In winter, it seems as though Sydney goes into hibernation as compared to summer months when the streets and beaches are thriving.
The weather is definitely getting colder in the early morning and late at night. The sun manages to poke its head out occasionally during the day and when you’re in it, you may as well be in your cossie (aka bathing suit). When it disappears though, make sure you’re well bundled up in your jumper (aka sweater) because the wind can cut through your skin at times.
We all know the Olympics are coming to Sydney in 2000. Even though it seems far away, everyday occurrences remind us that it’s just around the corner. Aussies are getting inundated with scandalous news of bribery, loads of mascot paraphernalia, and ticket sales that have already started this month.
Weekdays are reserved for work and most people count the minutes to Friday night and the weekend. The city is thriving with people in suits and everyone is in a hurry trying to avoid all the construction sites (the city is in full force, preparing for the Olympics).
After work, everyone (and I really mean everyone) goes to the gym and it’s not uncommon to see people with their own fitness trainers. There is a huge emphasis on sports and fitness in Australia, which is something I found amazing. If you can do anything with a ball, you’ll fit in well here.
Weekends are filled with relaxing walks in parks, café hopping, and general catching up with friends or recovering from the night before.
I have to say that this was an eye opener for me. I’ve since emerged myself into the extreme party lifestyle and have had an unforgettable time. Sydney is very well known for their night clubs and party scene. If you’re into house music, there are a number of places to go. And if you don’t even know what house music is (like me when I arrived from a small city in Canada), then you’ll soon figure it out and learn to love it.
There is a new club called “Home” that opened up not too long ago.
It’s a giant place where I’ve had to resort to using a mobile phone in order to find friends.
Easily Sydney’s largest club venue, Home consists of three levels of bars, lounge areas and balconies as well as a mezzanine level. Footbridges link the bar and lounge areas to the open-air balcony supplying amazing views of the harbour. It has a capacity of 2,000 people, with the main dance area holding about 800, with a 10-metre-high ceiling.
This area undergoes a nightly transformation from waterfront anti-pasto bar to nightclub at about 10:30pm. There’s usually a large line-up on Fridays and Saturdays. The charge is $20 unless there’s an event going on. Sunday is “Gay” night and to be honest, it is a lot of fun if they let you in. Gays and Lesbians know how to have a good time here and they have the most energy I’ve ever seen.
Not all of Sydney’s nightlife focuses on the obvious. There are, of course, more subtle areas. Each one of the city’s nightlife districts has its own character.
If you’re young (or young at heart), head for Sydney’s many pubs which host rock and roll and blues music. Sydney’s rock scene is among the most vibrant in the world. The inner city districts of Newtown , Leichhardt, Annandale, Glebe, Chippendale, and the southern end of the Central Business District, are full of pubs with funky music. These districts also have fantastic restaurants and cafes…take you’re pick, you really can’t go wrong.
To find out what’s happening, pick up the free 3D magazine located in news agents and record stores all over the city.
Or you can check out where I work…
Known as one of Sydney’s most exciting hotel venues (although I may have to disagree at times), Slip Inn has earned both national and international recognition and has been the chosen venue for celebrities including Jack Nicholson, Kevin Costner, Samuel L Jackson, Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman and U2. (And it’s true, I saw Tom Cruise in there about 2 months ago!)
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