Some people say the best things in life are free, but we like to say the best things happen after dark. Laugh if you will, but even the brightest days and the most dazzling sunsets lead to that thrill of adventure in the air. You know the one we mean, the one with the “shall we…?” energy. And yes, you will.
We’ve teamed up with Samsung to give culture vultures a taste of the best things to do in Sydney at night. The Samsung Galaxy S22 series and its very impressive night photography features are the perfect companions for exploring the city late at night. This is how memories are created and kept, people. Be sure to keep an eye out for Samsung’s murals when you’re on the go and capture them with its Galaxy S22 series, of course.
Enter new places
There is never a shortage of new openings in Sydney. Small bars with craft cocktails, curbside breweries with weird and wonderful beers, burger joints, ramen haunts, mini-golf… the list goes on. Getting the most out of our city means keeping an eye on the pulse, and that’s where we come in. In October, you just have to go see Pleasures Playhouse, a very London “35 days of parties in an abandoned Chinatown cinema”. ” with art, music and lots of dancing. Then there’s Surry Hills HQ in Sydney, the now official name of the area that’s home to local favorites like the Golden Age Cinema, Soda Factory, Alberto’s and more. Head there for some really exciting events, including the Summer Camp Lobby Residency at the Ace Hotel.
Enter the galleries
Cultural cruising in Sydney at night can take many forms, but visiting the galleries is a win for many reasons. less risk of school trips blocking the way and the option of a wine or two on either side. For midweek wonders, there’s AGNSW Art After Hours every Wednesday, which is also free and offers the chance to enjoy a drink while you browse or join one of the many experiences. On Thursdays you have Powerhouse Late, free as hell and jam-packed with talks, tours, music and more. Finally, you can check out the almost free MCA Late every Friday and get to know some of the best creatives in our city.
See the stars at the Sydney Observatory
There are few things more humbling, romantic and generally awe-inspiring than witnessing the vastness of the universe and the stars above us. The historic Sydney Observatory is the perfect place to do this, especially with its monthly Observatory Late programme. On some nights, you can stargaze or peer through telescopes while listening to live music, sipping wine, and watching the world (and galaxy) go by.
Embrace your inner child at Luna Park
Some people say “dance like nobody’s watching,” but we prefer the saying “eat your dental floss and ride the bumper cars like a line of impatient kids aren’t waiting.” What you can do at Luna Park Sydney, as they are open late Friday to Sunday for all the nostalgic entertainment. Of course, no visit is complete without a ride on the Big Dipper, and daredevils will go crazy for the spinning Sledgehammer (photos or it didn’t happen). But, hey, if you’re happy to catch a corn dog, throw balls into a clown’s mouth, and then loop around good ol’ Freaky Frogs, that’s cool too.
Be spoiled for choice at the Entertainment District
Again, who said kids have all the fun? Not us, and not the lords of Sydney’s entertainment district, where the fun only begins when the sun goes down. Want some action? Get stuck in Hyper Karting and show your friends who really rules the road. Or try your luck at the neon-lit arcade at B. Lucky & Sons. Want more? Flex your glittery toes at Strike Bowling (you can put on the bumpers if you need them, it’s cool) or enjoy the antics on stage at the Comedy Store.
Ready to embrace Sydney’s nightlife adventures? You can capture your memories after dark with Samsung’s Galaxy S22 series. Its nightography feature takes killer shots and videos in low light. To find out more, visit here.
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