22 Jul 2020

The best things to do in Darling Harbour after dark

Darling Harbour is home to some of the best things to do in Sydney after dark. Check out our guide to the best things to do in Darling Harbour at night time.

When you want to celebrate, there’s nothing better than a night out in Darling Harbour.

There’s so much to do here when the sun goes down, from cutting shapes on the dancefloor to sipping on cocktails while gazing at million dollar views over the harbour. 

So put your dancy pants on and get ready for a little razzle dazzle, because these are the best things in Darling Harbour after dark.

Darling Harbour Nightclubs

Bungalow 8
During the day, Bungalow 8 boasts chilled out beachy vibes and delicious Mexican food harbourside at King St Wharf. At night, the place comes alive with a packed dance floor, local DJs on the decks and decadent cocktails. Get on the guestlist to skip the queues, and show up before 10pm for free entry.
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The Loft
If you’re a little bit boujee, you’ll love the surrounds of the Loft upstairs from Bungalow 8. Head up and you’ll find an opulent cocktail bar serving high teas and delicious drinks alongside panoramic harbour views. The dance floor packs out from Friday to Sunday and spaces are limited, so it’s always better to book a table in advance.
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Cargo Bar
You’ll find Cargo Bar in an enviable waterfront location on King St Wharf - if you get wet, you’ve gone too far. This is so much more than a night club, boasting a wine list that’s not to be scoffed at, huge screens for watching the footy and igloos for private outdoor dining during winter. Sign up to Cargo’s guest list for express free entry on Friday nights and discounted entry on Saturday nights.
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The Port
Day time at The Port is a little like sailing on a luxury yacht. There’s sunshine, stunning harbour views, delicious fresh seafood and the odd cocktail. But at night time, this friendly Darling Harbour watering hole steps it up a notch and hosts local DJs who pack out the dance floor until late.
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Cafe Del Mar
The Sydney branch of this Ibizan icon boasts decadent cocktails and delicious Meditaranean cuisine. Their rooftop terrace at Cockle Bay Wharf has 180 degree views over Darling Harbour and hosts one of Sydney’s best Sunday sessions, complete with live DJs, beautiful people and sunsets.
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Home Bar Sydney
If you’re looking for a massive night out, go home - Home Bar that is. This is Darling Harbour’s biggest, loosest multi-level nightclub and live gig venue, complete with a terrace overlooking the harbour. If you’re wondering what’s on tonight, chances are there’s something epic happening at Home Bar.
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Watershed Hotel
The Watershed Hotel is an oldschool Sydney pub with a difference. It’s got a 24-hour, seven days a week license and it’s so close to the water you could probably dive into the harbour from the dancefloor. Come during the day for a session in the sun with sea and city views, or pop by later for club nights with live DJs.
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Helm Bar
Over the water under the eastern end of the Pyrmont Bridge is Helm Bar - a multi-level pub, club and restaurant. Come to Helm to enjoy fresh oysters and a glass of bubbles as the sun sets or catch the big game on their huge flatscreens.
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Pontoon
Pontoon Bar has “a millionaire's view that anyone can afford” from their expansive waterfront terrace. They also have a brilliant list of craft beer, live sport on the big screen and one of Sydney’s rowdiest dancefloors on a Friday and Saturday night.

Luminous Darling Quarter

Luminous is the world’s largest interactive light display, comprising 557 multi-coloured LED lights set across the facade of the building overlooking Darling Quarter. On Fridays and Saturdays, you can control the entire display yourself via the interactive consoles on the nearby village greens.

Walk across the Pyrmont Bridge

Pyrmont Bridge across Cockle Bay is one of the oldest operating wingspan bridges in Australia and was built over a century ago. Today over 5 million pedestrians cross it every year, because it offers the best view of Darling Harbour at night across the harbour to the city’s twinkling lights. 

Late night snacks at Darling Harbour

Roti Tisu at Mamaks Village
Sorry sourdough, but roti is officially the best bread. This doughy Malaysian treat is served perfectly until late at Mamaks Village in Darling Harbour, alongside delicious satays, curries and noodle dishes. Do yourself a favour and grab some roti and kapitan chicken. You may also want to try the paper thin Roti Tisu dusted in milo to finish your night.
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Burgers at the Watershed Hotel
If you’re in need of something hearty after a big night don’t go past a burger at the Watershed. The place is open until 3am and serves a truly miraculous beef and bacon burger that will heal all your woes.
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Chicken Karaage and Gyoza at Nakano Darling
Chicken karaage, or Japanese fried chicken, is the perfect way to end an evening and Nakano Darling do a brilliant plate of it for just $7.50. This vibey little Japanese themed bar also does boozy, delicious highballs, beers, sakes and fruit wines - so if you want to keep the night going you’re in the right place!
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