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Hose Down Festival
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Hose Down Festival

This Inner West live music fest is raising funds for bushfire relief

Marrickville Makers' Market
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Marrickville Makers' Market

Take your Christmas shopping off the mainstreet with this artist-run warehouse bash

Blak Markets Christmas Festival
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Blak Markets Christmas Festival

Buy holiday gifts from Indigenous makers on Bare Island

Drag Santa Photos
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Drag Santa Photos

Ditch your shopping centre Santa for a glamour shot with drag queens

The Night Market at Yulli's Brews
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The Night Market at Yulli's Brews

Head to this craft beer warehouse for a night of natty wines, sake and live tunes

The Beanies Christmas Spectacular
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The Beanies Christmas Spectacular

Australia’s favourite children’s trio are getting festive with a live show

Frozé Your Way
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Frozé Your Way

Go bottomless at this self-serve frozé bar popping up at a Barangaroo rooftop bar

Cannery Christmas Markets
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Cannery Christmas Markets

You’ll find festive spirit and the scent of delicious goods wafting through the air at Rosebery’s hub of providores, specialty liquor stores,...

QVB Swarovski Christmas Tree
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QVB Swarovski Christmas Tree

Marvel at Australia' largest indoor Christmas tree

Krapp's Last Tape
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Krapp's Last Tape

Jonathan Biggins takes on Samuel Beckett at the Old Fitz

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Latest news stories

Do you have what it takes to conquer the new 80km Bondi to Manly walking track?

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Do you have what it takes to conquer the new 80km Bondi to Manly walking track?
Bushfires reach Greater Sydney, pumping more smoke into the city

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Bushfires reach Greater Sydney, pumping more smoke into the city
Sydney’s new light rail will officially (hopefully) open on December 14

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Sydney’s new light rail will officially (hopefully) open on December 14
Merivale finally reveals plans for Coogee Pavilion’s middle level

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Merivale finally reveals plans for Coogee Pavilion’s middle level
One of Sydney’s most avant-garde bars is making a move

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One of Sydney’s most avant-garde bars is making a move
Taronga Zoo welcomes two new koala joeys

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Taronga Zoo welcomes two new koala joeys
Channing Tatum's Magic Mike Live is coming to Sydney

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Channing Tatum's Magic Mike Live is coming to Sydney
Here's how to protect yourself from Sydney's 'hazardous' air quality

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Here's how to protect yourself from Sydney's 'hazardous' air quality
The fresh decade of All About Women speakers has just been announced

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The fresh decade of All About Women speakers has just been announced
Gami Chicken is giving away hundreds of boxes of fried chook today

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Gami Chicken is giving away hundreds of boxes of fried chook today
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From our critics

Frozen 2
Film Frozen 2
4 out of 5 stars

Elsa is back, and the wait has been worth it

Isabel
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Isabel
4 out of 5 stars

A cocktail-bar-cum-izakaya that's pushing the boundaries in Bondi

First Love is the Revolution
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First Love is the Revolution
4 out of 5 stars

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

Don't miss the 2020 Time Out Bar Awards
Bars Don't miss the 2020 Time Out Bar Awards

It's the night of nights for Sydney's bar scene, and you're invited

Sydney Christmas done right
Shopping Sydney Christmas done right

Christmas in Sydney can be heart-racingly overwhelming. Just hearing the c-word can put some in a tizzy of department store stampede flashbacks and sweaty dread about the office Kris Kringle. This year, let us hold your hand through it with our guide to absolutely nailing it when it comes to gifts, experiences, and stress-free snacks (with booze of course). Pop open your Lazyboy, set the aircon to arctic, sit back and scroll with our list of how to do Christmas right in Sydney.

Five outdoor hotspots for making the most of your summer in Sydney
Things to do Five outdoor hotspots for making the most of your summer in Sydney

Sunshine just makes things better, and summer is when Sydney truly comes alive. Ready to get outdoors, soak up the sun and make the most of Sydney with your friends? Whether it's kicking back in the great outdoors or trying out the latest event that guarantees a good time, here are five great places to be with your mates this summer. Fresh ideas for catch-ups deserve a refreshing drink like Lipton Ice Tea to help you cool down. Find out more about Lipton Ice Tea.

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Which Sydney neighbourhood are you?
Things to do Which Sydney neighbourhood are you?

We all know if Sydney were a person she'd be Kylie Minogue: all that sunny disposition and extravagant aesthetics makes for a good embodiment of our harbour town. But what if we broke each neighbourhood down to their bare bone traits – who would they be then? Well, we've designed a sophisticated algorithm (we haven't) and narrowed it down to the new light rail route to find out just that in this highly-technical quiz (repeat: absolutely no scientific research went into this). Take our test to find out if you're more of a sassy Surry Hills or a flashy Circular Quay. Answer the questions below and we'll fire up the calculations (you get it, we're nerds) to reveal what neighbourhood along the light rail route you are and remember to play it safe around light rail.   // (function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(d.getElementById(id))return;js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src='https://embed.playbuzz.com/sdk.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}(document,'script','playbuzz-sdk')); // Got your neighbourhood? Good. Now, enter your name and email through the link below for the chance to win a $100 voucher to one of the featured venues, plus an Opal card loaded with $100 so you can travel around your designated neighbourhood.  Enter now

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Three hotel bars hitting the mark in Sydney
Bars Three hotel bars hitting the mark in Sydney

Around the world, hotel bars remain centres of culture and fine drinking – think NoMad in New York, Dandelyan in London, the Roosevelt in New Orleans or the Park Hyatt in Tokyo. Meanwhile, in Australia, hotel bars are enjoying a renaissance. Hospitality standards have lifted across the board, driven by tourism and the economics of our location on the Pacific Rim. But you don’t need to be a traveller to take advantage of Sydney's top hotel bars. Here are three that are nailing the standards of excellence you've come to expect from our bar scene.

Time Out Sydney Bar Awards
Bars 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.

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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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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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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