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

Because now is as good a time as ever!

16 free things to do at Sydney Festival
Things to do

16 free things to do at Sydney Festival

One of the coolest things about Sydney Festival is that heaps of events are free. 

Where to take your parents for dinner in Sydney
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Where to take your parents for dinner in Sydney

Ah, dinner with the rents. While a homecooked meal may be easier, sometimes it’s nice to take them for a night out... but where to go?

Things to do on January 26
Things to do

Things to do on January 26

We've picked out the main events taking place on the day, including ongoing performances and exhibitions.

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
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Sydney restaurant and café reviews

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

The best fish and chips in Sydney
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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.

The best burgers in Sydney
Restaurants

The best burgers in Sydney

What could be more perfect than finely ground meat between sweet slices of bread with cheese?

Find the best breakfasts in Sydney

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

Competitions and announcements

Get your tickets to the Time Out Bar Awards!

Get your tickets to the Time Out Bar Awards!

Join us as we toast the city’s best wine bars, cocktail haunts, boogie joints and bartenders.

Win an all-expenses-paid night out with your magnificent seven
Film

Win an all-expenses-paid night out with your magnificent seven

Take your crew out for a night on the town, Magnificent Seven style.

Who's up for a Time Out Bar Award?
Bars

Who's up for a Time Out Bar Award?

Drum roll, please! The nominees for the 2017 Time Out Sydney Bar Awards are...

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.

Outdoor art in Sydney
Art

Outdoor art in Sydney

Take advantage of clement days and balmy evenings with one of these al fresco exhibitions and art parties.

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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Summer festival of fun at Kingpin
Things to do

Summer festival of fun at Kingpin

This summer get a crew together and head down to Kingpin to enjoy festival style fun, all in the one place. For just $30 you'll score a festival pass, which allows you to mix and match Kingpin's all-star games and activities. Score a strike at bowling, aim and fire in laser tag or get your joystick on with 30 minutes of arcade game frenzy.  All this gaming is going to require some fuel, so make sure you load up on drink and food specials. You can get a fruity Pimms jugs for just $25 and there are lots of ace options for groups, like the Mexican share plate which comes with build-your-own fajitas and tacos. There are also mega burgers, curly fries, Kentucky buffalo wings, southern fried chicken sliders and nachos. Plus, when you purchase your summer festival pass, you'll automatically be in the running for awesome giveaways. Prize packs filled with the sweetest summer swag includes Eskys, round beach towels, GoPros, wireless speakers, a $100 Sunglass Hut voucher and heaps more. Both Kingpin Darling Harbour and Kingpin Macarthur will be hosting the ultimate summer festival of fun offers every day from 10am-6pm, and both venues have fully licensed bars and themed music to keep you dancing as you play.  Find out more about Kingpin's summer festival of fun.

The Burger Project is making your summer soft serve dreams come true
Restaurants

The Burger Project is making your summer soft serve dreams come true

Summer is here and Sydney is heating up. Want to know the best way to cool down? A tasty soft serve ice cream is a pretty good option... And when they are only $2? well that's even better. Head into Burger Project – at World Square Centre, Bondi Junction, MLC Centre, Gateway Sydney and Macquarie Centre – to get your hands on a deliciously rich soft serve cone. They are usually $4.50 but every weekend throughout January you can get your hands around one for a cool couple of bucks. The soft serve is churned in-house daily and made using fresh dairy cream and milk, with all natural flavourings. Choose from real vanilla bean or Valrhona chocolate, swirled into a crunchy waffle cone. Meaning the hardest decision you'll have to make this summer may just be the age-old question: chocolate or vanilla?

Hotel Bondi launches a new summer menu
Bars

Hotel Bondi launches a new summer menu

Hotel Bondi has just launched a new summer menu, which is perfect for digging into after a day at the beach or closing out your weekend on. Starters include Baja fish tacos, flash fried calamari or a bucket of Crystal Bay prawns. Freshen things up with a salad, like the ocean trout ceviche with ruby red grapefruit and cucumber or seared yellow fin tuna with seaweed, pickled radish and avocado. They also have a brand new fire pizza oven, from which they'll be dishing out favourites like Hawaiian and Margarita, alongside sizzling additions like the carmalised onion and black fig pizza with goats curd and thyme, or the chilli prawn with tomatoes, spring onion and lemon. You'll also find pub classics like a parmesan crumbed veal schnitzel with pickle and fennel slaw, or the Bondi grilled Angus burger. Also keep your eye out for $15 weekday specials of chicken parmi and fries, a 200g ebony Angus top sirloin with mash or fries or a beer battered dory with chips and tartar.  The bistro's extended summer hours mean you can get dinner or lunch Mon-Fri  noon-3pm and 5-10pm and Sat & Sun noon-10pm. So get down and enjoy a slice of summer at Hotel Bondi.

Australia Day Parramatta
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Australia Day Parramatta

City of Parramatta and Channel 9 News are hosting a huge party on January 26 with Sydney’s biggest hot air balloon display at sunrise and a main stage of Aussie rock and hip hop at sunset. The Australia Day event kicks off at 6am with Aerial: a three-hour display of hot air balloons, plus kids’ rides and family entertainment. From 11am, visit the Big BBQ – ‘90 metres of meat’ from smoked to grilled and basted. The annual CARnivale sees hundreds of beautifully restored vintage cars, bikes and trucks on display – including original racing cars from Parramatta Parks 1950s racing circuit. There’s a Hottest 100 party in celebration of Triple J’s annual countdown. Plus, kids can dance from 10.30am-4.30pm with free music performances at the Kids’ Crescent. However, the Main Stage is where it’s at from 4.30-9pm, as hundreds of people gather at the Crescent to hear from musicians BEATZ, Thandi Phoenix, Thundamentals and Eskimo Joe – all before a fireworks finale at 9pm. 

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