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Six great ways to have a balanced night out in Sydney

From yoga classes to 8-bit arcade bars, here are six ways moderate drinking goes hand in hand with having a great time

Photograph: Sam Whiteside

These days, it doesn’t have to be all or nothing when it comes to going out. Not enough time to go to yoga and meet your mates for a cocktail after work? Now you can do both – and at the same place. Whether you're after some balance in your life, or are looking for the perfect night out without overindulging, we've picked out the best places in Sydney where there's way more on offer than a glass of wine and a bag of peanuts. Treat yourself to a bit of culture with your cocktail or combine your refreshing G&T with an opera. Here are six places to go for the ultimate balanced night out.

YogaBar

YogaBar is a new concept by the founder of Fitness First and Fit n Fast that brings together food, fashion and fitness in one location – and, because they’re all about balance, once you've finished your yoga class there are tipples to be had too. Whether you’re a yoga pro or a curious newcomer, YogaBar offer everything from hot flow yoga to pilates reformer, barre attack and even hip-hop yoga classes. After a special evening class, they’ll even offer a glass of kombucha or organic wine on the house – bonus!

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Sydney

MCA Artbar

The Museum of Contemporary Art’s monthly party series features art, performance and design alongside killer views, party tunes, cocktails and hands-on activities with artists. Since Artbar kicked off in 2012, we’ve seen the MCA’s galleries graced with nude performance art, endurance table tennis and even house party-style karaoke. This night is the perfect balance of socialising and cultural consumption. It’ll expand your horizons, ignite your creativity and potentially let you lock eyes across the room with a contemporary art cutie – hopefully all at once.

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Until Fri Dec 22
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Nerd Nites

Described as TED Talks with delicious drinks, Nerd Nite is a monthly event that features 20-minute fun-yet-informative presentations from speakers across a range of disciplines. Forget everything you know about boring seminars, at Nerd Nite you can enjoy bite-sized orations in a casual atmosphere. Past speakers have mused on anything from virtual reality to queer rights, polymorphism to weird dinosaurs, all perfect ideas to expand your intellect and dissect while savouring a Dry Martini.

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1989 Kitchen and Arcade

A video game arcade and café by day, 1989 turns on the retro cool by transforming into a 8-bit bar by night. Add some adrenaline to an evening drink with your pals with classic arcade games including Street Fighter II, NBA Jam, The Simpsons, Sunset Riders and a four-player Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles game. As well as making killer classic cocktails such as Espresso Martinis with fresh coffee, there’s a local touch too, with 23 local craft beers to be enjoyed on tap or as tinnies. The kitchen serves up quality food offerings as well like buddha bowls, cauliflower salads, loaded French toast and burgers.

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Newtown
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Venue 505

This much-loved establishment is a refuge for high-quality independent music. The venue is deliberately designed to feel like a lounge room, so park yourself at one of their many comfy couches with a gin and tonic in hand. On Mondays, they take their home-vibes even further with a regular games night. They’ve got several board and card games, so gather up a crew and go all in on a game of Trivial Pursuit while a jazz band jams along with you. It's all the ingredients you'll need for a classy night out. 

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Surry Hills

If you would like more information about alcohol, such as what is in your drink and how it can affect your body, visit Diageo’s www.drinkiq.com. The DRINKiQ website has been specifically created to cover all aspects of alcohol, and give you the tools to make more informed choices about drinking, or choosing not to drink.

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