fun fair­ground vibe mixed with ar­cade games, ten­pin bowl­ing, laser tag and Dodgem cars. Head to the in-house diner for burg­ers, mon­ster shakes and fries.

75 O’riordan Street, Alexan­dria. archiebroth­


Cen­trally lo­cated at Har­bour­side Shop­ping Cen­tre, you’ll find King­pin Dar­ling Har­bour. They of­fer 20 bowl­ing lanes across four zones as well as laser tag, ar­cade games and pool ta­bles. En­joy an elec­tric at­mos­phere of food and fun—may the best bowler win!

Har­bour­side Shop­ping Cen­tre, 2-10 Dar­ling Drive, Syd­ney. 13 26 95. king­pin­bowl­


With ten bowl­ing al­leys, karaoke and es­cape rooms, Strike Bowl­ing at King Street Wharf is the place to be for a good time. Dine on pizza, chicken wings and hot dogs or kick back with a cock­tail in the water­side lounge be­fore you head to the bowl­ing al­ley and score a strike or two!

22 The Prom­e­nade, King Street Wharf, Syd­ney. 1300 787 453. strike­bowl­



Syd­ney’s own Batch Brew­ing Com­pany have made quite a name for them­selves with their col­lec­tion of small batch hand crafted brews. They have a wide range on tap, plus more va­ri­eties bot­tled, so there’s sure to be some­thing to take your fancy, from their ‘West Coast IPA’ to the ‘Mar­rickville Roots Gin­ger Ale’.

44 Sy­den­ham Road, Mar­rickville. 9550 5432. batch­brew­



The Star Syd­ney is a huge en­ter­tain­ment com­plex, and a mem­o­rable night out for all. From their fine­din­ing restau­rants, cool bars, lux­ury bou­tiques, live mu­sic, large the­atre and world-class casino, there’s al­ways some­thing to see and do at The Star.

80 Pyr­mont Street, Pyr­mont. 9777 9000.­ney



The Aus­tralian Bal­let is Aus­tralia’s pre­mier bal­let com­pany and reg­u­larly per­forms new and clas­si­cal works at Syd­ney’s home of the arts, the Syd­ney Opera House. Com­mit­ted to artis­tic ex­cel­lence and led by Artis­tic Di­rec­tor David Mcal­lis­ter, The Aus­tralian Bal­let is renowned on the world stage. See the likes of Prin­ci­pal Artist Am­ber Scott in ac­tion, whilst re­cent in­ter­na­tional guest bal­leri­nas in­clude the likes of Amer­ica’s Misty Copeland.

Per­for­mances at the Syd­ney Opera House, Syd­ney. 1300 369 741. aus­tralian­bal­


Ban­garra is one of Aus­tralia’s lead­ing dance com­pa­nies bring­ing con­tem­po­rary Indige­nous cul­ture to the world’s stage. With a fo­cus on cul­ture and mu­sic, Ban­garra is led by Artis­tic Di­rec­tor Stephen Page and fea­tures per­form­ers with a proud Abo­rig­i­nal and/ or Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der back­ground from across the coun­try.

Pier 4, 15 Hick­son Road, Walsh Bay. 9251 5333. ban­


Aus­tralia’s pre­mier opera com­pany, Opera Aus­tralia, brings world-class

pro­duc­tions to the Syd­ney Opera House stage. From the likes of “La Bo­heme” and “Aida” to mu­si­cals like “Evita” and “The King and I”, Opera Aus­tralia’s var­ied pro­gram is a tes­ta­ment to their artis­tic depth. With in­tri­cate cos­tumes and as­ton­ish­ing stag­ing, a night with Opera Aus­tralia is one to re­mem­ber.

Per­for­mances at the Syd­ney Opera House, Syd­ney. 9318 8200.


Syd­ney Dance Com­pany brings mod­ern Aus­tralian dance to the stage. Led by Artis­tic Di­rec­tor Rafael Bonachela, the com­pany reg­u­larly per­forms orig­i­nal works and pro­grams by lead­ing chore­og­ra­phers from around the world.

The Wharf, Pier 4, 15 Hick­son Road, Walsh Bay. 9221 4811. syd­ney­dance­com­


Led by Chief Con­duc­tor and Artis­tic Di­rec­tor David Robert­son, the Syd­ney Sym­phony Orches­tra of­fers a wide va­ri­ety of world-class con­certs and events. En­joy clas­si­cal per­for­mances of Beethoven and Mozart, mod­ern pop and rock per­form­ers ac­com­pa­nied by the Sym­phony, and iconic movie sound­tracks brought to life in rich, vi­brant sounds.

Per­for­mances at the Syd­ney Opera House and City Recital Hall, Syd­ney. 8215 4600. syd­neysym­



Archie Rose is Syd­ney’s first in­de­pen­dent dis­tillery in over 160 years, pro­duc­ing gin, vodka and a col­lec­tion of whiskies. This fully op­er­a­tional dis­tillery also of­fers pa­trons a trendy on-site bar. Sur­rounded by whisky bar­rels, the bar of­fers the full range of Archie Rose prod­ucts in a unique space of cop­per touches and re­laxed charm.

85 Dun­ning Av­enue, Rose­bery. 8458 2300.



Lo­cated in the in­ner-west sub­urb of New­town, the En­more The­atre is Syd­ney’s home of live mu­sic. From the lat­est in­die bands to big name mu­si­cians, the En­more is the place to see the best bands in town from lo­cal Aussie acts to in­ter­na­tional stars. The venue also hosts nu­mer­ous stand-up co­me­di­ans and com­edy events through­out the year.

118–132 En­more Road, New­town. 9550 3666. en­morethe­


This in­ti­mate the­atre on Ge­orge Street is an iconic live mu­sic venue. You know you’ve made it in Syd­ney’s mu­sic scene when you head­line a gig here. Whether you like rock, in­die, al­ter­na­tive, hip hop or a bit of ev­ery­thing, there’s al­ways a di­verse line-up of acts on stage at the Metro.

624 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 9550 3666. metrothe­


From grand mu­si­cals and stand-up com­edy to clas­sic con­certs and pop stars, the ma­jes­tic State The­atre in the heart of the city has seen it all. This iconic venue opened in 1929 and fea­tures el­e­ments of Gothic and Art Deco architecture. The mag­nif­i­cent in­te­ri­ors and beau­ti­ful chan­de­liers are a must-see. The State The­atre also hosts movie pre­mieres and is home to the an­nual Syd­ney Film Fes­ti­val.

49 Mar­ket Street, Syd­ney. 9373 6655. stateth­e­


It doesn’t get much bet­ter than see­ing live mu­sic at the sub­lime Syd­ney Opera House. From the hallowed halls of the Con­cert Hall, to a sum­mer night out in the open-air of the Fore­court, it’s al­ways a very spe­cial ex­pe­ri­ence. Choose from cut­ting-edge mu­si­cal acts to clas­si­cal sym­phonies and ev­ery­thing in be­tween.

Ben­ne­long Point, Syd­ney. 9250 7777. syd­ney­op­er­a­



Bell Shake­speare is Aus­tralia’s pre­miere the­atre com­pany per­form­ing the works of William Shake­speare. Founded by the leg­endary John Bell, the com­pany has been bring­ing Shake­speare’s words to au­di­ences since 1990, al­ways push­ing bound­aries and chal­leng­ing ex­pec­ta­tions.

Syd­ney Opera House, Syd­ney. 8298 9000. bell­shake­


One of Syd­ney’s most ac­claimed the­atre com­pa­nies, Belvoir, is based in the in­ner-city sub­urb of Surry Hills. De­liv­er­ing an in­no­va­tive pro­gram of dy­namic Aus­tralian the­atre fea­tur­ing some of the coun­try’s best ac­tors, play­wrights and di­rec­tors, across both the Up­stairs and Down­stairs stages.

18 and 25 Belvoir Street, Surry Hills. 9699 3444.


For the best in Aus­tralian mu­si­cal the­atre head to Hayes The­atre Com­pany in Potts Point. This small the­atre is home to some big name shows, pro­gram­ming new and in­no­va­tive mu­si­cal the­atre and cabaret. Hayes The­atre Co is a not for profit com­pany, named af­ter Aus­tralian mu­si­cal the­atre leg­end, Nan­cye Hayes.

19 Green­knowe Av­enue, Potts Point. 8065 7337. hayesthe­


Syd­ney The­atre Com­pany (STC) presents a di­verse range of shows through­out the year from clas­sic plays to new, Aus­tralian pro­duc­tions at its own the­atres at The Wharf and at the nearby Roslyn Packer The­atre. Aus­tralian act­ing lu­mi­nar­ies to grace the STC stage in re­cent years in­clude Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Judy Davis and Hugo Weav­ing.

The Wharf the­atres, Pier 4, Hick­son Road, Walsh Bay. 9250 1777. syd­neythe­



In the heart of funky Chip­pen­dale, you’ll find Hand­picked Wines’ ur­ban cel­lar door. Stop by for a wine tast­ing or try a tast­ing flight and un­cover new wines from dif­fer­ent re­gions. En­joy a se­lec­tion of cheese and char­cu­terie, and take home some wine from the Wine Shop.

50 Kens­ing­ton Street, Chip­pen­dale. 9392 9190. hand­picked­

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