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Discover the city's best things to do, culture, dining, nightlife, bars and theatre

The best tattoo parlours in Sydney
Shopping

The best tattoo parlours in Sydney

Whether you’re a seasoned tattoo veteran or a fearful first-timer wincing at the idea of getting that little love heart on your wrist, it’s worth investing a little time into who and where you should get inked before making the decision to permanently commit artwork to your body. 

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

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The best fish and chips in Sydney
Restaurants

The best fish and chips in Sydney

When is comes to hot weather, outdoor dining, nothing beats golden, fried chips and a piece of fish. But what makes a really excellent fish supper? It's the quality of the batter through to the cut of the chip, the seasonings and sauces – are you for ketchup, vinegar, chicken salt, tartare of straight lemon juice. There’s a lot that goes into getting it just right, so we scoured the city to put together a list of ten the best to help you net the perfect catch.

Mardi Gras events in Sydney
Gay and lesbian

Mardi Gras events in Sydney

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival’s theme this year is ‘Creating Equality’, which will be celebrated across annual events like the Parade and Fair Day, as well as through talks and discussion events like Queer Thinking.

Where to eat right now

New restaurants, cafés and bars in Sydney
Restaurants

New restaurants, cafés and bars in Sydney

If you love food and live in Sydney, your 'must-try' list of new restaurants, cafés and bars probably takes up your iPhone's entire storage capacity by now. Still, we must persevere. For a tightly curated guide to dining in Sydney, we suggest you visit our restaurant hit list.

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. 

Sydney restaurant and café reviews
Restaurants

Sydney restaurant and café reviews

Looking for somewhere great to eat in Sydney? Check out the latest reviews from our food critics. 

The best Chinese dumpling restaurants
Restaurants

The best Chinese dumpling restaurants

Whether you want a vegan option, a cheap student favourite or internationally renowned dumplings, we've got 'em – here are ten of the best.

The best fish and chips in Sydney
Restaurants

The best fish and chips in Sydney

When is comes to hot weather, outdoor dining, nothing beats golden, fried chips and a piece of fish.

Find the best breakfasts in Sydney

Sydney events calendar

Best of Sydney

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.

Meet Sydney’s matchmakers
Sex and dating

Meet Sydney’s matchmakers

These modern-day cupids are doing things the old-fashioned way – face-to-face!

The best art galleries in Sydney
Art

The best art galleries in Sydney

Sydney is busting at the seams with great art – the Art Gallery of NSW, the Museum of Contemporary Art, White Rabbit and many more.

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.

Outdoor drinking and dining
Bars

Outdoor drinking and dining

All year round there are beer gardens to visit, rooftops to summit, and waterfront bars to kick back in.

The best museums in Sydney
Museums

The best museums in Sydney

Uncover stories about the people who’ve made this city what it is today, its natural history and the science, design and innovation.

What to do when you're alone in Sydney

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Win dinner and tickets to La Bohème
Theatre

Win dinner and tickets to La Bohème

How does dinner plus a night of opera at the Opera House grab you?

Win yourself a night out at This Must Be the Place
Bars

Win yourself a night out at This Must Be the Place

Here's your chance to check out Time Out's 2017 Bar of the Year.

Win tickets to the Alliance Française French Film Festival
Film

Win tickets to the Alliance Française French Film Festival

The best of French cinema returns to Sydney in March.

See all of our current competitions

How to be more Sydney

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.

52 Weeks of #SydCulture in 2017
Things to do

52 Weeks of #SydCulture in 2017

This year Time Out Sydney is inviting all Sydneysiders to see and participate in more culture in their city. Why? Because it makes you a happier.

The best underground bars in Sydney
Bars

The best underground bars in Sydney

There's a lot of good reasons to head down rather than up when you're feeling parched. Underground it's always party o'clock, because even if it's 2pm, it feels like after dark.

The best waterfront bars in Sydney
Bars

The best waterfront bars in Sydney

Between the harbour, the coastline and the rivers that snake back through Sydney we have ample spots to sit a while and watch the waves.

Escape rooms in Sydney
Things to do

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.

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Here's what it's like to try opera for the first time
Theatre

Here's what it's like to try opera for the first time

Opera is one of our most revered forms of culture. But with great reputation comes a high intimidation-factor. At Time Out, we’re lucky enough to have seen plenty of operas, so we know it’s not all valkyries in horned helmets and heavy breast armour. But we also know not everyone has been so lucky. Like Shakespeare, The Iliad and The Odyssey or Jane Austen, opera has worked itself so deeply into our pop-cultural imaginations that most of us can probably recognise Bizet’s ‘Habanera’ aria, or the twisty plotting of Cosi Fan Tutte without necessarily knowing where it came from. Given this sense of familiarity, we figured that for most people, seeing a famous opera for the first time will feel more like reconnecting with an old friend than meeting someone new. To test the theory, we gathered together four young creative types, with very different backgrounds, from three different cities, with one thing in common: they’d never been to the opera as an adult. We brought them all to Sydney for Opera Australia’s production of Puccini’s La Boheme and filmed the results.   Melburnian Ali Barter may make grungy guitar pop now, but the Girlie Bits singer is also a classically trained soprano. As a kid, she’d actually appeared on stage in an opera, but she’d never seen one performed before. “I imagine I’m going to be blown away by their technical ability,” she told us before the show. True to her word, she came out impressed. “Just their breathing ability… it was incredible. Now I kn

Sky Terrace
Bars

Sky Terrace

At the first sign of summer in Sydney we’re on the look out for a place to kick back with a couple of friends, cocktail in hand, and views of our beautiful harbour. The Star's Sky Terrace has one of the most impressive views in the city, from the Harbour Bridge to the skyscrapers, and it’s open every weekend until March.  From Friday nights to Sunday sessions, you’ll find DJs playing a soundtrack to your summer. This year, they have pop-up bars from Heineken, Grey Goose, Country Club Tequila and Tanquery Gin, so no matter what your tipple there’ll be a cocktail list to match your mood. There’s also giant jenga and foosball – perfect for a Sunday arvo catch-up.  Peckish? You can choose from a range of casual dining fare including: lobster rolls with crisps, philly cheese steak, brie and jalapeno quesadillas and more.

Ten dishes you have to eat on The Streets of Barangaroo
Restaurants

Ten dishes you have to eat on The Streets of Barangaroo

For years the waterfront north of Darling Harbour was home to, well, not much. You might exit right at the King Street ferry and plunge into the tourist morass therein. Exit left nowadays and you’ll find yourself in, arguably, Sydney’s best dining district. Midweek, The Streets of Barangaroo hum with the CBD’s lunching masses. At the weekend, Wynyard Station deposits foodies at the doorstep of this hub of outposts from Sydney’s top restaurants. Today, cult eats right on the water’s edge – from Spanish to Vietnamese cuisine, Louisiana-style barbecue to sushi, bakeries, gelaterias, cocktail bars and coffee shops – woo you in. The precinct’s plan to create a place where you can work, eat, shop, live and play all within a few hundred metres along Sydney’s glittering harbour edge has coalesced into buzzing reality. And you have to taste it.

Landmarks
Art

Landmarks

Blue Mountains City Art Gallery presents Landmarks, a major contemporary exhibition featuring works by some of the world's most prominent land and environmental artists. Landmarks features work by some of the most significant artists of the late 20th and early 21st century, including Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Simryn Gill, Andy Goldsworthy, Andreas Gursky, Richard Long, Perejaume, Imants Tillers, and internationally renowned Blue Mountains artists Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro, who contributed a brand new commission titled 'The Ugly Stick Orchestra'. Drawing upon the John Kaldor Family Collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Landmarks is an important exhibition developed in partnership with the Art Gallery of New South Wales for the fifth anniversary of the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, an outstanding regional gallery and a visitor drawcard of increasing importance.

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