Art & Design

Where To Get Cultured In Sydney After Dark

By Phoebe McRae
3rd Mar 2017

cultured after dark sydney

It’s March already (when did that happen?) and if you’re anything like us, you’ve probably given up on the whole New Year, new me thing. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t time to get a little cultured and expand your horizons, so you can at least attempt to be the best version of you.

And because we only want the very best for you, we’ve teamed up with Wilson Parking to bring you this neat little list of the best cultural events happening in Sydney this March. They’re all on after dark, so you can’t even use work as an excuse #sorrynotsorry.

Go with your mate (or a date) and don’t let the idea of parking scare you off because Wilson Parking totally lets you Book-A-Bay (yes, you can pay with Amex) and secure yourself a park, without the stress, before you even leave the office. Genius? Next-level adulting? Yes, and yes.

Adman: Warhol Before Pop @ Art Gallery NSW


If you know anything about art, you definitely know about Warhol, and if you know nothing about art, you probs know about Warhol, too. Either way, this exhibition, exploring the genius’ work pre-Campbell’s tomato soup can days, is one you won’t want to miss. Featuring over 300 objects (from rare drawings and photographs to vintage advertisements and recreated department store shopfronts), it’s the perfect place to get you through the week come Wednesday night.

When: Now until 28th May
Where: Art Gallery of NSW, CBD
Cost: $18 adult, $16 concession
Where to park: The Chifley Tower, MLC Centre or 1 Farrer Place

Tosca @ The Opera House

Circular Quay

Opera Australia is giving you yet another chance to get adult AF, thanks to the production of the oh-so thrilling Tosca. Hosted at the Opera House (obvs) you can Book-A-Bay at Wilson Parking (just underneath) and make a whole night of it. Treat yo’ self to a pre-show feast at one of the many nearby restaurants then get ready for an absolute #adulting bonanza.

When: Now until 31st March
Where: Sydney Opera House
Cost: From $23
Where to park: Sydney Opera House

Roar and Snore


If you consider yourself a nocturnal animal (or even if you don’t), you need to get yourself to Taronga Zoo’s Roar and Snore STAT! Overlooking the harbour and its many landmarks, you will glamp safari style in sizeable tents and sleep amongst some of the cutest animals out. There will be plenty of insta opportunities so Book-A-Bay at Circular Quay, jump on a ferry and don’t forget your khaki.

When: Now until 31st March
Where: Taronga Zoo, Mosman
Cost: $603 for 2 adults
to park: Sydney Opera House or Clocktower

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

Mrs. Macquaries Chair

Get your music fix by the waterside at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour. The pop-up opera house at Mrs Macquaries Chair is complete with bars, restaurants, fireworks and all of the views. The Spanish production of Carmen will be in full swing come dusk, and if you’ve never experienced a night at the opera, this where you want to start.

When: 24th March to 23rd April
Where: Mrs Macquaries Chair
Cost: From $159
Where to park: Sydney Opera HouseThe Chifley Tower or 1 Farrer Place



One of the best ways to get some culture in you is to eat it. Seat yourself at Indu for an Indian feast like no other, and get educated in all things dosa, curry and sambal. Decked out with exposed terracotta bricks, pots of spices and hanging bells, the menu focuses on rural flavours from Southern India. Wear stretchy pants.

Where: 350 George Street, CBD
Depends how much you want to eat…
Where to park: Angel Place or MLC Centre

Primavera At 25 @ MCA

The Rocks

You just can’t have a bad time at the MCA. With a rooftop bar overlooking the harbour and Lights On Later on Wednesday nights, it’s the kind of place you’ll want to hang out at even when you’re not looking for #culture. Primavera at 25: MCA Collection is our pick when it comes to what you’re seeing this month, showcasing the work of Australian’s best young artists.

When: Now until 19th March
Where: MCA, The Rocks
Cost: Free
Where to park: Clocktower, 155 George Street or Quay West

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

Indu | Image credit: Ben Harris | Design credit: Gabriella Bjorklund

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