2010

BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE: ROCK: ANNANDALE HOTEL

We are so glad that last year’s best Endangered Venue is this year’s Best Rock venue. The brother Rule continue to preside over the Annandale Hotel and after over 12 years dedicated to "the rock" they show no signs of tiring. Whilst their battles with council are not over, the venue continues to serve up […]

BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE: JAZZ: THE BASEMENT

We know that The Basement covers everything from Blues, to folk, to roots to world; but you decided it was the best place for those hip cats to hear their cool jazz grooves long into the night. With the option of a meal and a front row seat (not to mention a short stroll to […]

BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE: FOLK: THE HARP HOTEL

Swap your standard beer for a Guinness and settle in for relaxed night of folk performances at this popular live music spot. The building itself dates back to 1922 and whether patrons prefer folk or not, the Harp draws a varied crowd to this charming pub, complete with beer garden and bistro. Is its appeal […]

BEST GAY PICKUP JOINT: MIDNIGHT SHIFT

You can’t seriously talk about Sydney’s gay scene without mentioning this Oxford Street landmark. Offering the promise of an attractive crowd (including many a shirtless man), energetic dance floor and competent bar service, if you’re looking for a big night out, this iconic venue is sure to please.  (Jade Tyrrell) 85 Oxford St Darlinghurst. 9360 4463, […]

BEST BEST FRIENDLY BEER GARDEN: COURTHOUSE HOTEL

Sunday afternoon drinks at the ‘Courty’ are a Newtown tradition. Funnily enough, drinks at the Courty on the remaining six days of the week are also a Newtown tradition. It’s a very badly-kept secret that, especially for single people, the Courthouse has one of the best-looking, friendliest crowds in Sydney. Even when it’s crowded – […]

BEST USED BOOKS: BERKELOUW BOOKS

The story of Berkelouw books began in 1812 in Rotterdam, Holland. It is no surprise that Berkelouw books, a family store passed down through generations, is today Australia’s largest rare, antiquarian and second-hand bookseller. As a booklover walking in the front door of a Berkelouw store you are sure to fall in love with the […]

BEST UNDER $5 SHOP: VINNIES NEWTOWN

Five dollars doesn’t buy you much these days. A handful of giant Freddo frogs, or perhaps one fiftieth of a pair of Nudie jeans is about it, right? Nay! Swallow your cynicism, bargain hunters, and get thee to Newtown. Snuggled between the boutiques and chain stores of King Street, Vinnies is bursting with glorious bounty […]

BEST SHOE SHOP: ESPIONAGE

While you might not be able to buy Maxwell Smart’s infamous shoe-phone here, you will find a large range of not-so-stealthy sneakers suitable for undercover agents, urban gang members and those into parkour! Seriously though, if it’s a big name brand like Nike, Reebok Pump or Puma, you’ll find it here (along with some more […]

BEST RETRO (POST 1950): ZOO EMPORIUM

We all know vintage is in vogue (will it ever be outdated?), so step back in time and discover the magic of retro threads. Any true fashionista will have Zoo on their list of regular shopping destinations. With a particular focus on fashion from the 70s and 80s, Zoo stocks it all –from sunnies to […]

BEST PLACE TO GET TATTOOED: ZACK @ WICKED INK

For Sydneysiders used to having everything at their finger tips, Penrith might seem a long way to travel for a service – even a tattoo. Now think of those hours in transit and how they stack up against the lifetime of your piece. Zack of Wicked Ink, Penrith, inks tattoos you can appreciate for the […]