Redfern is the heart of Sydney's Indigenous community, but it's at something of a crossroads of late –gentrifying bar and café owners haved seeped in from Surry Hills, while longtime locals defend their turf. It's the suburb where you'll find Redfern Oval – the spiritual, if no longer actual, home of the Rabbitohs – as well as the always-buzzing Redfern Community Centre and the Sydney Story Factory. And no matter where you stand on gentrification in these parts, the winds of change have brought some pretty great venues: for café fare, the Milk Bar by Café Ish is a gem, as is St Jude. And for a drink, the Bearded Tit might just be the friendliest little neighbourhood queer bar in town.
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You don't need to leave dry land to join a rowdy round of sea shanties at a Redfern local
Head to Redfern on Thursday nights for free stand-up and open mic comedy