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

The best coffee in the Sydney CBD
Restaurants

The best coffee in the Sydney CBD

There is a lot of bad coffee in this town. Thankfully, there’s a hell of a lot of good stuff too. In fact there’s some bloody brilliant coffee in the CBD, just waiting for you to come on in and order up.

Time Out Pub Awards

Time Out Pub Awards

Join us at the Bank Hotel to raise a schooner to the city’s best.

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The best playgrounds in Sydney
Kids

The best playgrounds in Sydney

Got a wriggly little one? Let them run off some of that energy. 

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.

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
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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 a double pass to Mov’In Bed Outdoor Cinema
Film

Win a double pass to Mov’In Bed Outdoor Cinema

Time Out is giving you the chance to see La La Land from the comfort of bed. Not your bed – but a bed at Mov’In Bed Outdoor Cinema

Time Out Pub Awards

Time Out Pub Awards

The annual Time Out Pub Awards are coming. Join us at the Bank Hotel on Monday May 22 as we raise a schooner to the city’s best local haunts, best counter meals and more, and be part of the fun as we crown our 2017 Pub of the Year.

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Win a spot at our exclusive reggae barbecue for you and three mates
Restaurants

Win a spot at our exclusive reggae barbecue for you and three mates

It’s hard to think of two things that bring people together more than food and music. They share a sensibility – one that puts experiences and memory at the forefront – and when you bring them together, it’s pretty magical.

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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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The Schnitzelmeister Challenge
Restaurants

The Schnitzelmeister Challenge

All throughout March the Munich Brauhaus is challenging you to the ultimate food competition. The Schnitzelmeister is one kilogram of pure crispy-crumbed, golden veal accompanied by four sides, including braised red cabbage, mashed potato, wedges, sauerkraut, potato salad and more. The record for devouring it has been set by competitive eating monster The Ressler, smashing the Schnitzelmeister in a crazy seven minutes and 27 seconds. If you can beat this time, you'll take home a $500 Munich Brauhaus voucher, a free T-shirt and of course, serious bragging rights. Think you're up for the challenge? The Schnitzelmeister is available at the Munich Brauhaus all throughout March.

7 food experiences you have to try in New Caledonia
Travel

7 food experiences you have to try in New Caledonia

New Caledonia is one of our closest neighbours – it’s just three hours flight from the east coast. The Pacific Islands gem is not just beautiful to look at (hello, white sand beaches, warm turquoise waters, chilled-out turtles and palm trees), it’s also a culinary destination. Noumea and beyond offer up a cavalcade of local food experiences. Try Bougna, a local delicacy of chicken or lobster wrapped in banana leaves; get a taste of the French-influenced New Caledonian culinary scene; explore hip waterfront bars; or try a fun food festival (they even host their own Avocado Festival). Is your mouth watering yet? We thought so. Fortunately, New Caledonia are currently offering Time Out readers a chance to win a foodie vacation of their very own, including airfares, five nights accommodation, and an unforgettable meal. Enter here.

Hot Sydney function venues
Bars

Hot Sydney function venues

Give your next celebration a twist at one of these great venues where you can book a table, a room or a bar area. The Norfolk Beer Garden This Cleveland Street party pub boasts a fully covered beer garden where you can reserve one of those comfy black-and-white striped centre benches. There are daily snack specials and $30 cocktail jugs to get those inhibitions loosened. House of Crabs Upstairs at the Norfolk is a dining experience that’s as much fun as it is delicious. Put on a paper bib, grab a shell cracker and dig into one of the big plastic bags straight out of the boiler filled with crab, prawns or mussels plus tasty, tasty sauce. The Forresters This Surry Hills perennial has cold beer, hot pizza and an unbeatable party atmosphere, with 14 hours of happy hour a week, Sunday roasts, trivia, comedy and more. Cocktails are just $12 on Fridays. Queenies Upstairs at the Forresters find a Jamaican bar and restaurant where you can book a table or the bar area for up to 30 people. Function packs with canapés are available for a minimum of 15 guests. The Oxford Tavern Southern-style snackage such as ribs, brisket and pulled pork from Black Betty the meat smoker are the go at Petersham’s good-times pub. There’s also $12 schnitzels on Tuesdays, Bingo on Wednesdays, and burgers that are just $10 on Thursdays.    

The Annual Sheaf Sunday Brunch
Things to do

The Annual Sheaf Sunday Brunch

Brunch has to be one of the best meals of the day, and now the Sheaf are making it even better with the return of the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Brunch on Sunday March 26. The event will feature a beautifully styled food spread from head chef Sam Brading. Showing off the Sheaf’s new seasonal menu, there will be plenty of charcuterie and cheese boards, an oyster bar and muesli station, crab sliders, yellowfin tuna and Yamba prawn sandwiches – plus you can go back as many times as you like until midday. Ease into the day at the DIY Belvedere Bloody Mary bar, where you can load your drink with fun garnishes like fried jalapeño poppers, bacon and prawns, or kick back with a flute of Veuve Clicquot Champagne. There will also be live music in the garden bar, and the ticket price includes a gift bag on arrival. Tickets are $65 and available now. Limited numbers are available.

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