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Looking for an idiosyncratic evening's entertainment? We trawled Sydney's darkest corners and sweetest bars to find the ten most quirky nights out

Quizzle Schizzle


How many Englishmen die from watering their Xmas trees each year? If you're aching to yell the answer, then you'll most likely want to play the Food or Dood segment of this trivia night too. Bring your smart friends and take the edge off with one of the small club's punch jugs.

Tamarama Rock Surfers Theatre Company


The Old Fitz, Time Out's favourite Sydney pub, started a very dear friendship with the Tamarama Rock Surfers back in 1997. Work by notable Australian playwrights Brendan Cowell, Toby Schmitz, Sue Smith and Suzie Miller has been produced out of the 58-seat downstairs space, which hosts 12 independent shows every year. Sink a few beers on the upstairs balcony and then head downstairs for a taste of some of Sydney's best fringe theatre.

Future Sound of Yoga


Practice yoga to a live DJ set! At two hours long, Future Sound of Yoga is a serious workout that spans flexibility, strength and cardio work. But more than that, it is both relaxing and exhilarating, and a much more wholesome and natural high than the options offered in Sydney's nightclubs at 3am on Sunday morning.

Dr Sketchy's


Cabaret meets life drawing at Dr Sketchy's fortnightly gatherings. Enjoy a drink and some live entertainment as you sketch the lines of glamorous burlesque models. The "anti-art school" is fast becoming an institution and at the very least it's a good excuse to sip 'n' stare.



This Hare Krishna-run house is a safe haven from the evening antics of nearby Kings Cross. Attend a meditation class in the lotus room and feast on a vegetarian dinner in time for a late session in the boutique cinema. They show the latest films, so try to stay awake after you kick off your shoes and sink in to their dangerously comfy lounges.

Caravan Slam


Closed minds are not welcome here. Stand up in front of a crowd and slam three minutes worth of your own poetry. A panel of judges are picked out of the audience to narrow down the rounds to a final. Anyone can have a crack and encouragement is the name of this friendly game, as are the cheap drinks and hot soup.

Kino Sydney


Kino nights give filmmakers of any skill set the opportunity to present and screen a five-minute film. As well as gear, Kino provides a large network of other budding creatives to help write, shoot and edit a film. Hop along for the party and, if not for the films and live music, get a hand in the open bar and pizza selection.

Manhattan Superbowl


Comb your quiff, double knot your retro bowling shoes and rewind. This is a damn night of neon rock'n'roll where you'll be channeling Danny Zuko in no time. Bowling, arcade games, burgers and beers sounds like a sweet night out to us.


The Rocks

On the last Friday of each month, Artbar – MCA's new after-hours event, sponsored by Audi – takes over the MCA with a mix of performance, music, art and fashion. It's also a great chance to see the MCA's Biennale exhibition by cover of darkness.

Mu Meson Archives


After checking yourself in to this underground movie house, don't be surprised if you come out a slightly altered human. Whether that be after watching an obscure cult film about giant, human-eating rats or a brutally honest documentary on mechaphiles (men who are sexually obsessed by cars).

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