Sydney Night Spots

where to go out in Sydney?

Sydney’s top 10 spots for a night on the town.

Wherever you are in Sydney, there’s a pub nearby. Head to The Rocks for ancient pubs serving good beer and food to easy going crowds. Or try one of the gastropubs in Balmain or Paddington for great value food in a convivial atmosphere. If bars are more your style there’s no shortage of great bars in and around the city, from swish wine bars to hip and funky cocktail lounges. As for live music, from jazz to rock, Sydney’s’ pubs and clubs have been the incubator for many music legends including Midnight Oil, INXS, Cold Chisel, James Morrison and more.

  1. The Arthouse Hotel: beautifully refurbished Victorian School of Arts is now the place to go for clever cocktails. There’s four layers of bars, DJs and jazz, all steeped in lots of original art. The five-course cocktail degustation includes five innovative cocktails mixed by World Champion Cocktail Chef, Ben Davidson, and each drink is matched with a small tapas-sized plate of food. 275 Pitt St, Sydney. www.thearthousehotel.com.au
  1. Cargo Bar: popular with Sydney’s sweet young things, this bar, which has great views of Darling Harbour, is the place to go if you like loud fun. The large upstairs deck is a great place to watch the sun go down before the crowds arrive. 52 The Promenade, Kings Street Wharf. www.cargobar.com.au
  1. Hugo’s Lounge: quintessentially cool bar in the heart of Kings Cross. The place to go to see and be seen, and rub shoulders with Sydney’s A-crowd. The lounge is on the balcony, a coveted place to try one of the signature martinis. The black walled and floored interior is sultry, sophisticated and dimly lit with red lamps and white candles. 33 Bayswater Road Potts Point. www.hugos.com.au
  1. Opera Bar: grab an outside table and soak up one of the most spectacular views in Sydney. Sophisticated Sydney at its best. Lower Concourse level, Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Pt, Sydney. www.operabar.com.au
  1. The Lord Nelson: established in 1841, this is Sydney’s oldest pub. The sandstone architecture is one of Australia’s finest, all rooms have beautiful views of the historic Rocks, the brasserie offers eclectic cuisine, and the ground floor bar is renowned for the six beers brewed in-house. Corner of Kent and Argyle streets, The Rocks. www.lordnelsonbrewery.com
  1. Watson’s Bay Hotel: the casual beer garden is the place to be on any sunny Sunday as you soak in the water views. Military Road, Watson’s Bay. www.watsonsbayhotel.com.au
  1. London Hotel: a favourite with locals who come here for the range of boutique beers and great bistro food. 234 Darling St, Balmain. www.londonhotel.com.au
  1. The Basement: Australian music landmark since the 1970s and Sydney’s premier jazz and roots music venue. The food’s not the best in town, but if you go for dinner you’ll have prime seats to watch the show while everyone else has to stand. 29 Reiby Place, Circular Quay. www.thebasement.com.au
  1. The Beresford: Located in the heart of Sydney’s trendy suburb of Surry Hills. Originally a historic local pub, The Beresford, now owned by famous venue entrepreneur Justin Hemmes, is a chic multi-level venue featuring a cocktail bar, a modern Italian trattoria bistro and a beer garden. 354 Bourke Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010. www.theberesford.com.au
  1. The Annandale Hotel: expect everything from reggae to heavy metal. This is where you’ll find the next big thing on stage. 17-19 Parramatta Rd, Annandale. www.annandalehotel.com