Sydney By Night wanders through the dark side of Sydney – the best bars, nightclubs, secret spots, as well as the sleaze, the underbelly, night news …

NEWTOWN is a nightlife suburb that has benefited massively from the Kings Cross lockouts as punters on a night of drinking & merriment can now jump in a cab and 15 minutes later be arriving on the doorstep of a funky alternative small bar or iconic inner west drinking hole – however true-blue Newtown local drinkers ain’t always so happy about it.
SURRY HILLS is home to some of the finest small bars on the planet – places like Shady Pines Saloon, Gardel’s Bar, Sticky Bar, Absinthe Salon, Love Tilly Devine, Soda Factory and many others rival the Melbourne bar scene and thank Christ for that as prior to the small bar scene opening up Sydney was a shithole for a quality drink. 
MANLY has improved its nightlife greatly in the last decade. Elegant watering holes such as Manly Wine, Miss Marley’s Bar, Hemingway’s, In Situ, Jah Bar and Moonshine Cider & Rum Bar mean there’s so much more to Manly than a handful of big beer barns. Of course a Manly Bar crawl has to remain just that due to the distance to the city … 
PARRAMATTA has long longed for a hipster small bar culture that can enable more sophisticated locals to not have to make the long drive into the big smoke on a Friday & Saturday afternoon. With the emergence of the Mixology Lounge, using the latest trends and advances in molecular gastronomy and mixology, and taking only the best from the world’s finest drinking culture … 
DARLINGHURST is the suburban equivalent of a small bar. Easy to get around, innovative, not crude like its big brother Kings Cross, it’s a place for all-knowing types who pride themselves on perhaps their only virtue, discernment. But talentless artsy fops make pretty bums on seats, and as they ponder their VW class actions they will pay any price for a cocktail that no-one else has heard of yet. 
GLEBE has staked its claim to a slice of small bar fame. Mitigated by residential neighbourhood rules, it means its funky little bars and ancient yet gentrified pubs can’t roll on after the witching hour, but its general vibe makes for a satisfying night out for those who don’t want a big one. Mr Falcons and Different Drummer epitomise the Glebe milieu – and once Glebe closes it’s mega-close to Chinatown for karaoke or a post-midnight feed.
CRONULLA’s claim to hipsterdom is centred around the Brass Monkey, an entertaining little music bar which stands in stark contrast to its archaic sports bars where free bets australia are the only attraction. It hosts an eclectic mix of live music most nights of the week. They attract some of the big names in Australian and International music, including jazz, blues, roots, funk, pop and world music …
CROWS NEST has got a jump on many of its north shore neighbours in the last decade with a lot more choices on the bar hopper’s radar. The Crow Bar, Small Bar, The Stoned Crow, the Foxtrot and The Hayberry are just some of the very relaxed venues offering up the best in tipples away from the madding crowds of the CBD, yet still infused with urban chic …