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  • 1. Bambini Wine Room

    City Center | Wine Bars–Nightlife

    Bambini Wine Room is a sparkling little jewel box encased in marble-clad walls and topped with lovely chandeliers. You can sip cocktails (A...Read More

  • 2. Eau de Vie

    Darlinghurst | Bars/Pubs

    You might have to seek them out but speakeasy-style bars are the new thing in Sydney. Eau de Vie, at the rear of the trendy Kirketon Hotel in...Read More

  • 3. O Bar and Dining

    City Center | Piano Bars/Lounges

    This is the place to come at sunset for the view, tapas, and cocktails—and the '70s kitsch of a revolving restaurant. Located on level 47 of...Read More

  • 4. Opera Bar

    Circular Quay | Bars/Pubs

    Perched beneath the concourse of the Opera House and at eye level with Sydney Harbour, Opera Bar has the best location in all of Sydney. Cozy...Read More

  • 5. The Arthouse Hotel

    City Center | Bars/Pubs

    A former School of the Arts building, The Arthouse Hotel has been renovated into a modern, belle epoque–style hot spot, with four bars and a...Read More

  • 6. ARQ

    Darlinghurst | Bars/Pubs

    Sydney's biggest, best-looking, and funkiest gay nightclub, ARQ attracts a clean-cut crowd who like to whip off their shirts as soon as they...Read More

  • 7. Beach Road Hotel

    Bondi Beach | Bars/Pubs

    This Bondi institution is famous for its Sunday Sessions, when locals come to enjoy a barbecue, drink, and dance in the outdoor courtyard. There...Read More

  • 8. Blu Bar on 36

    The Rocks | Wine Bars–Nightlife

    Blu Bar on 36 has a stellar view! Situated on the 36th floor of the Shangri-La Hotel, this is a sophisticated place to relax after work or enjoy...Read More

  • 9. Bungalow 8

    Darling Harbour | Bars/Pubs

    With its primo waterside location at the northern end of King Street Wharf, and famous mussels from its open kitchen, Bungalow 8 invites a night...Read More

  • 10. Harold Park Hotel

    Glebe | Bars/Pubs

    This is a great comedy venue that also serves up excellent jazz, pop, rock, and blues performances on Sunday afternoon, often featuring artists...Read More

  • 11. Hemmesphere

    City Center | Bars/Pubs

    One of a string of swanky venues in the area, Hemmesphere is still drawing a hip crowd more than a decade after it first opened. Named for Justin...Read More

  • 12. Ivy

    City Center | Bars/Pubs

    This multilevel complex of bars, pubs, and eateries is in an ultrahip George Street complex. Cocktails are great but expensive, and the crowd...Read More

  • 13. Lobo Plantation

    City Center | Bars/Pubs

    This Cuban-themed bar is a hit in Sydney. Patrons love the palm trees, the cane furniture, and the wall lined with Cuban bank notes. Cocktails...Read More

  • 14. Marquee - The Star Sydney

    Darling Harbour | Dance Clubs

    Nightclubbers are heading to Marquee—on the top level of the relaunched casino and entertainment complex, The Star Sydney—to dance the night...Read More

  • 15. Mercantile Hotel

    The Rocks | Music Clubs

    In the shadow of Harbour Bridge, Mercantile Hotel is Irish and very proud of it. Fiddles, drums, and pipes rise above the clamor in the bar...Read More

  • 16. Sydney's Comedy Store

    Centennial Park | Comedy Clubs

    The city's oldest comedy club is in a plush 300-seat theater in the Entertainment Quarter, which most people still refer to as Fox Studios ...Read More

  • 17. The Basement

    Circular Quay | Music Clubs

    A Sydney legend, The Basement is the premier venue for top local and international jazz, rock, and blues musicians. Lunch and dinner are served...Read More

  • 18. The Midnight Shift

    Darlinghurst | Bars/Pubs

    The Midnight Shift is Sydney's hard-core party zone, a living legend on the gay scene for its longevity and its take-no-prisoners approach....Read More

  • 19. The Oaks

    Neutral Bay | Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

    For a northern Sydney landmark, The Oaks encapsulates the very best of the modern pub. The immensely popular watering hole, named after the...Read More

  • 20. The Vanguard

    Newtown | Music Clubs

    The Vanguard is Sydney's answer to a New Orleans jazz joint, and purposely built by its music-loving owners to mimic the U.S. model. Australian...Read More

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