WORDS BY JESS HOLTON OF I COULD NEVER BE DEAF
Believe it or not but the Sydney Harbour Bridge isn’t exactly the right landmark to be gazing at if you want to experience the rich culture that Sydney has to offer. Although you may find some killer cocktails and dumplings brought to you by Miss Chu and Opera Bar at the Sydney Opera House, I would like to take you on a journey through time and space- to a killer 24 hours in my hometown of Sydney.
9AM @ BARINDIGO | MORE INFO
As you awake from your slumber looking absolutely stunning you may feel a little rumble in the belly for some seriously amazing breakfast food. If you want to find the best googie eggs in the city, look no further than Indigo in Double Bay. After one particularly boozy session in the dark recesses of Darlinghurst the night before, I ventured out to the beautiful surrounds of Double Bay to this cafe and ordered the Breakfast Bruschetta. I have struggled to dream of anything else since. Generous portions of balsamic coated avocado with crispy bacon and the softest of poached eggs on sourdough bread makes for the breakfast lover’s wet dream. Plus this can be the ultimate time to show your face before you inevitably get off your face (that is, if you follow this guide to the letter).
10:30AM @ THE MARKET | MORE INFO
Make your way around the markets. Glebe markets offer some of the greatest vintage treasures this side of the city and have some of the most obscure Vinyl collections on sale for dirt cheap prices. I personally collected Bruce Springsteen’s entire back catalogue from these markets alone. Not to mention the Surry Hills markets, that take part in offering incredibly outrageous outfits for your dancing pleasure later in the evening. Did I mention Paddington markets? They offer up delicious home squeezed juices and crispy gozleme while you have the opportunity to waltz down Oxford Street all the way to Hyde Park where you can secretly drink from cask wine sacks while sunning yourself. Bliss.
MIDDAY @ THE PASSAGE | MORE INFO
You hungry lover? The Passage in Darlinghurst is one of my favourite places to eat, drink, and listen to Deep House. They even dare to offer a special on Wednesday nights for all you can eat sliders for $20. Their sliders are something I hope to be served if I ever end up on death row, they are that amazing. They will quench your thirst with one of a kind cocktails all the while providing a candlelit atmosphere for your eyes and with House producers spinning for your ears. This is the ultimate getaway from the hustle and bustle of Kings Cross.
2PM @ WATSON’S BAY BEACH CLUB | MORE INFO
If you want a titillating tipple by the sea, join the manicured masses and slink on down to Watson’s Bay Beach Club. The atmosphere is so crisp and white that the nautical theme may have you singing sea shanty songs in a jiffy. They serve bottles of champers from their turquoise outdoor bar while serve share plates inside. The tables are scarce here, especially in summer as it has become one of the must visit places to eat, drink, and be seen with Birkenstocks on. The view is incredible and the tunes serve the venue well, while all the babes flock here to see and be seen.
6PM @ MARY’S | MORE INFO
Are you jonesing for a big old slab of meat? Scurry on over to Newtown to sample what has been called ‘Sydney’s best burger’ at Mary’s Newtown. Tucked away in a side street off King Street is where you will find the dimly lit halls of this burger bun palace. The downstairs bar has all kinds of cocktails and craft beers while upstairs they serve generously sized beef burgers that will leave you wanting more. Personally, I think the best burger I’ve ever had in Sydney was at mexican haunt Barrio Chino (http://barriochino.com.au/) but Mary’s comes a close second. The vibe is cool, dark, and smells of bacon- what more could you want?
9PM @ TATLER PALADAR | MORE INFO
By now you must be stinging for some strobe lights so here is the time to hit up Tatler Paladar in Darlinghurst or to the locals, Tatlers. I have witnessed some of the loosest nights possible in this establishment that smells and looks of rich mahogany. Situated in a historic sandstone basement just outside Kings Cross, this venue has the goods to accelerate your night from a 5 to a 10. They showcase local DJs all the time and the dingy indoors is juxtaposed with a leafy outdoor garden that is garnished with the lights of the high rises surrounding.
MIDNIGHT @ MOTORIK | MORE INFO
If you want to know where the party truly is then look no further than Motorik. They host parties sporadically, but each time their shin digs are the words on everyone in attendance’s lips for eons afterwards. The location of their parties are always top secret until a few days (or hours) beforehand. They usually take place in an abandoned warehouse somewhere in the Inner West. I attended one Motorik at Club 77 who played host to Gessafelstein that night, and I have never been the same since. The crew at Motorik make sure that every punter has a completely unique experience with their nonchalant DJs, kooky following, and no holds barred style of partying. (Pictured at top)
1:30AM TO 10:00AM | MORE INFO
Due to the ridiculous lock out laws that the NSW State Government has passed in the city, you will have to shimmy on down to Spice Cellar before this time. But once you are in there, you will not be leaving til around 10am. This is the ultimate place to finish (or start) your evening of wild debauchery. The deepest of Deep House can be found within these walls as candles pepper the dancefloor and the ultimate local and international DJs spin until all hours of the early morning. Honestly, if you are a visitor or a resident of Sydney and you are into Deep House, then Spice Cellar should be on your bucket list.
So hopefully after indulging in each one of these options you will see Sydney in another light. A light of exceptional poached eggs, Birkenstocks, Deep House, and massive burgers. I guess the Sydney Harbour Bridge is worth checking out too.