This café offers one of the most spectacular views in Sydney. Atop the historic Customs House with views of Circular Quay, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and Sydney Opera House, it’s hard to ignore. Enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail or glass of wine from the extensive wine list. And although you may start with a beverage in mind, if the view draws you in, you can also enjoy a fine dining experience. Bookings recommended.
Sydney’s nightlife canvas is wide and varying. Oxford Street, the heart of Sydney's gay area, buzzes with cafes, bars and clubs (gay, straight and mixed) while the established red-light district spills out from Kings Cross. The Rocks and King Street Wharf are more upmarket; drinks at the harbourside terraces are expensive but worth it for the views. A large number of small Melbourne-like bars have sprung up across the city.
As with its bars and clubs, the city’s cultural life is equally diverse, from high classical at the Sydney Opera House to cutting-edge contemporary and experimental performance art.
Nightlife and cultural listings appear in Metro, the Friday edition entertainment section of the Sydney Morning Herald and in Time Out. Tickets are available for purchase from Ticketek (tel: +61 2 9266 4800; www.ticketek.com) and Ticketmaster (tel: 136 100, in Australia only; www.ticketmaster.com.au).