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Art Gallery of NSW
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Enmore Theatre
Eugene Goossens Hall at ABC Centre
Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Keystone Festival Bar
Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre
Old King's School Site
Parramatta CBD
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SBW Stables Theatre
Seymour Centre
State Theatre
Sutherland Entertainment Centre
Sydney CBD
Sydney Harbour
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay
Sydney Town Hall
The Concourse Chatswood
The Domain
The Famous Spiegeltent, Honda Festival Garden
The Idolize Spiegeltent
The Jagermeister Hunting Lodge, Honda Festival Garden
Tin Sheds Gallery
University Art Gallery
Wharf 1 and 2, Sydney Theatre Company
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Big Night Out Bar Program

New for 2012, you can now enjoy a Sydney Festival cocktail for $15 at a selection of Sydney's coolest small bars and all Keystone venues.

Reap your Big Night Out Rewards

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3 Lime Street, Sydney
02 9299 4660


Head to the harbour and grab yourself a hut. Drink and chill by the boats, eat from the island or the ocean and boogie with the bongos. Bungalow 8, Sydney's beach bar oasis with a city skyline.

Sydney Festival Cocktail: 
‘The Festival' - Absolut vodka shaken with vanilla and pomegranate, balanced with lemon and freshened mint. Fizzed with ginger beer. Tall, bold with a kick.

Special conditions:
Show your Sydney Festival ticket and receive a complimentary festival cocktail.
Limit one per person

Read the Time Out Sydney review


 

13b Burton Street, Darlinghurst
02 9356 8718

Polished dark sexy European influenced space with the focus for pleasing the discerning drinkers.

Sydney Festival Cocktail: 
The 13B Martini: Our signature mixture of freshly muddled watermelon and kaffir lime leaves, shaken with a large measure of sauza hornitos, pomme verte, fresh apple juice and a squeeze of lime, garnished with a kaffir lime leaf.


 

17-19 Alberta St, Sydney
02 9264 6133

Secluded down a laneway, Berta has its roots in Italian cooking. Sibling to Surry Hills restaurant, Vini. The menu is seasonal and designed to share, accompanied by a comprehensive Italian wine list. Four-course sagra dinner every Wednesday.


Sydney Festival Cocktail:
Montenegro Frizzante (aperitivo) - Montenegro mixed with citrus and white pepper, served on ice for pre-dinner aperitivo.
Housemade Limoncello (digestivo) - Berta's house-made limoncello served onto lemon sorbet. Limoncello is a traditional Italian post-dinner digestivo.

Read the Time Out Sydney review


 

52-60 The Promenade, Kings Street Wharf
02 9262 1777

Cargo Bar plays host to a picturesque waterfront retreat on Sydney's Harbour. The sun-drenched beer garden boasts a fabulous space perfect for lunch, dinner or catching up with friends. Relax and enjoy into the evening as an international party unfolds and the good times begin.

Sydney Festival Cocktail: 
‘The Festival' - Absolut vodka shaken with vanilla and pomegranate, balanced with lemon and freshened mint. Fizzed with ginger beer. Tall, bold with a kick.

Special conditions: 
Show your Sydney Festival ticket and receive a complimentary festival cocktail.
Limit one per person.

Read the Time Out Sydney review


 


 

153a King Street, Newtown
0422 873 879

It might be a tight squeeze, but the welcome, the tipples, the nibbles and the ambiance are irresistible. Mezze food sits perfectly with the classic cocktails, wines and boutique beers. Search out your nook and relax with soulful jazz and live music.

Sydney Festival Cocktail:
East 8 Hold Up - It's a fresh cocktail with a bit of bite. A mix of vodka, aperol, fresh fruits and lime juice. The history of this cocktail is far too lewd to write about, something about relieving ones self in a laneway?

Read the Time Out Sydney review


 


 

32 Burton Street, Darlinghurst
02 9358 1487

DOWNTOWN is a classics bar, taking you back to the roots of good music and liquor. We offer incredible drinks in an intimate setting, accessible and friendly staff, and the opportunity to learn more about music, your friends and good ol' drink.


Sydney Festival Cocktail:
The Commons Cocktail - 50ml Hennessy VS, 15ml Bress late harvest gewürztraminer, Drop of bitters, Stir, strain into a coupette and serve with a twist of lemon

Special Conditions:
"Check in to TheCommons for a matching snack with your Sydney Festival Cocktail"


 

2 Elizabeth Bay Rd, Elizabeth Bay
02 9357 5333

Gazebo Wine Garden, the enchanted oasis in the midst of madness- Where the food is cheeky, the people are playful and the wine list is legendary. The Garden you'll gladly find yourself lost in.

Sydney Festival Cocktail:
‘The Festival': Absolut vodka shaken with vanilla and pomegranate, balanced with lemon and freshened mint. Fizzed with ginger beer. Tall, bold with a kick.

Special conditions:
Show your Sydney Festival ticket and receive a complimentary festival cocktail.
Limit one per person.


 

Basement, 275 Clarence Street, Sydney
02 9264 3004

Retro-sexual haven of cosmopolitan kitsch and faded granny glamour.

Sydney Festival Cocktail:
The Ginger Ninja
- Grandma's own aged rum laced with morello cherries and vanilla gently lengthened with red wine, fresh orange juice, rosso vernouth and orange bitters. Exhilarating, spiced and bitter...just like Grandma!

Read the Time Out Sydney review


 


 

156 Enmore Road, Enmore
02 8021 8451

With its 50's retro chic decor, cool classic and signature cocktail list, Green Room Lounge has fast become Enmore's favourite nightspot.



Sydney Festival Cocktail:
Agent 99 - 
A delicious blend of rhubarb and lemon sorbet, Sailor Jerry Rum, Licor 43, and topped off with freshly squeezed pear juice, don't mistake this good looking cocktail for being sweet and innocent - it packs a punch!

Read the Time Out Sydney review


 


 

185 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst
02 8084 6379

Hinky Dinks in Darlinghurst is a single fronted room featuring a tiny carpeted lounge and compact diner-style seating along one wall. Designed by Luchetti Krelle, the retro-feeling space invites patrons to gather in small groups for good times and great drinks.

Sydney Festival Cocktail:
Hurricane Hinky -
It's a hinky twist on a classic 50's tiki summer drink. Rum based, fresh citrus with a fun garnish.


 

Festival Garden, Hyde Park North, Corner College and Park Streets, Sydney Festival

In a nod to its heritage the Jägermeitser Hunting Lodge is made entirely of logs, complete with a wooden deck, timber floor, stone fireplace and 12 metre long bar, the Hunting Lodge gives music fans a unique opportunity to kick back in the cosy lounge, enjoy a few drinks and catch some first-class live music.


Sydney Festival Cocktail:
Jager Infusion -
Jägermeister with Cointreau, Lena banana, fresh orange juice, a double dash of bitters and zesty garnish.


 

127 King Street, Newtown
02 9557 7008

With an always-changing menu, an array of taste stimulating cocktails and carefully curated wines and beers list, Jester Seeds is a place where you can talk, socialise and enjoy the offerings while absorbing the atmospheres of the front bar, rear or the outdoor seating areas.

Sydney Festival Cocktail: 
Out of the Blue - Shaken absinthe with mixtures of orange liqueurs, lemon, egg white and a dash of sugar syrup. Served in an Old-Fashioned glass, garnish with orange and lemon twists.

Read the Time Out Sydney review


Hyde Park Barracks, Cnr Macquarie Street and Prince Albert Road, Sydney

Framed by the timeless façade of the Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Keystone Festival Bar brings you 14 fabulous nights of music, with an eclectic line-up of the hottest live bands and DJs. Keystone Festival Bar continues late into the night with free entry from 11.30pm.


Sydney Festival Cocktail:
‘The Festival' -
Absolut vodka shaken with vanilla and pomegranate, balanced with lemon and freshened mint. Fizzed with ginger beer. Tall, bold with a kick.


 

33-37 Darlinghurst Rd, Kings Cross
02 9368 7333

It's all about the beats and the shenanigans, all night, every night. Stroll up the famous stairwell and dive into the intimate world of Kit & Kaboodle where you can have it all. Enjoy personalized service spanning of two levels of Kitsch design and late-night parties.


Sydney Festival Cocktail:
‘The Festival' - Absolut vodka shaken with vanilla and pomegranate, balanced with lemon and freshened mint. Fizzed with ginger beer. Tall, bold with a kick.


Special Conditions:
Show your Sydney Festival ticket and receive a complimentary festival cocktail.
Limit one per person.


 

8-13 South Steyne, Manly
02 8966 9000

Where it is chic to sip vino with sandy feet. Manly Wine definitely isn't your typical local beach bar, it sparkles with over 70 wines by the glass, an eclectic and theatrical menu and view of one of Sydney's most beautiful beaches, this place is a knock out!

Sydney Festival Cocktail:
‘The Festival' - Absolut vodka shaken with vanilla and pomegranate, balanced with lemon and freshened mint. Fizzed with ginger beer. Tall, bold with a kick.

Special Conditions
Show your Sydney Festival ticket and receive a complimentary festival cocktail.
Limit one per person.

Read the Time Out Sydney review


 

97 Crown Street, Darlinghurst
02 9357 5060

The Owl House Restaurant and Cocktail Bar. Pre Theatre or post Theatre, Enjoy a flavour sensation Dinner, relax with a well-crafted, Cocktail or kick back with a superb glass of Wine and some International Cheese.

Sydney Festival Cocktail:
Cinnamon Fairy - Pernod Absinth, Havana Club anejo Rum, Grand Marnier and Granny Smith Apple Puree. Cinnamon and Nutmeg.

Read the Time Out Sydney review


 


 

231a Victoria St, Darlinghurst
02 9358 6116

Amidst a sea of pubs, clubs and swanked up bars exists a glaring void for those seeking an element of intimacy and seclusion in their exploits after dark. Introducing The Passage Bar - an unprecedented and considered alternative to Sydney's drinking culture.

Sydney Festival Cocktail:
The Passage Martini - 42 Below vodka is shaken with Aperol, peach liqueur, passionfruit, fresh apple and pineapple juice.

Read the Time Out Sydney review


 


 

338 Kent Street, Sydney
02 9262 4986

Serving a classy selection of cocktails, wines, and tasty treats in their art deco inspired bar, and heritage listed carriageway and courtyard.

Sydney Festival Cocktail:
How Do You Like Them Apples? - A refreshing mix of Mickey Finns Apple Schnapps, strawberry liqueur and white rum, blended with pink lady apples and fresh strawberries.


 

33-37 Darlinghurst Road
02 9368 7333

Nestled in the heart of the Cross, this Sydney pub packs a punch with the locals. Pop by and make yourself comfortable, there will be entertainment! Open 7 days a week until 4 am.


Sydney Festival Cocktail:
‘The Festival' -
Absolut vodka shaken with vanilla and pomegranate, balanced with lemon and freshened mint. Fizzed with ginger beer. Tall, bold with a kick.


Special Conditions:
Show your Sydney Festival ticket and receive a complimentary festival cocktail.
Limit one per person.

Read the Time Out Sydney review


 

3 Lime Street, Sydney
02 9299 4770

Inspired by a Moorish Kasbah and evoking the glamorous ambiance of a bygone era, the loft, with their expert mixologists, is the perfect setting for a discrete tête-à-tête a casual catch up with colleagues or a late night of revelry and wicked extravagance.


Sydney Festival Cocktail:
‘The Festival' - Absolut vodka shaken with vanilla and pomegranate, balanced with lemon and freshened mint. Fizzed with ginger beer. Tall, bold with a kick.

Special Conditions:
Show your Sydney Festival ticket and receive a complimentary festival cocktail.
Limit one per person.



Read the Time Out Sydney review


 

285A Crown Street, Surry Hills
02 93310833

Staying true to what has become its signature look with an extensive wine list, playful menu and Sydney's only wine Laneway. With shrines to Elvis and Aviaries of the 80's its clear The Winery isn't taking all this too seriously and really is a place to play.

Sydney Festival Cocktail: 
‘The Festival' - Absolut vodka shaken with vanilla and pomegranate, balanced with lemon and freshened mint. Fizzed with ginger beer. Tall, bold with a kick.

Special conditions:
Show your Sydney Festival ticket and receive a complimentary festival cocktail. 
Limit one per person.

Read the Time Out Sydney review


 

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