Out & About, Sydney

Delish & Cheap Eats In Sydney Before Or After A Gig

Granted, your version of a night out may be different than the one painted in this video. But if you happen to think supporting Sydney’s live music is great, why not extend the love to some of the best restaurants and bars that are close by.

Oxford Street

Whether you’re are going to the Oxford Art Factory or The Beresford Hotel be sure to hit up Mad Pizza é Bar for a bite. Never in your life will you see such an array of pizza combinations; the options feel near endless. Tie that in with a Columbian-styled bar and you have a great spot to fuel yourself before a big night.

If it is somewhere to replenish your fluids after dancing for hours, Big Poppa will have you sorted. With a brilliant combination of drinks, cheese and hip-hop, you may find yourself there for hours. Though the upstairs serves as a restaurant, my suggestion is to delve downstairs into the bigger bar where you can brisk through their selection of cheeses to compliment your beverage of choice.


Before strolling down to the Enmore Theatre be sure to take your crew to Courthouse Hotel (or Courty as locals know it) where the low key vibe and chilled atmosphere is peak Newtown.

Even though it is situated in an area known for its vibrancy, The Courthouse serves as a relaxed refuge where one can drink, socialise and be merry.

If you’re keen on a filling meal at a reasonable price (who isn’t in this economy!) then stroll on down to Bangkok Bites. When you enter you’ll find a warm blend of contemporary design with asian influences to give an authentic feel. Be warned, a single dish can easily feed two people so be prepared to eat to your heart’s content. And to act as an added bonus, Bangkok Bites is BYO if you feel inclined to bring something from home.

Sydney CBD

The Barber Shop is a hidden gem that you can easily walk by, not knowing the goodness held within. The front of the venue serves as a hairdressers but beyond the large metal door you will find something that resembles a cigar lounge (without the haze of smoke). Priding themselves of class and presentation, the bartenders will guide you through their innumerable selection of beverages and cocktails. Be sure to add a bit of class to your night regardless of the gig you’re attending.

Salaryman is a stone’s throw away from Central station and will lure you in with it’s strong Japanese inspired menu. With a open kitchen pouring out flavoursome aromas, if you weren’t craving food by the time you entered the door, you will after smelling the food. The charcoal seafood draws from the best seasonal ingredients to serve as a great companion to a nice glass of enriched Japanese whisky.

These are only a handful of the rich diversity of bars and restaurants within Sydney. When you’re heading out to a gig, be sure to support the local businesses around it too.

(Source: Urban Walkabout,

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