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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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

Just for Laughs

Just for Laughs

Now in its 7th year, Just For Laughs has become a comedy fixture for Sydney, presenting a largely Antipodean, UK and American line-up across Sydney Opera House, Enmore Theatre – and this year, City Recital Hall. This year's line-up includes Kevin Bridges, Rhys Darby, Gad Elmaleh, Bert Kreischer, Claire Hooper and Mel Buttle. Popular podcasts will be coming to life with Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark of My Favorite Murder hitting the Enmore, while the Little Dum Dum Club, and Wil Anderson and Charlie Clausen of TOFOP will take to the Opera House's stages.  The Opera House's Northern Foyer will also be home to the Just For Laughs Bar, where ticket holders can sink some craft beers and relax pre or post-show. Returning this year is the popular All-Star Gala (which tends to sell out), which will be hosted by Dave Hughes. You'll also get some LOL-time in with Community star and The Soup host Joel McHale, while Tommy Little will host the Stand Up Series (rebranded in 2017 as Just For Laughs Australia: Live) in the Studio: six shows of local and international comedians doing short sets back to back, filmed for The Comedy Channel. Click through the Dates & Times tab to see who's on where, when. 

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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? 

Time Out Food Awards
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Time Out Food Awards

Forks at the ready, Sydney: the Time Out Food Awards are back and bigger than ever. Join us on Monday September 25 as we toast the city’s best fine dining restaurants and casual diners; degustations and sensational takeaways; top chefs and rising stars. Expect delicious drinks, sweet tunes brought to you by Flex Mami, and great food by Porteño – not to mention all the suspense of the awards as we give back to those venues and talent that make feasting in Sydney superb. Tickets are $70 + BF and include food, drink, fun and a copy of the annual Time Out Food Awards issue ($4.95 value), hot off the presses before it hits newsstands. Keen? Limited first release tickets go on sale Thursday July 20. For a taste of last year's action, check out our 2016 winners.  You can also have your say by voting in the People's Choice awards. Powered by Eventbrite in association with

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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. Youfoodz is a fresh meal delivery service that offers an always-changing menu of delicious, chef-made meals, saving you hours every week on shopping, cooking, and clean-up. Of course, the only thing better than tasty meals is free tasty meals. Youfoodz is giving away their full winter menu (that’s 25-plus items including meals and snacks) to a lucky Time Out reader.  On Monday, you could enjoy slow-cooked lamb shanks; Tuesday, it’s nan’s chicken pot pie, or maybe a Thai barra curry, on the table in two minutes. On Wednesday afternoon, reach for the chewy Youtella protein cookies; and when the weekend rolls around, it’s time for choc hazelnut waffles. To be in the draw to win Youfoodz’s entire winter menu, simply enter your details below before 10am, Tuesday August 1. Name: Email: Gender: Female Male Non-binary Year of Birth: Postcode: Do you have a lot of opinions? We're keen to know what our readers think, so we've created an insider's club to find out. Join, and we'll email you surveys and questions from time to time. It's a great chance to have your thoughts heard, and we'll reward you with treats too. Tick this box if you'd like to join our insider's club. Tick this box to get fresh with Youfoodz. Enter now!   Terms and conditions in full. By entering this competition you agree to receive relevant communications from Time Out including news, events, offers and

Is there life on Mars?
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Is there life on Mars?

Is Mars our first step out into the galaxy? NASA seem to think so. They’re currently planning Mars 2020, a rover mission with a planned launch in 2020 that’s intended to investigate the planet. And they’re not the only ones with eyes on the Martian prize: the Mars One organisation will attempt to land the first humans on Mars in 2035 in order to establish a permanent human colony there. If the thought of exploring an unknown planet fills you with both wonderment and fear (come on, we’ve all seen the movies), you’re not alone. Just take it from one of the shortlisted Mars One crew members, Josh Richards.    // (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 = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); //   Fascinated by the thought of exploring the Red Planet? Sydney Science Festival’s centrepiece event is Life on Mars: The 2020 Rover Mission, hitting Sydney Opera House’s Concert Hall on Thursday August 17. The event will feature a panel of NASA scientists and astrophysicists as they discuss the potential for Martian life and the looming robotic mission. Graham Phillips (formerly of ABC’s Catalyst) will lead the discussion alongside Australian geologist Dr Abigail Allwood from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, physicis

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