Guide to pubs/bars in Darlinghurst

June 20, 2014

This month, the team at Furnished Property decided to set out and discover the best pubs and bars in the Surry Hills/Darlinghurst area. We made it our mission to visit every bar, pub and drinking hole we could find and make a list of our top 5 – this turned out to be Mission Impossible as there are so many different venues to see. Nonetheless, here are our top suggestions for your Friday night rendezvous:

Hello Sailor:
Boasting funky décor and a cocktail list to boot, this cool little ship can be easily overlooked if you are caught in the traffic of busy Oxford Street. Treat yourself to some tasty seafood dishes before heading downstairs to the bar where you will be delighted by the nautical themed cocktails (Banana Colada a definite winner). The bar staff are all young, fun and friendly and will make you feel right at home. For more information visit: www.hellosailor.com.au

The Winery:
If you are a serious Sauvignon drinker, The Winery on Crown Street should be your first pit-stop this weekend. With a classy, old school saloon vibe, this venue has an extensive wine list that will impress even the most knowledgeable of wine connoisseurs. Be sure to head there early as this is a Crown Street hot spot and tables fill up quickly: visit www.thewinerysurryhills.com.au

Shady Pines Saloon:
Be transported to the Wild Wild West in this hidden gem just off Crown Street. Rusty pianos, mahogany furniture, taxidermies and live music give this venue a distinctly cool and underground vibe. Their signature drink (whisky and freshly squeezed apple juice) will truly knock your socks off. Be sure to head down before 7pm on a Friday to avoid lining up – look for the random group of people entering/exiting a door on Foley St (just off Crown Street). www.shadypinessaloon.com

Absinthesalon:
From the outside this little establishment almost appears to be a 16th Century science lab, but peer in the windows and you will see a community of people brewing a curious green liquid at small tables. Kick start your night with a little bit of magic in this quaint dungeon (don’t be discouraged if the door won’t open, you need to knock 3 times to get in). www.absinthesalon.com.au

Pocket Bar:
Dim lighting, overstuffed arm chairs and understated elegance would best describe Burton Street’s Pocket Bar. From crepes to cocktails this suave spot has it all. They may not be cheap but it is advisable to at least try one cocktail (‘take off your clothes’ a definite winner amongst our team). Head to www.pocketsydney.com.au for more information.

 

So there you have it, our pick of the pack in Surry Hills and Darlinghurst!

Enjoy your weekend and drink responsibly,

The Team at Furnished Property

Top tips for Mardi Gras 2014

February 28, 2014

If you happen to be in Sydney this weekend, make sure you stop by the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Now in its 36th year, the parade is one of the biggest events for the LGBT community, with around 10,000 glittered individuals parading down Oxford Street each year. So be sure to wave your rainbow flags as we all scream our lungs out to Kylie!

The Parade

The Parade is this Saturday, 1st March and is completely FREE. The parade kicks off at 7:45pm from Whitlam Street, continues up Oxford Street and Flinders Street and ends at Moore Park. If you’re not lucky enough to be on a float or at The Flinders Seat, the best place to see the parade and soak up all the atmosphere is on Oxford Street.

Transport

Public transport is the best way to get into the city, as there will be numerous road closures and clear ways along Oxford Street, Flinders Street, College Street and Liverpool Street.

If you’re travelling by train, the closest stations to Oxford Street are St James, Town Hall and Central as Museum Station will be closed from 17:00 until 04:00 the following day.

If you are travelling by bus, there will be additional bus services operating until 03:00 the following day. Make sure you check if any of the road closures or clear ways affect your bus route.

Read here for further information about getting there and getting home. 

Top Bars

Oxford Street is surrounded by tonnes of fantastic bars and nightclubs! Whether you’re after a pre-Mardi Gras cocktail or a post-Mardi Gras rave, there is sure to be something for you here:

The Pocket Bar – Burton Street, Darlinghurst

If you’re after a more chilled atmosphere before the action starts, be sure to drop by this lovely small bar. They make wonderful cocktails and they’re only two minutes away from all the action on Oxford Street!

The Beresford Hotel – Bourke Street, Surry Hills

With a classy pub-like atmosphere, lovely courtyard and dance floor upstairs, this will be a crowd favourite during Mardi Gras. This one is a little further away from Oxford Street but is definitely worth checking out.

The Imperial Hotel – Erskineville Road, Erskineville

For something a little bit different that combines Priscilla Queen of the Desert without the crowds of Oxford Street, check out what the inner-west has to offer!

Top Nightclubs

Stonewall – Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

If you’re looking for the ultimate Mardi Gras party, Stonewall is the place to go.  Amongst the action on Oxford Street, this will be sure to fill up during Mardi Gras. Expect drag queens, lots of glitter and Gaga. Tickets range from $20-$30.

Cliff Dive – Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Think tropical wonderland meets underground nightclub. Located on Oxford Street, this hidden gem offers a number of great cocktails and if you get peckish, don’t sweat dumplings are available all night.

For further information, visit the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras website

Top 10 things to do in Sydney

February 4, 2013

If you are looking for one of the hottest holiday destinations on the planet where you can find a mix of the wildest of celebrations and yet the quietest of solitudes and you’re not finding one, NO WORRIES.  Welcome to Sydney!  Also known as Australia’s famous harbor city, this capital city of New South Wales is already touted to be the best in the world.  You might’ve thought, “Hey! Wait! Isn’t New York the best?”  New York may be the top financial city in the world but when it comes to being endowed with a great range of leisure choices (such as arts, culture, food, fashion etc.), temperate climate, a reasonable cost of living as well as high levels of safety, education and healthcare, Sydney comes second to none.  Be it family-friendly fun, a big-city experience or a huge dose of action and adventure, Sydney has plenty of attractions to entertain, surprise and excite people of all ages.  With a population close to 4.3 million, touring Sydney can never be complete without these 10 to-do things a.k.a attractions.

Sydney Opera House

Home to the best in live-performing arts, the Sydney Opera house hosts close to 1600 performances including ballet, theatre, opera, dance, music, comedy, kids shows, talks and much more.  Also known as a World Heritage site, this masterpiece of modern architecture is one of the world’s most creative and busiest performing arts centers in the world.  Be sure to take a tour across this magnificent building, built by the Danish architect, Jorn Utzon in 1973, with extraordinary interiors surrounding some of the most breath-taking theatres and venues.  Come this summer and you will be in for an unforgettable extravaganza of entertainment when the best illusionists and magicians take centre-stage to perform the most spectacular magic show ever witnessed on earth.

Sydney Harbor Bridge

The Sydney Harbor Bridge is possibly Australia’s most photographed landmark (replacing the Sydney Opera house) and is also the world’s largest steel arch bridge.  Spanning a length of 1149 metres and the top of the bridge standing about 134 metres above the harbor, this bridge is a treat to watch from both far and near.  Affectionately called by locals as the ‘Coathanger’, there is also an exhibition of the bridge at the South Eastern Pylon where you get to see a 3600 view of the bridge and also witness the display of how the bridge was built. Make sure you travel by this bridge and do not forget to take a picture as this is one landmark/monument that you cannot miss.

Bondi Beach

Having claimed a spot in the world’s most famous beaches, the ‘Bondi’(or ‘Boondi’ as it is called) beach is more than just a choice of places to spend your holidays.  It’s indeed a choice of lifestyle. Equipped with an exclusive belt of hotels, this beach is also home to sports and recreation activities such as the ‘City to Surf’ run which happens every year in August and also ‘Flickerfest’ which is an international short film festival (that happens every January).  It is also the perfect place to spend Christmas as the entire beach is lit up to embrace you with the spirit of the season.  Truly, a tourists’ paradise.

Manly Beach

Another beach that you cannot miss is the Manly Beach.  The beach got its name from Capt. Arthur Philip who attributed this name to the confidence and manly behavior exhibited by the indigenous people living there.  To reach this, you need to take a ferry from Circular Quay in the harbor and though it is a half-hour ride to the beach, you can meanwhile feast your eyes on the seaside view of the Sydney Opera house and the Harbor Bridge.  Hosting about 30 water and land-based attractions each year and also comprising of shops, night clubs, restaurants and dive bars, this beach has come to be known as Australia’s favorite holiday resort.

Taronga Zoo

Opened in 1916 and located on the shores of Sydney harbor, this zoo is home to over 2500 different animals and is a must-see on your itinerary.  The quickest way to reach the zoo is by public transport.  Officially opened on 7th October 1916, this zoo is managed by the Zoological Parks Board of New South Wales.  With a wide range of attractions such as Zoo Adventures especially for children, you will be amazed by the wide range of native Australian animals and activities that happen within the zoo premises.  Not only is this zoo a total family entertainment destination but it is also actively involved in various schemes that support the longevity of wildlife.  A wholesome life-changing experience indeed.  Book a tour now.

Blue Mountains

Glowing in autumn, cool in winter, colorful in spring and refreshing in summer!  This is what the Blue Mountains can be likened to.  With a postcard-perfect mountain region and a plethora of activities surrounding this wonderful and beautiful place, one can never be left wanting more.  Spend a day in these exotic surroundings, be it cycling, horse-riding, taking guided tours or even relaxing in day-long spas and you will leave with memories of nothing short of having visited paradise.  Truly, the one place you cannot miss.

The Rocks

Having gone through the locations that you ought not to miss, lets now shift to eating destinations.  THE ROCKS.  This is where Sydney began.  This centrally located neighborhood with 19th century warehouses is packed with great restaurants, stylish bars, best shopping outlets and museums.  Its close proximity to Circular quay with views of the iconic Harbor bridge as well as the historic nature of many of its buildings makes it a popular destinations for tourists.

Sydney Aquarium

Having had a glimpse of land, let’s go down to the waters.  The Sydney Aquarium is a public aquarium located in the city of Sydney and contains a large variety of Australian aquatic life.   With more than 6000 individual fish on display and with the entire area being split into as many as 14 newly-themed zones, this aquarium is a must-see destination for tourists and locals alike.  Sharks and stingrays swim above visitors in acrylic glass tunnels and you also witness the most exotic display of the Great Barrier Reef coral environment.  This is just the aquarium in a nutshell.  Do check this out to have a life-transforming underwater experience.

Royal Botanic Gardens

Spread over 30 hectares in the heart of the Sydney City, the Royal Botanic Gardens is home to an outstanding collection of plants from both Australia and overseas.  From rare and threatened plants to the romantic rose garden, this exhibits the diversity and the beauty of nature.  One key feature of the garden is the Cadi Jam Ora – First Encounters, which is a garden that remembers and acknowledges the Cadigal who were the original inhabitants of Sydney City.  Be sure not to miss this flowery extravaganza that will captivate and engulf you in its beauty.

Sydney Tower Eye

Last but by no means the least, the Sydney Tower Eye is more than what meets the eye.  Noted as the highest point of Sydney, this place give you a 360 degree view of the city all the way from the golden beaches to the Blue Mountains.  Once you buy a ticket, you will experience Australia’s first 4D cinema experience which takes you to the fourth dimension with engaging and evocative in-theatre effects including wind, bubbles and fire.  The newly renovated Observation Deck hosts state-of-the-art technology including high-powered binoculars and multi-lingual touch screen panels giving information about every landmark in the city.

With such a wide range of beautiful beaches, iconic buildings, historic landmarks, award-winning restaurants and a unique vibrant culture, visiting Sydney may very well be the best holiday destination you would be looking for.  So, are you still waiting?

Party in Darlinghurst

February 10, 2012

If you’re heading to Sydney during the month of March, you’ll want to make Darlinghurst your destination. Oxford Street will be celebrating nearly non-stop during the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival with parades, street performers and nightclubs all contributing to the action.

The Coca-Cola Billboard at Kings Cross, Sydney
Creative Commons License photo credit: cangaroojack

Plan to get around the suburb by bus as Darlinghurst doesn’t have its own train station. The bus routes will let you get where you’re going quickly, so this is a great budget transport solution.

Going Clubbing at Darlinghurst

From live music by local artists in small venues to the thumping house music of a dance club, there is no shortage of music entertainment in Darlinghurst. Oxford Street is the primary hotspot of entertainment in this Sydney suburb, and the party is ongoing. Check out the Palms Nightclub, Club 77 or Diva’s Cabaret Club for some of the more popular spots.

If you’re into more of a laid-back scene, you may feel more at home at the Gaff or at the Gaslight Inn. There are also plenty of eateries in this section of town; flavors from around the world are found in the local restaurants. You’ll be able to choose from Thai Me Up to Le Petit Creme, and so many different options in between.

Trying to save your wallet and your waistline? Check out Grill’d for super low-fat entrees and sides or the Bean Temple for standard Australian fare. You can also grab a coffee and a roll at Detour Espresso Bar if you’re not looking for a full meal.

Art and Culture at Darlinghurst

Get your fill of art and history in Darlinghurst by visiting one or more of the local museums. The Australian Museum on College Street offers guided Aboriginal tours and natural science exhibits, while the Sydney Jewish Museum displays numerous religious artifacts from Jewish history and culture.

You can also drop by the historic Darlinghurst Gaol, a former prison from the 19th century. While the National Art School has appropriated the grounds for their use, a guided tour here is great for an interesting afternoon excursion. Likewise, the old Darlinghurst Courthouse on Taylor Square is a beautiful piece of architecture. Round out your sightseeing day trip with a stroll past the Horizon, a residential high-rise on Forbes Street.

Daytime walks down both Oxford Street and Victoria Street will take you past tons of shops ranging from pricey to affordable, most of which encourage browsers. Make sure you don’t miss the Blue Spinach for gently used designer clothing and handbags, as the savings over a similar new piece can be extreme in this store.

Lodging at Darlinghurst

You can choose from several different types of accommodations in Darlinghurst, and finding a shared apartment is a breeze with just a little forethought and planning. Check Furnished Property for a list of available places and let them help you find a great place to stay that’s within your preferred area and price range. Many apartments have private baths included in the rooms, as well as an on-site manager for any needs you may have while you’re there.

 

 

Laid Back in Coogee

February 3, 2012

As one of the best, and most noted beach areas in Sydney, Coogee has a lot going for it. Although it’s only half an hour by bus to Sydney’s central business district and the airport, Coogee feels like a world away. A gorgeous expanse of shoreline awaits where you can soak up some sun, go surfing or give snorkeling and scuba diving a go. As the sun’s setting you can enjoy an idyllic long walk on the beach.

Sculpture by the Sea 2005
Creative Commons License photo credit: Fiona Bradley

Diving, Swimming and Sunning at Coogee

Whether you’re just learning or an experienced diver, Pro Dive is Coogee’s hotspot for underwater fun. Snorkeling tours, diving classes and every other water sport you can think of are all in Coogee and this company is a great way to get you exploring the waters at any budget.

If you prefer to keep your head above water, try Wylie’s Baths. Their sea bathes are cordoned off sections of the ocean that have been made into a pool. It’s a great natural alternative to chlorinated pools where you can take time out to swim or sunbathe and enjoy the best view in town.

The Coogee to Lurline Bay Walk nearby is great for a lazy wander down the 3.5 kilometer pathway. To speed up the trek and burn some energy, hire a pair of rollerblades to glide along in. When the weather permits the scenic Wedding Cake Island can be viewed just off the coast.

Shopping and Dining at Coogee

Coogee is a great spot for picking up souvenirs and locally crafted jewelry and trinkets. Restaurants and cafés are everywhere, so you should have no problems finding exactly what you’re looking for, from traditional fish and chips to the Churrasco Brazilian Style BBQ restaurant.

Out of the Blue on Clovelly Road and Moo Gourmet on Coogee Bay Road both have great burgers, and you can find Eastern choices at Taste of Thai, Aseana Food Village and May Kwai Chinese. Make sure to visit the French bakery Sweet Spot Patisserie for some of the best ice cream Sydney has to offer, perfect after a day in the sun.

Along the beach, several grassy areas have public access BBQs and tables, perfect for a picnic dinner that caters to all budgets! Spread a blanket out under a tree and watch the clouds go by as you enjoy your own culinary creations.

Apartments and Beach Houses at Coogee

Students and vacationers will love their stay at Coogee Beach in Sydney, especially with a fully furnished apartment or beach house. Whether you’re traveling with one friend or with several, Furnished Property has the rentals you’re looking for. Modern facilities with appliances make your kitchen and lounge just like home, and you will have plenty of privacy for yourself in a spacious bedroom, as well.

If you’d prefer to meet new people or are traveling alone, you may want to check into shared housing options. Your private twin room will have its own flat screen television with DVD player, and shared laundry and kitchen facilities are on site.

 
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