The Rocks / Circular Quay, Sydney
See my accomodations tip for more, but his is another resonably priced bar with friendly clientele, a great view of the skyline and bridge, and can keep you safe while your wife shops in the Rocks.
Dress Code: Street clothes are just fine.
Like the sign says, its the oldest pub in Sydney. Let me tell you, they make a great draft stout as well, one of the best I've ever tasted. Even though its not far from the Rocks, there is nothing conceited or snobby about this place. Feel free to wander in and relax, chat a little, no one really cares who you are, so long as you can carry a conversation or tell a joke.
Dress Code: None
You can sign up for the Pub Tour at the visitor center in The Rocks. It leaves in the evening & lasts about 2 hours. It is filled with history of the area & offers drinks at 3 pubs with food specials. The guide was informative & I was pleased I took it.
Dress Code: Make sure to wear comfortable shoes as you walk around to the different pubs & may walk up stairs or hills.
There is a place called the 'keys' down near the harbour that has good restuarants and some Aussie bars. I felt quite at home here as the Aussies drink as much as the Brits. A drunken Aussie can seem a bit brash but the best way to counter this is to get smashed yourself and then you don't notice it.
Avoid Kings Cross area unless you are after sleaze, sex or dope (so I have been told).
There are several good pubs along the road leading from the Rocks area into the central business district. It is best to start at one of these for happy hour to hang with all the business-types just getting off work. Then head over to King's Cross for a livelier scene.
Great world music and very funky atmosphere... always guarenteed a good boogie to some wicked percussion.
Dress Code: whatever you feel comfortable in (but i'm not sure if they let boys in with sandles and shorts.. i don't know)
We enjoyed wandering around the Harbour and The Rocks on a Friday night. The place is full of people looking for a good time among the open-air bars and eateries. Music and loud cheerful voices fill the streets and lure you inside the various pubs. Certainly, there's a place here to fit any taste, so there's no need for specific recommendations. Just wander around and follow your instincts.
Dress Code: We were wearing clothes, but other than that I can't recall our dress, and we were never denied entry anywhere.
Position yourself right smack at CIRCULAR QUAY or THE ROCKS area on New Year's Eve to catch the spectacular fireworks!
Or you can also choose to dine at one of the many lovely restaurants located along The Rocks - facing the Sydney Harbor (like what we did)... and you can still get to see the fireworks! The fireworks that night started promptly at 9 p.m. and lasted for a full 15 minutes or so.
O.K.... The Sydney folks are a real friendly bunch i.e. they'd just grab anyone and everyone along the road, streets etc... and kiss them. So, be prepared to start fending off all these men who seemed to find great joy doing just that (Note: These guys don't look like Brad Pitt. So....). Alternatively, stay put inside the restaurants and party there. The folks who dined at these restaurants are better behaved.
Its location on East Circular Quay is what makes this place a good choice... You can sit and look at the harbour. Inside and outside seating... all sorts of people.... Great blue backlit bar... yummy wedges with chilli.
Dress Code: Daytime most anything is ok...night time good casual or better...
the Rocks (Sydneys Historic Area) by night goes off with pubs and clubs that make anyone wanna BOP with the music :)
A great Irish pub and a backpackers favorite. We went on St. Paddy's day and it was a blast.
Dress Code: I guess you should wear something.
Party time in Sydney. That's me and another best pal of mine (VT member, Adriani) living it up at The Rocks on New Year's Eve....