Sometimes gritty, sometimes sleek, never boring and always awake, the inner city enclave of Darlinghurst is a fine place to spend 24 consecutive hours. It�s also the hub of Sydney�s large gay community, and especially interesting around Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras time and long weekends when people pour out of dance parties and onto Oxford Street for �recovery� activities.
Ease your way into the evening with cocktail or fine ale on the ground floor of the stylish Burdekin Hotel. It�s a good place to people-watch as there are often alternative events and parties on the floors upstairs. East Village in Palmer Street offers sweeping city views, ottoman lounges and comes alive with a variety of weekly events including live music, theatre, comedy and dance classes. The Dolphin or Clock Hotels on Crown Street offer sensational pub dining or a spot of pool as does the Green Park Hotel on Victoria Street.
For a big-crowd buzz, try Kinselas on Bourke Street. This former funeral parlour has a different personality on each of its floors, but the party crowd action happens mostly at Middlebar. The Colombian offers South American jungle d�cor and a noisy up-beat clientele � especially on Saturday and Sunday nights.
And if clubbing is your thing, you�re in the right part of town. To find some dance action, simply walk along Oxford Street and look for the queues anytime from 10pm. There are new places opening all the time, Slide is the latest addition, and it will take you from dinner to dancing with plenty of entertainment along the way! Enjoy the longtime favourites like DCM. Just off Oxford Street is the popular Arq. It�s a multi-level space where you can watch the action on the main floor from the upstairs balcony, then descend into the sweating shirtless crowd for hours of dance bliss.
Oxford Street, Palmer Street, Crown Street
Sydney, New South Wales, 2010
Public Telephone, Public Toilet, Restaurant - Licensed
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