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The best late night dining in Sydney

Got a hankering for a midnight snack? These are Time Out’s go-tos for a late night bite

By Time Out editors |
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People eating pizza at Frankies
Photograph: Anna Kucera

Sometimes you’ve been out and had a few too many cocktails and need something to soak up the booze, or maybe you’ve been working late and need something to soothe your soul in the wee small hours. Whether you're after a sit-down affair or something casual, these are the best spots for late night eats in Sydney.

Want to dance instead of eat? Check out our guide to Sydney's best clubs.

Looking for late night drinks? Here's a list of late night bars and pubs without a lockout.

The best late night dining in Sydney

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Pasta at Big Poppa's
Photograph: Anna Kucera
Restaurants, Italian

Big Poppa's

Darlinghurst

This Oxford Street restaurant bar dishes out cheese platters and good glasses of wine until 3am.

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Restaurants

Golden Century

Haymarket

You can't call yourself a Sydneysider unless you had a late dinner here. It's one of the few places you can sit down to a freshly pressed white table cloth and order plates of pippies and fried squid.

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Bars

Frankie's Pizza by the Slice

Sydney

The heart of the business district is not where you’d expect to find an underground heavy metal pizza party, but Frankie’s doesn’t much go in for the expected. Head here for late night rock, pizza and tinnies.

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Restaurants

Mr Crackles Carryout

Darlinghurst

Every night this late-night sandwich shop is absolutely packed with party people deperate for tender, sweet fatty hunks of roast pork and shards of golden crackling on a chewy white roll with pickled carrot, cucumber and as much chilli as you can handle.

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Courtyard at Lansdowne Hotel
Bars, Pubs

The Lansdowne Hotel

Chippendale

They'll serve you whole or by-the-slice pizza here until 2am, including an excellent smoked potato, rosemary and garlic number.

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Food at Do Dee Paidang
Photograph: Graham Denholm
Restaurants, Thai

Dodee Paidang

Haymarket

This fiery Thai spot is open until 1am every single night of the week, so you can get your fix of lava hot tom yum at midnight on a Tuesday if you so please. 

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Restaurants

Chat Thai

Haymarket

It’s not till the supper menu kicks in at 10pm that these guys really hit their straps. Go for fantastic salty/sweet Thai desserts and a bunch of hot and sour things from the grill. Or spike your late-evening malaise with a spicy soup. Ting!

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Blame Canada burger at BL Burgers
Restaurants, Burgers

BL Burgers

Darlinghurst

BL Burgers is situated on a busy stretch of Oxford Street, and they're in the right place for late night eats. You can get those intense, overloaded burgers until midnight onFriday and Saturday nights.

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Chicken fricassee at Hubert
Restaurants, French

Hubert

Sydney

You'll forget what time of day or night it is when you descend the staircase at this subterranean French restaurant, so it's lucky that it's open until 1am most nights.

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Food and beer at Harpoon Harry
Bars, Pubs

Harpoon Harry

Surry Hills

Instead of getting yet another subpar basket of wings with Frank’s hot sauce on them, here you are presented with a specialised snack menu of authentic southern American fare that's pumping until 11pm on Friday and Saturday nights.  

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Restaurants

Old Town Hong Kong Cuisine

Sydney

Sweet, juicy, soy sauce chicken, barbecue pork bao and roast-duck congee go down damn well after midnight, so it's good that this Haymarket staple stays open until 2am every night of the week,

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Restaurants

Indian Home Diner

Darlinghurst

The orange neon signage and lacklustre shopfront may not look like anything special, but anyone who’s tried an Indian kebab from here knows that this Oxford Street late-night haunt is a very special place.

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Bars, Wine bars

Bar Topa

Sydney

The kitchen only closes at this little tapas spot when the bar does, so you can get jamón on crisp bread, whipped salted cod, grilled chorizo and whole sardines until 1am.

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Restaurants

Thirsty Bird

Potts Point

This spruced up greasy spoon is open until 1.30am on Fridays and 3am on Saturdays, so you can get your fried chook fix well after midnight. 

 

 

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Bars

Mary's

Newtown

It’s entirely likely that Mary’s is more famous as a burger place than as a bar. People queue for up to an hour just to get in the front door of this slightly scuzzy boozer with a penchant for Slaytanic font. And luckily you can get those burgers until late, since they're open until midnight.

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Bars, Cocktail bars

Unicorn Hotel

Paddington

This just in. You can get a Mary's-style burger at the Unicorn Hotel until 2am. Paddington has never looking so inviting for a big night out. 

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Restaurants

Hot Star Large Fried Chicken

Sydney

What started off as a popular Taipei night market staple has now hit the inner city and it’s as close Sydney’s ever come to actually having street food.

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Restaurants

Arisun

Haymarket

This sprawling outdoor courtyard is a go-to after 10pm in Haymarket, thanks to its baskets of soy flavoured fried chicken and Korean beers.

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Restaurants

Madang

Sydney

Come for the barbecue and stay for the kimchi pancake at this Pitt Street BYO favourite.

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Restaurants

Faheem Fast Food

Enmore

This fast, fun and incredibly cheap spot Enmore Road dishes out hot plates of curry until midnight every night of the week. 

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Restaurants

Mamak

Haymarket

Most days of the week, this outrageously popular Malaysian restaurant stops spinning its roti at 10pm. But come Friday and Saturday, they serve supper till 2am.

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Restaurants, Pizza

Dimitri's

Darlinghurst

This old-school, lo-fi, high-impact pizzeria dishes out slices to the hungry punters of Crown Street.

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Bars, Cocktail bars

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