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How to get a cheap meal every night of the week
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How to get a cheap meal every night of the week

We’re all too aware that Sydney isn’t a cheap place to call home, but if you know where to look you can find dinner any night of the week for under $15. 

Four weekend getaways for under $400
Travel

Four weekend getaways for under $400

You’ll be surprised how far your dollar can stretch outside the big city. 

Cheap things to do in Sydney
Things to do

Cheap things to do in Sydney

Sydney isn't a cheap place to live or visit, but if you know where to look, you can get by in the city for a lot less than you'd think. 

The best cheap eats in Chatswood
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The best cheap eats in Chatswood

Chatswood is the land of many malls, and as a hub for Sydney’s Chinese community this North Shore outpost is also home to an enviable enclave of barbecue kitchens, dumpling houses and lunchtime boltholes. Eating cheap may seem like an easy premise, but finding the top spots can be overwhelming so we’ve done the legwork for you. 

Where to eat right now

The best cheap eats in Sydney
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The best cheap eats in Sydney

There's a host of cheap restaurants in Sydney all around our fair town serving up tasty food at prices that won't leave your wallet empty. 

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

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

The rise of bushfood
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The rise of bushfood

For the local Aboriginal community, promoting, using and preserving these foods is so much more than a culinary fad.

The best breakfasts in Sydney
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The best breakfasts in Sydney

Sydney's love for a breakfast knows no bounds – we will queue for ages, seek out the most Instagram-able dish and champion our favourite brunch for days. 

Sydney bar and pub reviews
Bars

Sydney bar and pub reviews

Looking for somewhere great to drink in Sydney? Check out the latest reviews from our bar and pub critics. 

Best of Sydney

The best cinemas in Sydney
Film

The best cinemas in Sydney

In Sydney, going to the movies is almost as popular as going surfing, having a barbecue or dining out.

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.

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

20 things to do in Sydney at least once in your life

Sydney’s a beautiful place to live and a glorious city to visit.

Free things to do in Sydney today
Things to do

Free things to do in Sydney today

Sydney may have been voted the second most expensive city in the world to live in, but if you look closely you will find cheap and free things to do on any day of the year.

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 to discover Sydney from a new angle.

The best clubs in Sydney
Nightlife

The best clubs in Sydney

Any Sydneysider will tell you it hasn’t been a great couple of years to be a night owl in this town. The trick now is knowing where to look – here's where to start.

What to do when you're alone in Sydney

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Win tickets to see The Onion live at Antidote Festival
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Win tickets to see The Onion live at Antidote Festival

The satirical geniuses are coming to Sydney to unpack the era of 'fake news'

Win tickets to the Time Out Food Awards

Win tickets to the Time Out Food Awards

Vote in our People's Choice Awards for your chance to win a double pass to our night of nights

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Win the new Youfoodz winter menu
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Win the new Youfoodz winter menu

If you love nothing better than having someone else cook for you, then you’re in luck

See all of our current competitions

How to be more Sydney

The best pubs in Sydney
Bars

The best pubs in Sydney

There are a lot of rock-solid pubs in this city, and these are the pick of the bunch.

Escape rooms in Sydney
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Escape rooms in Sydney

The concept is simple: solve a variety of puzzles placed in and around the room before your allotted time runs out.

Indigenous walks and tours in Sydney
Things to do

Indigenous walks and tours in Sydney

These Aboriginal led and operated businesses share knowledge and history that dates back thousands of years. 

Healthy living in Sydney
Health and beauty

Healthy living in Sydney

Sydney has many options when it comes to clean living – all you’ve got to do is stick to your goals.

Where to see Aboriginal art in Sydney
Art

Where to see Aboriginal art in Sydney

Whether you're visiting from overseas or a curious local, these are the places to see the best of Australia's diverse Indigenous art practice.

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Little Creatures Live
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Little Creatures Live

You might already enjoy their beer – including Pale Ale, Rogers' and Dog Days – but did you know there's a way to take your Little Creatures love a little deeper? This year the brewery is taking their show on the road with a series of parties that feature live performance art, food and beer at various on-premise locations and festivals across Australia. They're calling it Little Creatures Live – inspired by the original moniker of their very first Pale Ale, brewed their own way with fresh hops flowers and live yeast.  Little Creatures Live will be back in Sydney very soon. Curious as to what to expect? Check out our recaps below. Or if you can't wait, why not pay a visit to Little Creatures' Fremantle or Geelong breweries? 

Head to Hacienda Sydney
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Head to Hacienda Sydney

After a spot for pre-theatre drinks or a post-work wind down? Look no further than Circular Quay's Cuban-inspired cocktail lounge, Hacienda Sydney. The glassed in box juts out over the concourse, making for some of the best views of the glistening Sydney Harbour. On the cocktail front they are slinging fruity, Caribbean themed numbers. Kick back with a Pina Princess with pineapple rum, mezcal, apricot brandy, passionfruit puree, chai syrup and ginger beer; or a Té Amo with elderflower, vodka, lime juice and earl grey tea syrup.  Snacks wise you can order up jerk chicken sliders, black bean arancini, chargrilled octopus and spiced lamb riblets. Add in DJs on Friday and Saturday nights spinning relaxed house tunes and you've got yourself a swanky way to kick start your weekend. 

Vote for the bar making your favourite Patrón XO Café Espresso Martini and win a $200 bar tab
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Vote for the bar making your favourite Patrón XO Café Espresso Martini and win a $200 bar tab

If the mere thought of an Espresso Martini makes your heart beat a little faster, then it’s a great time to live in Sydney right now. For a limited time, a selection of top Sydney bars curated by Patrón are creating special twists on the classic Espresso Martini, using Patrón XO Café. Each of these bars is putting their own expression on the cocktail, and together, they make up the Expresso Society (get it?). They’re shaking up the classic cocktail in all sorts of delicious ways – Rosie Campbell’s ‘Patroco’ blends Patrón XO Café, chocolate liqueur and homemade toasted coconut syrup and coconut cream to create a tropical holiday in a glass. For a nutty kick, try Café del Mar’s ‘Espresso del Mar’, which adds Frangelico, hazelnut syrup and butterscotch to Patrón XO Café and espresso. The creativity doesn’t stop there. Bars like Paddington Inn are adding sweetness by throwing burnt marshmallows into the mix, while the clever bartenders at Pitt Street’s Mexican diner Mejico are staying true to their roots by using Peloton Mezcal and agave in their ‘MeXo Espresso’. The question is: which of these Espresso Martinis do you most want to drink? To win a $200 tab at one of these Sydney bars, tell us which cocktail recipe takes your fancy (the full list is here). Enter by telling us which of these Patrón XO Café Espresso Martinis you'd most like to drink, and why by Monday July 31. Name: Email: I'd like to drink: (25 words or less)  Tick this box to hear more from Patrón XO

Hotel Centennial’s unlimited mimosa brunch
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Hotel Centennial’s unlimited mimosa brunch

Hotel Centennial is doing Sydney a solid and offering unlimited mimosa brunches until the end of August. For a mere $70 per person you can have a two-course brunch and as many sweet strawberry and basil mimosas as you can handle. You can even book a private weekday brunch for a group if you’re feeling really extravagant (or you just love brunch). The two-course set menu starts with a choice of either seasonal fruit salad or the Centennial morning vegetable pickles – that’s avocado, charred eggplant dip, furikake plus grilled sourdough. Next tuck into either a breakfast bowl of King Trout sashimi, wombok, nori, organic brown rice and soft egg, or try the Centennial’s take on the breakfast sandwich – a brioche bun with grilled chorizo, smoked bacon, fried biodynamic egg and fennel salad. Did we mention the unlimited mimosas as well? Unlimited mimosa brunches at Hotel Centennial are available 10am-2pm on weekends until the end of August. 

Monday night cocktail club at Zeta Bar
Bars

Monday night cocktail club at Zeta Bar

Nobody enjoys freezing cold weather, Mondays, or expensive cocktails. Escape from all three by visiting Zeta Bar on Monday nights for their winter warming cocktails and specials. Every Monday until the end of August, Zeta Bar is transforming into a cocktail club with $10 rotating cocktail specials. Love gin? Zeta Bar do, and they’re putting together a warm gin cocktail to beat the chilly weather blues – the ‘Abdication Punch’ a shareable concoction for four people ($85). Zeta Bar's dedicated mixologists take inspiration from innovative culinary heavyweights such as Heston Blumenthal and Ferran Adria so the drinks are bound to be a little fancier than your standard G&T. Zeta Bar’s cocktail club is open 5pm till late every Monday until the end of August.

Rice

Rice

Griffin Theatre Company's Artistic Director Lee Lewis (The Homosexuals) is at the helm of this Queensland Theatre co-production of Michele Lee’s two-hander about the relationship between a high-flying executive and her office cleaner. The two women's personal politics unearthing larger, global questions about the ethics of food production.  Rice won Michele Lee the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award for 2016-2017 and is the playwright’s first mainstage play. Kristy Best and Hsiao-Ling Tang star.

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