The Standard Bowl
Sitting above the iconic Kinselas, The Standard Bowl has that old school American arcade feel with a three-lane bowling alley. The alley sits beside a main stage, so catch a gig after a boozy bowling session. The venue is open until 3am and for the energetic, there are also arcade games, pinball machines and a pool table. No way boredom can strike here.
Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace
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The Orpheum is a testament to beautiful art deco design and craftsmanship. Having had a previous life as a theatre and shopping mall, Mike Walsh OBE bought the site and restored it to its former glory. Now this six-screen cinema complex shows everything from silver-screen classics to contemporary blockbusters, plus live music is played on the Wurlitzer Organ on the weekends.
Oxford Art Factory
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Inspired by Andy Warhol’s famous ‘Factory’ in 1960s New York, the Oxford Art Factory is one of the coolest venues in the city – it’s a haven for music and art lovers. The space has a few rooms: the main room showcases larger and often international acts. The Gallery Bar is a cocktail bar reserved for smaller, up-and-coming acts, and the Glass Cube is an exhibition space with live performance art that changes all the time
Hustle & Flow Bar
Sitting across from Redfern Train Station, Hustle & Flow Bar is a funky Hip Hop style bar that knows how to mix the old with the new. Set in a revamped 1920s building, they have restored the original tiles of the building but have infused some serious urban culture into the place. Think graffitied walls, retro speakers, Hip Hop/RnB and Live Music. Beat the crowds and get in early to take advantage of their daily Happy Hour (5pm-7pm) and grab ...
The Bearded Tit
A small bar that is every little bit Redfern, and then some. A vibrant bar-slash-art space, The Bearded Tit likes to keep things interesting - live music, quirky décor and an impressive drinks menu. They have a selection of in-house snacks, but they also allow you to order in from their favourite local eateries. Get in early to secure a table when a live event is on.
Part of The Star casino’s line-up of impressive venues, Cherry is an upscale cocktail bar that mixes house, disco and lounge DJs with a creative cocktail list. If you want to learn how to mix your favourite concoction, Cherry has a bar school which is great for parties and celebrations.
Papa Gede's Bar
Voodoo decor, monthly comedy and creative cocktails? We’ll meet you there. Down a cobblestone laneway off Kent Street, Papa Gede’s is a cosy bar that’s all about the cocktails, whose names stick to the voodoo them. Dimly and mysterious, the bar is vibey and dog-friendly to boot.
Market City Tavern
Jutting above the Paddy’s Markets entrance, the Market City Tavern offers three storeys of entertainment. Downstairs, you’ll find a bustling sports bar and gaming lounge, and level one is home to a VIP lounge and sitting area. But the pub’s main attraction is its outdoor terrace on Level 2, which boasts views of the Sydney skyline.
Claires Kitchen at le Salon
Claire’s Kitchen at le Salon brings a little bit of France to Darlinghurst. This local gem is a French Brasserie that comes complete with French waitstaff, the interiors have a hint of glamour with antiques and chic furniture. The private mezzanine can be booked for groups and every Wednesday night there is a petit cabaret show.
Brass Monkey Live Music Venue
The Cronulla local to experience live music from Australian and international acts in jazz, blues, roots, funk, pop and world music. Just like the music, the food and drink offering is amazing. The menu may be small, but the hearty Middle Eastern platters and pizza are every little bit delicious. The drinks cover the full scope; beer, wine and cocktails. Needless to say, once in, you won’t be going anywhere fast.
Low And Lofty's Cocktail Bar & BBQ Restaurant Cronulla
A Caribbean Texan BBQ joint meets good time cocktail bar, Low & Loftys has people talking for so many reasons. First up, the food. They use the low and slow cooking style of Texans with the spices of the Caribbean, think BBQ Sticky Brisket and Jamaican Goat Curry. Then there are the tropical flavoured cocktails and espresso martinis, and last up, resident DJs spinning vinyl one night and on the other, old school hip hop and sexy beats.
With a prime corner position, Darlo Bar is a retro pub and a much-loved local haunt. Downstairs is strewn with fairy lights, and marked by cosy couches, pool tables and chilled-out music. Upstairs, you’ll find an open-air courtyard with a rooftop garden, plants climbing the walls, and a DJ on the decks on weekends.
The Hive Bar
Dedicated to craft beer, vinyl, cocktails and burgers, The Hive Bar delivers a lively music venue, seasonal bistro and happening bar. Their menu displays a commitment to ethically sourced and organically grown produce while their craft beer menu of over 40, is all about supporting local breweries.
Moore Park View Hotel
At this local watering hole, there’s something going on every night, from ‘Why Cook Mondays?’ to ‘Trivia Tuesdays’ and steak, rib and raffles nights. Moore Park View Hotel boasts a beer garden, plus a pool table and every sports game you want to watch on multiple TVs.
The Royal George
The Royal George is a warm and welcoming watering hole with legions of fans. The English-style pub has a chilled-out vibe: you can catch a game, play pool, or sink into a leather couch and sip on a drink. Happy hour runs from 5-7pm and involves discounted drinks and wings, and there’s a full gastropub menu too.
Affectionately dubbed ‘The Woolie’ by locals, this pub is famous for its Thursday night trivia, which fills up early every week. If trivia’s not your thing, order some classic pub food to the streetside dining area, or head to the bookshelf-lined back area to crack open a craft beer – the pub has a huge range on tap.
Climb a non-descript set of stairs on Oxford Street, and you’ll reach Bitter Phew, a world-class craft beer bar. The bar has over 300 brews on offer, from imperial stouts to hard-to-find sours and barley wines. While you sip, you can play a board game or put in a pork crackling order from Mr Crackles below.
Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq
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The new kid on the block, Archie Brothers Electric Circus brings a whole new meaning to old-school arcade games. There are old and new favourites, plus the more active bumper cars, bowling, laser tag, flying trapeze … you name they’ve got it. Then there is the food and bar, both keeping you well fuelled throughout the fun and mayhem.
Dulcie's Kings Cross
Cosy but not quaint, Dulcie’s is the mysterious parlour bar that’s got everyone talking. Just when you thought the Cross was dead, Dulcie’s Bar has reinvigorated the Golden Mile by slinging prohibition era cocktails and showcasing some of Sydney’s best underground cabaret acts. Better still, upskill yourself and book in for a cocktail masterclass with Dulcie. From $75pp, learn how to mix it like a pro, while sipping on cocktails and dining on decadent canapés.
The Imperial Erskineville
From colourful beginnings, The Imperial has been a fixture on the Erskineville nightlife scene since 1983. After a recent refurbishment, this stylish venue celebrates diversity and invites patrons to "drink, dance, drag and dine." You will find plant-based deliciousness at restaurant Priscillas and a dance party in the Basement.
On campus at Sydney Uni, Manning Bar is a local favourite for students and music lovers alike. A purpose built live entertainment venue, on any given night you can stumble upon a live gig from a local or international act. During the semester, Monday to Friday, you can get delicious American-style bites from Lucky's serving from Manning Bar 11am till late.
The Annandale Hotel is one of the most iconic pubs in the Inner West and is known for its friendly and welcoming vibe.There’s always something happening at The Annandale with great tunes providing the soundtrack to a typical night at the pub. The classic pub fare has been curated by Burgers by Josh and no visit to The Annandale is complete without sampling one of their cocktails.
The Salisbury Hotel is a historic pub in the heart of Stanmore. A community watering hole, as you enter be sure to check out the framed portraits of locals hanging on the walls. This recently renovated, kid-friendly venue is made up of the Public Bar, The Salisbury Kitchen and outdoor Brew Truck Bar. The menu has all your favourite classics and there are different events each night throughout the week.