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Nightlife in Sydney

Glitzy nightclubs and cutting-edge dance venues are Sydney's specialities. Join the throngs in Darling Harbour or find intimate lounge clubs in Kings Cross and Darlinghurst. Newtown boasts live bands and jazz. The dress code is smart-casual at sophisticated bars like Blu Bar on 36 but it's generally come as you please. Sydney's famous backstreet pubs close at around midnight but clubs stay open until 4am or later. Smoking is banned in enclosed public areas.

Bars

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  1. 1. Four in Hand - Bars

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    Four in Hand, Sydney. Courtesy of Four in Hand Hotel

    Sydney is famous for friendly backstreet pubs like the Four in Hand. This popular pub in Paddington is a classic, with its big central bar and tiled surfaces. Locals and visitors are welcomed with restaurant-quality food, regular entertainment and sports-bar atmosphere.Show this on map

    Address

    105, Sutherland Street, Paddington, Sydney 2021

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 2 9326 2254

    Transport

    Edgecliffe Train Station

    Website

    Four in Hand Website

  2. 2. Bambini Wine Room - Bars

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    Dripping with chandeliers, Bambini Wine Room brings European glamour to central Sydney. Leather lounges, flock wallpaper and Parisian café tables make a stylish statement. Bar snacks and cocktails are sophisticated and the list of wines by the glass is extensive.Show this on map

    Address

    185, Elizabeth Street, Sydney 2000

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 2 9283 7098

    Transport

    St James Train Station

    Website

    Bambini Trust Website

  3. 3. Arthouse Hotel - Bars

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    Formerly the School of Arts, central Sydney's massive Arthouse Hotel continues the theme with artworks on the walls and regular exhibitions. The busy main bar has soaring ceilings and antique plasterwork. Quieter bars offer sophisticated cocktails and comfortable leather lounges.Show this on map

    Address

    275, Pitt Street, Sydney 2000

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 2 9284 1200

    Transport

    Town Hall Train Station

  4. 4. Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel - Bars

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    Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel, Sydney. Courtesy of Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel

    Like its location in The Rocks, Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel oozes history. Among Sydney's oldest pubs, it's also a microbrewery, producing six naturally brewed ales on site. There's plenty of 1850s atmosphere, a tavern-style bar and not a poker machine in sight.Show this on map

    Address

    19, Kent Street, The Rocks, Sydney 2000

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 2 9251 4044

    Transport

    Circular Quay Train Station

    Website

    Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel Website

  5. 5. Opera Bar - Bars

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    The popular alfresco Opera Bar has spectacular views of Sydney Harbour Bridge and Circular Quay from its city-centre vantage point beneath the Opera House. Pull up a table for cocktails, fizz, own-label organic blonde beer and tapas-style tasting plates.Show this on map

    Address

    Lower Concourse, Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney 2000

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 2 9247 1666

    Transport

    Circular Quay Train Station

    Website

    Opera Bar Website

  6. 6. Blu Bar on 36 - Bars

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    Hovering 36 floors above The Rocks, the Blu Bar cocktail bar has vertigo-inducing harbour views through soaring floor-to-ceiling windows. The door code is strictly smart-casual, the atmosphere is exclusive and cocktails are a speciality, prepared by top mixologists.Show this on map

    Address

    176, Cumberland Street Level 36, The Rocks, Sydney 2000

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 2 9250 6000

    Transport

    Circular Quay Train Station

    Website

    Shangri-la hotel Sydney Website

Clubs

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  1. 7. Home Sydney - Clubs

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    Overlooking Darling Harbour, Home Sydney, the city's biggest dance venue, has three laser-lit floors of entertainment. There's indie on Thursdays, legendary trance on Fridays, house on Saturday and electro on Sundays. Couples head to the intimate Rooftop and View Bars.Show this on map

    Address

    101/1, Wheat Road, Cockle Bay Wharf, Sydney 2000

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 2 9266 0600

    Transport

    Darling Park Monorail Station

    Website

    Home Sydney Website

  2. 8. Q Bar - Clubs

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    If you are in town any night of the week, then the Q Bar will be open for you. It attracts a varied crowd from youngsters to wrinklies and has everything from a serious dance spot to pool tables. Expect house music every night, with some funk on Sunday and classic hits and disco on Thursdays. 

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    Address

    44 Oxford St, Darlinghurst, Sydney, Australia

    Telephone

    02/9360 1375

    Transport

    Museum Train Station

    Website

    Exchange Hotel Website

  3. 9. The Loft - Clubs

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    The Loft, Sydney. Courtesy of Rochelle Livingstone Marketing

    The Loft's Moorish screens and rich amber tones are complemented by Darling Harbour views. The atmosphere is upmarket, with banquettes for lounging and teapot cocktails on the menu. Tunes vary from music for grown-ups to hip-hop and jazz.Show this on map

    Address

    3, Lime Street, King Street Wharf, Sydney 3000

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 2 9299 4770

    Transport

    Wynyard Train Station

    Website

    The Loft Website

  4. 10. Chinese Laundry - Clubs

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    The subterranean Chinese Laundry under the Slip Inn bar near Darling Harbour pumps out breaks and drum'n'bass on Fridays and electro house on Saturdays. Music-lovers can relax in the sandstone cave or rub shoulders on the vermilion-red dance floor.Show this on map

    Address

    111, Sussex Street, Sydney 2000

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 2 8295 9911

    Transport

    Wynyard Train Station

    Website

    Chinese Laundry Website

Entertainment

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  1. 11. City Recital Hall - Entertainment

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    The city centre's best venue for classical music is a modern space with brilliant acoustics. White marble stairs sweep up to the City Recital Hall's galleries, creating a sense of occasion. The Sydney Symphony and Australian Chamber Orchestra perform here.Show this on map

    Address

    Angel Place, Sydney 2000

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 2 8256 2222

    Transport

    Martin Place Train Station

    Website

    City Recital Hall Website

  2. 12. Sydney Opera House - Entertainment

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    Sydney Opera House seen from Mrs Macquaries Chair, Sydney, Australia

    The iconic harbourside Sydney Opera House is Australia's cultural heart. Several venues are housed under its sails but pride of place goes to the Concert Hall for symphonies and orchestral performances. The Opera Theatre hosts opera, ballet and dance.Show this on map

    Address

    Bennelong Point, Sydney 2000

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 2 9250 7111

    Transport

    Circular Quay Train Station

    Website

    Sydney Symphony Orchestra Website

  3. 13. Vanguard - Entertainment

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    Vanguard is a New Orleans-inspired live music restaurant in inner-west Newtown. A sophisticated crowd dine and enjoy cocktails then stay on for local and international jazz, blues and roots. The decor is upmarket honky-tonk and the atmosphere is 1920s decadent.Show this on map

    Address

    42, King Street, Newtown, Sydney 2042

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 2 9557 7992

    Transport

    Macdonaldtown Train Station

    Website

    Vanguard Website

  4. 14. The Basement - Entertainment

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    The Basement, Sydney. Courtesy of The Basement

    Right by Circular Quay, The Basement is Sydney's premier jazz club. Blues and funk also feature in this intimate underground venue. With a bistro on site, make a night of it by combining dinner with a show.Show this on map

    Address

    29, Reiby Place, Circular Quay, Sydney 2000

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 2 9251 2797

    Transport

    Circular Quay Train Station

    Website

    The Basement Website

  5. 15. Enmore Theatre - Entertainment

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    The Enmore Theatre in inner-west Newtown is a classic Art Deco rock venue. It has played host to countless acts over the years, including Oasis and the Rolling Stones, and also stages big-name stand-up comedy acts.Show this on map

    Address

    118-132, Enmore Road, Newtown, Sydney 2042

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 2 9550 3666

    Transport

    Newtown Train Station

    Website

    Enmore Theatre Website

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