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Dance Memory
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Dance Memory

There’s only good vibes allowed on this therapeutic dancefloor

Leaf Supply at Tramsheds Growers Markets
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Leaf Supply at Tramsheds Growers Markets

These local plant providers are bringing their carefully curated garden of greenery to the markets

Moby Dick review
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Moby Dick review

Sport for Jove takes on the white whale with this production of Herman Melville's classic

Pop-up cabaret at Ensemble Theatre
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Pop-up cabaret at Ensemble Theatre

[Sponsored] Sydney’s top cabaret performers are coming to the Ensemble Theatre for a series of intimate evenings

The Lion and Buffalo's Third Birthday
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The Lion and Buffalo's Third Birthday

This locally loved South Coogee café is celebrating their food-iversary with live music and all-day giveaways

Sydney Fringe Comedy
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Sydney Fringe Comedy

Head to Marrickville's Factory Theatre for cheap comedy this September

Cherry Blossom Festival World Square
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Cherry Blossom Festival World Square

Come celebrate all things Japanese, pink, and kawaii in the heart of the CBD this August

Democratic Design Days Australia
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Democratic Design Days Australia

[Sponsored] This three-day festival will furnish you with new interior design ideas while you enjoy those famous IKEA meatballs

IQ2 Debate: It is Too Soon to Ditch Fossil Fuels
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IQ2 Debate: It is Too Soon to Ditch Fossil Fuels

Debate the future of renewable energy vs fossil fuels at Sydney Town Hall

Unwrap the Map
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Unwrap the Map

Find waste-free, plastic-free sustainable Sydney food providers at an evening of ecological education

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Travel Win a trip to Miller Music Amplified in Buenos Aires featuring Bastille

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6 top events in Good Food Month
Things to do 6 top events in Good Food Month

Celebrate 20 years of great food and talented chefs at these six amazing dining events

Win a double pass to taste over $15,000 worth of Australia’s best wine with Langton’s
Things to do Win a double pass to taste over $15,000 worth of Australia’s best wine with Langton’s

Try the best wines in Australia at this exclusive event

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Bars Win a double pass to the grand opening of Old Mate’s Place bar

Don’t miss the hottest bar opening this year

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The Best High Tea in Sydney
Restaurants The Best High Tea in Sydney

Sydney is obsessed with high tea, and with good reason – we know how to bake a good scone. 

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. 

Sydney sightseeing
Attractions Sydney sightseeing

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

The 50 best cafes in Sydney
Restaurants The 50 best cafes in Sydney

Whether it's a reward after tackling one of Sydney's beautiful walks or a caffienated catch up or a hangover fixer.

The best escape rooms in Sydney
Things to do The best escape rooms in Sydney

Time Out took the challenge of visiting all the escape rooms in the city.

The Best Tattoo Parlours in Sydney
Shopping The Best Tattoo Parlours in Sydney

It’s worth investing a little time into who and where you should get inked before making the decision to permanently commit. 

The best walks in Sydney
Sport and fitness The best walks in Sydney

Coastal walks, bush walks, historical walks and inner city ambles: there are many routes to choose from.

The 50 best restaurants in Sydney
Restaurants The 50 best restaurants in Sydney

This is the definitive, ranked list of where to eat in Sydney right now. 

The 50 best bars in Sydney
Bars The 50 best bars in Sydney

We don't need an excuse for a cocktail once quitting time hits. 

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.

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

Point your compass in the direction of one of these nearby towns, regions and bush walks.

The best sandwiches in Sydney
Restaurants The best sandwiches in Sydney

It may be one of the most simplest lunches but when you find a good sandwich, it’s worth shouting from the rooftop. 

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 breakfasts in Sydney
Restaurants The best breakfasts in Sydney

Sydney's love for a breakfast knows no bounds – we champion our favourite brunch for days. 

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 clubs in Sydney
Nightlife The best clubs in Sydney

It's not easy being a night owl in Sydney. The trick is knowing where to look.

The best waterfalls in Sydney and NSW
Attractions The best waterfalls in Sydney and NSW

Load up the picnic basket and take a road trip to find these cascading falls around Sydney.

The best public art in Sydney
Art The best public art in Sydney

We thought we’d share some of our favourite public art works in Sydney.

The best yum cha in Sydney
Restaurants The best yum cha in Sydney

Fluffy pork buns. Silky, thin tofu skin. Beef tendon. The sweetest prawn dumplings. 

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

Ashfield
Ashfield

As the Inner West undergoes more and more plastic surgeries, Ashfield holds onto the charming remnants of its ageing looks.

Chippendale
Chippendale

Chippo packs a lot of punch for a little fella. 

Parramatta
Parramatta

Soon to be one of the most populated areas in Sydney, 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.

Bondi
Bondi

The beachside 'burb has beautiful cafés, progressive dining and shopping laneways

Petersham
Petersham

Sydney’s ‘Little Portugal’ your first port of call for a sweet, flaky loaf of goodness

Penrith
Penrith

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

Newtown
Newtown

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

Neutral Bay
Neutral Bay

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

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Inner City
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How to get a free side at these Inner City venues

Inner West
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Sydney's east
Restaurants Sydney's east

These ones offer a little something extra, be rewarded with a complimentary side dish 

Sydney's north
Restaurants Sydney's north

If you live north of the bridge, here are a list of venues to get a free side at.

What is 'Side with Amex'?
Restaurants What is 'Side with Amex'?

What is ‘Side with Amex’?‘Side with Amex’ is an instant rewards program by Time Out in partnership with American Express for American Express Card Members. How does ‘Side with Amex’ work?Participating American Express Venues will offer their customer a free side dish with the purchase of a main meal, when paid for using an American Express Card. How do I find out about participating venues?Participating venues will be included on each city’s Time Out website. This list will be updated constantly so keep checking back to find more participating venues in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane. When does Side With Amex end?Side With Amex is a 2017/18 initiative split into two phases:• Phase 1: 01 November 2017- 31 August 2018 Is there any limit to the offer?Each venue has committed to supplying the first 200 customers, paying with an American Express Card, with a free side dish per bill. A customer may only redeem one free side with each payment, when purchasing a main meal. How do I take advantage of ‘Side with Amex’?Whether you're an American Express Card Member, or an American Express accepting Merchant, you can read more about 'Side with Amex' below.      

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Alibi Bar and Dining
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Alibi Bar and Dining

Vegan cheese. It’s one of the many oxymoronic snack stars on the menu at Alibi, the new, wholly veggie bar and restaurant in Woolloomooloo. You’ll find it inside the Ovolo Hotel – and it’s a brave move for a boutique hotel to make its food and beverage offering nut-and-plant-based (or perhaps an indication of how far we’ve come). Whether you’re totally animal-free, lactose intolerant, gluten sensitive or just down to try something different, this platter is creative and moreish. In place of the usual fromage slices you’ll find a trio of cashew-based cheeses – a cheddar, blue and truffle. While each has a similar pastelike texture that doesn’t quite mimic its oozy dairy counterpart, the truffle number is a standout, with earthy notes shining through. These cheeses – as well as the ‘cream’ and ‘ricotta’– are made in-house at Alibi. The menu was devised by Californian chef Matthew Kenney, who has been on the meat-free bandwagon for well over 15 years and has his own vegan culinary institute, alongside restaurants in New York, LA, London and Miami. What’s on the plate isn’t just trend-driven, but thoughtful, fun and interesting. A cold cacio e pepe uses not spaghetti but chewy kelp noodles coated in a creamy, peppery almond sauce; while handheld tacos use smoky pulled mushrooms, a bright, herb-fuelled salsa and a pepita-blended cream to nail the handheld Mexican staple. The steamed bun is the only thing that doesn’t quite hit the mark – it’s stodgier than the usually light and

Say hello to the brand new Toxteth Hotel
Bars Say hello to the brand new Toxteth Hotel

After six months of refurbishments and renovations Glebe's Toxteth Hotel is pouring beers and dishing swish new meals. Sienna’s Bistro menu has gotten a total redux, so that along with counter classics, there's a new host of plant-based options. Try a Glebe Island Hot Bowl, with lemon myrtle roasted cauliflower, sautéed mushrooms, spinach, and Korean chilli sauce; or if you're after meat order up low and slow cooked spice-rubbed beef brisket. As always, the pub's weekly specials menu will be back, dishing out pub favourites for a steal. All meals can be enjoyed in the outdoor courtyard. On Sundays there will be a banquet style roast lunch or dinner to enjoy for $35pp called 'Host a Roast', and every Saturday join 'Sienna's Brunch Club', at $60pp with a drink on arrival or $70pp for bottomless – both can be booked from Sat Aug 25. The Toxteth have also changed up the drinks menu to include cocktail carafes (perfect for sharing in the sunny courtyard), plenty of beers (including local craft favourites) and mocktails (ideal for drivers and non-drinkers alike). You can also head there for live music, themed trivia, craft brew specials and musical bingo all throughout the week.  Find out more about the new look Toxteth today.

Local guide to Newtown with Tara O’Connell, the Marlborough Hotel
Bars Local guide to Newtown with Tara O’Connell, the Marlborough Hotel

You’d have to call it one of Sydney’s top party bars. Always a popular student hang, the Marlborough Hotel has become, since the lockouts skewed the crowds away from the east of town, an absolute lightning rod for Sydney nightlife. Maybe it’s the fact they’re open till 4am six nights a week, or the large beer garden. Perhaps it’s the live music or the DJ nights downstairs in their Tokyo Sing Sing room, or the classic rock upstairs at Miss Peaches. Whatever the reason, the Marly is the epicentre of one of the most vibrant parts of Sydney. Observing it all with wide, admiring eyes is staff newcomer Tara O’Connell. How long have you been at the Marlborough, Tara?I have been an assistant manager at the Marly for just over two months, and before that a loyal post-work frequenter. What do you love about Newtown?Newtown has always been a place in which I’ve felt not just safe, but wholly welcome. The sense of community that binds the neighbourhood is as blindingly obvious as the rainbow flags plastered throughout business fronts on King Street in shows of love and support. The venues dotted throughout Newtown work together in a fashion I doubt you’d find anywhere else. The overall connectedness is what really gets me. Who is the most memorable customer you have ever encountered and why?I remember this young uni student who was a dead ringer for David Wenham. I said to him: “How many times a day do you get told you look like David Wenham?” The guy had no idea who I was talking abo

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Restaurants Pre-theatre dining at The Star

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Side with Amex in Sydney's north
Restaurants Side with Amex in Sydney's north

If you live north of the bridge and feel like getting a little extra something with your meal, you've come to the right place. Pay with your American Express® Card at these leading restaurants, and you'll be rewarded with a complimentary side for your first main meal ordered. Want to know more? Check out our Side with Amex FAQ. For more great offerings, return to the American Express casual dining guide.

Six top events in Good Food Month
Things to do Six top events in Good Food Month

Now in its 20th year of fine dining and food events, Good Food Month presented by Citi gives Sydney’s food fans and would-be chefs an opportunity to experience specialised dishes from the city’s most renowned chefs and providores as well as industry leaders from across the globe. From October 4-21, diners will flock to Hyde Park for diverse culinary experiences within the transformed pop-up restaurant and foodie haven, Hyde Park Palms. There’s a huge roster of events, so we thought we’d help you out with a menu of six fantastic feasts that won’t leave you in a state of food FOMO. Time Out loves innovative and inclusive eating, so make your first port of call our official Good Food Month partner event, Vegan Italiano. The Night Noodle Markets are also a regular favourite throughout the month, and if you’re still agonising over the menu, here’s our guide to all the program highlights.

Win a double pass to an exclusive Time Out Sneak Peek of Endeavour Tap Rooms’ Great Australian Graze
Restaurants Win a double pass to an exclusive Time Out Sneak Peek of Endeavour Tap Rooms’ Great Australian Graze

Do you love cuisine that uses Australian native ingredients? On Wednesday September 5, Endeavour Tap Rooms, the premium brew and smokehouse in the Rocks, are opening up their rooms to the Great Australian Graze, an exciting celebration of native flavours, and Time Out readers have the chance to experience it for free before the general public does. At the event you’ll roam through four rooms, each with a different food and drink sample inspired by Australian native ingredients. The journey will be a complete sensory experience, like being in the Northern Australian bush harvesting wattle seed, or in the tropical woodlands of east Arnhem Land picking Kakadu plums from the tree. After discovering all the rooms, guests will journey to the Endeavour Brew Bar and Courtyard where there will be live music and more food and drinks available for purchase.  Time Out’s exclusive sneak peek of the Great Australian Graze takes place at an early 5.30-6.30pm preview prior to the ticketed event sessions. Your experience will include a free ticket to the sneak peek session including all four food and drink samples, a complimentary gift bag to take home as well as a complimentary drink in the Brew Bar. To win, simply sign up to Time Out’s newsletter before August 31. Already a subscriber? Sign up again for your chance to win – and we won’t send you multiple newsletters, because your inbox is full enough already. The Great Australian Graze is just one of many events being held in the Roc

Local guide to Kings Cross with Ben Le Messurier, Kings Cross Hotel
Bars Local guide to Kings Cross with Ben Le Messurier, Kings Cross Hotel

It’s fair to say the venerable Kings Cross Hotel has witnessed some changes in its time. This six-storey edifice sits opposite the famous Coke sign welcoming visitors to Sydney’s traditional red-light district, and while the lights of the Cross may have dimmed since the lockouts, the KX powers on. From the subterranean Dive Bar to the prized real estate of the Rooftop, the KX is a meeting spot for the diverse communities of Potts Point and Darlinghurst as well as a venue that knows how to party. We asked assistant manager Ben Le Messurier exactly what makes it tick. Ben, how long have you worked here?Just over one year. Before KX I was at Darlo Bar just down the road, so I’ve been in the area a while. I love bigger venues; it was kind of daunting at first when you look at the six levels we have, but it’s a well oiled machine. What do you love about your job?I love working in a field that is so eclectic. There’s never a normal day at work and our mix of customers is so vast that I am able to meet such colourful personalities daily. Do you have any favourite regulars?The most memorable would be two of our locals, Trish and Wayne. They know the staff by name and they have great stories about the history of not only about our venue but many others throughout their years living in Kings Cross. They are true locals. They both moved to the area back when it was vibrant, and they’ve told us that what we’re doing at the venue is getting back to the roots of what Kings Cross used t

Win a double pass to the grand opening of Old Mate’s Place bar
Bars Win a double pass to the grand opening of Old Mate’s Place bar

Some of Sydney’s best bar talent is behind new rooftop bar Old Mate’s Place in the CBD. Dre Walters (ex Lobo Plantation and Kittyhawk), Gabrielle Walters and Dan Noble (Ramblin' Rascal Tavern) have joined forces to open the Clarence Street bar with an open-air rooftop. This is the next big thing on the Sydney small bar scene, and we’re offering you the chance to be among the first to try it out at an exclusive Time Out Sneak Peek on Thursday August 23. On the night you can expect Red Stripe Beer, bespoke cocktails, Philly cheese steaks and vegetarian Philly cheese steaks – all for free. We have 40 double passes to give away, so your chances are pretty good. To win one, simply sign up for Time Out’s weekly newsletter before Monday 20 August. If you already get the newsletter, you can still enter – just fill out you deets again (and you won’t get multiple newsletters because, technology).   ENTER HERE

Antidote
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Antidote

After a successful debut last year, Antidote returns with an impressive program featuring concert hall talks, workshops and panel sessions. At the top of the bill are international guests Chelsea Manning, investigative reporter Ronan Farrow and New York Times bestselling author Ta-Nehisi Coates. The festival’s speakers can be linked by four themes: truth and lies, technology and design, culture and identity and storytelling and connections. There’ll be discussions about the impact of architecture on peace with Syrian architect Marwa Al-Sabouni; talks about race, gender, democracy and the African diaspora with Sisonke Msimang; and important chats about universal design with disability advocate Liz Jackson, founder of the Disabled List. For the first time, Antidote will include ‘how to’ sessions on conscious consumption, sustainable living, community activism and combating social isolation. You can learn how to fillet a fish with Saint Peter’s Josh Niland, how to be an activist with Sally Rugg or how to make your own eco products with Kirsty Mootz. The festival will also be a chance to solve your embarrassing problems with agony aunts Benjamin Law and his mum Jenny Phang, plus Maeve Marsden will bring the legendary storytelling night Queerstories to the Opera House for the first time.Read our interview with Antidote Festival director Dr Edwina Throsby about this year’s line-up.

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