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. theargylerocks.com
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. arthousehotel.com.au
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. australianheritagehotel.com
BLU BAR ON 36
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. 36levelsabove.com.au
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. houseofpocket.com.au/ 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. cruisebar.com.au
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. gazeboelizabethbay.com.au
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. ginlanesydney.com.au
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. theglenmore.com.au
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. grainbar.com.au
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. haciendasydney.com.au
HARBOUR VIEW HOTEL
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. harbourview.com.au
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. hotelpalisade.com
INTERCONTINENTAL SYDNEY DOUBLE BAY ROOFTOP
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. icsydneydoublebay.com
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. merivale.com.au
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. primushotelsydney.com
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. marblebarsydney.com.au
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. munichbrauhaus.com
NOLA SMOKEHOUSE & BAR
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. nolasydney.com
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. operabar.com.au
PALMER & CO
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. com.au/palmerandco
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. houseofpocket.com. 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. ps-soda.com
SINCE I LEFT YOU
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. sinceileftyou.com.au
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. com.au/bars/stitch-barsydney-cbd/venue-details/
SMOKE ROOFTOP BAR
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. barangaroohouse.com.au
ZEPHYR SKY BAR
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. zephyrbarsydney.com
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. zetabar.com.au
ARCHIE BROTHERS CIRQUE ELECTRIQ
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. archiebrothers.com.au
KINGPIN DARLING HARBOUR
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. kingpinbowling.com.au
STRIKE KING STREET WHARF
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. strikebowling.com.au
BATCH BREWING COMPANY
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. batchbrewingco.com.au
THE STAR SYDNEY
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. star.com.au/sydney
CLASSICAL MUSIC & DANCE
THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET
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. australianballet.com.au
BANGARRA DANCE THEATRE
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. bangarra.com.au
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. opera.org.au
SYDNEY DANCE COMPANY
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. sydneydancecompany.com
SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
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. sydneysymphony.com
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. archierose.com.au
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. enmoretheatre.com.au
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. metrotheatre.com.au
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. statetheatre.com.au
SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
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. sydneyoperahouse.com
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. bellshakespeare.com.au
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. belvoir.com.au
HAYES THEATRE COMPANY
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. hayestheatre.com.au
SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY
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. sydneytheatre.com.au
HANDPICKED CELLAR DOOR SYDNEY
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. handpickedwines.com.au