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The best things to do this week

Sydney Harbour Yoga: Sunrise & Sunset Flow
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Sydney Harbour Yoga: Sunrise & Sunset Flow

Perfect your balance in a big way at this floating yoga class on the harbour

Guan Wei
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Guan Wei

This free exhibition of key works from the Chinese-Australian artist is at the MCA for summer

Splendour in the Dog House
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Splendour in the Dog House

A doggo festival is taking over the Tudor for a full day of pup-focused fun

Dating with Dogs
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Dating with Dogs

Singles with a ‘must love dogs’ dating criteria should head to this relaxed series of afternoon group dates

Rosé on the Lawn at Chiswick
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Rosé on the Lawn at Chiswick

How’s this for splendour in the grass?

Rosé Rising at Barangaroo House
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Rosé Rising at Barangaroo House

One venue. Three levels. Thirty-one days to rosé...all day

Parramatta Lanes
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Parramatta Lanes

Explore the laneways of Parramatta in a fabulous four-day festival of food, art and performance

Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities review
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Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities review

Cirque du Soleil's latest show to tour Australia is a dazzling circus spectacular

Higher Tea
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Higher Tea

Feel good while you feast on a ten-course vegan and gluten-free rooftop high tea

Ferris Wheel Dining
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Ferris Wheel Dining

Enjoy panoramic views of Sydney Harbour while you dine on the Luna Park Ferris wheel

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Latest news stories

A  kaleidoscopic 100-metre art installation is taking over Carriageworks

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A kaleidoscopic 100-metre art installation is taking over Carriageworks
You can get two-for-one lobster rolls at the new Betty's Burgers in Sydney's CBD

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You can get two-for-one lobster rolls at the new Betty's Burgers in Sydney's CBD
You can drink five kinds of Spritz and eat boozy ice cream at the Opera Bar

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You can drink five kinds of Spritz and eat boozy ice cream at the Opera Bar
Sydney’s first on-demand ferry service is launching between Glebe and Barangaroo this month

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Sydney’s first on-demand ferry service is launching between Glebe and Barangaroo this month
World renowned Ace Hotel will open its first Australian location in Surry Hills

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World renowned Ace Hotel will open its first Australian location in Surry Hills
Nomad is moving up the road for a three-month stint

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Nomad is moving up the road for a three-month stint
One of Sydney's grandest fine diners is pulling up stumps

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One of Sydney's grandest fine diners is pulling up stumps
Gelato Messina has shrunk its cakes to single-serve size

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Gelato Messina has shrunk its cakes to single-serve size
One of Darlo’s most beloved cocktail bars is closing the doors

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One of Darlo’s most beloved cocktail bars is closing the doors
Explained: the Extinction Rebellion and how it will affect Sydney this week

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Explained: the Extinction Rebellion and how it will affect Sydney this week
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From our critics

Kurios ★★★★
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Kurios ★★★★

Cirque du Soleil's latest is a thrill-a-minute spectacular.

Hustlers ★★★★
Film Hustlers ★★★★

J Lo struts her best stuff in years.

Wyno x Bodega ★★★★
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Wyno x Bodega ★★★★

Full bellies. Happy hearts. Can’t lose. 

Joker ★★★★★
Film Joker ★★★★★

A truly nightmarish vision of late-era capitalism.

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Read our latest theatre reviews

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Read our latest restaurant reviews

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Read our latest film reviews

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Competitions and announcements

Tell us what you think of Google for the chance to dine on us
Things to do Tell us what you think of Google for the chance to dine on us

Time Out is giving away vouchers for you to dine at our Sydney Signature Searches venues, all you have to do is answer a few questions. Just tell us how you use Google and what you think of our recent #foundongoogle campaign. Take this short survey to enter the draw for your chance to have a feast on us at Buffalo Dining Club, Fika Swedish Kitchen, Circa Espresso, Rising Sun Workshop and Cafe Oratnek. // (function(t,e,s,n){var o,a,c;t.SMCX=t.SMCX||[],e.getElementById(n)||(o=e.getElementsByTagName(s),a=o[o.length-1],c=e.createElement(s),c.type="text/javascript",c.async=!0,c.id=n,c.src=["https:"===location.protocol?"https://":"http://","widget.surveymonkey.com/collect/website/js/tRaiETqnLgj758hTBazgd9NxKf_2BhnTfDFrN34n_2BjT1LTkHQnIeufWDGk_2BwVuFtj8.js"].join(""),a.parentNode.insertBefore(c,a))})(window,document,"script","smcx-sdk"); // Create your own user feedback survey

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A Time Out editor’s perfect day in Sydney
Things to do A Time Out editor’s perfect day in Sydney

Here at Time Out, we pride ourselves on our deep understanding of the glistening harbour gem that is Sydney. We’ve traversed her winding (and sometimes impossible to navigate) roads to investigate every fabulous corner of this city. Across our intrepid urban adventures, we’ve found stunning walks, cascading waterfalls, incredible restaurants, the freshest theatre shows, and all of the ‘so Sydney’ bucket list activities you simply must do at least once in you life.  To give you a little peep into our day-to-day, we took a city-based road trip to fill a day with our favourite Sydney activities. Helping us get from A to B and back again was the Subaru Impreza. The All-Wheel Drive Subaru Impreza has enough leg room so you can stretch out after a hike, but is compact enough to zip through Sydney’s spaghetti-bowl streets, using the in-built satellite navigation to find your way. We were never bored stuck in traffic, because Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ connected our phones seamlessly to the car and kept us connected to the outside world while on the go (and were chargeable using the car’s multiple USB ports). And the reverse camera and Reverse Auto Braking on selected models came in handy when squeezing into tight parking spaces close to our favourite hotspots. If you love Sydney as much as us, follow this fab itinerary for a day-long Sydney adventure road trip.  Photograph: Anna Kucera

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Try the new Absolut Elyx cocktail menu at Henry Deane
Bars Try the new Absolut Elyx cocktail menu at Henry Deane

Sunset drinks at this luxe rooftop bar have never looked better

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Win a progressive dinner experience at four restaurants perfect for group outings
Things to do Win a progressive dinner experience at four restaurants perfect for group outings

The season for end-of-year catch-ups and Christmas parties is just around the corner, but if you're looking for a spot to get together with your mates, start with the Parlour Group restaurants in Sydney. Today, Parlour Group consists of four venues: Riley Street Garage in Woolloomooloo combines drinking and quality dining brilliantly with a huge island bar; Rosebery's Stanton and Co will have you dining in a setting of warehouse chic; Surly's in Surry Hills is for when you're after spicy Bloody Caesar cocktails with your BBQ and burgers; and The Village Inn is the neighbourhood favourite in Paddo, where pub classics don’t compromise on quality local produce. These restaurants may offer cuisines ranging from modern Japanese to American barbecue, but they have a lot in common too: they’re all housed in beautiful heritage buildings with oodles of charm; they are all great places to drink as well as to eat; they all offer a warm welcome to everyone; and – hallelujah! – they take bookings. Lucky for you, Time Out and Parlour Group are giving away two progressive dinners hosted by charismatic owner, Brody Petersen. Two winners will get to take four mates each on a progressive dinner where you'll get to enjoy one course and drink from Riley Street Garage, Surly's, The Village Inn and Stanton and Co over the course of one evening.  Interested? All you need to do to enter is tell us why you and your mates deserve to be treated to a progressive dinner out with Parlour Group. The mo

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Win tickets to Unbearable Darkness at Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art
Dance Win tickets to Unbearable Darkness at Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art

We're giving away three double passes to the Australian premiere of this paranormal dance performance

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The Big Anxiety
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The Big Anxiety

This six-week-long mental health festival combines science and creativity to help us look after ourselves and others

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Win a night out at new Sydney bar Cuckoo for you and three mates
Things to do Win a night out at new Sydney bar Cuckoo for you and three mates

Newtown's newest bar, Cuckoo is giving away a $500 voucher so you and your crew can wine and dine

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Win a double pass to Time Out's Pisco Shakedown
Bars Win a double pass to Time Out's Pisco Shakedown

In case you didn't know, Peru's favourite national spirit pisco is actually a very versatile high-proof spirit that plays well with many cocktail flavours, from fresh and zingy to dark and spicy. Made in the winemaking regions of Peru, the distilled spirit (which is made in the winemaking regions of Peru, from Lima to the southern city of Tacna along the coast) can have a wide range of flavour notes depending on the grapes used to make it. To highlight the versatile spirit, Time Out is hosting the first-ever Time Out Pisco Shakedown on Monday October 14 from 6pm.  Here's how it works. Time Out editors will be asking Sydney bartenders to submit their top pisco cocktail recipes and then pick the four best submissions of the lot. The chosen bartenders will then be invited to battle it out at the Time Out Pisco Shakedown at the Butler in Potts Point. Want to get involved? We're giving away 40 double passes to this exclusive event. Enter below by Wednesday, October 9 for your chance to win a double pass, where you'll be able to taste test some pisco cocktails yourself while watching the exciting cocktail competition.  Enter now

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Win tickets to queer art party Day for Night
Nightlife Win tickets to queer art party Day for Night

Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art is wrapping up with an epic party combining queer art and music

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Win the ultimate day and night out at The Other Art Fair
Art Win the ultimate day and night out at The Other Art Fair

Over 130 handpicked, independent artists will be taking over the Cutaway at Barangaroo Reserve, showcasing thousands of pieces of work from as little as $100. There will also be live art activations, event tours, immersive installations, performances, DJs, and food and drink. To mark this auspicious occasion, The Other Art Fair have put together the ultimate art-lover’s bundle to give away as a prize to one fortunate Time Out reader. The prize includes: - 2 x VIP tickets to The Other Art Fair Opening Night on Thursday October 24, not available to purchase - One night’s accommodation for two at Ovolo Hotels Woolloomooloo, worth $699 - Private tour of the Other Art Fair with a Saatchi Art Curator, not available to purchase - Limited edition tote bag - Welcome drinks from 5-6pm - For good measure, a whopping $300 to spend on art at the event! Thirty runners up will also receive a pair of tickets to The Other Art Fair, valid Friday-Sunday October 25-27, so your chances of winning a prize are pretty good. Enter below before October 13.  Enter here

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The best of Sydney

Indigenous walks and tours in Sydney
Things to do Indigenous walks and tours in Sydney

Really get to know the city of Sydney through a connection to land First Nations peoples continue to uphold.

The best florists in Sydney
Shopping The best florists in Sydney

We’ve picked out our favourite Sydney florists and flower shops that always deliver.

The coolest lighthouses to visit in Sydney
Attractions The coolest lighthouses to visit in Sydney

These mystical wayfinders are a beacon for Sydney sightseers.

18 of the best vegan restaurants in Sydney
Restaurants 18 of the best vegan restaurants in Sydney

Opt for more plants on your plate.

Where to find the best high tea in Sydney
Restaurants Where to find the best high tea in Sydney

Pass the cucumber sandwiches, please...

Where to see Sydney’s city skyline
Attractions Where to see Sydney’s city skyline

Head to these parks, walks, beaches and lookouts to gaze on the Emerald City in all its glory.

The 16 best playgrounds in Sydney
Kids The 16 best playgrounds in Sydney

Got a wriggly little one? Let them run off some of that energy. 

Wheelchair accessible restaurants in Sydney
Restaurants Wheelchair accessible restaurants in Sydney

There's far more to accessibility than wheelchair access alone... 

The best spas in Sydney
Health and beauty The best spas in Sydney

Whether you want hardcore results, or just a bit of chill time.

The best markets in Sydney
Shopping The best markets in Sydney

Whether it’s the brekky pho or racks of vintage threads that gets you out of bed in the morning. 

The best Filipino restaurants in Sydney
Restaurants The best Filipino restaurants in Sydney

These dishes that are born and bred in the Philippines have a distinct deliciousness all their own.

Where to find the best Sydney parks
Attractions Where to find the best Sydney parks

While away an afternoon or simply catch a break at lunch time. 

The best day trips from Sydney
Travel The best day trips from Sydney

Escape the city for a day. 

The 50 best bars in Sydney right now
Bars The 50 best bars in Sydney right now

Ensure your evenings never run dry.

The 50 Best Restaurants in Sydney Right Now
Restaurants The 50 Best Restaurants in Sydney Right Now

Welcome to the Time Out EAT List, our handpicked ‘best of’ for Sydney's food scene.

The 26 best cafés in Surry Hills
Restaurants The 26 best cafés in Surry Hills

No visit to Sydney is complete without a repast at the undisputed breakfast capital of Australia. 

50 things to do in Sydney at least once in your life
Things to do 50 things to do in Sydney at least once in your life

Take a read and get cracking on that ultimate to-do list. 

The best op shops in Sydney
Shopping The best op shops in Sydney

Secondhand doesn’t have to mean second best. 

Sydney sightseeing
Attractions Sydney sightseeing

Sydney packs a punch when it comes to spectacular views and thrilling activities.

101 fun things to do indoors in Sydney
Things to do 101 fun things to do indoors in Sydney

For those days when it's wet, gloomy or particularly windy.

Top Sydney attractions
Attractions Top Sydney attractions

Let us be your guide to the sights you need to see and the ones you can wave to from an open-top bus. 

The best dog-friendly beaches in Sydney
Attractions The best dog-friendly beaches in Sydney

Every dog loves a trip to the beach. 

The best hotels in Sydney
Travel The best hotels in Sydney

There are a few hotels whose hospitality is just as popular with locals as with those visiting town.

Sydney's harbour islands
Things to do Sydney's harbour islands

Take a day trip to one of these ten landmarks surrounded by water.

The best rooftop bars in Sydney
Bars The best rooftop bars in Sydney

Sometimes there's nothing better than the sun on your back and a cool drink to keep things chill.

The best nudist beaches in Sydney
Attractions The best nudist beaches in Sydney

Feel the fresh salt water over every part of your body.

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Neighbourhood guides

Manly
Manly

Every day’s the weekend at this beachside suburb.

Cronulla
Things to do Cronulla

It's the rough-edged beachside gem in Sydney's Shire crown. 

Newtown
Newtown

We love Newtown for the music. We love it for the food.

Chippendale
Chippendale

Chippo packs a lot of punch for a little fella. 

Bondi
Bondi

The beachside 'burb has amazing cafés, diners and shops.  

Ashfield
Ashfield

Ashfield holds onto the charming remnants of its ageing looks.

Parramatta
Parramatta

Parramatta's food and drink scene is on the rise.

Fairfield
Fairfield

Flavours dominate this multicultural hub in Western Sydney.

Crows Nest
Crows Nest

It's one of the highest points of all of the northern suburbs.

Petersham
Petersham

Make Sydney’s ‘Little Portugal’ your first port of call.

Penrith
Penrith

There’s more to Sydney’s adventure capital than adrenaline highs.

Neutral Bay
Neutral Bay

Get around the Lower North Shore suburb's food, drink and entertainment. 

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Eat and drink your way through Parramatta
Restaurants Eat and drink your way through Parramatta

Naturally Sydney’s “second CBD” Parramatta has a thriving food and drink scene. Thanks to the delicious cuisines of the many diverse communities who call it home, Parramatta is bursting at the seams with hole-in-the-wall eateries, heaving family restaurants, and a new in-flux of uber cool cocktail bars. But where to start? Never fear, we’ve got some hot food tips under our (expanding) belts for you. Kickstart your Parramatta food trip with robust coffee and memorable brekkie. Circa Espresso has got the breakfast goods with their signature Ottoman Eggs – a Middle Eastern-inspired egg and eggplant dish given that extra zing from garlicky labneh and crispy fried sage and leek. Try a caffeinated brew with a view at the riverside Armory Wharf Café with their Sriracha eggs – a blue swimmer crab laden breakfast of champions. Top it off with a mid-morning sweet treat and ignite your Instagram likes with one of Bay Vista dessert bar and café’s towering desserts. Parramatta (and neighbouring Harris Park) is so rich with fantastic Indian restaurants we devoted an entire feature to it. Head to Billu’s Indian eatery for their signature tandoori chicken and classic thaalis, or hunt down our pick for the best biryani in Sydney from Hyderabad House. Finish your tasty trip into ‘Little India’ with a rainbow-hued treat from Chatkazz sweets or a delightfully sticky gulab jamun from Taj Indian Sweets and Restaurant. As the sun sets take your full belly to one of Parramatta’s fun bars and brew

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Join the launch party for the kooky new bar above the Marly
Bars Join the launch party for the kooky new bar above the Marly

The team at the Marly are finally ready to unveil their absurdist new creation, Cuckoo. Designed in collaboration with Monster Children and International World Wide (the Norfolk, the Old Fitz), Cuckoo will be more than a new bar. They’re not giving too many details away, so to properly investigate what wonders await, you’ll want to ascend the stairs on October 18 and jump down the rabbit hole at the launch party.  What can you expect from this curious new venture? They’re promising an uninhibited and raucous attitude. Think wood panelling and retro style – with just the right amount of kitsch mountain décor. Insta moments will abound: visitors will be able to test their skills on an epic indoor climbing wall, for instance.  Crusty giant pretzels will be your primary bar snack, designed to be dunked in delicious condiments from the vast array housed in the “Condiment Kingdom”. Schnitzels will be the star of the main menu, and you’ll have the chance to sample a rainbow of schnapps in between bouts on the dancefloor. Cuckoo will be creating this beloved European concoction in house, and since cocktails simply can’t be ignored at a party, you’ll likely spot a few fruity distillations in your more elaborate drinks. If all this heady aband

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See the Australian thriller Splinter in Sydney
Theatre See the Australian thriller Splinter in Sydney

This thriller by Hillary Bell follows a couple whose missing five-year-old daughter returns after nine months missing – with no scratches and no explanation. They're forced to grapple with the uncertainties of their past and move forward under enormously difficult circumstances. “There was this play that I read before it went into production at Sydney Theatre Company, which I loved but didn’t get to direct, and it stayed with me always,” Griffin Theatre Company's artistic director Lee Lewis says of Bell’s work. The original production played in Sydney in 2012, would usually count a play out of a major revival for at least a few more years, however, Lewis wanted to challenge that expectation during her time at Griffin. “There’ve been extraordinary plays that have been written over the last 20 years which aren’t old enough to be considered classics so we can’t do a ‘classic revival’, but we could just do the damn play again because it’s good.” Starring Hilary Bell’s sister Lucy Bell and Les Miserables star Simon Gleeson, this claustrophobic chamber piece questions how well we know our families. Splinter runs until October 12 at the Griffin Theatre Company. Further details and tickets are available here.

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IKEA launches an Australian Slow TV channel
Things to do IKEA launches an Australian Slow TV channel

IKEA caused a bit of a stir in marketing circles a couple of years ago with its series of deliberately boring YouTube commercials. These included a teenager doing the dishes for five minutes, a couple on a couch kissing in front of a TV for eight, and some young people arm wrestling for six. The ads played in front of YouTube content and many people skipped them, but they also garnered a cult following of joyfully disbelieving fans. The ads were inspired by the Scandinavian trend of ‘Slow TV’ in which almost nothing happens – designed as an antidote to our over-stimulated lives (some cool examples of Slow TV screened on SBS last summer). Now, IKEA is using the phenomenon as a way of promoting their new 2020 catalogue. They have launched an Australian Slow TV channel live streaming the 14-day (336-hour) journey of its products in shipping containers on board a ship to Australia. The channel, which in perfect Nordic understatement IKEA says  “does not aim to excite”, is narrated by Kent and Sara Eriksson, narrators of the original IKEA Sleep Podcast. The Swedes are reading from the new IKEA catalogue with the sound of waves gently crashing against the ship’s stern in the background. Sounds a bit – well, dull, right? And that’s exactly the point. IKEA say they want to help Australians get a good night’s sleep, and watching this YouTube channel may indeed have that exact effect. And if you’re inspired to go buy a new IKEA bed to do it on, well that’s entirely up to you. The c

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