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Sydney by Night: A Guide to the City's Best Evening Entertainment

As the sun sets in Sydney’s west, it’s a long time before the city sleeps. Locals and tourists alike spill into the popular dining districts, theatres, bars, and every place in between to make the most of Sydney’s vibrant nightlife. Whether you’re looking to dance the night away, enjoy intimate dinner and drinks, or tick a completely new experience off your bucket list, you’re in for a treat.

Cruise the Sydney Harbour

If it’s not your first time to Sydney, we’re assuming you’re no stranger to Sydney Harbour - but have you ever taken a cruise around the harbour at night? Jump on a night ferry for a budget-friendly experience, book a historic tour to learn more about Sydney’s sites, or lash out on a decadent dinner cruise. Whichever you choose, seeing the Harbour Bridge and glittering city lights from the water is an unforgettable experience.

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La Di Darts

Enjoy a game of darts like no other. Replace the typical dark, dingy pub setting for the swanky bar at La Di Darts, inspired by the roaring 20s (feather boas included). Sip on decadent cocktails and test your aim in your own private booth, seating up to six players.

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Chinatown Friday Night Markets

One of Sydney’s most famous and popular attractions, join the hustle and bustle of crowds enjoying delicious Asian street food, browsing stalls upon stalls hosted by talented local artists and designers, and soaking up the lively atmosphere. Open from 4 pm - 11 pm every Friday, the Chinatown Night Markets are a must to add to anyone’s Sydney bucket list.

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Darling Harbour + Fireworks at Cockle Bay

There’s no question about it - Darling Harbour is the hub of Sydney nightlife, bringing thrill and chill seekers together for its array of restaurants, bars, theatres, shops and more. Take a stroll along the promenade, indulge in a diverse array of dining options, take in the city night scene from a ride on the Ferris Wheel, or enjoy live music and entertainment at one of the many waterfront bars and venues. 

On Saturdays, watch the sky light up with a spectacular fireworks display, free for the public all year round. Make sure to check the calendar for times and any potential interruptions to the schedule.

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Hijinx Hotel

Located in the heart of Darling Harbour, we had to give this famous location its own honourable mention. Unlike any other bar you’ll come across, step into the gamified world of the Hijinx Hotel, where each wing is dedicated to a series of collaborative and interactive games. Whether you’re cracking codes in a spy mission or navigating a jungle escape, strap yourself in for a quirky experience jam-packed with fun. 

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The Sydney Tower Eye + Skywalk

Experience the city from new heights at the Sydney Tower Eye. Towering 250 metres above street level and standing proud as Sydney’s tallest building, soak in the sensational 360-degree views. If heights don’t make you weak at the knees, step out into the open air on the Skywalk and prepare to have your breath snatched away as the city life bustles away 268 metres below.

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Luna Park

Let your inner child out to play at the iconic Luna Park. Entry is free, just pay for the rides and any carnival treats you can’t resist! Even if you don’t have the stomach for roller coasters, the vibrant and fun-filled energy is undeniable. Plus, the amusement park’s historic charm (dating all the way back to the 1930s) makes it the perfect setting for a memorable evening out.

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Sydney Observatory

Perched on a hill overlooking the stunning Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Observatory offers a magical nighttime experience. This historic site, dating back to 1858, is not just a museum, but a gateway to the cosmos. Join an evening tour to stargaze through powerful telescopes, guided by expert astronomers. Learn about the rich history of astronomy, observe distant planets, star clusters, and nebulae, and enjoy breathtaking views of the cityscape illuminated at night. 

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As you can see, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to evening entertainment in Sydney - and we’ve barely touched the tip of the iceberg. Book your next stay in one of our comfortable and stylish rooms to keep close to all the action, and look forward to a cosy and restful night’s sleep when you return from your adventures.

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