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.

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.

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.