Kings Cross and Surry Hills


The Cross was Sydney's legendary redlight and party district. In the past few years it has lost its glory but its still popular with backpackers and retains some signs of life. Surry Hills is an upmarket hipster district with some good bars and places to eat. Darlinghurst is Sydney's gay heartland. Between the 3 suburbs are lots of good bars and a few colourful characters.


This is the main nightlife district for Sydney. Girls from all over town flock here on the weekend. The main streets are packed and there are plenty of girls to talk to during the day. A lot of backpackers choose to stay around here particularly in Kings Cross. Despite the Lockout laws affecting the area it is still a good place to party. Check out The Soda Factory on quiet nights. ... ... ...

Red Leaf Beach

Great ocean pool surrounded by a pontoon. Good place to swim. Or get some sun on the small beach or in the surrounding park.

Lady Martins Beach

Tiny strip of sand. Nice place to sunbathe and very quiet during the week.

Kings Cross

This is the red-light district and the main nightlife district in Sydney but both industries have slowed down. Still plenty of good times to be had here.

Candys Apartment

Open Friday and Saturday this place brings in a very young crowd. Can be good fun if you are in the mood.

World Bar

Always a good vibe. This bar is what the Kings Cross party scene is all about now. Drinks are expensive but the teapots are worth trying. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday bring in lots of pretty girls. The crowd here is very young. Bouncers here are over the top and you may have to pay $20 cover on busy nights.

Kings Cross Hotel

Huge bar over multiple levels. It is only busy on the weekends but great place to meet girls when it is busy.

Potts Point Hotel

Great pub with good food and a rooftop bar. Lots of live music and a nightclub on one floor called Boogie Mountain which is a great spot on the weekend.

Club 77

This is the only place in town to party all night. They close at 3am but open again at 5am. Kill a few hours in between or party somewhere else and head over here afterwards. Great music and a friendly crowd. A lot of gay people here especially on Sunday.

Old Fitzroy Hotel

Nice old pub next to a theatre that puts on plays. Check out a play or just stop in for a beer. Friendly and interesting crowd.

The Cliff Dive

Fancy bar that attracts a young and beautiful crowd. You need to get here before 10 to avoid long lines. Music is mainly hip hop.

Oxford Art Factory

Great live music venue. Check the schedule online ( They are allowed to open after 3am.

Shady Pines Saloon

Sometimes there is a wait to get in here but it is a really cool place for a quiet drink.


Bars on multiple levels. This place is usually quiet but on the weekend it is a real party in here. Expect to pay $15 to $25 and see some great DJs here.

The Standard

Really cool bar. They have a bowling alley inside as well as pool tables and a few other games to keep you busy and help break the ice. There is a long line to get in on the weekend.

The Beresford Hotel

Big bar with a great beer garden and dance floor upstairs. Lots of girls here and generally a friendly crowd. There is a sporadically enforced dress code so you may not get in without a collared shirt. Expensive drinks.

Soda Factory

Great bar with something going on every night. Movies on Monday night. Cheap food on Tuesday & Wednesday. 80s/90s music on the weekend that brings in a very big (and young) crowd.

Clock Hotel

Big bar that is busy all week round.

Venue 505

Cool jazz bar tucked away in Surry Hills. Check the schedule here (

Aurora Rooftop Hotel

Nice rooftop beer garden. Busy on Friday night when it seems to bring in some real hotties.

Paddington Markets

Every Saturday. Pretty pricey market but good for people watching and just hanging out.


Delicious Italian food at surprisingly good prices. Desserts and mains are great. Good tiramisu.

Piccolo Bar Cafe

Great cafe with delicious food and the best coffee around. Open til 12.


Dinner and a movie is $36. It's a great experience. You usually have to book ahead 02 9380 5155. They have meditation nights as well, usually with dinner included.

Harrys Cafe de Wheels

Legendary pie cart.

Mr Crackles

Late night roast pork rolls. This place is packed on weekends.

Johnny Wongs Dumpling Bar

Great dumpling bar. On Wednesday they have $1 dumplings.

Dimitris Pizza

One of Sydney's best pizza places. Great atmosphere and plenty of beers here. Good place for a group. Pizza is not cheap but won't break the bank either.


Delicious ice cream. They have shops all over town but this is the original.


Funky little Japanese bar with $1 gyoza on Monday. They also have karaoke and arcade machines here.

The Dove and Olive

Decent pub food with specials on Monday through Thursday.

Blue Parrot Backpackers

Friendly staff and friendly guests. Really nice place with a BBQ and weekly pub crawl.

ChiliBlue Backpackers

Definitely rough around the edges. The long term crew here like to party which is fine if that's what you are looking for. The rooms are decent and the price is hard to beat.

Mad Monkey Backpackers

Friendly place with good common areas and a decent bar attached.

Original Backpackers Sydney

Cool party hostel, clean and friendly staff. Free breakfast daily.

Kings Cross Backpackers

Decent rooms and friendly staff. Like most Kings Cross hostels it is a party spot and this one has a great rooftop terrace to drink on. Free breakfast down the road.

Jolly Swagman Backpackers

It is clean and friendly. Very cramped when it is busy in the summer.


This is a party hostel. Lots of fun but not a great place to get 8 hours of sleep.

Summer House Backpackers

Nice enough place. Really good place to make friends. They run fun organised events.

Nates Place Backpackers

Small friendly hostel where everyone is looking to party.

Robertson Road

Park at the end of the road. Very quiet spot close to bus stop and Centennial Park. No showers available but there are toilets and rubbish. Keep a low profile

Big Hostel

Nice clean hostel with a good kitchen and a great rooftop terrace.

Secret Garden Backpackers

Quiet backpackers near the park here. Good place to make friends.