While the rise of Pokemon GO has seen some Sydneysiders do some outrageous things over the past few weeks (e.g. going outside), it has become a somewhat de facto meeting platform for people with similar interests (i.e. pokemon). For those of you who are just analogue people living in a digital world, we’ve got a few venues where you can meet real people who aren’t trying to catch that Snorlax over there.
The Beresford Hotel (Surry Hills)
This art deco pub has had a serious makeover in recent years. It’s got everything from feature wall terrariums to wood fire pizzas to a genuinely good DF on the upper level. It’s the kind of vibe where you feel as equally comfortable having a boogie with your closest gal pals as you would stretching over a denim-clad stranger for the Pimms jug on a Sunday afternoon.
Cargo Bar (Darling Harbour)
Although Cargo Bar has a pretty intense reputation post-midnight, it’s actually the perfect place to have some easily flowing conversations over a few $5 happy hour bevs to get an enjoyable buzz on. If you’re feeling like sticking around, the DJs do spin some red-hot tracks. Either way, it’s the best place in the harbour for some sunset sundowners.
Soda Factory (Surry Hills)
This place is where ‘Surry Hills Cool’ meets ‘Oxford Street Fun’. It’s large, which means that its perfect for some low-pressure mingling. It’s got a pretty eclectic aesthetic of 1950s diner crossed with retro industrial chic, which is perfect for conversation starters. But as the night wears on, Soda Factory is the place to be for some fun-loving dance times with people who aren’t total creeps.
This warehouse-style bar hidden in Chippendale is fun, open, and intimate. It’s like the perfect combination of sexy and cute (ref Crazy, Stupid Love), with enough going on to make a first date not awkward, but also some spaces where you could have a solid group session without getting claustrophobic. What’s more, if you get there on the right night, they have some of the best themed parties going on in Sydney (where talking Destiny’s Child tributes people!)
Newtown Hotel (Newtown)
This pub epitomises what it means to be a Newtowner: from the local street art draping the walls, to the mid-week indie flick screenings, to a cantina-style beer garden, to the social AF bar staff with stories to tell. While many bars in Newtown bring out the brooding mysterious figures, Newtown Hotel attracts the louder, more fun-loving characters who still enjoy the ability actually hear each other. Whether you come alone or with a crew, Newtown Hotel will always make your night better.
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