Having spent the last few years living abroad I now wish to rediscover my home city of Sydney to keep that 'travelling feeling' and share my findings with those that might want a bit of inspiration.
Published December 22nd 2012
Where to do something different in Sydney
If you feel like you're always going to the same places, doing the same things and sometimes things just feel all a bit too like a routine, it's time to get up, get out and switch it up!
Here us a small list of some of the Sydney-scene's offerings to help you get your imagination rolling;
If you fancy contacting your inner artist – head to the Friend In Hand pub in Glebe for a spot of Life Drawing. For only a $10 donation you will not only get to meet other like-minded individuals but also get the opportunity to stare at someone without clothes on without feeling like a pervert.
Rooftop movies at the Beresford Hotel are a summertime favourite for those who are in the know. Head to Surry Hills, grab yourself some chilled vino and make for the roof to enjoy an evening of free cinema under the stars with old favourites, including Jaws and Fame.
If you fancy staying on the north side of the bridge and enjoy a good chuckle, head on down to the Manly Boatshed. For a measly $8, you can laugh away any remnants of Monday - it is with their stellar line-up of weekly comedians from 8.30pm.
With summer here and all the ladies looking for lean long legs – head to Establishment on George Street for free salsa lessons from 8pm – a fun way to work out whilst learning how to impress on the dance floor.
If you're in the mood for some brain-games head to the Crows Nest Hotel for their weekly trivia night. This old-school local will see you mixing with a wide range of age-groups whilst you battle it out against the other patrons.
Want to brush up on your blagging skills? Soho Bar in Kings Cross has weekly poker nights starting from 7pm. Buy in is $10, however the chips are free – an inexpensive way to brush up on your skills before hitting the Star on the weekend!
Most of you may have been to see the horses or the dogs, but have you been to see the crabs?
Friend in Hand pub in Glebe holds their iconic crab racing nights on Wednesdays. An Australian institution; get on down there for this traditional form of entertainment which is enough to make anyone feel like they're on a mid-week holiday. Hula-hooping, crowd spraying and the crabs abound so make sure you leave your liquid eye-liner at home.
Wet t-shirt competitions, party games, buckets and backpackers tickling your fancy? If you feel like a wild night of debauchery head to Scary Canary (Base Backpackers bar on Kent Street) throughout summer to get down and dirty with those who don't have to head off to an office tomorrow.
A new revival of the Sydney art scene has led to art creation becoming entertainment in its own right. Name this Bar (197 Oxford Street) a relative newcomer on the small bar scene is the host of Art Battles. Every Thursday until January 17th 2013, four artists will battle each other to complete canvassed works in 100 minutes in front of a live crowd who will help judge the weekly winner. The battle commences at 8.30pm, so be sure to arrive a little early to get a prime position.
For art with a different location, the Museum of Contemporary Art at the Rocks (free entry) has extended its trading hours on Thursday nights, staying open until 9pm, allowing those stuck in the office until late to still get their fix.
If you're feeling a little naughty by the time Friday arrives; my tip would be to head to Dome Bar. The home of Friday Burlesque - you will be titillated, intoxicated and may learn a few moves to bring home! $25 from 7.30pm-10.30pm.
For those that are seeking thrills and spills, Luna Park (Milsons Point) has extended their hours through summer and added a discount on Fridays to boot. The Friday night lunacy pass ($44.95 each for adults) is now 2-4-1 after 6pm with unlimited rides until close.
Fancy dining al-fresco? The North Sydney Night Noodle Markets are back at Civic Park (Miller Street North Sydney next to the Stanton Library). International food stands and entertainment between 5.30pm and 9.30pm will ensure there's something to entice both the young and older members of the family.