Prepare for a regal and stylish atmosphere, The Victoria Room restaurant and bar in Sydney's Darlinghurst is one ultra smooth dining experience. Decorated in British Raj style, this dining room and cocktail bar exudes sophistication and elegance. The walls are adorned with paintings, decorative screens and luxurious wallpapers creating a relaxed and high class atmosphere. Whether you come here for the style, the top-notch selection of Mediterranean dishes or the wine and cocktail list you will leave wanting another taste of class. The sophistication doesn't stop there though, during the day the Victoria Room puts on a decadent high tea for all those seeking a little class to their afternoon.
Local Expert tip: Take a sip of the Rose Petal Martini or enjoy a decadent high tea for all those seeking a little class for their afternoon.
What could be better than live local music and a young happening crowd. The Lansdowne comes across as a fairly typical Aussie pub, but comes alive with some of the best acts in the country. With an relaxed ambiance, a friendly crowd of mostly university students and locals and owners that know which artists deserve the stage, the Lansdowne is easily one of the cities most popular live venues. In the upstairs section there is a bistro serving reasonably priced pub food including steaks, fish and chips and prawns. Throughout the week, you'll find events to suit everyone, with live music on Thursdays through Sundays.
Local Expert tip: Catch some of the cities best acts in this chilled Aussie pub.
Bayswater Brasserie offers the ultimate atmosphere for those looking for a little class, glamour and fine liquor. Bayswater is the perfect space to enjoy some pre-dinner drinks or relax with friends. Take note of the extensive collection of almost every worthy alcoholic concoction behind the zinc-topped bar. This popular cocktail bar is serious about drinking right. Bayswater Brasserie was voted the fourth best bar in the world by Bartender Magazine in 2007. Whether you want to enjoy the fine cocktail list, the oyster bar or the superb dining in the restaurant, Bayswater Brasserie will do you proud. It also has a conservatory, a candle-lit courtyard, a private dining room and DJs playing on Friday and Saturday nights.
Local Expert tip: Experiment a little with their extensive alcohol collection, maybe you'll find something new.
An underground hideaway, an 1800's sewer pit and a mix of local bands and zany lights, what could be better. If partying until you drop is how you picture a great night out then Candy's Apartment is the place to be. This club is one of the pioneers of Sydney's nightlife so if this is your scene, make sure not to skip this one. It's dark, red and funky down there, with two bars, antique-style furniture and laid back atmosphere full of happening young party goers. The music is often what draws people here, with a mix of house, hip-hop and electro every weekend, the club also shows strong support to many local bands and DJs to help make a name for themselves in the Sydney scene.
Local Expert tip: Local bands and DJs play often at Candy's so show your support and get down to some local beats.
If you enjoy a little style and class for your night out then the Hemmesphere is the place for you. This stylish and modern cocktail lounge can be found on level four of the popular Establishment Hotel. The decor is an Otto-man inspired lounge creating an elegant and chilled out atmosphere perfect for both chilling out with friends or partying the night away. The people here are often hip 20 year olds up to mature professional, bridging any specific age group. But make sure to dress stylishly casual as the door staff can get a little picky. If food is your game the restaurant serves a splendid Japanese bento box perfect for sharing. You can also expect all the usual cocktails served up superbly along with some nice beats from local DJs.
Local Expert tip: Make sure to dress stylishly casual as the door staff can be a little picky.
Cheap beers, happening crowds, funky DJ beats and a night of retro grandeur. Hotel Hollywood offers a unique night out, letting you become absorbed in the glitz and glamour of Hollywoods past. Bar owner Doris Goddard was a Hollywood star from the past, acting with all the legends in the business and singing in clubs around the world. If you are lucky you might even catch this 70 year old dame reliving the glory days, singing some of her original songs or reciting her poetry. It is easy to get sucked up into this blast from the past Hollywood themed bar, let your hair hang down and enjoy the glitzy vibe and atmosphere of the Hotel Hollywood.
Local Expert tip: If you are lucky, you might catch owner Doris Goddard belting out some of her original songs.
Stylish and multipurpose, Slip Inn offers an escape for the hustle and bustle of the inner city, creating a chilled out haven in the heart of Sydney. From suit toting businessmen to exercise attire, the Slip Inn accommodates any crowd. Spanning across three different sections, the Slip Inn lets you decide how to party. With a choice of bars, a lounge, a club area and stand out cuisine you can put your feet up one minute and be dancing the night away the next. Slip Inn is a welcome getaway from the inner city bustle featuring a menu with some outstanding contemporary Australian dishes to delicious Thai. Whether you want to play pool, rest in the Tuscan style courtyard or have a dance to some live DJ's, the Slip Inn has you covered.
Local Expert tip: Try the cajun chicken filled tortilla baked and topped with cheese, splendid.
Nestled in the historic Rocks district lies this huge five-bar music venue. With chic wooden decor and chilled out dim lighting, the Argyle Hotel is the perfect place to relax with a few drinks. With a number of different areas to choose from you will find what best suits you any time of the day. Choose the candle-lit cobblestone courtyard, with its indoor/outdoor feel, the Lounge with its daybeds and booths, The Perch or the spectacular VIP Lava Bar, depending on your mood. The crowd never goods too loud or rowdy but this popular bar can get packed on the weekends, so choose your time carefully. With live music, a chilled atmosphere, dark wooden furniture and a reasonable food and drink menu, the Argyle makes for a happening, chilled out night with friends.
Local Expert tip: Get in early on weekends as the bars can pack out quickly.
Nestled within the Summit Restaurant rests the Orbit Bar and Lounge, a stunning revolving restaurant perched up high over beautiful Sydney. A full 360 degree rotation provides a view that is nothing short of breathtaking. The decor is chic and sophisticated with stylish furnishings and interiors. The Orbit bar provides a variety of delicious tapas designed by celebrity chef Michael Moore. Experiment with grilled oysters or 'hot butter almonds with scorched orange'. For a truly fantastic experience order their organic vodka, organic fresh watermelon and lime juice shaken with mint, served in a martini glass. Offering a relaxed atmosphere and a delicious cocktail and tapas menu, there's no better place to experience the Sydney skyline than the Orbit Bar.
Local Expert tip: An organic fresh watermelon and lime juice shaken with mint and served in a martini glass goes down smooth.
Tucked away below the Opera House concourse lies one of the best beer gardens in the world. Situated directly on the harbour with dazzling views of the ocean and stunning views of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, you simply can't beat this location. However the bar isn't just all about the sights, it also offers a list of over 40 wines, as well as a host of international and local spirits. The spirit of Sydney is alive at the Opera House, a friendly, relaxed atmosphere paired with live bands and DJ's, make for a memorable night. It's open to all styles of functions, from cocktail parties to large events such as New Years eve and serves a superb selection of modern Australian cuisine.
Local Expert tip: The Opera Bar offers a great line up of local bands and DJs so check the schedule so you won't miss out.