Upgrading to an Executive Suite with access to the Executive Lounge was the ideal way for us to enjoy all that the Executive Lounge has to offer, including its endless flow of champagne. The Executive Lounge also provided us with our early morning breakfast, mid afternoon snacks and evening hors d'oeuvres.
Enjoying a wonderful glass of champagne to celebrate a birthday (actually a second celebration and the reason why we where here) and take in the beautiful views of Sydney Opera House was a big hilight of our trip. We even met a really nice travel writer who was chatting away about all her travels and who was nice enough to "loan" us her day pass to the Zoo.
If you are popping by downunder Australia and are looking for nice places to salsa check out this new website.
According to their website www.Thesalsalounge.com is the leading FREE independent and impartial web site about the salsa dance scene.
It is not affiliated with any event organiser, club, promoter or dance instructor.
Their aim is to provide positive, inclusive support for everyone in Sydney and Australia's Latin music and dance community. They are a group of volunteers.
They have some free videos instructional and links to free salsa and latin music.
From their website they say that they try to provide the most current and up-to-date coverage and information on events, performances, dance classes and workshops - for people new to Latin music and dance, for out-of-town visitors, and for local salsa dance addicts (You know who you are! And yes we mean YOU!)
Places get recommended by other dancers, and you can find a place by location, floor and price, even those FREE ones! Just what we needed!
Their website is www.thesalsalounge.com
I like it.
Dress Code: Smart Casual
PUBS – In Sydney
Sydney offers a diverse range of pubs from upmarket trendy establishments to old traditional hotels where good tucker and entertainment can be found. All Aussies love going to the pub and having a beer or vino with their mates, It is here that you will experience the true blue Aussie culture. Remember to ask for a schooner of VB (Victoria Bitter) or you can have a pint. In Australia, the legal age for drinking is 18 and you will be required to show ID.
The Rocks Area
Harbour View Hotel
Harbour Rocks Hotel
Palaside Hotel / Australian Heritage Hotel/ Mercantile Hotel/ Hero of Waterloo.
The Establishment Hotel - City
Tilbury Hotel –Woolloomooloo
Three Weeds - Paddington
Elephant and Wheelbarrow-Paddington
Four in Hand – Paddington
Grand National - Paddington
Balmain - Do pub crawl - Town Hall Hotel/ The London/ Cat and Fiddle/ Welcome Hotel/ Sackville/ Riverview / Unity Hall Hotel
Oaks Hotel Neutral Bay/Kirribilli Hotel- Kirribilli/Greenwood Hotel-North Sydney/Cremorne Hotel-Cremorne/Mosman Hotel-Mosman/North Steyne Hotel-Manly/Manly Hotel-Manly Wharf/Ivanhoe Hotel-Manly/Woolwich Hotel – Woolwich.
Coogee Hotel-Coogee/Bondi Hotel-Bondi/Clovelly Hotel- Clovelly. /Goldern Sheaf – Double Bay. /Woollahra Hotel.
All these hotels offer excellent food and atmosphere. The best being: Manly Wharf Hotel /Greenwood/Oaks/Woollahra/Golden Sheaf all the others offer character and ambience.
For entertainment: The Greenwood and Ivanhoe. (Young crowd
The Australian Youth Hotel, or Aussie Youth as the locals call it, is a friendly pub located in Glebe, not far from the Broadway Centre. It is the local pub of my sister Alison's work, and her and her colleagues always seem to be down at the 'Youth for after work drinks or lunching for someone's birthday.
There is a bar area downstairs, and a restaurant upstairs. From all reports the food is pretty good. You can also order bar snacks to have downstairs.
I have been in there a couple of times to meet Alison after work for a drink. I like the relaxed atmosphere of this pub and the fact that my sister seems to know all the staff and clientele doesn't hurt either.
Dress Code: Nothing special
The Different Drummer is a quirky cocktail & tapas bar, and restaurant located on Glebe Point Road. The bar area is located just off the street, with the restaurant to the rear, and there is also a function room upstairs.
I have been here for both tapas and cocktails. My latest visit was just for a couple of drinks, the timing happily coincided with happy hour, where you can sample 2 for 1 cocktails. There is a small list of the usual suspects with a couple of specialties thrown in. I was drinking with my sister and we sat right at the front of the bar, looking out the open window onto the street, enjoying the hustle and bustle of Glebe Point Road, but not the noisy buses.
On my previous visit to a Different Drummer I went for dinner and had a selection of tapas. I wasn't that impressed with the selection or the dishes....certainly not on par with the real thing in Spain. Perhaps best to stick to the cocktails.
Dress Code: Scruffy is acceptable
Both locations are wonderful but different in their charm and pros and cons. Epoque, located in Cammeray, is smaller and more local and therefore also a little bit cosier. Heritage, in the Rocks, is much larger and more imposing architecturally therefore giving it a totally different charm.
I live close by Epoque and know it as my local. I don't drink beer but the atmosphere is fantastic and there are all kinds of people there, from young to old, all want good food, good drinks ( speciality is beer but vodka is ok too!) and good company. Epoque has live music and happy hours, but you need to go there with an iron stomach and an open wallet - it is not cheap but it is definitely worth it!
Known for their mussels and beer! Have some chips wiith mayo or their sppicy sauce....the half shell mussels a la escargot are amazing!
Dress Code: Quite casual, no singlets or work gear - smart casual is fine. Not pretentious here!
If you the pretty boys and hardcore wannabes start to get on you goat in Sydney then head to chinese Laundry just on your way up to Cargo. Its an underground club that bangs out hard house, house and hip hop in three different rooms. Its pretty hardcore and the door policy is relaxed.
When the club shuts Gilligans in Oxford street is a good place to come down with a pint and a game of pool, it opens up at 6am and stays open for the hardcore players.
Dress Code: clubwear
This has some of the best martinis in the city. The regular drinks...wine and beer are at the front bar...and the cocktails are in the back bar. This is definitely a fun place to have a drink after work in the CBD...or if you feel like getting dressed up and have a night on the town. Pretty people everywhere....
Dress Code: Not a casual hang out...they might have a restriction on jeans, etc..
Sydney is a great place to spend some time wandering around at night...just be careful to take the usual precautions and you should be fine. The streets are often fairly busy with people. You'll get some great views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House from The Rocks and Circular Quay...it's very beautiful at night...
Day or night, level 25 of The Boulevard Hotel Sydney offers a spectacular view of Sydney city, it's parks, cathedrals and harbour including the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House.
Essentially a cocktail bar / a la carte restaurant this retro looking place is very affordable for both drinks and food. The staff are friendly and are only too happy to cater for any Tom, Dick or Harry who wants to sit down and absorb the fantastic view.
The quiet funky lounge music sets the vibe for relaxing chit chat while sipping on delicious frosty cocktails especially at dusk as Sydney transforms from a bustling metropolis into a magical playground of sparkling lights.
Dress Code: None really.
The rest of the building is a 4 star hotel so if you don't want to stick out like a sore thumb try to dress smart casual.
The Tilbury Hotel down at Woolloomoolooooooooooo (crazy name for a suburb I know!) is a great upscale pub, also hosting a superb fine dining restaurant with modern Italian cuisine. Good option for business lunch or dinners.
Friday & Saturday nights in Summer are definitely a favourite of mine. Large balcony outside & great people-watching. Fun atmosphere, friendly crowd without being either pretentious or rough... somewhere in between!
Dress Code: A lot of corporates on Friday nights (like most city drinking holes on a Friday night) and any other night, what ever you think looks good. No strict dress code, funky jeans, sneakers & tshirt OK for guys.
The Retro club was the place for a function or two with fellow travel industry peeps once a month last year. It is also home though to disco and revival of retro and though I haven't been here another night I am sure it would be like most city pubs of a weekend. Packed full with people dancing and considering its name "The Retro" bringing back some of the great hits of the past along with a mixture of the present. If you feel like walking into Saturday night fever and showing some dance moves I am sure that the floor which looks ready for that kind of action will speak to you and urge you out there underneath thos disco balls!
Also if you are after a function venue with a difference... this is a great place for it... hens nights, bucks shows...xmas do's... work functions... they will cater for them all...
Dress Code: Casual but funky I'd say. If your going to go somewhere with disco balls, why not look the part?
A friend and I went to this one bar isSydney called 3 Wise Monkeys. It was always a great time. There was 2 levels with different kinds of music on each level. Always pretty busy, and guaranteed a good time.
Dress Code: No shorts, or open toed shoes.
This is a must!!!
This Club is world class, International DJ's and beautiful prople. If you want to see how the rich and sexy party this is your spot. With three levels and private facilities you will definatly find something you like!
Dress Code: SEXY!!!
A description of Buran 2, the Russian reusable space shuttle, is under 'Off the Beaten Path'. One could, of course, see it at night.
NOTE: Buran 2 is no longer in Sydney. It was moved to Bahrain where it remains in a warehouse.
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