Your ultimate guide to Sydney

Discover the city's best things to do, culture, dining, nightlife, bars and theatre

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras
Gay and lesbian

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

The annual celebration of LGBTQIA pride in Sydney extends beyond the parade to comedy nights, theatre shows, gallery exhibitions and parties. See our top picks from the official Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, plus guides to Sydney's gay beaches, party spots and speed dating nights.

Where to eat poke in Sydney
Restaurants

Where to eat poke in Sydney

Sydney fish shops and cafés are now serving these summer-ready salad bowls all over the city – here are five to try.

The best tattoo parlours in Sydney
Shopping

The best tattoo parlours in Sydney

It’s worth investing a little time into who and where you should get inked before permanently committing.

The best shopping in Bondi
Shopping

The best shopping in Bondi

You'll find luxury labels, organic cosmetics, locally made activewear, playful jewellery and ethically made denim.

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
Restaurants

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
Restaurants

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 private dining rooms in Sydney
Restaurants

The best private dining rooms in Sydney

There’s a heap of restaurants in Sydney with private dining rooms, and we’ve put together a list of the best for you. 

Find the best breakfasts in Sydney

Sydney events calendar

Best of Sydney

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

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.

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.

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.

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 waterfalls in Sydney and NSW
Attractions

The best waterfalls in Sydney and NSW

Load up the picnic basket and take a road trip to find these cascading falls around Sydney.

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.

What to do when you're alone in Sydney

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Win dinner and tickets to La Bohème
Theatre

Win dinner and tickets to La Bohème

How does dinner plus a night of opera at the Opera House grab you?

Win tickets to the Alliance Française French Film Festival
Film

Win tickets to the Alliance Française French Film Festival

The best of French cinema returns to Sydney in March.

Win a $100 Montezuma’s voucher
Restaurants

Win a $100 Montezuma’s voucher

Host your very own fiesta!

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.

52 Weeks of #SydCulture in 2017
Things to do

52 Weeks of #SydCulture in 2017

This year Time Out Sydney is inviting all Sydneysiders to see and participate in more culture in their city. Why? Because it makes you a happier.

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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Taste of Sydney in partnership with Electrolux: for friends who feast
Restaurants

Taste of Sydney in partnership with Electrolux: for friends who feast

Taste of Sydney in partnership with Electrolux is four days of restaurants, chefs, artisan producers, demonstrations, talks and the best food in Sydney. Enjoy exquisitely crafted, Insta-perfect tasting dishes prepared by "generation now" chefs from Sydney’s hottest precincts. Imagine cramming Barangaroo, Paddington, Surry Hills and Potts Point into one pretty park, and you're beginning to get the idea. You've never seen so much delicious in one place. Restaurant newcomers to Taste include: Anason, Banksii Vermouth Bar & Bistro, Bouche on Bridge, the Four in Hand by Guillaume, Long Chim, Mercado, Saint Peter, Tequila Mockingbird and more. Kensington Street Social, Nel and Porteno are also in the mix.  From now until the event, you can get two Taste Passes for $35, saving up to $25 on the door price. Book now through Ticketek with the password: TIMEOUT.

Barbu

Barbu

Sydney’s first look at the work of the small, tight-knit Quebec troupe Cirque Alfonse was via its lumber camp-themed Timber! Brawny, inventive and drawing on the folk music and history of French Canada, it stood out in the 2015 Sydney Festival’s circus program. Barbu (“Bearded”), the company’s 2015 Edinburgh Fringe hit now touring Australia, is no less a crowd-pleaser, if more obvious in its methods. Performing on a small circular stage and catwalk, the five-guy, two-gal company introduces itself with a series of gentle routines harking back to the early days of circus in Canada. Rollerskates, scarf juggling, a bit of beard-play for laughs. Nothing spectacular. But as Cirque Alfonse warms to the task, the physicality of each act becomes increasingly intense. The three-piece electro-folk band led by singer-guitarist Andre Gagne kicks up a gear. Costumes (vintage circus-meets-Edwardian bondage) are discarded for tight black undies. Sweat begins to bead on the performers’ brows and bodies. Soon it’s running in rivulets. For the next hour the company is pretty much flat-out. Previous circus-burlesques seen in the Studio (La Clique, La Soiree, and more recently Club Swizzle) have been compilations shows, speciality acts knitted together with emcee patter. You do your “bath boy” routine, or whatever, and it’s back to the green room until curtain call. Barbu, by contrast, is Jack (and Jill) of all trades stuff with everybody working most of the time. The four men (Jean-Philippe

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Landmarks
Art

Landmarks

Blue Mountains City Art Gallery presents Landmarks, a major contemporary exhibition featuring works by some of the world's most prominent land and environmental artists. Landmarks features work by some of the most significant artists of the late 20th and early 21st century, including Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Simryn Gill, Andy Goldsworthy, Andreas Gursky, Richard Long, Perejaume, Imants Tillers, and internationally renowned Blue Mountains artists Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro, who contributed a brand new commission titled 'The Ugly Stick Orchestra'. Drawing upon the John Kaldor Family Collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Landmarks is an important exhibition developed in partnership with the Art Gallery of New South Wales for the fifth anniversary of the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, an outstanding regional gallery and a visitor drawcard of increasing importance.

Head to this hidden rooftop bar
Bars

Head to this hidden rooftop bar

Some bars you stumble upon – others, like the Rook, require a bit more hunting. This rooftop bar is hidden away above the CBD, but once you find it you'll be rewarded with cracking cocktails and good times.  The cocktail menu takes a focus on botanical gin, fruit and freshness: exactly what you want for an after-work tipple. Plus, we all know that Sydney loves a burger, and the Rook's Uncle Sam burger has many fans. Alongside the burgers, you'll also find loads of lobster on the menu – you can enjoy it in a roll, or splash out on a whole lobster, cooked with either garlic cream, a four-cheese mornay or citrus vinaigrette, and comes severed with truffle fries and salad.  Make your Friday a Fri-yay: gather up your workmates and book in for a night out at the Rook.

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