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What once used to be The School of Arts building has become one of the most favored party hangouts in Sydney. The art tradition however, stays intact not only in name but in spirit as well. Art is usually the dominant theme for most of the events that happen here. Culturally rich and aesthetically stimulating, one can understand why this place is so loved and celebrated. The Dome restaurant offering Modern Australian cuisine and Verge, a sociable and cheerful bar score some big extra points for Arthouse.
Sydney's skyline is an absolutely wondrous sight to behold, and combined with the chance to gorge on delicious Australian fare, makes for an unforgettable experience. This fantastic experience is exactly what awaits you at 360 Bar and Dining, a revolving restaurant that shows you many of Sydney's beautiful sights. The golden-shell bar at this restaurant is a sight in itself, and if you can ever stop admiring it, you could take your pick from an excellent wine and cocktail selection.
Although it is hidden away in a basement on Clarence Street, by no means is The Baxter Inn a quiet bar. Owned by the same pair responsible for the Shady Pines Saloon, this whiskey bar takes its inspiration from the Prohibition Era speakeasies. In keeping with the theme, you get a change from the usual bar music, being treated instead to tunes from the 1920s, enhanced by fantastic acoustics. That's just the beginning, though; the real winner is the wall of whiskey, which boasts over 300 varieties. The bartenders are more than willing to make suggestions, and will even hand you some complimentary pretzels while you wait for your order.
The most appreciated and highly regarded boutique beer café in Sydney, Redoak has evolved into more than a brewery since it opened its doors in 2004. From brewing the signature Redoak beer to going all out with exotic and exquisite cuisine, this classy place has it all. Traditional oak furniture, chandeliers suspended low, silent conversations and delectable food for company are a few of the virtues about the place. Sample some of their signature firsts like the Redoak Belgium Choc-Cherry Stout, Redoak Organic Pale Ale, Seared Kangaroo Loin and many more fine options to choose from.
The ultra-modern, uber trendy luxe Ivy is the newest and hippest way to party in style. This upmarket CBD nightclub is a regular to the fashionistas and style-conscious crowds of Sydney and is anything but lame. Built on three massive levels and housing over eight bars in all, the chic and modern interiors, warm friendly staff and extravagant services that the place offers would make even the most hard-core party animal salivate at the mouth. Once inside get lost within the different areas, the lounge, courtyard, under the Japanese maple tree and any cozy spot that you can call your own. With places like these, who needs to look elsewhere for the entire month's schedule?
Inner-city Sydney might not be the first place you'd look for a slice of the Wild West, but it's just what the owners of Shady Pines are offering. Hidden down an alley behind busy Oxford Street, with no signage, it may be a little hard to find, but the extra effort is worth it. Once inside you'll be instantly transported to a time and place far away. Stuffed animal heads look over a room full of simple wooden tables that would be perfect for a card game. Of course for the full experience, take your place on a stool at the bar and tackle one of the many whiskeys on offer.
A small bar with a laid-back, unpretentious vibe, Bulletin Place is perfect for a relaxed night out. This is a bar that places a lot of emphasis on personalized service, and it certainly delivers. Wooden floors, communal tables, mural-adorned distressed walls and lots of potted plants lend this bar a rustic appeal, which, coupled with the service, makes for a wonderful experience. The handwritten chart of cocktails displays new names every day, and there is also a good selection of whiskeys and wines. Reservations are not accepted.
Established by an independent wine merchant in Sydney is The Wine Library. The place is basically a wine bar with exquisite wines from across the globe all culminated at one place. Its collection of wine is impeccable and one of the greatest in Australia. They also offer an extensive food menu of everything that goes well with wine. So if you are a wine connoisseur, this is the place you must visit when you are in Sydney.
Dine with a fabulous view of Bondi Beach at Icebergs. This trendy restaurant and bar is the place to see and be seen! With main courses like Spaghetti with Clams and Zauchini Flowers, its tasty Mediterranean cuisine is a definite draw. You can hang out with a chilled cocktail at the trendy 1970s inspired bar, or sip on some wine as you enjoy the scenic surroundings. Icebergs can also be hired for exclusive events and private dining. Despite the name, this is one venue that is definitely hot!
A classic neighborhood pub, Ivanhoe Hotel is famous among the locals and foodies of Manly. Located on The Corso, this friendly place spans across two floors, and is replete with four bars, a bistro-style restaurant and a take-away shop. With so many places to drinks and socialize, the Ivanhoe Hotel seems to be a perfect destination for all your needs. Be it a family lunch, a dinner date, a weekend brunch with friends or just some after-work drinks, you can come here to enjoy at all times. Modern interiors, and refreshing outdoor areas are perfect to enjoy any kind of weather. They also cater private events like receptions, luncheons or formal dinners. Call ahead for more details.