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Proudly Pokies Free
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Proudly Pokies Free

Head to the Petersham Bowling Club for an afternoon of live music, tinnies and positive city culture

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

Generation Women: Scientists Smashing the Glass Ceiling
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Generation Women: Scientists Smashing the Glass Ceiling

Hear from female scientists pioneering innovation and gender diversity in their fields

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

AACTA Film Fest and AACTA Shorts Fest
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AACTA Film Fest and AACTA Shorts Fest

[Sponsored] Get in on the exclusive screenings held by Australia's film and television academy

Messina Eats
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Messina Eats

Melbourne's Japanese fusion master joins Sydney's most popular gelato for a carpark snack party

The Innovation Games
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The Innovation Games

Experiment with competitions, gadgets and workshops at this free family science fair

Torch Song Trilogy review
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Torch Song Trilogy review

Darlinghurst Theatre Company revives Harvey Fierstein's beloved classic

King of Pigs review
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King of Pigs review

This new play tackles an epidemic of male aggression from a variety of perspectives

Ferragosto
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Ferragosto

There’ll be more than 300 stalls and retailers honouring Italian culture

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This photography exhibition takes an uncompromising look at South African history

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Opera Australia is staging a new high-tech Brett Whiteley opera

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Opera Australia is staging a new high-tech Brett Whiteley opera
Paul Kelly announces an outdoor Making Gravy concert with guests Angus and Julia Stone

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Paul Kelly announces an outdoor Making Gravy concert with guests Angus and Julia Stone
Did you know you can book a free pick-up for your old unwanted mattress?

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Did you know you can book a free pick-up for your old unwanted mattress?
A Guy Pearce portrait has won People's Choice at the Archibalds

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A Guy Pearce portrait has won People's Choice at the Archibalds
Butter is doing a veggo ramen for two weeks only

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Butter is doing a veggo ramen for two weeks only
Sydney Opera House is now plastic straw free – here’s how they’re using the leftovers

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Sydney Opera House is now plastic straw free – here’s how they’re using the leftovers
Six horror movies that inspired Jakop Ahlbom to scare the bejesus out of you on stage

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Six horror movies that inspired Jakop Ahlbom to scare the bejesus out of you on stage
Glamp in one of the world’s largest privately owned gardens

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Glamp in one of the world’s largest privately owned gardens
The Fish Butchery is coming to Carriageworks

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The Fish Butchery is coming to Carriageworks
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Competitions and announcements

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

How does a trip to Argentina grab you?

Untold stories
Bars Untold stories

Bartenders from seven top Sydney bars have created Untold Spiced Rum cocktails that express their unique stories

Win a VIP pass to Calamity Jane for you and three pardners
Theatre Win a VIP pass to Calamity Jane for you and three pardners

This hilarious reimagining of the Warner Bros musical returns to Sydney on the Belvoir stage this August, and you could be in on all the whip crackin’ action

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 the grand opening of Old Mate’s Place bar
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 of Sydney

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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Side with Amex restaurant finder – dining with a complimentary side dish

Inner City
Restaurants Inner City

How to get a free side at these Inner City venues

Inner West
Restaurants Inner West

Get a free side dish at these Inner West venues

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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Your guide to all 'Side with Amex' venues. Get in for your free dish before it ends.

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