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Dog Photog Sydney Xmas
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Dog Photog Sydney Xmas

Treat your pooch like a Christmas prince at this adorable pop-up doggo photography studio

Christmas Infinity Rooms
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Christmas Infinity Rooms

Be dazzled with Christmas cheer at Market City’s little kaleidoscopic installation

School of Rock the Musical review
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School of Rock the Musical review

Andrew Lloyd Webber takes on a classic Jack Black comedy in this winning new musical

Sunset Sessions at Cockatoo Island
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Sunset Sessions at Cockatoo Island

Get your Saturday nights started with sunsets, songs and storytelling

HMS Pinafore review
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HMS Pinafore review

The Hayes Theatre sets sail with a reimagined classic

Rosémber Fest
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Rosémber Fest

Get your pink drink on at this beachside rosé festival

Sri Lanka Food & Culture Festival
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Sri Lanka Food & Culture Festival

The most delicious cuisine this side of the Indian Ocean is making a home in Darling Harbour this month

The Sustainable Christmas Artisans Market
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The Sustainable Christmas Artisans Market

Get more than gifts at this environmentally-minded festive market

Holiday Market
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Holiday Market

Fill your Christmas stockings with local prezzies and good vibes

Lord of the Rings Marathon
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Lord of the Rings Marathon

It's the one movie marathon to rule them all - extended edition

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Latest news stories

Sly Fox Hotel loses 24-hour licence and could close

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Sly Fox Hotel loses 24-hour licence and could close
Darwin has been taken over by light installations by the man behind Uluru’s ‘Field of Light’

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Darwin has been taken over by light installations by the man behind Uluru’s ‘Field of Light’
Score free Espresso Martini gelato from Messina in Sydney this month

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Score free Espresso Martini gelato from Messina in Sydney this month
LP’s Quality Meats is closing its doors, but luckily the smoker isn’t going anywhere

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LP’s Quality Meats is closing its doors, but luckily the smoker isn’t going anywhere
Kylie Kwong announces plans for her next big move

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Kylie Kwong announces plans for her next big move
The Art of Bansky exhibition has closed due to 'heatwave concerns'

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The Art of Bansky exhibition has closed due to 'heatwave concerns'
You can experience New Year's Eve from the Sydney Opera House for just $10 (if you're lucky)

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You can experience New Year's Eve from the Sydney Opera House for just $10 (if you're lucky)
Soft serve gin cocktails are here to save you during Sydney's sweltering summer

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Soft serve gin cocktails are here to save you during Sydney's sweltering summer
National Parklands across Greater Sydney  closed due to 'catastrophic' fire risk

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National Parklands across Greater Sydney closed due to 'catastrophic' fire risk
You can now recycle soft plastics and coffee capsules at Marrickville Metro

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You can now recycle soft plastics and coffee capsules at Marrickville Metro
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From our critics

Hello Auntie 2.0 ★★★★
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Hello Auntie 2.0 ★★★★

Vietnamese fusion reaches new heights in Darling Square

Marriage Story ★★★★★
Film Marriage Story ★★★★★

This deeply felt divorce drama features powerhouse performances from Johansson and Driver

First Love is the Revolution ★★★★
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First Love is the Revolution ★★★★

A forbidden teen romance with an unexpected furry spin

Read our latest theatre reviews
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

Time Out Sydney Bar Awards
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Time Out Sydney Bar Awards

The Time Out Sydney Bar Awards 2020 will be held at the Powerhouse Museum on Monday December 9. Join us, along with host Matt Okine, as we toast the city’s best cocktail bars, new bars, wine bars, bartenders and more at the party for the party-makers.You can expect an evening of delicious drinks, great food, sweet tunes and celebration, shoulder-to-shoulder with the city's best bar professionals. Tickets are on sale now. Awards nominees will be announced shortly in the following categories: Best Cocktail Bar; Best Wine Bar; Best Pub; Best Bar Food; Best Bar Team; Best New Bar; Bartender of the Year; Bar of the Year; and Rising Talent Award. Got a favourite bar? Vote for it in the People’s Choice Award. The 2020 Time Out Bar Awards are taking place at the beginning of a new phase for Sydney. The recently published recommendations of a Joint Select Committee investigating the effect of the lockout laws called for them to be rolled back, and NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian has also called for the laws to be repealed. Time Out has helped to spearhead these changes, and our Bar Awards 2020 will be a celebration of Sydney's stunning and resilient night-time scene. Time Out thanks our sponsors Asahi Premium Beverages, Two Suns and Winterhalter as well as venue partner the Powerhouse Museum for making these awards possible.

Try these exclusive cocktails in the CBD over summer
Bars Try these exclusive cocktails in the CBD over summer

Forget after-work sessions – did you know that some of the best bars in Sydney’s CBD are open on Sunday? And with all the end-of-year catching up and Christmas shopping taking you into the city on weekends, it's good to know there are good places opening their doors.  In a patriotic vein, these three bars – Old Mate's Place, PS40 and Burrow Bar – will be celebrating Aussie spirits by offering special cocktails throughout summer and beyond. Get into them on a warm Sunday arvo, or anytime before the end of the year. 

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Recycle your containers and help raise $250,000 for drought relief
Things to do Recycle your containers and help raise $250,000 for drought relief

Australia’s summers are unforgiving, and as the climate changes they’ll only get tougher on our rural communities. But even as you’re enjoying a refreshing beverage this summer there’s something you can do to help our farmers get through the worst drought in living memory, and that’s recycle. During the Bottles for the Bush campaign, anyone who puts their eligible drink containers into a reverse vending machine will have the option to donate their refund to Rural Aid to help farmers and families affected by drought and bushfires. That’s 10c for every container going to help provide hay bales, water trucks, diesel and food on the table for struggling rural communities. The goal is to collect 2.5 million drink containers, which will raise $250,000 across the 16-week campaign. Bottles for the Bush is a campaign being run by TOMRA, the recycling company that has supplies the Return and Earn reverse vending machines used across Sydney and NSW. By any measure, Return and Earn has been a huge success, with over 2 billion aluminium, glass, plastic, steel and liquid paperboard containers collected in the scheme’s first 19 months, reducing the number of containers that end up as litter and sending them to be recycled.  Bottles for the Bush kicks off on November 4, 2019. There are 320 TOMRA Return and Earn recycling machines across NSW and you can find your nearest one here. 

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Five essential highlights of Sydney Festival for your diary
Things to do Five essential highlights of Sydney Festival for your diary

January in Sydney is set to be magical again with the announcement of the program for Wesley Enoch’s fourth Sydney Festival (January 8-26, 2020).  It’s another ambitious line-up spanning eye-opening art installations, boundary-pushing drama and dance, gravity-defying circus, and thrilling musical performances. There are 75 events happening across the city, from new Australian work through to blockbuster international shows.  Not sure where to start? Try these five essential events. Tickets are on sale now. Want more? Read Time Out’s 20 top picks of Sydney Festival.

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Because I got high: The Global Drug Survey wants to know about your drug use
News Because I got high: The Global Drug Survey wants to know about your drug use

Recreational drug taking (including drinking) is part of the nightlife of our city. Policymakers, healthcare professionals, academics and industry insiders need an accurate picture of how, why and when we take drugs in order to keep us safe while supporting nightlife and good times. To that end, the totally anonymous Global Drug Survey is asking people around the world to be honest about their drug use. For years the Global Drug Survey (GDS) has been asking people to share their recreational drug habits by filling out a confidential and encrypted online survey. Because recreational drug use is illegal in many countries, it can be hard to get accurate information on the issue. The survey is privately commissioned by a group of international experts in drugs, health and public policy – so you don’t need to fear being contacted by the feds. This year the GDS is focusing a lot on CBD oil, which is found in many countries in everything from dietary supplements to hand lotions. But does CBD oil actually accomplish what it says it will? It's currently only available in Australia by prescription, but many people order it online illegally. If you're one of them, the GDS wants to hear from you.  The GDS is also asking questions like: Do you take psychedelics as medicine for psychiatric illness? What are your biggest regrets after drinking, if any? What advice could be given to people who are drinking at risky levels to help modify their behaviour? Do you have any experience wi

Grey Goose is bringing back its premium vanilla vodka for a limited time only
Bars Grey Goose is bringing back its premium vanilla vodka for a limited time only

When it comes to vodka, Grey Goose is at the top of many drinkers’ lists. The luxury French-made vodka is well known for being impossibly smooth and balanced, being as easily drunk by itself as it is in a cocktail. And as with all good things, Grey Goose is constantly looking to shake things up – literally and figuratively. Grey Goose La Vanille last graced our cocktail shakers in 2003 and it’s not sticking around for long this time either. To celebrate the re-release of Grey Goose La Vanille, the deluxe vodka brand is heading to three of Sydney’s top bars and one Woolongong gem to whip up some very special cocktails.  Not familiar with Grey Goose La Vanille? We’re not surprised – this is a limited edition tipple created from Madagascan vanilla beans that lend the spirit a natural caramelised toffee flavour. Grey Goose add no sugar, just premium vodka made from soft winter wheat and spring water. From November, head into Maybe Sammy, Barangaroo House, and Mrs Sippy in Sydney, and Pepe's on the Beach in Woolongong to try Grey Goose La Vanille four different ways. These top shelf establishments will be shaking up drinks that are really kicked up a notch by the addition of a premium vanilla vodka. Head to Maybe Sammy for a Lady Luck combining the La Vanille with pink lady apple juice, curacao, lemon, passionfruit and maraschino. Or, try the Miss Double Bay at Mrs Sippy, a delicious mix of the exclusive vodka with pear liquer, lemon, and cucumber juice. For an elevated sour, t

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Head to Sydney for the AACTA Awards
Film Head to Sydney for the AACTA Awards

Here's how you can be a part of the celebration of cinema at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards

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Win tickets to this year’s the Color Run Sydney plus a Subaru Impreza to use for the weekend
Things to do Win tickets to this year’s the Color Run Sydney plus a Subaru Impreza to use for the weekend

The Color Run, a 5km, untimed fun run where runners are doused from head to toe in different coloured powder, is collaborating with Subaru Australia to give away a prize pack that you don’t want to miss.  Enter the competition by October 31 and one lucky winner will win: - The use of a Subaru Impreza over the course of the Color Run Sydney weekend (three nights);- A $100 petrol voucher;- A $150 pre-paid VISA for meals;- The Color Run Sydney tickets for Sunday November 10 for you and three friends (four tickets total);- A one-night hotel stay for four up to the value of $800.  All you need to do for a chance to win is enter your details and tell us where you'd love to go for a drive if you got to drive a Subaru Impreza for the weekend. You'll need to claim your prize over on November 9-10 2019. Good luck!   Enter now

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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 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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The best of Sydney

The best ways to experience Sydney Harbour
Things to do The best ways to experience Sydney Harbour

You can't call yourself a Sydney local till you've seen the Harbour from all these angles.

Natural wonders worth a day trip from Sydney
Travel Natural wonders worth a day trip from Sydney

Visit these beauty-spots in a day and be back home by bedtime.

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

These mystical wayfinders are a beacon for Sydney sightseers.

The best vegan restaurants in Sydney
Restaurants The best vegan restaurants in Sydney

Opt for more plants on your plate.

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 ocean pools in Sydney
Sport and fitness The best ocean pools in Sydney

Dive in as the sun rises and you’ll have the salty baths to yourself or wade in at hightide for a thrilling swell as waves crash against the walls. 

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

Pass the cucumber sandwiches, please...

The most Instagram worthy places in Sydney
Things to do The most Instagram worthy places in Sydney

Sydney is one seriously photogenic place. Here's where to find the best Instagram gold in the city.

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 best playgrounds in Sydney
Kids The 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.

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.

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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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