Most often than not, I find myself sitting at home on a Saturday night wishing I was out doing something that does not include getting drunk. For many people my age, a fun and sober Saturday night does not tend to equal excitement, but it is always those low-key nights out that end up being the most fun. If any of you Sydneysiders find yourself stuck in my dilemma, grab a bunch of your best friends and head on into the city, starting with George Street.
Firstly, you should all head to the Chefs Gallery on the corner of George and Bathurst Street for a nice meal. If you love Chinese food, then this will quickly become your favourite restaurant. With photos of Masterchef on their walls, it is immediately signified that this is a quality place to eat. On your right when you walk in is the kitchen alongside the wall, with a glass barrier which allows you to watch the artistry that goes into making your food. Food, which I should add, is absolutely phenomenal. Very rarely do I find something that beats my grandmother's fried rice, but Chefs Gallery does it better than what I had in China. Each of my friends were incredibly satisfied with their meals. For dessert, there is the unique option of a piggy farm, which while we couldn't afford to purchase at that time, I'm told is absolutely extraordinary. Plus, from the photos shown in the menu, it's worth buying just for the novelty.
Secondly, go to a movie. You have Event cinemas at your disposal, with a very large array of movie snacks if you weren't already full after dinner. There is always bound to be something on, and sometimes it's more about the experience of seeing something with your friends rather than the actual quality of the movie. Even if it's not your cup of tea, at least you can hate it with some of your friends.
Thirdly, go to Galaxy World. Whether you hoard those little photobooth stickers like myself or are just naturally gifted at any of the games (I challenge you all to the car racing), it's a nice way to spend an evening. Hopefully you can all walk away with some token to remember the night with.
If you feel like you've run out of things to do on George Street, then don't stress. It's not a far walk to Darling Harbour, trust me, I've done it various times. Plus, walking off dinner and movie snacks never hurt anyone. Even in the walk you can enjoy the colourful people also spending their night in the vicinity. Once you reach Darling Harbour, you should just wander. Enjoy the picturesque view of all the lights reflecting in the water. If you're still willing to spend money there are various activities at your disposal, such as bowling or laser tag.
So many of my favourite nights have been loosely based around this action plan. Sydney's city is so much fun, especially when you're with the right people. Enjoy!