Sydney has an active nightlife scene dotted with cafes, bars and clubs. There is something for everyone, from Opera, to strip clubs, to an active gay and lesbian club circuit.The spirited performing arts scene means there is always a play, opera or film to be enjoyed, and many bars feature live music or stand-up comedians.
Some hotspots are Oxford Street, between Hyde Park and Taylor Square,where you'll find pubs and dance clubs and a thriving gay scene. Cockle Bay Wharf in Darling Harbour also has bars, restaurants, and nightclubs. The CBD is somewhat more formal, with many unique bars hiding around and below its streets. Surry Hills has casual restaurants and pubs and Glebe is popular with students. George Street in The Rocks has very busy pubs.
Kings Cross is the traditional Sydney red light district with bars, strip clubs, betting venues, brothels, burlesque shows, video shows, massage parlours and exotic dance clubs. Kings Cross comes to life late at night. Legal brothels operate in Sydney and advertise openly in many free tourist magazines.
If you're not sure where to start, then Darling Harbour has something for everyone and is very popular during the warmer summer months. If you'd like to see something at the Opera House, keep your eyes open for deals offered by the surrounding restaurants to patrons with theatre tickets.
On summer weekends free music is arranged in many parks, including The Domain, Martin Place and Darling Harbour's Tumbalong Park amphitheatre. Buskers perform at the Opera House, Circular Quay, The Rocks and Kings Cross, as well as on The Corso in Manly. Speakers' Corner in The Domain on Sunday afternoon is open house and the many views expressed here can be interesting and entertaining. A free Aboriginal dance performance is held at the Art Gallery of NSW at noon daily from Tuesday to Saturday.No matter what kind of night time entertainment you're in the mood for, you'll find it somewhere nearby in Sydney.