You won’t be strapped for choice in Australia’s prime hedonistic playground. Sydney's beer haunts, swank cocktail lounges, and beachside bars provide low-key entertainment; nightlife hawks can party till the wee hours at the city’s many happening clubs. High-profile entertainment options abound, too, from first-class theater and classical music to opera and ballet.

Sydney Nightlife

Art House Hotel

Dating from 1836, the former School of Arts building houses four bars, regular exhibits, a top-rated modern Aussie restaurant, and a Saturday club night that rocks the dance floor until 6am.

275 Pitt St., 011-61-2-9284-1200,
Tags: nightlife | editor pick | trendy | dancing | things to do | cover charge | bar

Hero of Waterloo

This well-worn sandstone pub from 1843 has a friendly, Irish feel. Occasionally guests are entertained by live music, which ranges from old-time jazz and folk to popular Irish tunes.

81 Lower Fort Street, 011-61-2- 9252-4553,
Tags: nightlife | lounge | bar


Thai-fusion cuisine reigns in this chic, converted warehouse. Try their excellent signature cocktail – the Caipiroska.

85 Commonwealth Street, 011-61-2-9280-2888,
Tags: nightlife | lounge | bar

Mercantile Hotel

The city’s most popular Irish pub arguably serves the best draught Guinness in the Southern Hemisphere against a beautiful, tiled backdrop. Irish and Bush bands play live music on some nights.

25 George Street, 011-61-2- 9247-3570
Tags: nightlife | lounge | bar


This trendy pub has nightly entertainment, including karaoke and, occasionally, live rock bands. It’s also a top-spot for “Sunday sessions,” when Aussies start the week with a day-long happy hour.

Cnr Kingsway & Elouera Rd., 011-61-2-9523-6866,
Tags: nightlife | trendy | pub | karaoke

The Victoria Room

Kick back over fabulous drink concoctions and modern Aussie cuisine in this dark, colonial-style lounge.

235 Victoria Street, 011-61-2-9357-4488,
Tags: nightlife | lounge | bar

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