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Best of Sydney 2021

EDITOR’S NOTE The past 12-18 months have perhaps been some of the most challenging that our generation has or will ever face. We've dealt with bushfires, protests, political in-fighting, idealogical attacks, cancel culture run-amok, health order restrictions, and the most impactful of them all, lockdowns! Even the air that we breathe everyday has turned on […]


By Elysia Cook From the creators of the cutting-edge Lost Paradise Festival, the Ivy Precinct brings you Lost Sundays.  Sydney’s newest dance event is held every Sunday and has been a big player in recent attempts at resuscitating Sydney’s nightlife, especially for the techno scene. Lost Sundays quickly gained popularity after its launch in conjunction […]

BEST ESCAPE ROOM – The Cipher Room

By Tessa Pelle Race against the clock and use your wits to solve a real-life puzzle. The Cipher Room challenges players to an adventurous game where you are “locked” inside a theme-specific escape room.  As the brainchild of Newtown natives, Marise and David, The Cipher Room prides itself on using locally sourced props and recycled […]


By Gemma Billington If you’re in need of a cultural recharge and a modern creative spot, Chippendale’s White Rabbit Gallery should be at the top of your to-do list. The White Rabbit Gallery showcases evocative, mysterious, and captivating Chinese contemporary art throughout its dazzling three stories. Situated on the corner of Balfour Street, the rustic […]

BEST THEATRE – Darlinghurst Theatre

By Aston Brown If you want good theatre, you can’t look past Darlinghurst Theatre Company, located in the heart of Darlinghurst at The Eternity Playhouse. Darlo prides itself on its open submission system, where anyone can pitch an idea to be performed - enabling the community to see themselves and their stories on stage. The […]


By Elysia Cook Frankie’s Pizza will rock your socks off with its delicious and eccentric mix of underground bar, heavy metal live music venue and pizza shop. If the queue out the front door isn’t telling enough, the $1 pizza slices between 4-6pm will entice even the most skeptical of diners.  Prepare to be greeted […]

BEST SMALL ART GALLERY – Harrington Street Gallery

By Lucinda Garbutt-Young This tiny gallery in Chippendale is the passion of artist John Ogburn. After realising the importance of art exhibits that don’t bow to commercial pressures, Ogburn created this cooperative in 1973. You can now find it as a thriving space, marked by a friendly corner door. Harrington Street Gallery has a new […]

BEST PUTT-PUTT – Holey Moley

By Tessa Pelle A mini golf course, cocktail bar and pop culture art space rolled into one epic night out. Holey Moley is a unique and vibrant venue located in the heart of Newtown.  Putt-putt your way into golf courses inspired by your favourite pop culture icons including the great Hole-Dini and Vincent Van Golf.  […]


By Tessa Pelle For a not so typical night out on the town, why not hurl axes and quench your thirst with a cold one at Sydney’s first indoor axe throwing centre. Located in St Peters, Maniax is the perfect place to impress a first date or bond with friends. Receive one on one training […]

BEST WHALE WATCHING – Whale Watching Sydney

By Tessa Pelle It’s whale migration season! Catch these majestic beauties up close and personal with Whale Watching Sydney. If you’re lucky enough you might even be able to see a whale breach and splash you with some fresh saltwater. Take a speedy 15-20 minute ferry and zoom past the Sydney Opera House and Harbour […]