A guide to Sydney’s nightlife hotspots

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Sydney's nightlife is as happening as ever - you just need to know where to go!


You may have heard talk about lockout laws affecting Sydney’s nightlife. Don’t be deceived – it’s as happening as ever if you know where to go. Follow our guide to the best places to enjoy a night out. All these areas are a short train ride from Kings Cross station, which is a 10-minute walk from The Macleay Hotel.

Potts Point and Kings Cross

Just across the street from The Macleay Hotel is Monopole, boasting more than 500 wines from all corners of the globe. A few minutes down the road is The Powder Keg, a delight for gin lovers. A 1950s-inspired bar, The Roosevelt is a 10-minute stroll away in Kings Cross and serves up mouth-watering martinis.

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Surry Hills

If you’re after good beverages and conversation in trendy surroundings, Surry Hills is the place for you. Head to The Winery for a fabulous vino and continue the party on nearby Oxford Street, where you’ll find a lively and LGBTQ-friendly atmosphere.


Newtown is open, relaxed and a little bit quirky. We recommend happy hour at Kuletos (5.30 p.m. – 7.30 p.m.) or Mad Pizza e Bar, where you can enjoy a meal and drinks with DJ tunes in the background. Many of Newtown’s Thai restaurants are BYO, so take a bottle of wine and enjoy a good curry at one of the places along King Street.

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All the way along George Street in the Sydney CBD, from Circular Quay to Town Hall station, you’ll find plenty of bars, pubs and clubs. Mingle with the Friday night after-work crowd at Ryan’s Bar, drop in to Jacksons on George for some whiskey or explore for yourself!

The Rocks

Enjoy a night out in the cobbled streets of one of Sydney’s most historic districts. The Argyle has two storeys of stylish decor, good tunes and well-dressed patrons of mixed ages. Inside tip – pop across the road to the always-open Pancakes on the Rocks for a late night snack.

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Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour is bursting with waterfront restaurants, many of which turn into pumping clubs later in the evening. Not far from Darling Harbour, you’ll find The Star with its beautiful rooftop bar, Sky Terrace, popular nightclub Marquee and live music venue Rock Lily.

Don’t forget to get home safely after your night on the town. Your evening will end much better if you’ve a cosy, warm bed to curl up in. Check out The Macleay Hotel for the perfect post-party night’s sleep.