Kings Cross / Potts Point / Woollomoloo, Sydney
Kings cross is the redlight area of Sydney.The "Cross" is a small strip of bars/strip joints/adult bookshops and budget accommodation.The surrounding area is Potts Points.The Cross is quite seedy and sleezy and attracts a certain type of crowd.There is a serious drug problem in this area which attracts prostitutes/street people/criminal types at anytime of the day as there is a government run heroin injection room for addicts there.There is a railway station there, where street types tend to congregate and also a police station at the end of the strip near the fountain.To me the Cross has lost a lot of its character over the years and is no longer what it used to be.There are plenty of bars around Potts Point that attract huge crowds during the weekend but I do not recommend any on the main strip.Some people who have very little life experience and have stayed here on a short term basis will suggest that this is an exciting place to visit and safe as there are regular police patrols and if you have never visited a big city's redlight area give it a try but I live here and I know what happens here everyday.If you want have a look by all means do so but do take care, bad things do happen here.For me there is nothing to recommend in the Cross.
The Fringe Bar was an excellent pub. We spent every Tuesday here to grab some food and play Pub Trivia with my friend Jackie and her crew of friends. The bar is funky with eclectic decor. There are two large rooms with comfy couches, chairs and bar tables. They serve some excellent pub grub here and have good drinks.
We usually arrived about two hours before pub trivia to have some food and enjoy some drinks before the pub trivia crowd rolled in. The food here is excellent and we enjoyed some tasty calamari, salads and pizza. Our first night here Liz requested a Margarita. The bartender never mad one before and actually pulled out a drink book. He was very nervous and it took him over 15 minutes to make here drink. He slowly walked it over to the table and waited for Liz to try it. She smiled and told him it was excellent just like the ones back home. He was very happy and seemed to almost skip back to the bar. The next week he was telling another bartender that he made a Margarita that a New Yorker liked...it was quite amusing.
Pub Trivia here is quite fun and we had an excellent time winning prizes both weeks for our warehouses of useless information. This is a nice pub to relax and have fun.
Dress Code: Casual
Okay, so if you are travelling to Sydney then you have to go to the Cross and try this out. For those who don't know, Kings Cross is the red light district of Sydney and is amazing!!!!!!!!
Okay so this is what you do:
Start at Crest Sports Bar getting pissed:
Then go to the Sugarmill
Then Mandalay Room
Its AWESOME.... There are backpackers everywhere... You can check out a bunch of places at http://www.barsandnightclubs.com.au/
You should also check out World Bar but I cant find the website....
Dress Code: Relatively nice clothes
My hotel was in this area when I visited Sydney and it was good/bad... depending on the night. Some nights were dead quiet. Others packed with young people out having a night out dancing and drinking.
During the day the area is nice and quiet and offers many restaurants to chose from. While at night you also get
a selection of bars that comes to life (depending on the night some clubs are closed, while others open up). A few
of the bars have dress codes so be aware that you should be prepared for lines or picky bouncers.
There are of course a few hotels with bars for chilling and late night drinking.
The Kings Cross subway station is well located and allows easy escape in and out of the area. The area also has
tones of taxi cabs around.
Police do a good job of patrolling the area, but crowds of drunk people tend to sometimes get stupid. Just be careful
and stay safe.
For those of you who have never been to a Sydney bar/club: The bouncers can be real picky assholes. I was
barred entry to a bar because I walked passed the bouncer "in an odd fashion..." ... whatever. Just be prepared
Dress Code: Depending on the bar, t-shirt and jeans are fine to needing dress shoes and suits for men and short skirts for the ladies.
On a Friday and Saturday evening, Hugo's Lounge is dominated by very well dressed people, beautiful and men with plenty of money (or, let's hope so). Drinks are expensive at this bar, but where there are beautiful women, and plenty of them, then I gather you pay more... is that how it works in this town?
It's a little more casual during the weeknights.
There is plenty of outdoor space, especially for those that enjoy a cigarette. Inside can get a little squashy, but the general atmosphere is pretty good.
You may also book a table and order a meal.
Dress Code: Dress to impress! :)
Even in a place like The Rocks, Sydney can seem pretty dead at times. I found that my night tonight didn't really come to life until i took the train out to KC. Then things really got moving. Just be careful and you'll be fine
The music here is generally great, the crowd is really chill. It's a smallish place, more for people 25-35 than for a really young crowd. Cover is generally $20 on friday/saturday nights and it's open until 6 or 7.
Bouncers outside are total assholes, sydney's becoming like that. Still worth going to though. As with any decent club, probably won't let a bunch of single guys in without women.
Dress Code: No specific dress code but unless you got your stuff tight don't wear trainers/sneakers. Otherwise just dress hot.
Quite early on the Monday night is quiz night in William Hotel. If I'm not mistaken the quiz starts at around 19:00 or 19:30. Bring your friends along and form your own team. Answer all the questions and you could win some great prices, like bar tabs or a free slab of take away beer. During the night you can also win free beers by participating in head or tails games and such. Great fun with your friends. Some questions are quite difficult, so don't drink too much if you want to win. Just drink after you've won! Often there are also pool competitions held upstairs where you can find 3 pool tables. There is also some nice small living room like place to hang around upstairs.
Dress Code: The is no dress code at the William Hotel.
Great place to hang out and sit on the roof terrace. Not that the view is that great, but the atmosphere is. On the ground floor you will find some pool tables. Drinks are not very expensive, esp. if you compare to the prices they charge for your drinks in the city centre.
Dress Code: No dresscode
We used to go here as often as we could on Wednesday night and sometimes also on Sunday night. These nights the pub is packed with all sort of people, like backpackers, locals and even the odd erotic dancer! Why all these people came was easy to say, there was a fantastic singer with a voice that you could compare to Barry White. Naturally he sang quite a few soul songs, but even U2 wasn't an exception! A natural talent I can tell you. His name is Beau and I think nowadays he only performs on the Sunday night. Get in early or otherwise you might have to wait outside.
Dress Code: There is no dress code for O'Mally's
A very nice place to go for a drink, where not so many tourists go to is the area of Woolloomooloo. If you go to the waterfront there are lots of nice pubs and little restaurants where you can go for a beer. I went here with my colleagues once for a x-mas and new years drink. It was great fun and the places we went to were very good. Guarenteed fun!
One day we went for a drink in the Altamont Hotel. This is a boutique hotel and a backpackers. We arranged for a meet with some people here in the lobby of the hotel. There is a good pooltable and the beers are reasonably priced. There is a good and open atmosphere and the decor is very nice. A good place to hang with some friends!
Dress Code: There is no dress code in the Altamont Hotel.
Club Blink is known as 'Sydney's Leading Alternative Nightclub' and it certainly has lived up to it's name every time I've been there.
From 9pm till dawn.
Recently moved to the Kings Cross Hotel, it's not hard to miss as it's just across the famous large Coca-Cola sign! Club Blink offers the not-so-average clubber a different taste of music.
Playing bands such as System of A Down, Incubus, Marilyn Manson, AFI, Nirvana, Slipknot, Green Day and Disturbed (just to name a few!) the club offers a variety of music for any indie/goth/punk/rock-loving person.
It's also just worth a look even if you're not interested in the music - you'll see some interesting people!
Dress Code: Anything goes - and I mean ANYTHING!
Feeling frisky on a Wednesday night? Then go check out 'Popscene' at Soho Bar in the Cross.
From 9pm till 2am.
Popscene plays alternative music. Anything from the UK, USA and Australia will be played by the resident DJs.
A mix of "indie, alternative, pop, motown and country".
A fun night to be had by all!
Dress Code: Bring along your dancing shoes and a smile!
A discreet little drinking hole just off the main drag of King's Cross - walk up the stairs and the red light strip is a world away. A mural of a James Bond look-alike with martini glass in hand decorates the entry to the lounge, pretty much one big room with retro lounges and seats cut into the walls that look like spaceship capsules.
DJs play a mixture of '60s and '70s soul, funk, R&B and early disco, at a level that's loud enough to keep people awake, but still allows for a comfortable chat. Great cocktails and dancing!
Dress Code: Smart casual. The doormen can sometimes be strict on who they will let inside.