How To Enjoy The Good Life Down Under

Sydney, Australia was the last stop for my friend and I after 5 months of traveling around South East Asia.

Although it was strange to be in a more Westernised environment again, we soon found our feet sampling all the restaurants and bars that our purse strings could possibly handle.

If you enjoy live music I would highly recommend the Lansdowne Hotel – this is an iconic venue, which is very much part of the underground scene and hosts an eclectic range of different bands each night.

Not only is the music great but the drinks are also relatively cheap and they have a 2 4 1 cocktail hour every night from 10pm-11pm, which we took full advantage of!

However for a real clubbing experience that truly demonstrates the essence of Sydney’s nightlife I would suggest the Tank nightclub in Bridge Lane.

Many DJs come from around the world just to play here and you can understand why the second you enter the underground clubber’s paradise.

Everything has been taken into consideration: a stunning sound system, mesmerizing lighting and even interactive live-mixed video projections, which are always entertaining after a few drinks!

The music is usually funky house, and the drinks are not too pricey and well worth the visual audio experience.

For the morning after the night before, there are hundreds of great restaurants to nurse the hangover – for an experience to remember, Universal Restaurant is definitely worth a try, with its unique and beautifully presented food.

I chose the seared sea scallop with lotus root samphire and wasabi avocado, which is every bit as delicious as it sounds! The great thing about this restaurant is that you’re never completely sure what you’re ordering, but once you’ve eaten it you’re glad you didn’t go with the usual.

However, though this is a wonderful place with amazing food, it is quite expensive for people on a budget.

For a delicious place to eat in Sydney that won’t burn holes in your pockets I would recommend Jasmin’s in Haldon Street.

This is one of the best Lebanese restaurants I have been too! The falafel was to die for and the bread and humus was not far behind.

My traveling buddy loved the meat too, particularly the lamb kebab, which came with some yummy salad and vegetables.

I would really advise giving this place a visit if you enjoy Lebanese cuisine, but be warned it can get very busy – eating in Sydney is a wonderful experience that definitely hits the stop when your tummy grumbles, and the nightlife is just as wonderful!

It’s a very good life down under, one I would truly recommend to anyone considering such an adventure!

(photo credits: nedoho – Hamza Daoui – xiquinhosilva)

7 Responses to How To Enjoy The Good Life Down Under

  1. Sandra June 6, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

    oh I love love love the lifestyle down there in Sydney, so much going on and so many fun things to do!

    • Nathan - As We Travel June 7, 2011 at 5:26 am #

      Yeah we also LOVED sydney, a big city, but still felt so friendly and cosy – would love to go back there again.

  2. Lori - The Unframed World June 7, 2011 at 1:39 am #

    The food sounds so delicious! Thanks for your recommendations.

    • Nathan - As We Travel June 7, 2011 at 5:28 am #

      It really does doesn’t it :) Jessica shares many wonderful food options from around the world on this site!

  3. Crazysexyfuntraveler June 8, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

    The avocado meal looks yummy!

  4. Andrew July 7, 2011 at 2:37 am #

    Sydney is an amazing city. Not just for the culture and nightlife but some of the amazing beaches in and around the city. Are you guys going to try and catch some of the beaches north of the city? Best beaches in the country I reckon,

  5. Justin Agar September 20, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    people in Sydney definitely know how to party. I reckon people who visit the area always go home satisfied.