The sun might have gone down, but don’t be fooled – there are still plenty of fantastic venues open long into the night to keep you entertained after dark in the Sydney CBD. There’s a wealth of after dark activities to experience from comedy clubs, late night eats, theatre shows, terrifying ghost tours and even free karaoke bars in and around Sydney.
Each venue is easily accessible from a variety of public transport services, so you can leave the car at home and have a great night enjoying some of the best of Sydney’s nightlife hassle-free.
1. Catch a show at the Belvoir St Theatre
First opening in 1984, this iconic theatre in Surry Hills is known for hosting independent, affordable, innovative and (at times) controversial plays and productions — it’s one of Sydney’s most popular theatre establishments.
The building is actually owned by a syndicate of approximately 600 people, including famous Australian actors Nicole Kidman, Sam Neill, Judy Davis and Mel Gibson.
Expect to find shows that cover a whole range of genres, from comedy and romance to thrillers and dramas. It’s best to get in early for the season ahead.
- Where: 25 Belvoir St, Surry Hills
- Cost: $30-$80 depending on the show
- Getting there: From Central Station take a 9 minute walk (600m) down Chalmers and Belvoir Street.
- More info: belvoir.com.au
2. Head to Chinatown for a late night bite
Sydney’s Chinatown is home to some of the best and most authentic Asian dishes in Australia.
Here you’ll find institutions including the Golden Century Seafood Restaurant serving up banquet menus and live lobsters until 4am, while the Chinatown Noodle Restaurant is a Sydney favourite thanks to their delicious handmade noodles and dumplings.
Malaysian restaurant Mamak is constantly buzzing while the no-frills BBQ King is the place to go if you’re after tasty Chinese barbecued meat. For something a little different, check out the sleek and modern Japanese restaurant Wagaya which lets you order food via an iPad.
If you’re after a unique gift or need some late night retail therapy, the Chinatown Markets line the streets every Friday between 4pm and 11pm.
- Where: Chinatown is primarily centred on Dixon and Sussex Streets
- When: The majority of restaurants in Chinatown are open late for dinner, but do check ahead.
- Cost: Prices vary depending on venue, but expect to pay around $15–$20 per main.
- Getting there: From Central Station take a 12 minute walk (950m) along Hay St into the centre of Chinatown
- More info: sydney-chinatown.info
3. Have a laugh at the Comedy Store
This live stand-up comedy club has been hosting local and international comedians since 1981.
- Where: Shop 207, 122 Lang Rd, Moore Park
- When: Open Thursday – Saturday 5pm until 11pm
- Cost: Varies depending on the show, but expect to pay between $15 - $30
- Getting there: From Central Station, Eddy Ave, Stand C take any of the following bus routes: 338, 374, 376, 391
- More info: comedystore.com.au
4. Enjoy some free Karaoke
Just a 2 minute walk from Central Station, Goro’s is a spacious Japanese bar and restaurant located on the fringe of Surry Hills. It’s a venue that is designed to let the good times roll — especially on Fridays when they’re open until 3am.
Apart from a delicious range of Japanese dishes and unique beverages, one of the highlights is the free karaoke rooms. There’s a wide range of songs to choose from and they’ve even thrown in a box of dress up outfits if you’re feeling festive.
There’s no hourly charge, all they ask is that you occasionally buy a round of drinks or two during your time there.
Also an option: having your photo taken with their much loved mascot, a giant replica of Garfield the cat.
- Where: 84–86 Mary St, Surry Hills
- When: Open 6 days a week. Mon — Thurs 11.30am until 12am. Friday 11.30am until 3am. Saturday 4pm until 12am.
- Cost: Expect to pay around $7-$10 per drink, food options range between $10-$20
- Getting There: Take a 3 minute walk (230m) from Central Station down Terry St onto Mary Street.
- More info: goros.com.au
Go on a ghost tour at Q Station… if you dare!
Sydney’s former Quarantine Station on North Head is said to be one of Australia’s most haunted sites, with stories galore of ghosts and paranormal occurrences. When darkness descends over Q Station’s historic buildings, the burial ground and empty pathways, there’s no denying things tend to get a little eerie.
Q Station certainly has many stories to tell, 150 years of misfortune and untimely deaths, stories of pain, loss and suffering have allegedly led to a number of restless spirits who haunt the grounds to this very day.
Various ghost tours have operated there since the early 1990s and are popular all year round so it’s essential to book ahead.
If you’re extra brave, why not opt to stay overnight?
- Where: 1 North Head Scenic Drive, Manly
- When: Tours run daily over the year but check ahead for availability and specific times.
- Cost: Ghost tours vary between $49-$55 depending on the night you choose.
- Getting There: Take bus route 135 that operates between Warringah Mall, Balgowlah, Manly Wharf and Q Station. See the latest timetables here.
- More info: qstation.com.au
Plan Your Next Trip
As Sydney grows and the late night needs of residents, businesses and visitors expand, we’re making sure Sydney is better able to function 24 hours a day. Find out more about ourlate night services.
It’s a good idea to use our Trip Planner tool to see how these changes might affect your trip home. You can also download our handy travel apps – they’ll provide real-time information direct to your smartphone.