You haven’t seen Australia until you’ve seen Sydney. And you haven’t seen Sydney until you’ve seen it at night. From stargazing and outdoor movie theatres to bar hopping and late-night eats, here are 10 of Sydney’s best night life hotspots that you have to see!
- Watch The Fireworks Go Off
Sydney is renowned around the world for it’s New Years Eve fireworks display. Can’t make the 31st? Not to worry, kick back along the shores of Darling Harbour on most Saturday nights and feel the thunder, take in the spectacle and get ready to party as Sydney roars to life!
Location: Darling Harbour
- Catch A Movie Under The Stars
Stale popcorn, outdated furniture and sitting in cramped dark room next to some stranger…Who needs a cinema? Kick back on the shores of Sydney Harbour with a glass of wine and enjoy St. George OpenAir Cinema. The views are unreal and you will honestly have to pinch yourself a few times to appreciate just how spectacular a night at the movies really can be!
Location: Mrs Macquaries Rd
- Bowling, Karaoke, Escapism And Laser Tag
Are your travel mates getting on your nerves? Why not try taking out your frustration with some good old fashion laser tag? Or maybe you want to bowl some gutter balls with some tenpin bowling or relive your dreams of being a rock star with some karaoke? Strike King Street Wharf has your night sorted. It’s an awesome night out with mates particularly if the weather takes a turn for the worse outside.
Location: 22 The Promenade, King Street Wharf
- Cheap Drinks & Tunes
Got a spare $5? When in doubt go where the locals go and head to the Martin Place Bar, one of Sydney’s nightlife hotspots. Happy Hour on Fridays from 5 – 8pm has the place pumping and is well worth a visit with cheap drinks and DJs from 5pm to late.
Location: 51 Martin Place
- Free Music At The Opera Bar
There’s more to the Sydney Opera House than watching Italian operas that you can’t understand that seemingly go on forever. Opera Bar is set in what has to be one of the most spectacular locations in Sydney, with panoramic views of the bridge and if you got any closer to the harbour you’d literally be in the water! Stop by for a drink or settle in for dinner, oh and did we mention free live music? No reservation required!
Location: Lower Concourse, Sydney Opera House, Macquarie St
- Go Small
Has anyone ever told you it’s not the size that matters? Once you’ve pub’d and clubbed your way around the city, stop in and give The Small Bar a go. What this place lacks in space it makes up for in atmosphere, awesome food, boutique beers and a great wine list.
Location: 48 Erskine Street
- Pub Crawl At The Rocks
There’s not many things more Australian than a good old fashioned pub crawl! And doing it through The Rocks, one of Sydney’s most historic regions, is even better. Start off at Jackson’s On George for Happy Hour between 4-6pm. After enjoying your $10 jugs of beers and cocktails, hit up Lowenbrau, a Munich-style beer hall housed in one of Australia’s oldest heritage buildings. But make sure to save plenty of energy for The Argyle, which is 5 insane bars over two levels all in one venue! Drink, dance and then catch your breath in the open cobblestone courtyard while taking in a slice of Sydney’s history.
Location: The Rocks
- Try A True Aussie Pizza
Still not ready to go home? While everyone else is rushing to the nearest late night kebab stand wrap up your night with a delicious crocodile, kangaroo or emu pizza from The Australian Heritage Hotel (pepperoni also available).
Location: The Rocks
- Jazz It Up
There’s only so much dub-step one person can take, sweeten up your night by hitting up Sydney’s best-known jazz club, The Basement. It’s everything you’d imagine a Jazz Club to be – stylish, intimate and packed full of atmosphere. The club has hosted the likes of Prince and Stevie Wonder and is well worth a visit on your nighttime tour of Sydney.
- Late Night Eats in Chinatown
Wind down after your big night out with some cheap street eats in Chinatown. Set right in the heart of the City, Chinatown is bright, fun, and bursting with energy and, depending on your time of visit, hosts some spectacular festivals and events! While you’re there, play a game of darts or belt out some tunes at Dynasty Karaoke.
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