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What to drink in Sydney, Australia

While Australia’s cafe culture may have its roots in Melbourne, Sydney has well and truly taken up the joys of good coffee and tasty, easy food. It is of great pride that most cafes are locally owned. Big overseas chains like starbucks have had to close many of original stores in the city

The best cafes are usually in the inner city and the inner west. Many Sydneysiders take great joy in good coffee.

Sydney’s strong cafe culture is matched by its penchant for morning and all-day breakfasts. A visit to Sydney is not complete without having breakfast at one of the many beach-side cafes in the Eastern Beaches, the Northern Beaches and at Cronulla, in the city’s south. If you do get to a beachside cafe for breakfast, a quintessential Australian breakfast is Corn Fritters with Bacon and Poached Eggs.

Sydney has an enormous number of places to drink and party for those over 18. A limited number of venues have 24-hour licenses; however the majority close before 3AM and some as early as 11PM, particularly if there are nearby residents.

Kings Cross has countless clubs, though these vary in size. Kings Cross has been most affected by recent lockout laws which forbid the entry of patrons into bars and clubs after 1:30am in areas in the city.

In some ways Irish pubs are a global phenomenon, but they’ve certainly taken Sydney by storm. Irish pubs are concentrated in both The Rocks area and the southern area of the city. They are outrageously popular on the 17th March for St Patrick’s Day.

Sydney’s microbreweries are in the Rocks and the City Centre. Noteworthy mentions around here include the King St Brewhouse at King Street Wharf, and the Lord Nelson on Kent St in The Rocks. Harts in The Rocks is also a great spot for beer– they serve a wide variety of craft beers in pints or schooners. In Newtown, the Young Henrys brewery is open early in the day for tastings.

Marrickville, in Sydney’s Inner West, is also likely home to more breweries than any other suburb in Australia. With Batch Brewing Co, Sauce Brewing Co, The Grifter, Wildflower Brewery and Blending and Black Font all located in the area.