Restaurants, bars, shops and events in Darlinghurst
The razors have been blunted in Sydney’s former centre of sex, drugs and crime. Now, lanes where you once dared not walk are home to bars you’d kill to get into – shady little places at the forefront of the city’s small bar movement like Pocket and the hidden-if-not-very-small Shady Pines. And there’s always old favourites like the Darlo.
Food in the blocks between Oxford Street and the Cross has also picked up – Victoria Street is choc-a-block with great eats and home to Sydney’s best ice cream shop in Messina – and you’ll find one of Sydney’s thinnest, most perfectly crispy pizza pies at the more hidden Lucio.
Oxford Street has lifted its game big time in the last decade, from thumping new age gay bars like Nevermind to hipster gig venue of choice, Oxford Art Factory. Darlo is still the place to get royally trashed in this city – and it can be as shady as it ever was. The difference now is, you can do it with a bit of style.