Time Out Sydney magazine this month

When the government's new lockout laws were announced, we worried about their impact on business and the vitality of our city after dark. In our investigation into the immediate and longterm impacts of the law – the cover story for Time Out Sydney's April edition – we found we had cause. For this special edition of Time Out, the team hit the streets of the Cross and CBD on Saturday nights before and after the new lockout laws came into effect to see what revellers were thinking, and whether they were still coming out. We also spoke to the Premier, the Lord Mayor, business owners (from club operators to kebab hawkers) and the police to get a full sense of how these laws might change our city. Will the rates of violence fall? Will businesses survive? And what will quieter nights mean for the culture and vibrancy of our city after dark?

But it's not all heavy-hitting. April is also school holidays, and this month we launch Time Out Sydney: Kids, a special magazine you'll find inside the regular mag that has 50 ideas for the school holidays, Sydney's best kid-friendly cafés, a mega guide to the Royal Easter Show and more. And April also marks another landmark: the arrival of Game of Thrones' fourth season. To celebrate, we caught up with a bunch of the castmembers for a chat, and pondered: what would Jon Snow, Littlefinger and the rest be doing if they lived in Sydney. Plus, we've got highlights from the Sydney Comedy Festival, a guide to playing two-up, Sydney's best brunches and interviews with Romance Was Born, Julian Clary, Jim Jarmusch, Chet Faker, Kris Kristofferson, Jane Bodie, Kate Ceberano, Wave Racer and more. 

Joel Meares  Editor 

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Five reasons to buy Time Out this month

1. Your first look at the impact of the lockout laws

From 19-year-old club kids to the police and Premier to the guy making your kebabs: who's saying what about Sydney's new lockout laws. Plus: Is business down? Is violence slowing? And what will happen to late-night culture now that Sydney has a bedtime?

2. Time Out Sydney Kids: The holidays are here!

In our special kids' edition, which you'll find in Time Out Sydney's April issue, we've got 50 ideas to keep your kids busy over the holidays, the city's best kid-friendly cafés, a bunch of daytrip ideas and everything you need to know about the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

3. Fifty years of the Wayside Chapel

The Potts Point institution has been dishing out unconditional love for five decades now, and they're throwing a party to celebrate. We catch up with Pastor Graham Long and volunteer Robert Holt, who started as a visitor to the chapel before turning his life around.

4. Pubs!

Such is our love of schnitties and craft beer that this month we launch our very first pubs page (until now, we've covered Sydney's beer havens in our 'Bars' section). And we're kicking off with a five-star review. Which pub has earned this rare rating – and why? You'll need to pick up the mag.

5. A state of the union… on comedy

With the Sydney Comedy Festival turning ten this month, we sat down for lunch with stakeholders in the local scene to ask: "What's the state of play for comedy in Sydney?" We learned that audiences in Sydney are hard to find… even if it's a good place to get your start in laffs. With Andrew Hansen, Susie Youssef, Dan Ilic, Ben Jenkins, Steen Raskopoulos and more.

Plus there are all the usual lovingly curated sections on Museums and Art, Around Town, Music, Comedy, Kids, Food and Drink, Nightlife, Performing Arts, Music, Time In and Film at your fingertips. Summer may be over, but that's no excuse to stay in – get out there and have a ball.

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