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10 Things to do in Sydney at Night

written by Webjet Australia November 12, 2018
Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia

The sun may have gone down and taken the city’s sunny harbour views with it, but Sydney still retains much of its charm after dark. With diverse dining districts, plenty of entertainment options and a cluster of beloved watering holes, Sydney certainly doesn’t slow down after hours.

Check out our picks for the 10 best things to do in Sydney at night:

Tantalise your taste buds

With a population originating from all corners of the globe, it comes as no surprise that Sydney is home to a wide variety of dining choices. Whatever cuisine you may be craving, you’re sure to find it being served up somewhere in the city. Head to Chinatown for your fix of delicious Asian fare, or stop by the nearby Steam Mill Lane to find local favourites, including Belle’s Hot Chicken and Fishbowl in one convenient spot. For more cheap eats, you can’t go wrong with Mary’s Newtown and Bar Luca for great burgers, Chat Thai and Newtown’s Thai Pothong for delicious Thai flavours, or Rosso Antico Pizza Bar and Gigi’s Pizzeria in Newtown for a slice or two of quality pizza. If fine dining is more your style, book a table at one of the city’s oft-lauded restaurants, including Tetsuya’s Restaurant, Sepia Restaurant, Aria Restaurant Sydney or Bennelong Restaurant and Bar, and delight your taste buds with their carefully crafted menus.


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Treat your sweet tooth

After you’ve finished dinner, the next logical step is to find the perfect desert, and, in Sydney, you’re certainly spoilt for choice. Whether you’re after a good scoop of ice cream or gelato, or something a little more special, there are so many delicious sweet treats to sample. You can’t go wrong with a visit to Gelato Messina (there are 11 stores across Sydney and its suburbs), with its ever changing menu of flavours delivering the goods time and time again. Located on Enmore Road, Enmore, the award winning Cow and the Moon is also another local favourite, serving up delicious gelato and some great coffee too. For something a little different, Chippendale’s Koi Dessert Bar, run by Masterchef Australia alumni Reynold Poernomo and his brothers, serves up an assortment of intriguing sweet treats. If you find yourself in Newtown, don’t miss your chance to try The Gaytime Bao at Belly Bao – a unique fusion of a classic Australian dessert and a light and fluffy Asian bun.


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Settle in for a drink

Head to Newtown in the city’s Inner West to take your pick from a fantastic selection of small bars, including The Midnight Special and Earl’s Juke Joint, or, if you’d rather add a touch of extra fun to your night, check out one of the CBD’s hidden bars, including Stitch on York Street and Clarence Street’s The Baxter Inn. From classic pubs to wine bars, Surry Hills houses plenty of great spots for an evening drink. Sip on Japanese whisky at Tokyo Bird on Commonwealth Street, unwind at the pirate themed Button Bar on Foveaux Street, or soak up the atmosphere at Campbell Street’s Wild Rover. Enjoy great views of Sydney Harbour from the Glenmore Hotel’s rooftop in The Rocks or make your way to Darling Harbour to find more great waterside venues.


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Go stargazing at Sydney Observatory

There’s nothing quite as awe-inspiring as the night sky and, with a visit to the Sydney Observatory after dark, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about our incredible universe and gaze up at the star filled heavens. For just under $30, you can join a night tour of the historic site, where you’ll see the Planetarium and dome, and have the opportunity to enjoy a telescope viewing (weather permitting). Great for a night out with the special person in your life, older kids or a few friends, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to talk to the astronomy educators and learn more about the astronomical objects on display. Sessions run daily from 8:30 pm. Night tours at the Sydney Observatory must be pre-booked, which can be done online or over the phone.


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Discover the Sydney Opera House

When most people think of Sydney, it’s likely that the Sydney Opera House comes to mind, and for good reason – it’s one of the city’s world renowned icons. While the Opera House offers some great photo opportunities during the day, there’s more to see and do around this spectacular building after dark. Throughout the year, the building hosts an incredible variety of live performances, from contemporary music and theatre through to comedy, ballet and classical music. Check out the current calendar of events and pick up tickets to a show that piques your interest, or, if you’re not in the mood for a show, head down to the edge of the harbour and enjoy a drink or bite to eat at Opera Bar. Nestled beneath the Opera House, the bar and restaurant offers some fantastic views of Circular Quay, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and beyond, and, of course, some great tipples.


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Get arty after dark

If you happen to find yourself without something to do on a Wednesday night, two of the Sydney’s biggest art galleries offer extended mid-week hours, allowing you to see more of their fantastic works on show after dark. The Art Gallery of New South Wales, located next to the Royal Botanic Gardens, runs its Art After Hours program weekly, with a host of lectures, talks and tours available until 10 pm, and its onsite restaurant operating until 9 pm. If modern art is more your thing, the Museum of Contemporary Art, overlooking Circular Quay, also leaves their doors open until 9 pm on Wednesdays, with their cafe and store remaining open too. Perfect for a mid-week adventure, you’ll have the opportunity to see incredible works from across Australia and the globe without the typical weekend crowds.


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Challenge your mates

Visiting Sydney with some mates? Step things up a notch and challenge the gang to a game of mini golf, a round of bowling, or a mind-boggling escape room. Decked out with some super fun pop-culture themed decor, Newtown’s Holy Moley is the perfect place to head for a few drinks and game of good old mini golf. Featuring the Iron Throne, the Simpson’s lounge room and all manner of crazy contraptions, making your way through the course is a great way to spend a few hours. Just a few minutes from Wynyard Station, Strike Bowling King Street Wharf is perfect for some late night fun, open until 11 pm throughout the week and until 2 am on Friday and Saturday nights. With bowling lanes and karaoke booths available, it’s the perfect spot to party the night away. If you’re looking to flex your grey matter, give one of the city’s escape rooms a go. Involving a number of puzzles, problems and brain teasers, your lateral thinking and observation skills are put to the test. Check out Escape Hunt Sydney on George Street, Sydney, The Enigma Room on Pitt Street, Sydney, or The Cipher Room on King Street, Newtown.


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Pull out your favourite karaoke tracks

No matter how old you are or what your background may be, there’s nothing that compares to belting out your favourite tunes. If you love a little karaoke, or are looking to see what all the fuss is about, Sydney has you covered. Across the city, you’ll find plenty of venues perfect for bringing out your best renditions of Britney, Bowie and just about everyone in between. Head to Dixon Street in Chinatown for local favourites such as K1 Karaoke Lounge and CEO Karaoke Sydney, or pair your session with delicious Japanese food and drinks at Goros in Surry Hills or George Streets’ Mizuya.


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Catch a film

There’s nothing quite like a night out the movies, so why not step out in style and check out one of Sydney’s grand old cinemas. Exuding more charm than the city’s modern multiplexes, the classic picturehouses, which were built at a time when a trip to the cinema was an occasion in itself, feature beautiful architecture and furnishings as well as a fine selection of films to choose from. From new releases to cult favourites and indie flicks, there are plenty of interesting films on offer at Surry Hills’ Golden Age Cinema and Bar and Randwick’s Ritz Cinema. If you find yourself close to Circular Quay, Dendy Cinemas Opera Quays, although not as old as the other two cinemas, is also another great option.


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Enjoy a thrilling Rocks Ghost Tour

An area of the city that is incredibly rich with history, The Rocks is the site of Sydney’s first permanent European settlement. Delightful during the day, the cobblestone laneways and sandstone buildings act as the perfect backdrop for the Rocks Ghost Tour after nightfall. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, the tour reveals some interesting tales from the city’s early days, from eerie crimes to the colourful characters who once called the area home, as well as retelling some recently reported sightings and strange phenomena that has occurred.
Operating daily, the tour will set you back $45 per person, lasting around two hours in total.

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