A Guide to Nightlife in Sydney
Whether you like dancing the night away or just enjoying a casual drink or two with friends after dinner, we can guarantee that you will find some aspect of Sydney nightlife to fall in love with. After all, the best time to visit the Sydney Harbour is at night, when the lights of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge are shining bright and the city feels genuinely magical. So you may as well explore some more of what the city has to offer at night while you're at it!
Here, we will provide a handy guide to nightlife in Sydney, so that you can spend less time on your phone researching and more time relaxing with your travel mates after a long day of exploring.
Sydney is home to a fairly young population, given the presence of two massive, international universities (the University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney). Students at both schools enjoy fun nights out drinking and dancing, so naturally there are plenty of venues to visit if you prefer a younger, high-energy crowd and late nights out.
One place we love is the Golden Sheaf, located in the heart of Sydney's eastern suburbs. This place somehow manages to have both a dance floor flooded with university students and an upscale, outdoor garden area, so you can really pick your own experience here. It even describes itself as a music pub and garden bar.
If the beach is where you feel most at home, there are plenty of evening oceanfront venues as well, primarily in the suburbs. One of the best options is the Coogee Bay Hotel, located just steps from the gorgeous Coogee Beach and home to live music performances on certain nights.
There are plenty of beach bars in the Bondi area as well, if you want to check out one of the most famous beaches in the world with a cocktail in hand.
And one of our very favorite places to spend a night out in Sydney is in the Darling Harbour area, which offers stunning views of downtown. This district is also fairly close to must-see attractions like the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, both of which are particularly pretty at night. There are terrific waterfront restaurants in this neighborhood, as well as some excellent bars (with Cargo Bar being one of our favorites!).
Also in Darling Harbour is the glamorous Star Sydney casino complex, another can't-miss nightlife option downtown. This is a place that will make you understand immediately why the growing tide of online casinos from New Zealand (and increasingly Australia as well) hasn't quite made physical locations obsolete just yet. While people may find their gaming needs specifically met online, Star Sydney offers so much more. Not only is there an upscale casino, but also five-star accommodations, world-class restaurants, a spa, and luxury shops. All things considered, it will help you understand why Sydney has a bit of a reputation for being pricey - but in the best of ways.
With these suggestions, you should have more than enough to do for a few nights out in Sydney. Just make sure you get enough rest to keep exploring this extraordinary city during the day!
This article was produced in collaboration with Timmi Jen.