I love bars and going out. Im currently looking for bar work in sydney and found most bars to be very friendly and I have had several interviews.
In my first week in sydney I went to a lot of bars, my favourite so far being Henry Afrikas in Manly. Its a trendy bar with a few floors, 2 of them with an outside terrace. If the weathers nice its great in the daytime to sit out and watch the people walking along the beachfront.
Another bar if you want a good party and some cheesy music is The Gaff. On a street full of gay bars this is supposedly the only straight one. Look what it spells backwards. We were taken here as part of a night out, and as part of a pub crawl with ozintro and both nights were very drunken and good fun. All the staff dress up nightly and everyones up for a party.
Another option thats a bit different is to go on a party cruise around the harbour. These usually cost around 40dollars, with cheap drinks, and takes 3 hours. You get night views of the bridge, the opera house and the harbour. This was probably my favourite night out, watch your sea legs though as it did get choppy sometimes.
There are so many bars in sydney I dont think Il ever be able to go to them all, but there are styles of bar for every occasion. Its easy to get caught up in the party lifestyle, but you could be throwing money down the drain if you dont find out which places have offers on when you go out.
Manly has loads of bars and clubs, and they range in price from 5 dollars for spirits to 15 dollar cocktails. Whatever your budget Im sure youl be able to have a good night. Just watch out you dont act intoxicated as they will throw you out straight away because of the huge fines that the bar and staff can get.
I have been staying and working in Sydney for the last 2 months, and being a hard drinker, have managed to visit a good many of the bars. I'm writing this opinion to give you a lowdown on the Sydney bar scene in general, plus to pick out a few favourites. Overall, I have found Sydney to be a great city to party in. Whether you are digging the backpacker or local scene, it's easy to find a good time and great places to hit the beers. In general, it's somewhat cheaper to drink here than back in the UK, with 'schooners' of beer coming in at around $3.50 tops, around a pound twenty sterling, and pints at around $5, which is about one pound seventy. It's pretty easy to find beers cheaper than these, and most pubs have some kind of happy hour, or promotions going on. Quite a lot of the bars which turn into clubs later in the evening have one or two drinks included in the entry fee, although if you're hesitant about paying then you should check with the door staff first. There is definitely a good vibe to the bars in Sydney, it's a lively city with plenty going on. Most bars are relatively busy even during the week, especially when it's tourist season. Despite all of the boozed up people, I have found all of the bars to be pretty safe, and have seen no trouble as of yet. Things do seem to be somewhat more laid back out here, although there are some bars which do have a slight dress code (i.e. no caps, you must be wearing a shirt or t-shirt). There's plenty of variety too, so you can pick your bars according to your mood. Ok, so here are a handful of bars which I have enjoyed drinking in on a regular basis. My favourite drinking haunt would be out at Bondi (junction and beach) with the city centre coming second. CITY CENTRE: The Rose: Slightly off the beaten track, and all the better for it, The Rose is located just off Broadway, about 10 minutes walk from central station. Although it
can get fairly busy, it's a good place to go for a midweek drink rather than a full on leathering. There's a nice outside are out back which serves food that while admittedly not cheap is pretty nice. The whole bar has a nice decor, which gives it a chilled out vibe. The Century Tavern: On George st, just by the town hall, on the corner. This is a basic but great drinking hole which is well worth checking out at the weekends as a pre-club spot. There's no flashy decor, just a few film pics on the walls, but the beer is cheap, there's a few pool tables and one of the better jukeboxes in town. This place does get pretty busy, and there's a good lively atmosphere. The Angel: On Elizabeth st. This is probably my favourite bar in the city centre. It looks great inside, with a vaguely church feel to it, especially upstairs. It's usually filled with a young crowd (not really backpackers) and it gets pretty lively when they have the dance club upstairs. I've seen it pretty busy a few times, but never totally packed out, which is definitely a good thing. Bar Buddha/King's X hotel: Located in the heart of King's X, just in front of the huge 'coke' sign, this is a party bar aimed squarely at backpackers, particularly those from the UK. There is something special on each night, with an 'Eastenders' night, different music themed nights, and of course the big screen football. The decor inside is ok, red, and with a few nods towards travellers, with a few plants and bits of bamboo here and there. The best night to go for Brits is on a Thursday, 'Loaded' night, when they have Djs spinning UK indie and Britpop tunes to a packed dancefloor. BONDI: The Bondi Hotel: The classic Bondi bar, right on the beach itself, I can be found here at least several nights a week, usually slumped at the bar. This is a really great bar, it's huge, and has pretty much eve
rything: good food, a big, proper nightclub, loads of room and seats, a huge number of pool tables, gambling machines, arcade machines (including 'Time Crisis 2') and a more chilled out bar around the back with subdued lighting and a big screen TV. So really, this bar can pretty much cover you for anything, day time drinking, a quiet drink or a full on night out. Plus it has the huge advantage of being on the beach. The customers are a great mix of tourists, backpackers and locals, and if it's your thing, there's a lot of action on the dancefloor, especially at weekends. Best of all, the place stays open til 4am, cna you dig that ? I guess the only two disadvantages are that it is towards the higher price range ($5 a pint) and there is a bit of a dress code (no caps). But really, this is a great place, and well worth making your local if'n you are staying in the area. The Bondi Beach Hotel/The Regis: Confusingly named, this is actuall on Bondi Beach Rd, and is about 10 minutes walk from the beach, this is a lively joint which is almost always busy, especially on wednesday, when the upstairs dancefloor is totally packed. It attracts a young crowd of up for it boozers, giving it a really dynamic vibe, so I guess it's not really the place to come for a quiet drink, but hey, you get what you pay for, right ? To tell you the truth, I've never really noticed what the place actually looks lke inside, but it's pretty big. The Blue Chip: Just off Bondi Beach, and opposite the Bondi Hotel. This is a quieter, slightly trendier pub which looks good and is well suited to a more quiet drink, or for a few games of pool on the many tables out the back. This place has really grown on me, and I can dig the chilled out vibe. It's not loud, and so I find it a pretty good place to start off the night. The Cock and Bull/Siobahns: Bondi Junction. This is a real fun place, with a touch of Irish style. It gets pre
tty pack and pretty loud most nights, though I have found it to be a great place for some early drinks. The decor is pretty standard, and anyone who goes to Irish style pubs in the UK will feel quite at home. The downstairs has a dancefloor, which can get fairly busy, and they have several fun nights, like the occasional beach party, where they make a big effort to do the place up, even bringing in a mechanical surfboard, which is fun as hell watching drunk people trying to stay on. Anyways, these are just a few of my picks. On top of these, I don't doubt that there are a wealth of sweet bars just waiting to be discovered.