Oxford Street / Paddington / Darlinghurst, Sydney
Oxford st is a main nightlife/club/bar location.It was the historic "gay"street of Sydney,although it is probably 60% straight these days.You can find bars like the "courthouse" which is slightly rough/street types, to gay bars,hip hop clubs,small boutique bars,just about any type you can think of, even the BDSM club Hellfire is there,so there is something for everyone.There is always a number of street people around here which makes it appear seedy and sleazy.Most of the street people are more annoying than violent and like any nightlife street anywhere there tends to be violence late at night between drunk younger people so caution should be taken.Also care should be taken when walking around the smaller side streets late at night.There are a number of halfway houses in close proximity catering to street people.
Dress Code: Anything goes!
Sydney is graced with many stylish bars, yet few match the finesse of Kinsela's Middlebar.
The sophisticated interior is reminiscent of the uninhibited opulence of a glamorous LA lounge, and is one of the few inner city venues that offers an outside space to enjoy a Sydney sunset and drink.
Dress Code: This is probably one of the hippest bars in Sydney right now, so dress hip. Dress to impress.
Paddington Green Hotel offers a great laid-back atmosphere, with music to match. This bar has an outlook over the historic Victoria Barracks from the designer lounge rooms. It is a great place to relax with a few friends and a few drinks. Every evening there's something happening - from good music to the Friday 2-4-1 Champagne Night. If hunger strikes, you can try the Thai food offered at the back.
Dress Code: smart casual
The Victoria Room is a pretty relaxed place to have a meal, or a drink. They offer some nice cocktails too.
I found the crowd tends to be of an older age group. I'd say from around 25 years of age to around the mid-40s.
You can book a table for a meal, or you can book a lounge area for drinks/cocktails. EVen if you go inside without the purpose of eating, if you do get hungry, you may order some finger food.
If you intend to go, I'd say it's best to go early on in the evening.
Dress Code: Smart casual to formal.
I have on a couple of occassions visited this bar, it's known as a last resort for most punters looking for more drink after 3am in Sydney. This leads to the place being packed with many drunken people and is a hive for some real freaks. My girlfriend was followed down to the toilet by a guy aged in his 50's, he kept staring at her all night and following her around. Another friend saw a guy spiking her drink in full view of everyone present. If you have the misfortune of visiting this dive..make sure you are in a group..and keep your wits about you.
Toilets are a death-trap..down a flight of stairs and some dodgy characters lurking around.
A melting pot of drunk, out of luck, hardened individuals from all walks of life. The bouncers are rough and heavy handed also. Only seem to leave you in if you are drunk already.
I can safely say its the worst pub I have ever visited anywhere in the world.
Dress Code: no dress code
Draws a funky crowd come the nightlife. Take a wander and you're bound to find a seat whether it be on the lounges or a side room with a chair and table set up.
Even on a day out shopping along Oxford, retreat here for a drink.
This bar/pub is a Paddington/Sydney Institution. This place is busy most nights and all weekend with people in their 20s and 30 'somethings' ... and is a great place to meet people as well. If you are into Fashion, check out the shopping surrounding this bar on Oxford Street, as well as Paddington Markets on a Saturday, and then cap off the day with a drink here. The Paddington Inn (or better known as the Paddo Inn) also offers some decent pub food for reasonable prices, so if you are lucky enough to get a table here, it is worth trying the food. The Light Brigade Hotel, a pub further down Oxford Street is also worth checking out - similar crowd and a good atmosphere too.
Dress Code: Smart casual fashionable
=== Oh no - update - this bar has been closed down in order to make way for a luxury apartment block. NOOOOOO!!!!
=== This is one of Sydney's Swankier Bars, here you'll be rubbing shoulders with the glam set of Sydney. This place is slightly pretentious with a ridgid door policy...but the views are to die for. Dress cool to get in, because if you do, it is worth it! The Bar area offers stunning views by night of the city and Sydney Harbour. Get there early to ensure a window seat. Warning, it is expensive, but if you want one of the best views money can pay for (!) this is definitely it. On the opposite side the bar is the International Restaurant.
Dress Code: Stylish and sexy
A bit seedy but fun. Excellent music for dancing always. Anything goes here, there is a good vibe. 2 dancefloor areas, 3 bars, pool tables, pinball machines, a chillout area. Doesn't start to get going till about midnight. After 4am it can get a bit seedy and there could be a few strange-looking people lurking about, so avoid this place if you are not into that kind of thing! Try to overlook the bathrooms which are in dire need of renovation. I used to hang out here quite a bit, this Bar/Club is great for watching people and their off-beat antics. Warning: The doormen can be a bit tough sometimes.
Dress Code: anything, whatever is in fashion. The manager here has been seen in a purple crushed velvet 3 piece suit. hmmm.
This is a well known gay area of sydney. Myself and girlfriend and another friend went to one of the bars for some karoke. It was great fun because it was hosted by a drag queen. You will meet a lot of coulourful characters in this area.
Dress Code: casual. Although bouncers at one bar wouldn't let my girlfriend in because she was wearing open top shoes!
try the paddington inn in oxford street in paddington(of course),Kings cross is sydney's best known night district but don't get me wrong its not the best however it is very colorful to say the least.It is a red light sleezy area but it is also more than that mostly it is full of curious people checking out what is going on.It can be dangerous but for the most part it's fun.sure there are the morans trying to entice young guys in to watch the strip shows but a family can still visit the area with out having to see all that and see some really strange local characters and some very interesting things.The main area of kingscross is ful of people so it is alot safer than you would think.
cant really remember a fav spot there are heaps of good bars clubs ect.
Dress Code: medium casual