Things To Do

From Stargazing To Hidden Tequila Bars, Here Are 7 Things To Hit Up In Sydney After Dark

By Sophie Oddo
3rd Aug 2020

When it comes to food to eat, things to do, and places to see, it’s safe to say Sydney has plenty to offer. And while we boast some of the countries most beautiful beaches and bays teamed up with some pretty epic weather, we think Sydney after dark is when the city really comes alive.

So, to help you live your best night-life, we’ve teamed up with DiDi to serve up all the best things to do when the sun goes down in Sydney. Plus, you can get around safely with DiDi Hours, offering riders 50 per cent off fares from 4 - 8pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in August. So you can galavant around the city without breaking the bank.

Hit Up One Of Sydney’s Newest Restaurants

There’s only one thing better than heading out to a restaurant for a delicious feed, and that’s heading out to a newly opened restaurant none of your friends have been to yet. Nothing brings us more joy than to see our city’s food culture continue to grow, which is why a visit to one of Sydney’s hottest new restaurants tops our list. Whether it’s a fancy charcoal chicken set-up in Surry Hills, a new city Italian restaurant serving up some serious carb fare of the new rooftop digs from the Mary’s crew, there’s plenty to of places to choose from to liven up your night. Better yet, kiss goodbye your designated driver duties and take full advantage of their respective cocktail and wine lists and get home safely, thanks to DiDi.

Soak Up The Luna Park Lights

Call us old school, but sometimes nothing beats being a tourist in your own city and releasing your inner child with a day out at Luna Park. Having recently reopened, you can once again get ready to defy gravity on the rotor, plummet on the 50-meter high "Hair Raiser” drop, crash into your mates on the dodgem car arena, get lost in the Coney Island mirror maze and of course, catch the one-in-a-million views of the harbour and the city on the iconic Luna Park Ferris Wheel. Hit up a spot on their limited 4-hour session from 3pm to 7pm, at a flat rate of $50, and get access to unlimited rides, a $10 food and beverage voucher, plus one sideshow game. Sounds like an ideal night to us. 

Get Cosy In Sydney’s Best Wine Bars

Sydney’s bars and clubs are great, but there’s nothing quite like unwinding in a cosy wine bar after a long day. Luckily for us, Sydney is packed full of them, from Coogee Wine Room to Darlinghurst’s Love, Tilly Devine, and The Winery in Surrey Hills, there is plenty of cosy nooks to polish off a bottle of their finest. So whether it’s a poignant pinot you crave or you’re after a swirl-worthy Sangiovese, it’s safe to say they’ll have you sorted. If you find yourself here well past your curfew (it happens to the best of us), remember to take advantage of DiDi Hours and save 50 per cent off during designated time blocks during the evening so you can spend more on vino, right?

Get Nostalgic With A Disney Dinner Degustation

Yes, that’s right—creative extraordinaire Nelly Robinson is back with his Disney-inspired, 11-course degustation dubbed “Once Upon A Time”. After selling out in just three weeks back in 2019, you’re not going to want to miss his second, delicious chapter. Expect everything from Alice in Wonderland-inspired cookies, and Cinderella-esque custard tarts peppered with fairy dust and other dishes drawing inspiration from Beauty and the Beast, Finding Nemo, Peter Pan, Robin Hood and adorable Dumbo. There’s even a snowman course (a Frozen shout out) that is made of black garlic bread, complete with a carrot nose, black iced eyes, and “snow”. So Disney fans, prepare to seriously nerd out.

Dine Under The Stars In An Igloo

Live your best, socially distanced life, with these epic snow globe-style igloos that have landed at Cargo Bar and Pier One. Both destinations are serving up an Instagram-worthy dining experience under the stars, complete with delicious menus and enough mouth-watering drinks and cocktails to keep you sipping well into the night. Packages range anywhere from $49 to $600 (FYI—it includes your own private hot tub). So next time you think it’s too cold to head out on a winter’s night, think again.

Stargaze At Sydney Obersvatory’s Night Tours

Whether you have an insatiable desire to know everything there is to know about our solar system and beyond or you struggle to scope out Orion’s star, Sydney Observatory is a great place to indulge in all things space. One one of the Observatory’s night tours, you'll get to peer through the hefty brass refractor telescope, as well as some more modern telescopes, to spot distant galaxies and stars. Come armed with your trickiest astronomy questions too—tour guides at the observatory are actual scientists, specialising in things like radio astronomy, gravitational waves, astrophysics and asteroseismology. A fun and educational night out, who would have thought?

Discover This Hidden Tequila Bar

From the crew that brought you Sydney’s institution of ice-cold brews and finger-licking good buffalo wings, Wings X Tins, La Farmacia is a hidden mezcal and tequila spot heroing authentic Guadalajara-style cuisine as well as about 20 variations of margarita. Interested? We bet you are. This after-dark spot is tucked behind Mrs. Palmers Sandwich on Stanley Street, the sambo spot set up by Wings X Tins founders Anthony Macfarlane and Alfredo Perez in early 2020. By night, this place turns into a down to earth, extra-authentic marg bar with real tacos, loud Mexican hip hop, and an impressive menu of boutique Mexican spirits. Sounds like the perfect night out to us. 

Wherever the night takes you, rest easy knowing you can navigate your way around the city safely and affordably with DiDi Hours allowing you to ride for 50 per cent off from 4-8pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in August using the code ‘DIDIHOUR’ each week. Sounds like a good excuse to us. *T&Cs apply

But as always, please remember to adhere to responsible social distancing and all regulations as directed by NSW Health or the NSW Government so we can enjoy our city and all it has to offer, safely.

Image credit: La Farmacia

Editor’s note: This article is sponsored by DiDi and proudly endorsed by Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy.

*USE CODE ‘DIDIHOUR’ TO RECEIVE TWO 50% OFF VOUCHERS. CODE CAN BE REDEEMED ONCE A WEEK FOR FOUR WEEKS. HALF PRICED RIDES (CAPPED AT $20 PER RIDE) FOR ALL DIDI RIDERS USING THE DIDIHOUR CODE, FROM 4-8PM THURSDAY TO SATURDAY ACROSS SYDNEY, BRISBANE, AND PERTH. DIDIHOUR runs from 1 August to 29 August 2020 in Sydney, and runs from 23 July to 16 August 2020 in Brisbane and Perth.

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