Best of Sydney

BEST LOCAL BAND VENUE: THE SANDRINGHAM HOTEL

A local fixture for over a century, “the Sando” is the place where Tim Freedman and Stevie Plunder propped themselves at the bar and conceived of The Whitlams. The bands no longer have to construct the stage themselves from milk-crates, with an upstairs performance area that is intimate but not claustrophobic, and they have an […]

BEST LOCAL ART GALLERY: TAP GALLERY

The Tap Gallery is extra special because not only does it host fabulous local art exhibitions, it home to a cosy theatre that regularly features quality Australian plays, film nights, poetry and song writer gatherings. Its recent double bill of original one act plays Two Gates and Talc by Subtlenuance Theatre Company epitomises Tap’s philosophy […]

BEST INDIE MUSIC LABEL: ELEFANT TRAKS

For those who question if rhymes of Aussie hip-hop artists measure up to their American counterparts, look no further than Elefant Traks. The label has released over 50 albums since acclaimed group The Herd founded it in 1998. The Herd has since established a solid fan base with their unique beats and dynamic live shows. […]

BEST DANCE PERFORMANCE VENUE: THE METRO THEATRE

A landmark live music venue and a true icon in the history of rock, the Metro has not only been the stage for many international bands from Muse to Eskimo Joe, it’s also the best joint to hear fresh local acts make their big break on the scene. And if you’re really looking to party, you […]

BEST COMEDY VENUE: THE COMEDY STORE

When it comes to a good night of comedy, a great atmosphere is essential. In the heart of the Entertainment Quarter, this charming venue hosts a wide range of comedic talent every night of the week and the relaxed mood-lit bar is a welcome precursor to any show. The teasing begins at this very bar […]

BEST COMEDIAN: MATT DYKTYNSKI

Matt’s been on our What’s On in Comedy section so many times this year, I’m starting to think he may be a comic superhero. Whilst he’s polite in person, he saves his wild superpower for the stage. His stand-up material is sharp, intelligent and crazy funny. From politics and global warming to finding the funny […]

BEST CINEMA: THE CHAUVEL

If you haven’t side stepped the oft-trodden path of mainstream cinema-going lately then you should, and when you do; go to the Chauvel in Paddington. The Chauvel’s been operating out of the Paddington Town Hall since 1977. On any night of the week, expect a fabulous list of stylishly selected international and local films or […]

BEST BAR IN A THEATRE: SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY

With apologies to Blanchett and Upton, savvy Sydneysiders know the real drawcard of the Sydney Theatre Company is its stylish Wharf Bar. Part of the fun of getting a drink at the Wharf Bar is the evocative walk. Passing by oversize photographs of past productions on old timbers before you enter the friendly lighting of […]

BEST ABORIGINAL ART GALLERY: KATE OWEN GALLERY

A lazy meander is in order at Kate Owen. Housed over three floors containing hundreds of contemporary indigenous artworks, each canvas tells tales through dots and patterns, as well as more abstract tellings and a scattering of drawings by Owen, an artist herself. On the second level, a bar holds fibre-art sculptures, art books, and […]

BEST OF SYDNEY 2010