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1. Posted by Vorks (Budding Member 49 posts) 10y

Hi all,

I'm going to be in sydney/melbourne for work in the first week of july. I'm kinda of going to be free only at night and during weekends.

Any suggestions on what are the MUST SEE which can be done at night?

Thanks!

2. Posted by Peter (Admin 5807 posts) 10y

There's a lot of good bars in Melbourne and arguably one of the best features of Melbourne is the quality/diversity of the restaurants around town. There might be a night AFL match on while you're here. That could be worth going to.

3. Posted by ujkle (Budding Member 42 posts) 10y

Bugger! I was going to suggest the Sydney Film Fesival, but it ends in late June.

If you feel like seeing a gig, the Metro Theatre has a bit on and is quite a nice venue. Alternatively, a number of pubs will be doing world cup stuff then, so if soccer/football is your game then it might be worth a look. For example: this is on program.

Or you could see some Breakdancing. Who doesn't love breakdancing?

Apart from that, what Peter said really - bars, restaurants etc (try King St Newtown, Norton St Leichardt or Crown St Surry Hill, or Oxford St Paddington for a decent restaurant strip in Sydney). The Night Markets in Chinatown (friday nights) might still be on as well. The new Opera House progam is coming out soon as well, I asked my flatmate who works there and she thought it was a good one, but she couldn't remember anything specific. ;)

4. Posted by Vorks (Budding Member 49 posts) 10y

thanks so much for the help so far!

cool..the breakdance looks great...seems like a must watch =P
the metro theatre link seems to be down though.

And yeah..i guess i'll probably pop down to a pub to catch world cup. Aussie did well! 3-1!! though nailbiting till the last 10mins.

Any specific restaurant recommendation for good food?

5. Posted by ujkle (Budding Member 42 posts) 10y

Hm. Actually, if you want to combine restaurants and entertainment, both The Basement and the Vanguard do both. The Basement has the advantage of being at Circular Quay, so you could wander around and look at Harbour and so forth. There's also a Dendy Cinema down there if you're looking for entertainment, and a quite nice cocktail bar near the Museum of Contemporary Art that I've completely forgotten the name of. It's right down on the water though. Also: maybe the Summit Restaurant and Orbit Bar, which is great but really expensive.

Personally, the last really good restaurant I went to was a Japanese one on the corner of Pitt St and Hay St in the City (Haymarket, right near the Capitol Theatre - about a block up from George St). I've blanked on the name, unfortunately, but it opens out onto the street and is opposite the park behind Central Station, so it's fairy obvious. They've got an open kitchen so you can stare at the chefs preparing your food. Near there on Hay St there's Capitol Square, which also has a really nice Japanese place and a Korean fusion thing on the ground floor. Last time I was there they had a Passionflower Ice Cream place too, which is nice if that's your thing.

And if you *do* go the breakdancing, the Duke of Edinborough Hotel on Enmore Rd, a block down from the Enmore Theatre, does a really nice Caesar Salad. Also, Three Mangos (Thai Restaurant) across the road from there is meant to be really good.

[ Edit: Edited at Jun 13, 2006 8:20 PM by ujkle ]

6. Posted by Emmalineau (Full Member 94 posts) 10y

Hey -

If you're going to make it down Melbourne way and have some empty evenings, there's some fun things happening first week of July....there's good bands on at both the Corner Hotel in Richmond and the Northcote Social Club if thats your thing. Even awesome contemporary Circus (if seeing a guy get shot out of a cannon or some dominatrix-style ring mistresses sounds good), with Circus Oz playing at Birrarung Marr (kinda next to Fed Square). Both Chocolate Buddah and Taxi at Fed Square do fantastic food, there's also yummy eats at Cookie on Swanston Street (which is a fantastic, slightly kooky bar) and Verge on Spring Street.

7. Posted by Vorks (Budding Member 49 posts) 10y

hello - qns...is this a good time to visit hunter's valley/blue mountain? or will i freeze my butt off?
Have a sunday free now.