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1) Frankie's Pizza, CBD

Not far from the Sydney Backpacker's hub, This new 50’s style pizza-parlour/rock’n’roll nightclub is already a favourite among Sydney siders. If you’re after a boozy night out dancing to rock’n’roll classics under an enormous mirror ball then Frankie’s is the place to go. And they are open until 4am!!

2) The Local Taphouse, Darlinghurst

If beer is your beverage of choice you will do very well here. Anything and everything in the way of local and international craft beers can be found at this beloved pub. The bar staff will gladly offer you tasters of anything you desire and can usually recommend something for you. Downstairs is all mahogany armchairs and dimly lit tables while upstairs is a lively and sun soaked beer garden.

3) Tio's Cerveceria/tequila Bar, Surry Hills

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to be at a Guatemalan street festival, drenched in tequila and wearing nothing but an owl mask? Go to Tio’s. They serve killer margaritas, spicy popcorn (for free!), and ice-cold coronas (for softies). A short walk from Central station and three stops from the Sydney Backpackers hub, there is no excuse not to go there! All in all, a hell of a good time.

4) Midnight Special, Newtown

This place is just really f’****** cool. Great tunes, great drinks, great bar-staff. You might want to wear your most rock’n’roll outfit, though, because heels and a cocktail dress just won’t do here. Week nights are best, as it can be pretty hard to get in on weekends. They also serve cheap hot dogs if you get hungry! Open until midnight Tues-Sat, Sunday until 10pm.

5) Baxter Inn, Surry Hills

Baxter Inn is a haven of smooth jazz, scratchy blues, and really really good whisky. You would never expect to find a place this elegant and innovative right smack bang in the middle of the CBD but, as of only a couple of years, you will. They also serve great beer and wine and the complimentary pretzels are a delicious bonus!

6) The Island Bar, Cockatoo Island

If you were starting to think that Sydney wasn’t all that it was cracked up to be, you might change your mind after a visit to this Island bar. And yes, it is actually on an island in the middle of the Sydney Harbour. Cockatoo Island is a former prison and shipyard, so there is plenty to see besides the bar. Sit back in a bright yellow beach chair and sip cocktails in the sun while gazing out over the harbour – you’re sure to get stuck here for at least seven hours. The ferry from Circular Quay takes about half an hour.

7) The Little Guy, Glebe

This cosy little bar on Glebe Point road is such a friendly place that Glebe locals now treat it as a surrogate community hall. Fantastic drink deals every day and live music almost every night. They have a great selection of craft beers and free popcorn all night! You’re guaranteed to meet some locals and hear some good tunes at this little gem!

8) GoodGod Small Club, City

This underground cave-like club is where you want to be in the early hours of the morning. When you enter off the street, meander through a maze of secluded little booths where you can enjoy a more private conversation or rest your dancing legs – past this is the club. It may be small but it’s guaranteed to be a BIG night. Music ranges from 60’s psychedelic rock to Berlin minimal house – whatever it is, it’s good. This is definitely a favourite among Sydney clubbers and for good reason.

9) Mary’s, Newtown

It may be a bit tricky to find but it’s definitely worth it. This burger joint and beer tavern is already famous in Sydney’s bar-scene. The burgers are ridiculously good (In fact, people are calling them the best in Sydney!)as is the southern fried chicken, and the list of beers is seemingly endless. The staff are super friendly and there is table service, so no waiting at the bar for fifteen minutes just to get a beer! At the end of the day, what more could you possibly want than burgers and beer?

10) Cliff Dive, Darlinghurst

Cliff Dive is certainly a dive, but in the best way possible. One of Oxford Street’s newest and most popular night clubs, Cliff Dive is rapidly becoming the ‘Place to be’ on a Friday or Saturday night from midnight onwards. They serve dangerously delicious and deceptively strong tropical style cocktails that are sure to end your night relatively quickly, if you don’t regularly avail yourself of the all-night dumplings. On Friday evenings, they spin some good old rock’n’roll, Saturdays, it’s reggae-ton and hip hop.

**Disclaimer: All information is correct at the time of printing. Jolly Swagman Backpackers is not responsible for any change in operation of these venues. Jolly Swagman Backpackers would advise guests to check for up to date information prior to visiting these venues.