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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.

Sydney Opera House, Sydney. © Tourism New South Wales
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Arthouse Hotel

Heritage-listed bar

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.



Address

275, Pitt Street, Sydney 2000

Telephone

+61 (0) 2 9284 1200

Transport

Town Hall Train Station

Website

Arthouse Hotel Website

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

Friendly local pub

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.



Address

105, Sutherland Street, Paddington, Sydney 2021

Telephone

+61 (0) 2 9326 2254

Transport

Edgecliffe Train Station

Website

Four in Hand Website

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Bambini Wine Room

Candle-lit wine bar

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.



Address

185, Elizabeth Street, Sydney 2000

Telephone

+61 (0) 2 9283 7098

Transport

St James Train Station

Website

Bambini Trust Website

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Blu Bar on 36

Cocktails in the sky

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.



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

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

Historic pub and microbrewery

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.



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

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Opera Bar

Harbour-view drinks

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.



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

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Home Sydney

Harbourside dance venue

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.



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

The Loft, Sydney. Courtesy of Rochelle Livingstone Marketing
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The Loft

Clubbing for grown-ups

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.



Address

3, Lime Street, King Street Wharf, Sydney 3000

Telephone

+61 (0) 2 9299 4770

Transport

Wynyard Train Station

Website

The Loft Website

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Tonic Lounge

Soul and funk club

Tonic Lounge is a relaxed and intimate speakeasy-style club in a Victorian terrace house in Kings Cross. The decor has a boudoir style and the atmosphere is refreshingly unpretentious. Local and guest DJs play dance-floor friendly soul and funk.



Address

62-64, Kellett Street, Kings Cross, Sydney 2011

Telephone

+61 (0) 2 8354 1544

Transport

Kings Cross Train Station

Website

Tonic Lounge Website

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Chinese Laundry

Underground club

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.



Address

111, Sussex Street, Sydney 2000

Telephone

+61 (0) 2 8295 9911

Transport

Wynyard Train Station

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City Recital Hall

Premier classical music venue

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.



Address

Angel Place, Sydney 2000

Telephone

+61 (0) 2 8256 2222

Transport

Martin Place Train Station

Website

City Recital Hall Website

The Basement, Sydney. Courtesy of The Basement
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The Basement

Underground jazz club

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.



Address

29, Reiby Place, Circular Quay, Sydney 2000

Telephone

+61 (0) 2 9251 2797

Transport

Circular Quay Train Station

Website

The Basement Website

Sydney Opera House, Sydney. © Tourism New South Wales
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Sydney Opera House

Landmark culture venue

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.



Address

Bennelong Point, Sydney 2000

Telephone

+61 (0) 2 9250 7111

Transport

Circular Quay Train Station

Website

Sydney Opera House Website

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Enmore Theatre

Art Deco rock venue

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.



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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Vanguard

New Orleans-inspired music

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.



Address

42, King Street, Newtown, Sydney 2042

Telephone

+61 (0) 2 9557 7992

Transport

Macdonaldtown Train Station

Website

Vanguard Website

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