Tattoo Regrets : Worst Decision Ever

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They say the worst thing is regretting not doing something. Well, in some cases, not doing it might be a good thing. Like tattoos. Because once you have been inked and you hate it, you will have to wait a little longer to remove it. 

Getting a tattoo is not as big a decision today as it was ten years ago. Still, if you are a newbie at it, like virgin skin, it might give you apprehensions. Even people who are already inked, rethink getting another one. Because even today, getting tattoos is a serious undertaking. Not to mention a little costly. In Sydney, an average tattoo is worth $100. Be ready to shell out $50 to $200 for a custom job.

Even tattoo lovers admit there can be tattoo regrets. Worst decision ever scenarios can play out if they do not sleep on their choices. For a month. Or two. Tattoos, although no longer as permanent as it once was, still will be with you for at least six months. That is the allowable time for skin to heal and have that tattoo removed or replaced. 

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In the tattoo world, don’t decide when you are newly happily in love. Most tattoo regrets are names of their now exs. Included in this list are star constellations and chinese characters. Something they just fancied is also on the list of people with tattoo regrets. Tattoo locations most regretted is on the bicep which is where most male Australians have theirs on. 

It is not a well known fact, but the pain in getting inked is just half the battle. There is the healing stage and the after care. A poorly cared for tattoo will fade with too much sun and not be as awesome as first thought of. 
The biggest regret yet may have to do with health issues. Some people who got their tattoos experienced allergic reactions to tattoo dyes. There is a small percentage that gets a bacterial infection because the needle pierces the skin and may introduce infection. The long term effects are still undetermined and undocumented.

African Dance Nights in Sydney

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No dance is as earthy as African Dance. The beats and movements are reminiscent of decades even centuries past. It is a form of movement accompanied by drums, motivated by feelings. There is a dance in Africa for almost everything. For work, for love, for a celebration. They have traditional meanings, deep and powerful. Their roles and their very identity exists and play out in these dances. It is an integral part of their culture and have been handed down from parent to child for centuries. Even the drummers commanding the rhythm do not do it by whim. They have practiced that beat for years. It is an honour to command the beat.  A time honoured tradition.

But with the dawn of a new age, the world got smaller. And more adventurous. Those that left their countries usually want a piece of home. And Africans are no exception. Where they went, they brought with them African food, biltongs, droewors; African grocery and spices; and African dance nights in Sydney and other places where they currently are. African dance nights and African dance groups are very active in the Sydney area. From beginners to expert level, there is a dance group available for you. The main thing with African dances is the usual coupling man/woman pairing is not present. Specific groups perform specific dances in their own groups. Sometimes the group becomes one big group and still there will not be a pairing of man woman. 

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Dancing is a great activity to indulge in. Not only can it manage your health, increase activity improve overall organ performance, it can also alleviate stress. As it can be a social activity, It also takes care of your emotional health. Speaking with people, interacting. Good for physical fitness and great for social life. 

Unlike traditional African dances, African dance nights in Sydney is all about letting loose, exploring movement and having fun. But most of all, these dance nights is a novel approach to health and wellness.

Insomniacs In Sydney

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The City never sleeps. It seems like so many of us never do, too. So many things to do, so little time. Beautiful Sydney is even more picturesque at night delighting the insomniacs in Sydney. At night you will see the twinkling lights both above and below. Their reflection in the water and amongst the buildings and the street delighting everyone. The myriad of people who can only roam about at night. Arranging for a drink in the downtime of the day where it is less frenzied, less crowded. 

You can mind your own business or be with friends. It is a time you encounter such people with 9 to 5 jobs. The corporate lawyer who had to make client calls. The lecturer visiting Sydney for his discourse in Immunology and anatomy. The families wanting to have a meal amidst colourful surroundings. Friends wanting a coffee or something stronger to relax and revive them before going home. The digital nomad finally flexing his people skills.

From late afternoon to the wee hours, insomniacs in Sydney can have unparalleled experience. The Sydney Observatory offers a peek into the night skies and lessons and films to watch at the space theatre. The Sydney Tower Eye or dinner at the 360 Bar for a view of the City while enjoying your space and having a drink.

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Find a nice spot and people watch under a tree or pack a few nibbles have a solitary picnic. If that doesn’t appeal to you call a mate to talk about old times. There’s also a party underwater where there’s silent disco at the Sea Life Aquarium or spend overnight glamping at Taronga Zoo. A busy scene but still remain anonymous, insomniacs in Sydney revel going to Chinatown Night Markets. The smells and choices are limitless. Dine in style with the water below and the sky above aboard a luxury yacht. Or take a walk and make it an art night at the Art Gallery. 

Before you know it, the nightbirds dwindle in numbers being replaced with folks preparing another business day. Suppliers tending to their wares before the sun comes out, eager fitness buffs wanting to sweat it out sans the heat. The City that never sleeps is changing its clothes for the other half of the population meeting another day.

Bars Maketh the Man: Manly’ coolest 5 x Bars of 2017

Manly Wine Bars

Address:  8-13 South Steyne, Manly
Phone:  +61 2 8966 9000
Hours:  7 days – 7am till late

Manly Wine offers its own eclectic, quirky setting, but what sets it apart from its sister venues is a spectacular beach side view. Offering a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu along with a creative drinks menu, Manly Wine is a top spot to visit any time of day. Whether you’re looking for a long lunch or Sunday afternoon session, Manly Wine is the place to be. It’s also a great venue for groups and functions with set menus and a range of private and semi-private areas available for bookings.

Keep your eyes on their daily specials such as ‘Wednesday Wine Tastings’ and a ‘Girl’s Picnic’ on weekends, there is always something happening.

The Manly Wharf Hotel 

Address:  Manly Wharf, East Esplanade, Manly
Phone:  +61 2 9977 1266
Hours:  Mon -Fri- 11.30am- 12.30am, Sat– 11am-1pm, Sun- 11am- 12am

The Manly Wharf Hotel is located on (surprise, surprise) the Manly Wharf, which makes arriving by ferry a perfect option, should you not be a local.

The hotel has been a Manly hot spot for years and with their stunning waterfront location, it’s not hard to work out why. The interior is relaxed beach chic. The venue perfect for groups and always full however probably not the best quiet date night spot.

The food menu is standard pub fare meaning salads, seafood, burgers, grill and pizzas etc. Plus, they offer reasonably priced daily specials.

Drinks wise they offer cocktails, beer and wine. Also good to keep your eye out for their special events with DJ line ups such as Sunset Sessions, Australia Day and pretty much a party for every upcoming holiday there’s always something happening.

HEMINGWAY BAR

Hemingway’s Bar Manly

48 N Steyne, Manly NSW 2095

Sonia Piantoni and Emmanuel Deleuze took over the reins at Hemingway’s just over a year ago, moving here from the French Alps, where they own Le Montana, a Michelin Star restaurant in the mountain resort, Val Thorens.

Their common passion for gastronomy and love for Australia, which Emmanuel has been visiting for over 20 years, has inspired them to bring a little bit of French flavour to Manly.

Hungarian chef Zsolt Kovacs has had 12 years of experience fine-tuning his skills as a chef, starting his training in the Rhineland in Germany, before moving on to Munich, Berlin and Bavaria. Zsolt has trained with many renowned French chefs throughout his career and has been collaborating with Sonia and Emmanuel Deleuze, the French owners of Hemingway’s Manly, to create a menu that combines Manly seaside favourites with traditional French cuisine.

Zsolt has trained with many renowned French chefs throughout his career and has been collaborating with Sonia and Emmanuel to create a menu that combines Manly seaside favourites with traditional French cuisine.

 THE IVANHOE HOTEL,

27 The Corso, Manly Beach NSW 2095

TEL: 02 9976 3955 FAX: 02 9977 0957                               

a much-loved local pub located in the heart of The Corso at Manly on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

Offering a refreshing, timeless and sophisticated setting the Ivanhoe Hotel has a strong emphasis on food, quality and produce. Behind the magnificent heritage facade, The Ivanhoe Hotel’s interiors channel a Hamptons-inspired coastal beach vibe while retaining the welcoming and relaxed atmosphere of Manly and a local pub.

Boasting indoor and outdoor, relaxed all-weather spaces over three floors, including two of Sydney’s most impressive rooftop bars, The Ivanhoe Hotel’s spaces are perfect for lunch, dinner, drinks or a night out on the town. The variety of different areas throughout the pub allow guests to tailor their own experiences; whether it is casual large lunches with the whole family, afternoon cocktails in the sun with friends in one of the open-air courtyards, quiet corners for a quick bite to eat or celebrations in the surf clubhouse-style second floor bar and open-air rooftop, The Pines. These spaces are also perfect function spots for intimate groups right up to large events.

The Ivanhoe Hotel is also home to a boutique bottle shop as well as a dedicated sports bar, offering one of Sydney’s best venues for watching sport with full TAB facilities.

Good Hope Manly  

(02) 9977 0194 1/10 Belgrave St Manly 2095

Good Hope alludes to the origin of Australia’s first vine cuttings brought over with the First Fleet from the Cape of Good Hope before being planted on the foreshores of Sydney Cove where the InterContinental Hotel now stands.

We believe that great wine needs to be paired with great food. Good Hope’s dishes, are a modern take on Australian cuisine. Our menu is cooked with love and our dishes are designed to share.

What’s On

February Specials

Tuesday – Half price cheese and meat plates

Choose from a variety of meats and cheese’s to design your own tasty plate.

Thursday -Thursday Feast

Thursday night at Good Hope is feast night.

Our team releases a new menu weekly, paired with matching wines, we’ve taken the hard work out for you. Sit back, relax and let us do the rest for you.

$35 per person food only

$80 per person with matching wines

Open

Tuesday – Friday  4pm – 12:00am

Saturday – 2pm – 12:00am

Sunday-  2pm – 10:00pm

Coolest Tattoo Parlours in Sydney

Kaleidoscope Tattoo Parlour

About Us

Proudly delivering quality tattoos with friendly customer service for 20 years. We are Bondi’s original tattoo studio.

Established in 1995 at the famous Bondi Beach, Kaleidoscope Tattoo Studio has grown to become one of the most respected and well-known tattoo and body piercing studios in Sydney. We are proud of our reputation for delivering quality tattoos with friendly customer service. Whether it’s large custom tattoos or smaller pieces for walk in customers, we believe everyone should be given the same courtesy and support.

Our impressive line-up of award-winning tattoo artists possess amazing drawing skills. They approach their work with genuine passion and aim to design and deliver a tattoo that is personal and expresses precisely what you’re after. Our tattoo artists specialise in a wide range of tattoo styles including traditional, neo traditional, Japanese, oriental, realism, water colour, and other more artistic styles. Our work has been featured in all major tattoo publications and in numerous media for nearly 20 years.

Phone: 02 9365 0167 to book in your free consultation today!

Contact Us

P: 02 9365 0167

E: contact@kaleidoscopetattoo.com.au

Opening Hours:

Sunday – Friday: 12pm – 8pm

Saturday: 10am – 8pm

– See more at: http://kaleidoscopetattoo.com.au/contact-us/#sthash.FcIg0Z82.dpuf

For the unwanted tattoo that you’ve always wanted to be remove, also check out the best tattoo removal services in Sydney.

LDF TATTOO PARLOUR

You’re always welcome at LDF Tattoo, a tattoo studio owned and operated by tattoo artists who draw on more than 50 years of experience in the Australian tattoo industry. We have two locations, one on King Street in Sydney’s Newtown, an area known for it’s arts and culture and the other on Illawarra Road in Marrickville. Please check us out, have a look at our work and let us know how we can help you realise that tattoo you’ve been planning. Please feel free to leave us some feedback, and jump on the above link to follow us on facebook.

Thanks,

Les and the team @ LDF Tattoo.

CONTACT US

LDF Tattoo Newtown                                                     

26 King Street, Newtown

Sydney, Australia

(02) 9550 6759

Email: info@ldftattoo.com

Trading Hours

Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm

Sunday 12pm – 5pm

DARLING PARLOUR TATTOO

The Darling Parlour is a custom walk-in tattoo studio in the heart of Balmain, Sydney. They specialise in custom designs, good quality and clean tattoos for each individual client. They are a family operated tattoo studio with a huge passion for tattoos and all things creative. “We love what we do and we feel it shows in our work”, they say.

Dave and Sasha are the proud owners and operators of the darling parlour working alongside some great artists and friends. They have created a space which expresses not only their artwork but a piece of themselves.

Address:

The Darling Parlour Tattoo

4/13 Beattie St, Balmain NSW 2041, Australia

STONE HEART TATTOO PARLOUR

How do I book an appointment?

  • Shoot them an Email! 77@stoneheart.com.au
    When emailing, be sure to attach any reference pictures of the design you were after as well as stating where on your body you were after it.
  • Over the phone. You can call the shop and speak to one of their friendly staff, who will be able to book you in. Be sure to have your card ready to take an over the phone deposit!
  • Swing by the shop! Pop in at any time and speak to their artists. This is the best way to get an accurate price on the piece you were wanting.

Consultations:

Consultations are FREE, but need to be booked in.
Contact us via email, phone or drop by and we can book you in with one of our artists
Be sure to bring any reference pictures you may have to help describe the design you were after.

Your artist will usually draw up your design the day prior to or on the day of your appointment, so you will not be able to see your design till the actual day of your appointment.

Do you ever have guest artists in the shop?

Yes! They frequently do, check out their Guest page!

Send them your portfolio 77@stoneheart.com.au if you are keen on travelling and working with them.

How old do I have to be to get tattooed or pieced in your studio?

They do not tattoo any patrons under the age of 18.

Persons under the age of 18 shall not be pierced, unless accompanied by a legal guardian.
Both need photo ID, guardian/parent need a Medicare care with both names on it OR paperwork verifying their legal guardianship.

Stone Heart – 1/77 William Street, Sydney, NSW

Located in the heart of the Sydney CBD, just a few minutes walk from Town Hall station.

We are located ground level, just above the famous Club 77.

If you get lost, feel free to call us on (02) 8095 0100 for directions.

LITTLE TOKYO TATTOO PARLOUR

We are a custom design and walk-in tattoo studio (sorry, no piercing). We are fast becoming renown as Sydney’s go to Tattoo Studio, with our artists tattooing the likes of Justin Beiber, Ruby Rose, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith. Our shop is tucked away in a light-filled studio in Bondi, open 7 days a week from 11am until late. We pride ourselves on our friendliness, cleanliness and our down to earth attitude – Everyone is welcome!

Our studio is a treasure-trove of tattoo relics, tattoo memorabilia and just plain old cool shit! Every inch of every wall is covered in art and sculpture, collected from around the world over decades of travel. Our studio space is constantly evolving with new art, new tattoos, tattoo memorabilia and guest artists.  *As our studio is very busy with limited space, we kindly ask that you limit the people accompanying you to just one. There is plenty to see and do around our studio, so ideally it would be great if your friends and family could meet you after your appointment – thank you.

Despite our name, we don’t just do Japanese style tattooing, we cover all styles from black and grey, realsim, geometric/dot work to traditional Americana. We have some of the best artists in the industry, each being fully licensed using only the best equipment and supplies. To find out more about our artists and to see their work, head to the artist section on our website.

WALK-IN’S & APPOINTMENTS

Even though our artists work mostly by pre-booked appointments, we still offer walk-in’s when time permits. If we have time to do same-day tattoos, it will usually be small to medium in size with the design ready to go. If we can’t tattoo you on the spot, there may be an artist who will have time later that day or the following to get you tattooed. Our studio has up to 5 artists working at any one time, so chances are good we can get you booked in. If you’re wanting to get a large or more complex tattoo, it’s best that you contact one of our artists directly to organise a consultation.

Little Tokyo is open Monday to Sunday, 11am until Late. We recommend calling ahead for walk-in appointments but if you feel like dropping in, we’ll be more than happy to chat to you about your tattoo.

Open 7 days a week, 11am – Late

P: (02) 8068 4912  |  E: info@little-tokyo.com.au   Instagram @_littletokyo_

Address: 5A / 71 OXFORD STREET, BONDI JUNCTION
NSW,  AUSTRALIA, 2022

Night Tours of Sydney

Sydney is known for its vibrant nightlife. In fact, after the sun has set and cast its radiance over the Sydney Harbour, the life in the city is just getting started.

Attractions at Night

strip-outs waste management sydneyTourists who have a penchant for escorts can have a tour of Sydney brothels and nightlife. But if you have kids with you or would want to experience the city’s attractions at night, you can start your excursion at Sydney Tower. Take marvel at the spectacular view of the city lights or feast at the sumptuous food served in the Tower’s restaurants. You should also visit the Sydney Observatory. Look at the stars, planets or other heavenly bodies using the telescopes at the country’s oldest observatory. After a little astronomical experience, head to Sydney Aquarium. Kids and those young at heart will surely enjoy the country’s marine life. If you’re up for a hair-raising and spine-chilling experience, sign up for The Rocks Ghost Tour. Of course, the best time to revisit Sydney’s dark history is at night. Listen to real life stories of murders, suicide and hauntings while exploring dark alleyways and haunted places. For a more spooky experience, book the tour during the Halloween.

Theatres and Clubs

Apart from the famous Sydney Opera House, you can watch the country’s finest actors at Walsh Bay. You should also make a trip to the State Theatre and the Capitol Theatre. For party animals out there, party ’til you drop at the nightclubs in the city’s Central Business District. Among the must-visit clubs are the Chinese Laundry, One22 and Grandma’s Bar.

Lowlights of Sydney’s Nightlife

Just recently, the state government introduced new liquor laws “to ensure the safety of tourists and residents.” This is partly in response to the attacks on teenagers while enjoying the city’s nightlife. These laws entail a liquor ban in some areas and curfew on establishments that serve or sell alcohols. Because of these legislations, the once throbbing and vibrant nightlife in Sydney is starting to fade away. In fact, the once packed and alive Oxford Street is now swarming of establishments with the “lease” sign. It is a must that tourists and residents enjoy a nightlife, where they feel safe and comfortable. Maybe a sober city might be good after all.

Asian Hotspots and Karaoke Bars in Sydney

Sydney is full of great Asian hotspots and karaoke bars, where locals and visitors mingle under the spotlight and sing to their heart’s content. Awesome sound systems beat out a booming beat and the disco lights complete the kaleidoscopic picture. There are beautiful girls and great looking guys with all the right moves making boogie on the dance floor. Asian hotspots and karaoke bars in Sydney are varied and offer lots of unique experiences for participants. Usually located in the pulsating centre of the city, they are places of visceral entertainment.

When you grasp the golden microphone at Big Echo you know that stardom beckons for that moment. The volume blasts out your choice of song and you are off swinging those hips and trying to keep time with the lyrics. Plenty of alcohol choices and some great Japanese food on the menu too. This place is a Sydney karaoke institution.

Asian Hotspots and Karaoke Bars in Sydney

K-Square is a subterranean Sydney karaoke spot beneath George Street and very popular with the locals. They have a great list of songs with the original video clips by the artists themselves. Powerful sound system and several rooms available within the underground space. Lots of yummy Thai food on the menu and plenty of beer/alcohol.

Karaoke World is an oldie but a goodie; and has recently been renovated. With 18 rooms to sing in it could be compared to a karaoke golf course. It has a huge song list with all the latest hits. Very basic menu featuring fried food like spring rolls, chips and chicken wings.

Dynasty Karaoke in China Town is very futuristic with lots of reflective surfaces, bright lights and digital screens. Good solid sound system and easy to use touch screen remotes. Good service and some very tasty Asian food. One of the best karaoke bars in Sydney.

CEO Karaoke is a fancy pants style joint with light-up tables and super plush seats. There are rooms with individual interior design themes and plenty of room to move. Great drinks menu and a good selection of food to eat.

Mizuya Japanese Restaurant and Karaoke has some 24 rooms for you to Karaoke in. Karaoke used to be about public embarrassment but now it seems that you can confine the shame to your intimate circle. This place has great food and lots of drinks to choose from. You can even take advantage of package deals for dinner or lunch with karaoke. A top Asian hotspot in Sydney to party hard in.

 

Iconic Sydney Venues That Have Closed Since the Lockout Laws

The Lockout Laws in Sydney which prevent customers from entering a venue after 1.30am are killing businesses in the hotel and night club industries. This law was ostensibly brought in to curtail the violence that had resulted in the ‘king hit’ deaths of two young men in Sydney in recent years. It seems we must punish the many innocent to stop a minority of guilty violent youths who cannot handle their drinks. The upshot of it all has been iconic Sydney venues closing forever in response to these financially damaging laws.

The Exchange or ‘Sexchange’ Hotel went last year and I know personally that I exchanged large amounts of saliva with peoples unknown in dark corners of these subterranean bars. Sydney’s Darlinghurst will never be the same; Oxford Street will be missing something like a back molar in the mouth of some salacious beast. Where has all the disreputable fun gone from this city? Where, indeed, not to the ‘Cross’, because Hugos Bar and Lounge has also closed down. That Bacchanalian expanse of late night bodies crammed into some Roman like pavilion, where one would go when other joints had dimmed, is no more.

Iconic Sydney Venues That Have Closed Since the Lockout Laws

Late night Sydney bars and clubs are becoming an endangered species and the #lockoutlaws are killing fun. #keepsydneyopen and #casinomike are raising awareness about the conservative wet blanket choking the life out of ‘sin city’.

The mighty Lansdowne Hotel has also gone. The sticky carpet on the floor, the grunge bands and the almost desperate ambience; which had lasted for 90 years is now a distant memory. I remember pool tables and quiz nights full of large amounts of beer with my now ex-wife; Sydney has changed forever. Where will my children go and let their hair down, take drugs and meet other girls and boys?

Kings Cross is a ghost town with the closing of so many late night venues. Kings Cross was a late night destination; how can you be a late night destination if all your venues are lock outs? The Soho has closed, with the loss of late night business, according to owner Andrew Lazarus, squarely to blame. Night clubs due to ‘nanny state’ laws are no longer financially viable; there are so many compliance costs that without the late night alcohol sales it is unfeasible.

Bar Century in the city has closed down. Just about every place that was known as a late night option has shut its doors forever because of the lock out laws. Goodgod Small Club and The BackRoom have both shut down. Is everyone doing yoga and going to bed early these days? Such a dying shame!

Can Psychics Help Police With Murder Cases?

There have been reports of psychics helping police with their investigations into cases of murder, and these usually involve an attempt to locate the missing body of the presumed victim; in most instances the psychics have not been successful. There have been a few reports claiming that a psychic did help the police locate the body of a victim, but often the actual help has been exaggerated by the media.

Most police forces, including those in Australia, state, that they do not consult with psychics to determine the whereabouts of presumed victims or the identity of perpetrators. However, unofficially these things do go on; especially when police are unable to solve these questions themselves and cases remain unsolved over a lengthy period of time. Psychic investigators are seen as some silver bullet, by a credulous public seeking answers.

There is a great body of fiction, which feature psychic detectives, and these stories read in books and seen on television contribute to society’s ongoing belief in the ability of psychics to solve crimes. The majority of cop shows on TV feature a detective grappling with strands of evidence and attempting, by dint of intuition, to unravel a mystery. Most crimes are actually solved by the dogged cross referencing of evidence by police operatives.

Many parents of missing persons and presumed murder victims have been deeply hurt by the spurious attempts by psychics to solve the mysteries involving their children. There have been multiple cases of psychics, stating publicly, that someone was murdered and their body is located in such and such place, when in reality that person turns up alive and well later on. Certain psychics seek celebrity through involvement in high profile murder cases, and the fact that they are, usually, always unable, to solve the case or clearly wrong, does not seem to harm their reputation. People who believe in psychics are not greatly troubled by evidence, which discredits their belief; it is more important to them to maintain these beliefs – much like religion.

The rational and scientific modus operandi of police forces is often viewed as inadequate, especially by the media who feed on events like murder. These irrational events sell newspapers, as the public gain stimulation from nefarious acts committed on other people. The talk around water coolers is abuzz with chat about crimes and questions like, can psychics help police with murder cases? We all want to believe in an overmind, which can be tapped into by a psychic, as an example of good over evil; someone who can bear witness to the ultimate truth of the matter.

The Trots and Dogs: Night Racing in Sydney

A great night out in Sydney is a visit to the trots and/or dogs. The buzz and frenetic action of these racetracks can pep you up no end. I remember many a time I dined at the Harold Park Raceway, in Glebe, with a beautiful woman on my arm and the exciting track lit up beneath us. Sipping Champagne and enjoying a sensational meal, with the added stimulation of a fistful of betting tickets on the table. As the horses pulling their chariots surge down the track, you could be transported back to the Circus Maximus in ancient Rome.

This sport was the one that captured the hearts of the citizens of the Roman Empire. There were factions, the Greens, Blues, Reds and Whites, akin to a mixture of owners/financial backers and football teams; in the tribal allegiance they inspired in the punters. It became highly political and fan passion for the chariot races almost brought down emperors on occasion. Harness racing has a rich tradition and connects us with the forebears of our western civilisation. As you hold your breath and watch your chosen runner head for the finishing line; you can feel the excitement in your blood. Harold Park has sadly gone the way of the Dodo; eaten up by the rapacious love of real estate in Sydney.

The Menangle Park Raceway in south-west Sydney, after many renovations, now hosts the premier harness racing events, including the Miracle Mile. This venue, also, offers a great night out and some great racing. Racing at night is doubly exciting because we all naturally feel more alive at night, the bright lights contrasting the night sky. Work is finished and now we are ready to play, a sexy woman beside you dressed to the nines, and a flutter in your pocket with the promise of riches. Do you feel lucky tonight punk? “He who bets has a better time”, I think Confucius might have said that.

The dogs race at Wentworth Park, again in Glebe (no surprise that Glebe used to be the home of Sydney’s great crime families back in the day), every Saturday and Wednesday nights. Greyhound racing is seriously quick, these animals flash by in their chase for the synthetic bunny. They charge out of their boxes, unmuzzled and hungry for the sweet taste of success. The races are over in more seconds than minutes, and it is high excitement borne of pure animal testosterone and hormones. These dogs love to run, they are born to run and boy do they run. A night at Wentworth Park will get you in the mood for mating and you might just win a few bucks too.

 

Home Invasions a Constant Threat

It is an unfortunate fact of modern urban life in big cities like Sydney and Melbourne that home invasions are a constant threat. Violent forcible entries by gangs of men into homes where there may be women and children present. Robbery is usually the prime motivation for these terrifying acts perpetuated upon innocent people; but physical assaults also regularly occur. Drugs are often a big part of the story, with the offenders either high or desperate to raise money to buy drugs. It is also a common thread that these acts of home invasion are targeted upon vulnerable victims.

These include the elderly, often frail and living alone, women and children when husbands are not present; these are cowardly acts committed by physically aggressive young men. The chosen victims have usually been observed by gang members, their houses being watched to find out the most opportune times for invading the victim’s home. These youths are often wearing clothing and jewellery associated with American gangs, as if they are attempting to emulate the things they have seen on TV. These violent behaviours are the underbelly of American urban culture and Australian gangs, usually made up of some particular ethnic group, are mimicking this behaviour.

The top five Home Invasion Sydney articles on Google include: a woman being forced from her home by a half naked man with a gun; a blind man being robbed and injured in a western Sydney home; four children experienced an invasion of their home; and a pregnant woman was injured in another home invasion. Drugs are nearly always a motivating force in the cowardly acts of these men; whether you can really call them men is debatable, boys, bullying boys picking on the weak and vulnerable is a better description of them.

In the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics Annual Recorded Crime Report for 2014 all crimes were down on previous years except stealing from a dwelling, which was up 3.2%. What can you do to protect yourself from a home invasion? Firstly, I would recommend engaging locksmith services to assess and install locks and security devices on all ports of entry into your home. Next, I would pay attention to anybody who may be watching your home, as they may be casing your joint in preparation for a home invasion. Talk to your neighbours and get them involved, perhaps the whole street. Do you have a neighbourhood watch program in your suburb? There is safety in numbers, and in community spirit and action.

Chlamydia Epidemic Haunts Sydney

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The diagnosis rate of Chlamydia infection has risen dramatically in Australia and it remains to be the most common and most frequently reported sexually transmitted infection which affects the young heterosexuals.

In Sydney, the Chlamydia rate has reached epidemic levels among young people as young as 12 years old. The rate of infection is recorded four times greater in remote areas where 81% of the reported cases are in the 15-24 age bracket.

Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted infection caused by Chlamydia trachomatis, a very small parasitic bacterium which can infect both men and women. It’s contagious and can be transmitted through unprotected sexual contact and be passed through vaginal, anal, and oral sex. Bacteria of this type can cause serious and permanent damage to a woman’s reproductive system which can lead to infertility and increase risk of ectopic pregnancy.

chlamydia can be prevented through protected sexChlamydia is easily treated with antibiotics but, in many cases, chlamydia causes only mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. Those who are infected may not even be aware that they have the infection and as a result, the infection can last for weeks or months before it’s discovered. Because there are no early symptoms, most people affected do not get treated until complications have emerged. Since up to 80% of chlamydia infections are asymptomatic, screening is the only effective way to detect the majority of cases and to provide treatment. A simple swab or urine test will determine if you have Chlamydia.

Because chlamydia is spread through sexual contact, the best way to prevent it is to abstain from having sex or by practicing safe sex. Condoms decrease the risk of STIs, including chlamydia. It’s also important to know that sexual contact with multiple partners or with someone with multiple partners increase the risk of contracting any sexually transmitted infection.

Once a young person becomes sexually active, it’s essential that he or she be screened yearly for chlamydia and other sexually transmitted infections. This is important whether symptoms of an infection are present or not. There are institutions in Sydney that offer free sexual health services to young people, especially those who can’t afford it.

The rise of STIs such as chlamydia in Sydney particularly with younger people is alarming. It’s really sad when you hear young people testing positive for sexually transmitted infections because they engage in unprotected sex. It’s important now more than ever that the safe sex message is conveyed at school and at home, and hopefully more young people realise the importance of practicing safe sex to prevent some serious health threats and to stop this cycle.

Adult Entertainment Venues in Sydney

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The vibrant city of Sydney is bursting with world class adult entertainment clubs and nightlife destinations. Sydney’s adventurous sex spots are emerging and this city is well prepared to entertain its guests.  Whether you’re a brothel, strip club or erotic massage enthusiast, you’ll certainly find what you’re looking for in Sydney after dark. Play safe and play nice as we give you some of the best adult entertainment venues in Sydney to satisfy your innermost erotic desires…

showgirls adult entertainmentShow Girls
41 Darlinghurst Rd, Kings Cross 2011, Ph : 02 9331 0690
www.worldfamousshowgirls.com.au
For a great nightclub experience with super hot strippers and lap dancers in Sydney, it has to be Showgirls. This world famous club is known to provide pure adult fun with some of the most beautiful women from around Australia. Not to be missed is the world famous “Mega Strip” where 10 of the best show girls perform nude on stage. And don’t worry as their large central stage layout provides a great view from anywhere in the club which was designed so that every seat is a front-row seat. Show Girls is everything you are looking for in a club.

pure platinum clubPure Platinum
252 Pitt Street Sydney 2000 NSW Ph : 02 9267 4454
sydneytabledancingclubs.com.au/clubs/pure-platinum
Ready for some late night misbehaving? One of Sydney’s hottest adult bars and nightclubs, Pure Platinum lets you experience a party with outrageous themes, hot ladies and wild full nude entertainment you wouldn’t want to miss. Get up, close and personal with their provocative and cheeky ladies who are bound to show you a really fun erotic night. From the wet and wild or hot n’ steamy Shower shows to the full nude private fun, Pure Platinum proves to be the perfect venue for pure seductive adult entertainment.

minx clubMinx
72 Pitt St, Sydney 2000, Ph: 1300 789 798
www.minxbar.com
Minx is the home of Sydney’s most alluring women, exotic hostesses and erotic dancers. This Sydney gentlemen’s club combines a lavish atmosphere and sophisticated style that’s sexy, exciting and very seductive. Their girls offer more than just a standard striptease but a personal, sensual and intimate performance. Dining at Minx is also an experience in itself and it’s definitely a feast both for the eyes and the palette.

badabing nightclubBada Bing
70 Darlinghurst Rd, Kings Cross 2011, Ph : 02 9356 2442
www.badabingnightspot.com.au
If you’re looking for serious fun, sexy time in Sydney’s Red Light District, Bada Bing is the perfect destination. Located right on “The Golden Mile” of Kings Cross, Bada Bing is one of Sydney’s best strip clubs which features 35 of Sydney’s finest strippers and pole dancers. This part nightclub, part strip club has an energetic atmosphere. It’s classy, erotic and absolutely entertaining.

secrets of sydney erotic massageSecrets of Sydney
18 Box Rd, Caringbah, New South Wales, Ph: 02 9525 7383
www.secretsofsydney.com.au
One of Sydney’s most luxurious erotic massage establishments is Secrets of Sydney. This place is the perfect hideaway location for some sensual pampering where you’ll experience a sensuous nude and body to body massage provided by gorgeous women skilled in the art of erotica, seduction and nude massage. These women are carefully handpicked and trained to maximise your pleasurable experience.

sefton playhouse strip clubSefton Playhouse
54 Clapham Rd, Sefton 2162, Ph: 02 9644 2174
www.seftonplayhouse.com.au
Sefton Playhousen is one of Sydney’s most successful premier strip clubs. This suburban favourite usually starts early at noon and is known for shower shows plus the large roster of stunning lady dancers and hot waitresses. Get up close and personal with their captivating table dancers. Remember, the more you tip, the more you see.

tiffany's brothelTiffany’s
99 Albion St, Surry HIlls Sydney NSW , Ph : 02 9212 1195
www.tiffanysgirls.com.au
One of Sydney’s and the world’s best known in house bordellos, Tiffany’s maintains its high-standard and well-earned reputation. This sophisticated and luxurious brothel boasts of gorgeous local and international girls to tempt you and cater to your every whim and desire. For world-class ultimate indulgence and the best adult service, it has to be Tiffany’s.

mens gallery clubMen’s Gallery
Homemaker City, 92 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000 Ph : 02 9232 1800
www.mensgallery.com.au
If it’s tabletop dancing or striptease you want, then head on to the Men’s Gallery, one of Sydney’s premier gentleman’s club and adult entertainment venues. This establishment has elegant surroundings, abundant drinking and dining options, plus a lineup of spectacular dancers and showgirls from around Australia, performing fully naked fantasy strips and naughty wild shows.

Room13Room 13
13 Kellett St Potts Point Sydney, Ph: 02 8208 3395
www.room13.com.au
Experience something different at Room 13, the intimate Lingerie Lounge Bar and function venue. This unique place is a great party destination offering only the highest level of privacy and intimacy. See striking lingerie and topless waitresses perform burlesque shows and dazzling stage shows combined with a diverse mix of music with live saxophone. Room 13 provides pure adult entertainment at its best.

bodyrotic massage venueBodyrotic
136 Parramatta Road, Camperdown, Ph 02 9557 7999
www.bodyrotic.com.au
Bodyrotic is a Sydney premier erotic massage venue offering exceptionally arousing nude full body-to-body sensual massage and bodyslides with lots of intimate teasing which is sure to stimulate all of your senses. If you’re the adventurous type, you may want to try the Bodyrotic striptease, fantasy massage or the very intriguing mystery massage.

 

governors pleasure clubThe Governors Pleasure
90 Erskine Street Sydney NSW 2000, Ph: 02 8964 9911
www.governorspleasure.com
Governors Pleasure is a lingerie restaurant that’s famous for its legendary first class exotic full nude shows performed by some of Sydney’s leading exotic dancers. This exciting establishment also provides first class a la carte dining served by stunning and exquisite ladies in sexy lingerie. Expect hot bodies, sensational dancing and all-out erotic fun when you visit The Governors Pleasure.

dancers cabaret clubDancer’s Cabaret
15 Parramatta Road Five Dock NSW 2046 Ph : 02 9797 9550
sydneytabledancingclubs.com.au/clubs/dancers-cabaret
The Inner West premier nightclub and adult entertainment spot Dancer’s Cabaret is located at the Illinois Hotel at Five Dock. With its plush interior and state of the art sports bar, Dancer’s Cabaret is definitely any man’s ultimate fantasy haven. Party the night away and indulge yourself with some of the most beautiful and exquisite ladies you’ll find in Sydney.

twin peeks lingerie restaurantTwin Peeks
134 Forbes St, Woolloomooloo 2011, Ph: 02 9356 3440
www.twinpeeks.com.au
Twin Peeks is the most popular destination for full nude adult entertainment and the ultimate lingerie restaurant experience. World-class beauties perform full-nude erotic cabaret strip shows filled with pure entertainment and exotic fun. Undoubtedly, Twin Peeks is one of Sydney’s most exclusive destinations wherein the craving for a great dining experience and adult entertainment is satisfied.

bliss erotic massageBliss
104 Crown Street, Woolloomooloo, Ph: 02 9360 3366
www.blissoncrown.com.au
Longing for a full body massage with sexy, sensual and erotic body slide? Bliss, an erotic massage parlour in Sydney is an oasis offering a blissful and relaxing escape from the stress of everyday life. Be pampered by extremely sexy ladies who are experts in erotic massage and experience the sensation of unbelievable happy ending.

sirs massageSirs
80 Erskine Street Sydney NSW 2000 , Ph: 02 9299 7771
www.sirs.com.au
Sirs is an up-class establishment offering a top standard exotic and sensual body to body massage, with front and back body slides in an elegantly refurbished townhouse in Sydney. Get naked and oiled up with sexy masseuses who will caress your body and relieve tensions in your mind and body.

The World’s 50 Most Popular Cocktails

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Are you planning a party or just want to order on your next night out? Here’s a list of world’s 50 most popular cocktails you should know:

01. Martini – cocktail made with gin and vermouth and garnished with an olive or a lemon twist.
02. Mojito–traditional Cuban highball, combination of white rum, sugar, lime juice, sparkling water, mint and garnished with sprig of mint leaves.
03. Bloody Mary – a popular cocktail containing vodka, tomato juice and combination of spices and flavorings like Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce and piripiri sauce.
04. Margarita – summer cocktail drink consisting of tequila, triple sec, lime or lemon juice in cocktail shaker filled with ice, often service with salt on the rim of the glass.
05. Cosmopolitan – cosmo is a cocktail made with vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and freshly squeezed lime. Served with lime wedge or lemon slide.
06. Daiquiri–a classic rum cocktail with citrus sugar and other sweetener. Commonly served straight up without ice and lime slice garnishing.
07. Old fashioned – a cocktail made by combining sugar with bitters then adding bourbon whiskey or brandy and a twist of citrus rind. Served on the rocks with orange slice or cherry.
08. Piña Colada–a sweet cocktail usually serve either blended or shaken with ice. Combination of rum, coconut cream and pineapple juice, served with pineapple wedge or maraschino cherry.
09. Whiskey Sour – is a classic cocktail and a staple in the sour family. Combination of Bourbon, fresh lemon juice and simple syrup served on the rocks with cherry or lemon wedge.
10. Highball – is a cocktail served with a carbonated beverage over ice that is meant to refresh. Whiskey and ginger ale served with a twist of lemon peel.
11. Gin and Tonic – classic, easy and light cocktail for the summer. Gin and tonic are made with the best Gin especially those with a slightly citrus flavor and served with lime wedge.
12. Vodka Martini – Vodka replaces gin in this variation of the classic martini. Vodka, dry vermouth and ice cubes are mixed and served chilled with olives.
13. Mint Julep – a symbolic cocktail of South America. A concoction of bourbon, water, powdered and granulated sugar and plenty of mint. Gin, brandy and whiskey can be used to create different variations of the drink.
14. Sazerac – a classic drink made from Bourbon, Pernod, bar sugar, water and Angostura bitters. This is the signature drink of Sazerac Coffee House in New Orleans.
15. Manhattan – classic cocktail made with rye, sweet vermouth and bitters served with Maraschino cherries.
16. Gin Fizz – this classic cocktail is much like a Whiskey Fizz the main difference is the base spirit. It has a very light sour citrus flavor, juice and simple syrup are used for a sour mix.
17. Tom Collins – soda highball, refreshing gin sour perfect for the summer days. Combination of gin, lemon juice, Club soda and simple syrup or sour mix.
18. Mai Tai – a Polynesian-style cocktail that has a fruity tropical taste. A mixture of light and dark rum, Curacao liqueur, orange syrup and lime juice. Mai Tai has been a symbol of Tiki or Tahitian culture.
19. Sidecar – classically made with Cognac or Armagnac but commonly made lately with Bourbon as opposed to brandy. This cocktail is a perfect balance of sweet and sour.
20. Negroni – the best aperitif, this cocktail is made of one part gin, one part vermouth rosso and one part Campari garnished with orange peel.
21. Martinez – is one of the predecessors of Martini. This cocktail is a combination of gin-vermouth and small amounts of maraschino liqueur, perfect anytime of day.
22. Irish coffee – the original Irish coffee is a concoction of whiskey, black coffee and whipped cream.
23. White Russian – a simple, creamy vodka mixed drink with a nice coffee flavor. Another popular option is to mix the spirits in a glass and let the cream float on top.
24. Tequila Sunrise–taste and look great, orange juice and grenadine mix with tequila. Grenadine adds sweetness to the orange juice and tequila becoming prominent as you get to the bottom of the glass.
25. Spritz –also called Spritz Veneziano is a wine-based cocktail commonly served as an aperitif. A combination of prosecco wine, bitter liqueur and topped off with sparkling mineral water.
26. French Martini–a cocktail made from Chambord raspberry liqueur, Chambord flavored vodka and fresh pineapple juice and served in a chilled cocktail glass.
27. Caipirinha –Brazil’s national cocktail made with white rum, cachaca (spirit from sugar cane) brown sugar and lime juice, served on the rocks with lime or sugar cane.
28. Apple Martini – or Appletini is a trendy cocktail that add big twist to the typical dry martini. Vodka is used instead of gin and apple schnapps add sweet and sour taste to the cocktail.
29. French 75 – the name came from a 75mm French field gun said to have the same kick as the drink. This cocktail was made with gin, lemon, simple syrup and Champagne.
30. Moscow Mule – a refreshing and easy Vodka highball that uses ginger beer and lime and served in a copper mug.
31. Long Island Iced Tea – a potent concoction of rum, vodka, tequila, gin and triple sec and often finished with a mixture of sweet and sour lemon juice or cola.
32. Screwdriver – this drink gets its name from the original tool used to stir this drink. A refreshing cocktail made by combining orange juice and vodka over ice.
33. Blue Hawaii–a cocktail made from Blue Curacao. A combination of light rum, Vodka, Blue Curacao, pineapple juice and sweet and sour mix.
34. Cuba Libre – a simple combination of rum and Coca-cola with a squeeze of lime.
35. Hurricane – named after the hurricane lamp-shaped glass the first drink was served. Hurricane was made with dark rum, passion fruit syrup, lemon juice and garnished with orange slice or cherry.
36. Bellini – peach version of Champagne cocktail perfect as brunch cocktail. Very easy to mix up, it only requires peach puree and champagne.
37. Mimosa – makes an excellent brunch cocktail, this bubbly is made by combining Cognac or champagne, grenadine and triple sec.
38. Orgasm–mixed drink that has many variations. This cocktail can be served either on the rocks or as a shooter. Usually made by combining Amaretto, Kahlua and Baileys Irish Cream.
39. Bramble – a delicious cocktail made with Plymouth gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup, other version include blackberry liquor and blackberry as a garnish.
40. Jack Rose–a tasty applejack sour cocktail made from applejack, lemon juice, grenadine and served with a twist of lemon.
41. Brooklyn – a whiskey based drink, made with spicier rye whiskey, dry vermouth and maraschino liqueur served with yellow lemon twist.
42. Boulevardier – the cocktail similar to Negroni only you have to swap the gin for rye whisky. Served on the rocks and garnished with orange twist.
43. Planters Punch – a classic rum drink which is IBA Official Cocktail, made of dark rum, lemon juice, grenadine syrup and Angostura bitters or other juices.
44. Last Word – is a classic drink gin based prohibition-era cocktail. Fairly easy to make with equal parts of gin, lime juice, Green Chartreuse and maraschino liqueur.
45. Stinger –an excellent desert cocktail perfect pair with chocolate desserts. A classic duo cocktail based on brandy and white crème de menthe shaken and served in cocktail glass.
46. Agent Orange – is a highball drink consisting of only two ingredients, carrot juice and vodka. Other variation is light rum, apple schnapps, triple sec, vodka, Yukon Jack and grenadine.
47. Pisco Sour – refreshing and most popular drink in Peru and Chile. The name comes from pisco which is its base liquor and sour in reference to sour citrus juice and sweetener.
48. Greyhound – perfect cocktail for summertime brunch. White grapefruit juice combined with vodka basically a spiked juice.
49. Hollywood – popular juice drink sometimes called Raspberry Smash. An interesting mix of raspberry and pineapple with vodka and black raspberry liqueur.
50. Hanky Panky– is a variation of sweet martini, combination of Italian Vermouth, dry gin, FernetBranca and freshly squeezed orange juice.

8 Great Irish Pubs in Sydney

Irish pubs in Sydney

Sydney has an eclectic range of pubs and bars, and its Irish pubs are some of the best. Experience the art of the pour as Irish-born MARCUS DERVIN, SharePoint developer, shares his picks for the best Irish pubs in Sydney…

 

P J O’Brien’s Irish Pub

57 King St Sydney NSW 2000 Ph: 02 9290 1811

www.pjobriens.com.au/sydney

Experience a taste of Ireland at P J O’Brien’s Irish Pub. This pub is not your typical touristy Irish bar as it’s exactly what you’d see on the corner of your street back home in Ireland. Settle in with a creamy pint of Guinness or one of their many beers, wines and spirits while listening to live Irish music. The upstairs section is quiet enough to carry a conversation and loud enough to exude a good time vibe. This pub also offers a variety of savoury Irish dishes and contemporary pub meals. You have to try the piping hot Beef & Guinness Pie as well as the Irish Chicken Curry. For dessert I highly recommend the Baileys Bread & Butter Pudding with warm custard, it’s really good!

The Porterhouse Irish Pub

233 Riley Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010 Ph: 02 9211 4454

www.porterhouse.com.au

The Porterhouse is a friendly Irish pub right in the heart of Surry Hills. It’s spacious with a pleasant and down to earth brick décor, plus an outside porch facing an off street. The food is great and reasonably priced. I highly recommend the Chicken Schnitzel, Kilkenny Battered Fish, Salmon Cakes and Sticky Date Pudding. This Irish pub serves really good beers kept at the correct temperatures and served with a full pour. This cosy traditional Irish Pub will make you feel right at home.

P.J. Gallagher’s Irish Pub

260 Pitt St Cnr Park Street Sydney 2000 Ph: 02 9264 3093

www.pjgallaghers.com.au

Located right in the heart of the CBD, P.J. Gallagher’s Irish Pub merges the traditional pub atmosphere with the modern day style. The upstairs part of the club is for those who want a lively atmosphere and a full bar service and for those looking for a more peaceful atmosphere, head downstairs to enjoy a hearty meal with a cold drink. They serve great food at reasonable prices.  Must try Irish foods are Dublin Bay Prawns, Irish Potato Boxy and you’ll never go wrong with the Irish Apple Crumble Cake for dessert.

Scruffy Murphy’s Hotel

43-49 Goulburn St Sydney NSW 2000 Ph: 02 9211 2002

www.scruffymurphys.com.au

Scruffy Murphy’s is a legendary Irish pub for cheap drinks, live entertainment, dancing and Irish style pub grub. It’s open till late and is very popular with uni students, sports fanatics, tourists and anyone looking for a cheap drink and a wild evening. It can take a while to warm up to this pub but once you do, you’ll never look back. Scruffy Murphy’s is a genuine experience – just ask the locals!

Durty Nelly’s Bar & Print Room Restaurant

9-11 Glenmore Rd Paddington NSW 2021 Ph: 02 9360 4467

www.durtynellyssydney.com.au

Durty Nelly’s is a boutique traditional Irish pub situated in the heart of Paddington. The atmosphere here is relaxed, warm and friendly. This Irish pub is famous for serving Sydney’s perfect pint of Guinness and has a huge selection of Irish beers and wines. If you’re hungry, climb the stairs for delicious Irish and European meals. The kitchen serves excellent food and my picks are the Saddle of Spring Lamb with Crushed New Potatoes and the Traditional Pork Sausages with Champ, Peas & Onion Gravy. For dessert, you must try the Lemon Tart with Raspberry Sorbet.

O’Donoghue’s Irish Pub

99 Great Western Hwy Emu Plains NSW 2750 Ph: 02 4735 5509

www.odonoghues.com.au

O’Donoghue’s is a beautiful old pub converted to an Irish pub with plenty of ambiance. It’s close to the railway station and is a great venue for events. The food is excellent – something you would expect from a fancy restaurant and not a pub. The cold beers and quaffing wines are fantastic and reasonably priced too. O’Donoghue’s is a fantastic lively spot where you can enjoy great food, drinks and live entertainment.

The Fiddler

Commercial Rd Rouse Hill NSW 2155 Ph: 02 9629 4811

www.thefiddler.com.au

The Fiddler is famous for its Irish hospitality. This pub is pretty big and has plenty to offer. You can enjoy a different form of live entertainment every night here. Aside from the good hearty pub food, this newly renovated pub has a wine bar and live music lounge for a night of entertainment. It’s also a good place to catch the weekend games on the big screen with a good steak and a cold beer.

Mulligans 

137 Cleveland St Chippendale NSW 2008 Ph: 02 9319 5582

www.mulligans.com.au

Mulligans provide a true taste of Ireland. It’s homely, warm and welcoming. Although it’s not a pub, this amazing Irish restaurant deserves a spot on this list. They serve hearty, authentic Irish fare and the food at this restaurant will literally take you back to your childhood – warm hearty Irish food just like what mum makes! Portions are plentiful and wholesome and the price is what you would expect to pay for such a service. Mulligan’s is considered a tradition in Sydney and it’s a little bit of Ireland on Cleveland Street.

Marcus Dervin is the Director of WebVine, a SharePoint, Office 365 and Dynamics CRM consultancy based in Sydney. He has over 19 years web experience across industries such as Telecommunications, Accounting, and Financial Services and has also worked internationally including in New York for 4 years. Marcus’ focus is on bringing business value to SharePoint.

Sydney Beer Gardens

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There are times when you want to take in every sight and sound dished out before you. The best place to go would be a beer garden. You can find a friend simply by striking a conversation over ice-cold beer. Here are some top choices for you:

The Courthouse Hotel
The Courthouse Hotel’s wooden veranda with its long wooden benches surrounded by frangipani trees and tropical plants makes it a perfect place to have their beer garden setup with indoor as well as outdoor seating available. Enjoy your relaxing stay with fresh air and good ambience. Newtown

Newport Arms
Newport Arms is home to Australia’s largest waterfront beer garden. Drinks aren’t the only things they prepare their guests upon their visit as a variety of events and activities awaits them to spend the evening away. Enjoy happy hour on a regular basis and get a good value with the drinks that you are enjoying. Newtown

The Norfolk
A different set of menu prepared on a daily basis to accompany your drinks provided to you at The Norfolk. Enjoy taco Tuesdays, steaks on Wednesdays, a variety of burgers on Thursdays and a whole lot more prepared to their visitors throughout the whole course of the week. The place is kid friendly and dog friendly as well. Redfern

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The Oaks Hotel
Experience a variety of locales available to you during your visit to the Oaks Hotel. The garden bar is your traditional beer garden with large curved windows giving a perfect view to their huge oak tree. Without a doubt the most iconic of Sydney beer gardens. During the winter, a fireplace is available and ready for use to keep that warm and welcoming environment. Checkout their garden pavilion as well. Neutral Bay

The Rose Hotel
Bask in the sun and enjoy a drink or two with your friends at The Rose Hotel. Their split level beer garden has been providing drinks to their guests for quite some time. They boast their large tables, bench seating, and pool tables which is able to accommodate a fair amount of visitors and guests. Chippendale

The Beresford Hotel
Beresford Hotel’s courtyard makes it a suitable place to setup a beer garden with its tranquil outdoor area that is adorned with Japanese maples. A truly warm and relaxing setting indeed while one enjoys the summer afternoons with a drink. Their 200” projection screen always makes for a perfect evening to enjoy an occasional movie. Surry Hills

Slip Inn
Have that Mexican feel and vibe with your beer gardens found with El Roco at Slip Inn. Enjoy a refreshing drink served fresh and chilled. Enjoy the Mexican culture with their ambience as well as the music that they provide. Mariachi bands perform on a regular occasion and seeing them live in action can be very entertaining. Sussex St.

The Golden Barley Hotel
Known as one of the biggest and best beer garden in the Inner West, the Golden Barley Hotel provides customers soothing and relaxing ambience with its green and leafy setting with tables of all sizes for groups big and small as well as umbrellas to keep you cool in the summer. Edgeware Rd.

The Tilbury Hotel
A spacious and expansive space to accommodate with a large drinking environment available with the beer garden prepared at the Tilbury Hotel. Find long, raw wooden boards and big umbrellas that are able to shade you during the day and adequate supply of chairs available during the evening. Woolloomooloo

Opera Bar
There are variety of great vantage points and views available for you and your friends to see upon you stay at Opera Bar. Their beer garden is wide and fairly spacious but what sets them apart from others is the perfect view that they provide. Enjoy a relaxing evening viewing Sydney’s Opera House or the Harbour Bridge from a good distance. Opera House

Alexandria Hotel
Alexandria Hotel provides one of the biggest beer gardens in the inner city. Enjoy its tropical setting with native plants to give that fresh and cool atmosphere. A screen and stage is also setup for entertainment purpose with soothing music or an action packed evening with a movie. Alexandria

Manly Wharf Hotel
A great harbor view with plenty of seating as well shade is provided at the Manly Wharf Hotel. Enjoy the warm sunny weather with an ice cold beer provided at their beer garden. Their live DJs and jazz nights make it a great place to visit even at night. Manly

The Henson
Have a taste of an ever changing selection of craft beers, both locally brewed and handpicked to suite the taste of customers at the Henson. Using the freshest produce, one can ensure that their cocktails as well as their beers are perfect for every occasion. Marrickville

Golden Sheaf
Enjoy a relaxing stay and sit beneath the giant tree located at Golden Sheaf’s beer garden. Chill and unwind with cool breeze and environment which the beer garden provides. Sit back and relax while watching sports plays on multiple screens available outside their establishment. Double Bay

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
A warm and relaxing atmosphere awaits guests upon with visit at the Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel. Grab a cold glass of beer at their beer garden while basking in the sun enjoy the view at this harbour side retreat. Watsons Bay

Cogee Bay Hotel
Cogee Bay Hotel is perfectly situated alongside the beach making it a great place to visit when looking for a beer garden. Chill and relax with the warm and hot winds of the summer with a cold bottle of beer. Enjoy the great view of the beach or as you wait for the sun to set in. Coogee

Warren View Hotel
A greet beer garden is not only identified by its setting and environment but also with the number of events and activities they provide to their guests. Find all day specials, happy hours and a whole lot more in stored at the Warren View Hotel. Enmore

Toxteth Hotel
A different variety of activities prepared throughout the whole at the Toxteth Hotel. Enjoy sports events and games aired to you during Super Sport Saturdays. Bands and singers also perform live during Sundays making it great for a relaxing stay and visit while enjoying your drink. Glebe

Erskineville Hotel
Enjoy a barbecue platter to pair of with your drinks at Erskineville Hotel. Choose from glazed pork ribs or a beef short ribs or perhaps have them both prepared for you and your friends as you drink the rest of the evening away. Erskineville

Dicks Hotel
Every day is a great day to relax and unwind with a cold glass of bear. Dicks Hotel shares the same sentiments as they provide happy hour from Monday to Friday giving great value for their customers. Enjoy a drink or two to relieve you from that tiring and exhausting work. Balmain

New Years Eve

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New Year’s Eve fireworks on the Sydney Harbour Bridge and other areas surrounding Sydney Harbour are arguably the greatest Sydney night event going around …

Certainly it’s as world-famous as NYE fireworks displays get, by virtue of the fact it’s one of the first great cities to herald in the new year. Okay, Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington get there first but Sydney is the one that’s on the global New Years Eve radar year after year.

It’s so vital to get the best spots that the City of Sydney local government has even created a website about New Years Eve so punters can perch themselves on the best vantage points www.sydneynewyearseve.com

Best Sydney New Years Events

Opera Australia

480 Elizabeth Street

Surry Hills NSW 2010

+ 61 2 9699 1099

https://opera.org.au/sydney/new_years_eve

Enjoy the New Year’s Eve with an amazing overlooking view in the city and the harbor bridge at Opera Australia making it a perfect destination when you want to look at the fireworks display. Sydney Opera House remains open well past the midnight fireworks making it a great place to unwind, stay and spend the New Year.

Captain Cook Cruises

Pier 26, Aquarium Wharf,

Darling Harbour NSW 2000

+61 2 9206 1111

http://www.captaincook.com.au/sydney-harbour-cruises/whats-on-in-sydney/new-years-eve/

Sydney’s harbour is a perfect place to spend the New Year away. Watch the fireworks display in full motion while enjoying a show, club, or sky deck dinner available at Captain Cook Cruises. Definitely try check out their New Year cruises for that unforgettable experience on New Year’s Eve.

Rio Brazilian Steakhouse

Level 1, 29 Phillip Street,

Parramatta, NSW

+61 2 9687 7125

http://www.rios.com.au/NewYearsEveDinnerMenu.htm

Have a filling and satisfying meal while waiting for the New Year to come at Rio Brazilian Steakhouse. Their New Year’s Eve BBQ Menu is filled to the brim with a diverse range of salads, sides, dips & sauces, appetizers & starters and more. Kids under the age of 3 have free access to Rio’s Brazilian Show & DJ which starts at 8:30pm onwards.

NYE Under the Stars

Tarpeian Precinct Lawn – Royal Botanic Garden

Sydney NSW 2000

+61 2 8023 7645

http://www.nyeunderthestars.com.au/

Enjoy waiting for the New Year’s Eve with ultimate vantage point for Sydney’s world-class fireworks display at NYE Under the Stars. Premium all-inclusive food & beverage package are available from 7pm onwards to keep their guests busy which also has DJ sounds and a live broadcast till midnight.

The Star

80 Pyrmont Street,

Sydney Australia 2009

02 9777 9000

http://www.star.com.au/

The Star provides their guests and visitors with the facilities and amenities to keep themselves busy while waiting for the New Year’s Eve to come. Hold your New Year’s Eve party with you and your friends at The Star. Their nightclub and bars gives diverse options to cater to the taste and preferences of different individuals.

Parties

NYE Party at the House

Western Broadwalk

Opera House, Sydney, Australia

+61 2 8274 9600

http://www.nyepartyatthehouse.com/

Enjoy the sights of sounds of Sydney as you spend the remaining of the year partying at NYE Party at the House. Party all night with group of friends and enjoy the delicious canapés served fresh at their establishment.

Harbour Party

Luna Park Sydney 1 Olympic Drive

Milsons Point, NSW, 2061

http://harbourparty.com/

Find a huge selection of activities as you wait for the New Year to come at Harbour Party. Their diverse range of performers keeps the night active and lively. If dancing is not much your liking, you can spend the rest of the night with unlimited rides and attractions at Luna Park perfect for children.

Opera Bar

Lower Concourse Level, Sydney Opera House,

Sydney New South Wales 2000

+61 2 9247 1666

http://operabar.com.au/nye

The Opera Bar has been holding New Year’s Eve parties for 12 years running and has been a sell-out event ever since. Enjoy a tropical view at atmosphere with palm trees abound as you dance the night away. Live entertainment is provided with a 5-hour canapé package with an express VIP entry onto Sydney Opera House site.

Sydney Harbour Escapes

Rose Bay Marina 594

New South Head Rd NSW 2029

+61 2 9328 4748

https://www.sydneyharbourescapes.com.au/boat-fleets/new-years-eve-cruises

Party with your friends as you spend the rest of the evening waiting for the New Year to come at Sydney Harbour Escapes. If you want to avoid the busy and crowded streets of the metro, perhaps a harbour cruise will be your liking which provides food and drinks and is able to hold a considerable number of people.

NYE at Bennelong

1 Macquarie Street East

Circular Quay Sydney 2000

+61 2 9240 2255

http://www.ariacatering.com.au/nye-at-bennelong

Enjoy a magical evening as your party all night with your friends and your loved ones. The NYE at Bennelong event is complete with a substantial amount of canapé as well as a great viewpoint for the New Year’s Eve fireworks display with their exclusive a first-class viewing platform found in their balcony.

Sydney Bars

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For night owls who have choosy preferences for a good time at night, Sydney has bars to give you just what you need. Here are some of the best bars you can go:

Pocket Bar
13 Burton St
Sydney NSW 2010
+61 2 9380 7002
pocketsydney.com.au/bar/
Enjoy bar food and street eats serve hot and fresh at the Pocket Bar. Visit the Pocket Bar on a regular basis and different events on a regular occasion. Get steamed buns and tiger beer on a Sunday, Tamales on Tuesday nights and Old Southern Specials on Wednesday.

Button Bar
65 Foveaux St
Surry Hills 2010
+61 2 9211 1544
button-bar.com.au/bar
Button Bar serves a variety of cocktail drinks and other types of beverages for that relaxing evening with you and your friends. The ambience and warm setting is great for late night stay. Enjoy your visit at the Button Bar.

Stitch Bar
61 York St
Sydney NSW 2000
+61 2 9279 0380
stitchbar.com/bar
Stay at the heart of Sydney while enjoying a drink or two with you and your friends at the Stitch Bar. Find a diverse range of drinks and beverages as well as a healthy dose of light snacks to complete your night. Hotdogs, burgers and fries goes well with chilled beer. Get yours today.

Ruby L’otel
68 Victoria Rd
Rozelle NSW 2039
+61 2 9555 1900
rubylotel.com.au
Live band and music for the sweet and soothing night found at Ruby L’otel. Enjoy different tunes played by different bands on a daily basis with cocktail menu, wines and canapés to keep you company during your visit.

Small Bar Crows Nest
85 Willoughby Rd
Crows Nest NSW 2065
+61 2 9438 4559
smallbar.net.au/crows-nest
If you like to spend the night with your loved ones or friends while enjoying a relaxing evening, Small Bar Crows Nest can keep you occupied with their warm, friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Perhaps smaller than your average bar as their name implies, Small bar compensates this with a great selection of wines by the glass, boutique beers and simple home cooked food.

The Owl House
97 Crown St
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
+61 2 9357 5060
theowlhouse.com.au
If you are leaning on a small restaurant bar to spend an intimate evening with your loved ones, you will find The Owl House to be quite in touch with your taste and preference. Bar snacks, entrees and mains are served with beers and cocktails as well as an extensive wise list to keep you busy.

Freda’s
109 Regent St
Chippendale NSW 2008
+61 2 8971 7336
fredas.com.au
Freda’ Bar is filled to the brim with events on every occasion. They have a lot of things in stored to their customers and guest during their visit at Freda’s. Enjoy these events with a serving of cocktail drinks for you and your friends to enjoy.

Wooden Spoon & Bar
362 Military Rd
Cremorne NSW 2090362
+61 2 9904 5687
woodenspoonbar.com.au
Wooden Spoon & Bar is a restaurant, bar and function all fit into one. Find delicious cocktails, beautiful wine and crafted beers for that perfect evening. I have you are quite fond with the place, you can make dining reservations in advance as well as book functions for all occasions.

The Old Fitzroy Hotel
129 Dowling St
Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
+61 2 9356 3848
oldfitzroy.com.au
The Old Fitzroy Hotel has made quite a name for themselves with Hall of Fame Awards rewarded to them by the Time Out Sydney Magazine for consecutive year from 2011 to 2012. Their bar is able to hold and cater up to 120 people comfortably with a large screen protector, video and DVD player as well as a sound system with microphone and a private bar.

Water Bar
Blue Sydney 6 Cowper Wharf Roadway
Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
+61 2 9331 9050
waterbaratblue.com
Enjoy monthly specials available for 7 days a week during your visit and high tea packages at the Water Bar. Find great value for your money with Water Bar’s happy hour which serves selected sparkling wine, white & red wine or beer for $6.

TreeHouse Hotel
60 Miller St
North Sydney NSW 2060
+61 2 8458 8980
thetreehousehotel.com.au
Enjoy your stay at in an eco-friendly environment found at the TreeHouse Hotel. Their share menu is perfect for late night snacks for you and your friends. Pair it off with wines served by the glass with whites, reds, pinks and many more.

The Stoned Crow
39 Willoughby Rd
Crows Nest NSW 2065
+61 2 9439 5477
stonedcrow.com.au
Get a serving of light snacks and a healthy variety of drinks at the Stoned Crow. Spend private and special occasions at their Bar with their functions and events available for bookings and reservation. Grab a $50 bar tab on your birthday by signing up at their site.

Fire House Hotel
86 Walker St
North Sydney NSW 2060
+61 2 8904 9696
firehousehotel.com.au
Get a great value for your money with weekly dinner specials for only $10 at the Fire House Hotel. Grab a variety of cocktail drinks for $14 per serving and cocktail trays for you and your friends to dine and enjoy.

The Roosevelt
32 Orwell St
Potts Point NSW 2011
+61 423 203 119
theroosevelt.com.au
A great venue with a rich heritage found at Roosevelt. They are able to hold up to 90 people with their Bar & Diner with leather banquets, juke box tunes and Australia’s largest collection of art deco and vintage cocktail shakers perfect for the night.

Kirribilli Hotel
37 Broughton St
Milsons Point NSW 2061
+61 2 9955 1415
kirribillihotel.com.au
Never ran out of gigs to attend at the Kirribilli Hotel. Meals and Dining specials are available on a daily basis to keep their customers and guest coming back for more. Choose a variety of locales with their lounge bar, function bar and the terrace.

Kinselas
383 Bourke St
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
+61 2 9331 3100
kinselas.com.au
Kinselas is rich in history as one of Sydney’s iconic venues. Get a good feel and vibe with a warm and friendly community upon you visit at Kinselas Hotel. Their function rooms are able to hold up 60 people and a variety of events are prepared on a regular occasion.

Li’l Darlin
235 Victoria St
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
+61 2 8084 6100
lildarlin.com.au
Find great deals and offers upon your visit at Li’l Darlin. Enjoy a bucket of beer with you and your friends for $25, Cocktail glasses for only $10 and a $5.50 Pizza with any drink purchased every Sunday and Monday from 4 until 7pm.

The Victoria Room
235 Victoria St
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
+61 2 9357 4488
thevictoriaroom.com
Enjoy late night dining with you and your friends and indulge in a variety of cocktail drinks at the Victoria Room. Have a visit at their cocktail bar a long history of being one of Australia’s most awarded bar teams. Grab a cold one in style today.

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Shady Pines Saloon
4/256 Crown St
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
shadypinessaloon.com
Get that western look and country feel when you visit Shady Pines Saloon. The ambience gives off a Wild West environment with mounted stuffed animal heads, wood decors and nice music to boot. Enjoy whiskeys and other cocktail drinks during your stay.

Love Tilly Devine
91 Crown Ln
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
+61 2 9326 9297
lovetillydevine.com
Enjoy a diverse range of wines with a rich history found at Love Tilly Devine. Find one that is perfect for your taste and liking with just under 300 different wines to choose from, from many of the world’s great regions.

 

 

Late Night Restaurants

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For the exquisite taste of night owls, Sydney has a wide array of food choices from different cuisines. You need not look far to enjoy a sumptuous late night feast. Here are some places you can go …

Casoni Italian Bar & Eatery
371-373 Bourke St
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
casoni.com.au
Great Italian treats served daily at Casoni Italian Bar & Restaurant. Find fresh pasta served by hand. Enjoy a healthy variety of Italian dishes with a wine bottle list that changes by the day making it great for returning visits.

El Beau Room
50 E Esplanade
Manly NSW 2095
+61 2 9976 3065
elbeauroom.com.au
El Beau Room is an all around restaurant that is open in as early as 7am. Night time becomes special with their kitchen & bar which is available from 5pm onwards. Have a taste of crafter beer with popular brands in Australia.

Lezzet Grill and Pide House
662 Crown St
Surry Hills NSW 2010
+61 2 8084 0843
lezzetgrillpidehouse.com.au
Check out a variety of grill menu, gourmet as well as traditional pizzas served fresh at Lezzet Grill and Pide House. They serve Kebabs on every occasion on wraps or on plate. Vegetarian, lamb, beef, chicken and more can be found at their restaurant.

Golden Century Restaurant
393-399 Sussex St
Sussex Centre Management Sydney NSW 2000
+61 2 9281 1598
goldencentury.com.au
Satisfy your cravings for a healthy late night dining experience with authentic dishes served at Golden Century Restaurant. If seafood is your liking, you will find a good amount of seafood dishes at their establishment from sashimi, scallops, prawns, abalone and more.

Chat Thai
20 Campbell St
Haymarket NSW 2000
+61 2 9211 1808
chatthai.com.au
Late nights are best in trying out new menu and dishes to add to your dining experience. Have a taste of distinct Thai cuisine available in different variety served fresh on a regular basis. Try out their chilli fried rice or steamed jasmine rice to pair with your orders.

The Darling Pizzeria
88-90 Union St
Sydney NSW 2009
+61 2 9566 2526
thedarlingpizza.com.au
Enjoy late night dining with you and your friends with a slice of pizza found at the Darling Pizzeria. You can find traditional and gourmet pizzas as well as great appetizers and sidings to complete your overall meal. Large chips, salads, sandwiches and other desserts are also available at their restaurant.

Harry’s Cafe De Wheels
Cowper Wharf Roadway & Brougham St
Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
+61 2 9357 3074
harryscafedewheels.com.au/location/Woolloomooloo
Go out for a quick late night dining trip and satisfy your hunger at Harry’s Café De Wheels. Here you will find a variety of famous pies, pastie & sausage roll menus, hotdogs and hot rolls and a whole lot more are up for grabs upon your visit.

Maisy’s
164 Military Road
Neutral Bay NSW 2089
+61 2 9908 4030
maisys24.com.au
Maisy’s Café opens from dusk till dawn accommodating customers upon their visit. You are free to visit at any given time which great especially if you are looking for some late night dining experience in Sydney. Free Wi-Fi offered to their guests adds that icing on the cake.

City Extra
Alfred St
Sydney NSW 2000
+61 2 9241 1422
cityextra.com.au
Grab some light snacks for you and your friends to enjoy served fresh all throughout the day at City Extra. Find and choose from a variety of burgers from steak, chicken or veggie burgers. Seafood selection is also provided with their fish ‘n chips, seafood basket, seafood pie and more.

Wagaya
1/78 Harbour St
Haymarket NSW 2000
+61 2 9212 6068
wagaya.com.au
A great and relaxing ambience to for that special evening found at Wagaya. The restaurant is filled to the brim with Japanese dishes served fresh daily. Deep fried fishes, grilled dishes, rice/noodle, hot pots, sushi/sashimi can all be found at their establishment.
Guzman y Gomez Mexican Taqueria

Bayswater Rd
Potts Point NSW 2011
+61 2 9332 2245
guzmanygomez.com
Mexican delicacies always have that extra kick with their flavours and spices which is often enjoyed hot and spicy. If you are craving for something that will spice up your night, Guzman y Gomez Mexican Taqueria has got you covered. Their burritos, enchiladas, tacos, nachos and even salad all have that extra spice added into it.

Badde Manors
37 Glebe Point Rd
Glebe NSW 2037
+61 2 9660 3797
baddemanorscafe.com
Find vegan dishes with gluten free bread available at any given time at Badde Manors. Spend late night dining with your friends without worrying too much about your health. Enjoy light meals, salads and other specialties found at their café today.

Faheem Fast Food
194-196 Enmore Rd.
Marrickville NSW 2204
+61 2 9550 4850
faheemfastfood.com.au
Late night dining is usually enjoyed when served fresh as well as fast. You will find such service at Faheem Fast Food. Faheem serves an authentic blend of Pakistani and Indian cuisine which is available for orders up till midnight.

Frankie’s Pizza
50 Hunter St
Sydney NSW 2000
frankiespizzabytheslice.com
Spend the night away with Italian inspired cuisine found at Frankie’s Pizza. The pizza is already a given which can be served by the slice. Cocktails and frozen margaritas with live music however, livens up the rest of your night.

Coco Cubano
191 Oxford St
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
+61 2 9360 2778
cococubano.com
Have a taste and feel in what Cuba has in stored for you without travelling at a distant place when you visit Coco Cubano. Enjoy meals made straight from the kitchen which is available from lunch time till late and a variety of cocktail drinks for you to enjoy. Their Cuban rolled cigars is great especially for those smoking enthusiasts.

Mr. Wong
3 Bridge St
Sydney NSW 2000
+61 2 9240 3000
merivale.com.au/mrwong/menu
Enjoy oriental dishes available in late nights at Mr. Wong. A Dim Sum platter selection is available for dinner which gives customers a huge variety of Chinese dishes. Have seafood served fresh from their live seafood tank which is available at market price.

Noon and Night Thai Cuisine
45 King St
Newtown NSW 2042
+61 2 9565 5161
noonandnightthai.com.au
Experience that authentic Thai delicacies and menu for a late night dining spree with your friends at Noon and Night Thai Cuisine. Curry galore! Choose from a variety of curry each with their own unique flavor and blend from green, red, yellow, jungle, and panang curry.

Mizuya Japanese Restaurant & Karaoke
614 George St
Sydney NSW 2000
+61 2 9266 0866
mizuya.com.au
A glamorous Japanese inspired restaurant and bar awaits customers upon their visit at Mizuya. Mizuya is perfect for late night dining in Sydney as they serve traditional and contemporary Japanese dishes with Karaoke available in private rooms for small or large groups. Sing the nights away after a scrumptious meal at Mizuya.

Longrain
85 Commonwealth Street
Sydney NSW 2010
+61 2 9280 2888
longrain.com/Sydney
Have a taste in what South East Asian cooking has to offer at Longrain. Try out their variety of curry which includes Red peanut curry, Coconut tumeric curry, Green curry, Dry red curry and more for that unforgettable late night dining experience.

Mamak
Sussex Centre Management 15 Goulburn St
Sydney NSW 2000
+61 2 9211 1668
mamak.com.au
Experience the taste of culture of Malaysia with its dishes served at Mamak. Mamak garnered an award as one of the best restaurant with Good Food Under $30 in 2013 which means you will definitely find great value with dishes served at their restaurant. Check out their rice and noodles today.

 

Sydney Nightclubs

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Anywhere you want to go around Sydney, there’s always high quality entertainment you can expect. To enjoy the sights and sounds of Sydney at night, you may want to swing by the following nightclubs:

The Oxford Hotel
134 Oxford St
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
+61 2 9331 3467
theoxfordhotel.com.au
Located at the center of the Darlinghurst Entertainment District and is considered to be one of the oldest and most established iconic hotels in Sydney, the Oxford Hotel has made quite a name for their own. Their Underground Bar, the Main Bar, GINGER’s Intimate Live Performance Area & the beautiful POLO cocktail/functions lounge, will definitely make you go back for more.

Soho
171 Victoria St
Potts Point NSW 2011
+61 2 9358 4221
sohobar.com.au
Enjoy an evening of music and to dance the night away at Soho. Their Up All Night cocktail menu ensures customers that drinks are provided to them at all times during their visit. You can find craft beers, jam jars and jugs all available at their bar.

Ivy
1/330 George St
Sydney NSW 2000
+61 2 9254 8100
merivale.com.au/ivy
A variety of events in stored for guests upon their visit at Ivy. They have events prepared for you all throughout the year which makes it a great place to visit on a regular occasion. Ivy venues include a Kitchen and Bar, Ash St. Cellar and even a Pool Club among its many locales.

The World Bar
24 Bayswater Road
NSW 2011
+61 2 9357 7700
theworldbar.com
Experience something new all throughout the week during your visit at the World Bar. Find Latin & Jazz Mondays ,Coyote Tuesdays, The Wall on Wednesdays, and Kicks on Thursday and onwards. Every night is a fun night at the World Bar.

Hugos Lounge
33 Bayswater Rd
Sydney NSW 2011
+61 2 9357 4411
hugos.com.au
A sleek understated décor with a fashionable cocktail bar and nightclub awaits guest during their visit at Hugos Lounge. Its sprawling terrace which overlooks Bayswater Road as well as their 3 cocktail bars makes it one of the top nightspots in Sydney.

Sugaroom
2/1 Harris St
Pyrmont NSW 2009
+61 2 9571 5055
sugaroom.com.au
Enjoy drinking with you and your friends at the Sugaroom. BYO at Sugaroom is available from Tuesdays to Thursdays all throughout the year. Bring your drinks with you as they encourage their customers to do so.

Marquee – The Star, Sydney
Harbourside Entry, Pirrama Road
Pyrmont NSW 2009
+61 2 9657 7737
marqueesydney.com
Find famous celebrities and performers during your stay at Marquee. Enjoy the sights as well as sounds prepared to your by professional musicians, bands and DJs. The Marquee has also won a number of awards as Australia’s Best Nightclub of the Year for two consecutive years 2012 & 2013 from different sources.

ARQ Sydney
16 Flinders St
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
+61 2 9380 8700
arqsydney.com.au
A premier nightspot found at the heart of Sydney available to guest and visitors at ARQ Sydney. Located upstairs, you can find “The Arena” which offers a versatile central stage, large dance floor area, 2 large fully stocked bars and a DJ Both. Downstairs is the “The Vortex” with DJ booth, lounges & pool tables.

The Club
33 Bayswater Rd
Potts Point NSW 2011
theclubsydney.com
A sophisticated yet warm and welcoming establishment found at the Club. The place is well lit by chandeliers and Moroccan lanterns that perfect ambience and setting. Their three bars and premium bottle services as well as a VIP room make it endearing to visit.

Home Nightclub
Tenancy 101/1-5 Wheat Rd
Darling Harbour NSW 2000
+61 2 9266 0600
homesydney.com
Home Nightclub is a great place to visit for music enthusiast or those who just want to dance and part the night away. Home Nightclub hosts a diverse range of music with different DJs available on a regular basis.

The Loft
3 Lime St
Sydney NSW 2000
+61 2 9299 4770
theloftsydney.com
Enjoy a night of music or dance at the Loft. Live bands and performers are often a main stay at the Loft. On Fridays, get the party going with their live DJ Sound Systems. Find upcoming artists and performers from local to international legends at the Loft.

The Basement
29 Reiby Pl
Sydney NSW 2000
+61 2 9251 2797
thebasement.com.au
Bring your loved ones and friends for a relaxing night or an exhilarating evening at the Basement. Live bands and performers as well as concerts are available for reservations. Jive to the sound and grooves as you enjoy this with an excellent 3 course meal provided at the Basement.

Kit & Kaboodle
33-37 Darlinghurst Rd
Potts Point NSW 2011
+61 2 8070 2424
kitkaboodle.com.au
Night Clubs are always a fun place to visit especially if they have a lot of events in stored for their guests. Kit & Kaboodle provides a weeklong of events offering good variety and enjoyment. They have events prepared a week in advance to keep you busy.

Miranda Hotel
590 Kingsway
Miranda NSW 2228
+61 2 9524 0398
mirandahotel.com.au
Miranda Hotel has got your week covered with their variety of events available all throughout the week. Enjoy live acoustic bands and music sessions on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays or you can dance your evening at their nightclub.

Hornsby Railway Hotel
31 Station St
Hornsby NSW 2077
+61 2 9477 1115
hornsbyrailwayhotel.com.au
Hornsby Railway Hotel provides a healthy variety of activities to their guests during their stay. A sports bar is available as well as their bistro which serves modern Australian dining at best. After a filling meal, head over at Infuse Nightclub which brings top young DJs along the table.

Cruise Bar, Restaurant & Events
Level 1,2,3 Overseas Passenger Terminal
Circular Quay Sydney NSW 2000
+61 2 9251 1188
cruisebar.com.au/bar
Best music in the house with live DJs available on Friday and Saturday Nights at the Cruise Bar. Signature cocktails and mouth-watering menu options makes the Cruise Bar an exciting place to visit with good food and music all throughout the night.

Casa De La Salsa
347 Kent St
Sydney NSW 2000
+61 400 801 789
casadelasalsa.com
Enjoy live band performance and dance to the tune of the music they are playing at Casa De La Salsa. Both young and old people will enjoy their visit at Casa De La Salsa with their wholesome and lively atmosphere and ambience.

Padstow Rsl Club
24-28 Howard Rd
Padstow NSW 2211
+61 2 9773 0528
padstowrsl.com.au
A month long of different activities for that entertaining evening found at the Padstow Rsl Club. Children are also encouraged to visit as they provide Free Kids Disco. Of course, they must be accompanies by an adult. Enjoy the weekend with your family at Padstow Rsl Club.

Eleven Nightclub
1-11A Oxford Street
Paddington NSW 2021
+61 2 9357 7757
elevenclub.com.au
Find Sydney’s finest Rnb & House DJs playing at the venue on a weekly basis at Eleven Nightclub. With bright lights and spacious setting, Eleven Nightclub is a great place to spend the weekend with a number of friends.

Chinese Laundry
111 Sussex St
Sydney NSW 2000
+61 2 8295 9999
chineselaundryclub.com.au
A slew of events prepared for guest to create that perfect weekends found at Chinese Laundry. Don’t let the name put you off as Chinese Laundry is filled to the brim with artists and bands as well as DJs ready for that exhilarating performance.

 

Parkes Elvis Festival

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In its 22nd year, the Parkes Elvis Festival has cemented Parkes, Central West NSW, as the Elvis Capital of Australia.

The town comes alive for 5 days in the 2nd week of January every year, to coincide with Elvis’ birthday, this year what would have been his 80th.

Events during the Parkes Elvis Festival are many and varied, ranging from bingo to markets, exhibitions to busking, a motor show to street parade and of course more Elvis tribute performances than any single person can attend.

In fact every night from Wednesday 7th January to Sunday 11th sees every venue in Parkes from school halls to hotels and stages in Parks to local clubs, host concerts of Elvis impersonators and artists from the era.

The population of Parkes will be more than doubled during the Festival but everyone loves the spectacle.

Visitors and locals alike dress for the occasion so that the streets and venues are crowded with Elvis and Priscilla look-a-likes.

Much of the entertainment is free, occurring in the parks and on the streets of town for all to enjoy.

Some activities proceed every day of the festival, like the busking competition which sees Elvis wannabees and other performers bring the pavements of Parkes to life, the Elvis Festival Markets where aficionados can purchase Elvis memorabilia or rock’n’roll gear and The Kings Castle Elvis Museum that holds an incredible collection of genuine Elvis artefacts belonging to or associated with the King himself.

Getting to Parkes and finding accommodation for the Festival is no easy task!

The Elvis Express, a themed train from Sydney to Parkes is extremely popular and sells out quickly.

All the hotels and motels in Parkes are booked out months ahead of the Festival and even the neighbouring towns up to 50 km away find themselves full during the Festival.

One of the greatest challenges for people who leave their planning too late is the issue of Parkes Elvis Festival accommodation as most of the hotels and motels are booked out months in advance.

One chance to travel from Sydney to attend all day Saturday, the climax of the Festival, as well as the very popular Elvis Gospel service on Sunday morning and have accommodation organised, is to join the inaugural Aussie Farmstay and Bush Adventures Parkes Elvis Festival and Aussie Farmstay Tour.

Experience the highlights of rural New South Wales on this tour which includes a Farmstay on an historic family run sheep farm, a Blue Mountains Adventure with visits to Mountains’ attractions and all the fun of the Elvis Parkes Festival.

Bars in Newtown

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Bars In Newtown (and surrounds)

The most biased view of places to go drinking in Newtown you’ve probably ever seen. Read ’em and weep!

 

The Midnight Special

44 Enmore Road

www.themidnightspecial.com.au

The Midnight Special is one of the Inner Wests best small bars. It’s intimate with gloomy lighting and a large range of music being played, often times by local DJs on vinyl too, as I guess much of the area is. Awesome hotdogs alongside an intriguing mix of cocktails. Favourite memory? Drinking Martinis and listening to a ska version of the James Bond theme which inspired me to be classy and stumble out into the street looking to get tattooed. Good times.

 

Corridor

153a King St

www.corridorbar.com.au

An aptly named small bar which hides the fact that there’s rooftop space available, a nice mix of drinks and friendly staff, but exceptional cocktails. Get here in the early afternoon to grab a great space, because they get busy whether it’s warm or winter.

 

Blacksheep

256 King St

www.blacksheepbar.com.au

Large deer head on the wall, chandeliers from the ceiling, general classiness, it’s kind of a shock if you’re used to wasting time at the Townie. They have curly fries and sliders. Yes! What’s more they have an old Nintendo out back. Favourite memory? Smashing some burgers, having a cocktail and being a Nintendo champion.

 

The Hive Bar

93 Erskineville Road

Unsurprisingly this place is in Erskineville, being on Erskineville road, but well worth the short walk down. Bars upstairs and downstairs and perpetually busy but with a super laid back feel, the place to come during the day while you’ve got some time to waste. Favourite Memory? Pedro, the infamous northern soul dancer, trying to make me dance, no luck bud, I’m made for drinking and not much else.

 

Newtown Social Club

387 King St

I don’t go here. There’s nothing wrong with it. I just like playing in the dirt. Favourite memory? When it was the Sando. No offence.

 

Kelly’s on King

285 King St

This is the place where literally 50% of all adventures happen. I’ve partied here too many times to count and so has everyone! Kelly’s is open late, drinks are nicely priced and they have a large but simple range, and they’re willing to play. Not many places round these parts will sell you an Irish Car Bomb cocktail. Favourite Memories? Anything revolving around Irish car bombs, or being the one to hold yours down.

 

Miss Peaches

201 Missenden Road

www.misspeaches.com.au

Setup to be something like a deep American south experience, I’ve personally never been, I can’t really judge the place on authenticity. But the reason this place is worth a mention is because it is different, the food is different (spice coated shrimp and popcorn), and they make their own soda. There are dancing classes too. I don’t dance.

 

Mary’s

6 Mary Street

This place is a bit hit or miss depending upon what you’re looking for, like loud music and burgers, fried chicken etc. Cool. Like hearing what your friends are saying and reasonably priced food not of the Hungry Jacks variety? Then you might not be into it. I can go either way on any given night, mainly cos I enjoy the odd Jack Attack (trademark pending) and there isn’t one close enough to me. Favourite Memory? Closing my eyes and thinking of HJ’s. More of a general statement really.

Natural Night Highlights of Sydney

sydney harbour bridge by night

Naturally enough, Sydney is an attractive city precisely because of nature. The natural beauty of Sydney Harbour, while stunning by day, is even more evocative by night.

The greatest time of all to visit Sydney for its visual night delights is December-January when, apart from the explosive vision of the Sydney Harbour Bridge haemorrhaging fireworks, there’s firework displays seemingly every night due to the proliferation of Carols By Candlelight in every suburban park leading up until Christmas, followed by a great final summer firework show at Darling Harbour on the night of Australia Day.

However there is now a night event to rival December-January and this is the winter night event Vivid Sydney an outdoor festival of light which is utterly enchanting.