Bars and restaurants in Darlinghurst

A vibrant inner-city neighbourhood, Darlinghurst's talented chefs and creative mixologists will delight your senses. Diverse cultures influence innovative menus, and inviting small bars mix traditional and novel cocktails. Enjoy an early dinner before seeing a show at the Eternity Playhouse or the SWB Stables Theatre. After the performance, visit a small bar or a beautifully restored pub.

  • Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade 2015, Darlinghurst
  • Oxford Art Factory bar, Darlinghurst

About Darlinghurst

Rich in history, Darlinghurst is bustling with restaurants, cafes, bars, boutiques and galleries. Oxford Street, which begins near the southern end of beautiful Hyde Park in the city centre, is where the glittering parade of Sydney's world-famous Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is held each March.

Along Oxford and nearby Crown, Burton and Liverpool streets are trendy boutiques, cafes, bars and restaurants. Just off Oxford Street, on Burton, is Pocket Bar, a friendly loungeroom-like small bar.

For classic and vintage clothing, visit Route 66, which has been operating on Crown Street since 1988. At night Darlinghurst is alive with clubs, pubs, theatres, small bars and gay bars.

Love, Tilly Devine, Darlinghurst

The award-winning bar Eau De Vie, in the Kirketon Hotel near Kings Cross station, mixes great cocktails. Another mainstay is Love, Tilly Devine in Crown Street, named after the notorious 1920s Sydney crime boss.

For thought-provoking plays, reserve your seats for performances by the Darlinghurst Theatre Co. at the heritage-listed Eternity Playhouse, in Burton Street, and by the Griffin Theatre Co. at the historic SBW Stables Theatre, in Nimrod Street.

For cabaret, try the amazing and alluring Slide in Oxford Street. Other attractions in Darlinghurst include commercial galleries such as Watters and the Artery and the Sydney Jewish Museum, which offers free guided tours. You can wander around Darlinghurst Gaol, which now houses the National Art School. It was built using convict labour in the 1800s.

To get to Darlinghurst, walk from the city centre through Hyde Park to Oxford Street and its trendy stores such as Above the Clouds. Buses also depart the city centre for Sydney’s east, via Oxford Street and William streets. Or take a train from Town Hall or Martin Place to Kings Cross.

  • Food Society, Darlinghurst

    Food and Wine

    Darlinghurst is full of a bustling range of restaurants, from the Italian trattorias of Stanley Street, such as Trovata, to the hidden eateries at venues such as Alma Bar and Kitchen. Enjoy a delicious cocktail created by a mixologist at Eau-de-Vie, or relax with a glass in hand at one of Darlinghurst's longtime favourites, such as The Darlo Bar.

  • Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade, Oxford Street

    Arts and Culture

    Enjoy the party vibe of the annual Sydney Mardi Gras Parade as floats make their way along Oxford Street. Discover local and international talent at one of Darlinghurst's art galleries and catch a gig at one of the precincts performance venues. Visit the historic Darlinghurst Gaol or learn about Jewish history at the Sydney Jewish Museum.

  • Clothfabric, Darlinghurst

    Fashion and Shopping

    Eclectic boutiques, quirky gift stores, obscure retro finds.  Head to Oxford Street to peruse the eclectic wares of high-end brands, from premium labels at Above the Clouds, to the grungy labels at stores such as Route66. You'll find everything from handcrafted homewares to hard-to-find collectables in Darlinghurst.


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