When venturing into a new city, especially in Sydney, there are a few things you need to experience.
The locals, the cuisine, and of course, the iconic attractions. But one of the most important activities that needs to be ticked of the bucket list of every traveler, is the nightlife.
The Ivy (320 George St, Level 2, ivy, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia) is a Sydney must. Make yourself at home on a Saturday night at Pacha in The Ivy, a circus of DJ’s, light shows and grinding bodies. It is a glamorous venue, so ladies, make sure you dress to impress in your highest heels.—it’s definitely a place to get noticed. Sunday’s are spent at the Pool Club Bar, where you can enjoy a cocktail poolside accompanied with some upbeat music. It is an oasis within the bustling city. Warning: getting in can be expensive, with entry fees up to $40. For cheaper entry, check out Pacha’s Facebook page and try get on a door list to halve the entry cost.
For those of all ages who love to dance, The Standard (3/383 Bourke St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010, Australia) is calling your name. The venue is three levels, allowing you to work your way up. 1st is a restaurant, 2nd is a bar called Lo-Fi, and third is The Standard, a club with an industrial warehouse atmosphere. Enjoy live music, followed by a playlist of your favorite throwback beats. Drinks are cheap and entry is free. Prepare to lose your voice from singing along and brace yourself for the blisters you will receive from the hours of dancing.
For a social night with a combination of dancing and gossip, Soda Factory (16 Wentworth Ave, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia) provides a more intimate experience for a slightly more mature crowd. A bar set up with a small dance floor, the dim lights will transport you to an alternate world where ‘indie’ oozes from every surface. Bartenders are not without beards and the cozy couches allow for mingling with fellow bar-goers. Saturday nights are ideal for listening to some alternate house beats whilst Wednesday nights are a haven for cheap hotdogs, chili fries and alcoholic milkshakes. Leave the dad dancing at home.
Having been labeled Australia’s biggest club, Home Nightclub (Tenancy 101/1-5 Wheat Rd, Darling Harbour NSW 2000, Australia) definitely lives up to its name of being a “club.” For maximum fun, a lot of alcohol consumption is advised. Located in Darling Harbor, the views will mesmerize as the venue takes you to another world. It is spread over three levels and whilst entry is not free, it is possible to get on a guest list via the Facebook page, just like with Pacha.
World Bar’s (24 Bayswater Road, Kings Cross NSW 2011, Australia) most alluring quality is the drinks it offers. A venue in the cross, it is split over a few levels comprised of bars and clubs, alongside a few outdoor settings to get a breather of fresh air. Entry is expensive on a Saturday night, but cheaper on a Wednesday night, which is when you should try the iconic teapot. A variety of cocktails are mixed and provided in a teapot and are perfect for sharing. They are even more perfect for an Instagram photo.
While other clubs are dead on a Monday night, Scubar (YHA Basement, 4 Rawson Place, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia) comes alive. At this backpackers club located conveniently in the city centre, prepare to meet fellow travelers and a few locals who love to party. Free entry will lure you in, but brace yourself if you’ve had a bit to drink, the underground club is only accessed via a steep staircase, and will prove the ultimate test of your coordination. Whilst the club is quite small, it won’t deter your desire to dance, as poles and a stage are open to whoever wants to be in the spotlight. The music is mainstream house and will cover every song currently on the radio.
Opera bar (Lower Concourse Level, Sydney Opera House, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia) caters to a more mature crowd and should be at the top of your hit list when traveling to Sydney. Make your way to this bar beside the Sydney Opera House for dinner and drinks, with a phenomenal view of the Sydney Harbor. Perfect for a date or a girls night out. Or just if you are feeling adventurous and want to see a beautiful city lit up at night.
Another bar to tick off your bucket list is The Bucketlist (Shop 1, Bondi Pavillion/Queen Elizabeth Dr, Bondi Beach NSW 2026, Australia).Located along the promenade on Bondi Beach, it is the place to be as the sun is setting and the night owls are awakening. Relax among the fairy lights with a cocktail jug and some good company after a day on the beach. Don’t forget that Wednesday night is Paella night! Certain nights are dedicated to live music and movie nights. Follow it up with a scoop of Gelato Messina just around the corner on Hall Street, and your Sydney travels will be complete.
Article written by Carly Brand.