It's brash, it's bold, and it's beautiful. To many Australians looking in, it may even seem detached from the real world basking in self-righteous glory. Sydney, however, is all that and so much more. Nowhere is it more evident than in its nightlife, particularly in the quality and array of clubs to choose from.
Although there is plenty of partying and dancing to be done in Sydney, choosing the right party for you is essential. After all, you don't want to be stuck in the wrong place at the wrong time, thus perpetuating the city's image as a pretentious know it all.
Gone are the days where a few clubs would cater to most of the party crowd and you would always see the same faces week in, week out. Of course, a faint glimmer of that still exists and people may always have a preference to choose from on a night out. However, the plethora of venues available to spend the night away dancing to the drone of electronic music has made this choice more difficult.
The Civic Underground, which is part of the Civic Hotel, will give a taste for all things House and Progressive, with the likes of Agoria and Pantha Du Prince gracing its decks in the past. It's a boutique club with an Allen & Heath mixer and sound system that will just make you feel like a kid in a candy store. You can experience those childhood memories during your night away here with the smooth sounds of House. Not only that, you can opt to move on to something faster and more electro tinged.
Nothing says wild like King's Cross but if you're a local this place may just have played its last card for you. The crowds are usually mainstream party goers but if you look hard enough (and it's not yet 2am when the lockout happens) you will find yourself at Candy's Apartment.
Candy's Apartment is one of the few places in the district that doesn't require a dress code and you will have all the more fun for it. Its main fare is a line up of electro infused live bands early on, followed by some lively electro, disco, and mash-up beats.
If you felt the hair on the back of your neck stand on end from the Civic Underground's system, it will double its effort to tear out from the relentless beats this unassuming club dishes out. And the crowd isn't hollow like the rest of the Cross might feel.
As all nights go, you may want to close out with a dash of the underground and good natured fun at one of the Mad Racket parties held in Marrickville's industrial heartland at the Marrickville Bowling Club. Catch a taxi from Candy's and you'll be there in 15 minutes.
Yes, it's underground, surrounded by factories, and it's at a lawn bowling club. The crowd is fantastic and the smiles make you live in the moment like they did in 1998. Or perhaps if you're younger then it could be 2008. Overall, it's all about timeless fun around Sydney in one night, with bright memories to wash away the clichés of superstar glam city status.