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Explore the buzzing small bar scene

Regarded as the heart of Sydney’s burgeoning small bar scene, Darlinghurst is littered with humming hot spots. Love Tilly Devine is a laneway wine bar with just 40 seats, rewarding patrons with a 300-strong wine list and Italian bites. A 10-minute walk away is Eau de Vie, a 1920s-inspired bar complete with moody lighting and the best whisky cocktails in town. Shady Pines Saloon is a local favourite famed for its cowboy fit out, craft ales and bowls of peanuts. This Must Be The Place, located on Oxford Street, might be a casual little gem but the cocktails are serious. Stepping away from small bars entirely is Oxford Art Factory, the home of Sydney hipsters and a venue for some of the biggest touring musical acts.

Join in the LGBTQI festivities

Darlinghurst is synonymous with gay pride, as seen across the neighbourhood with rainbow flags, rainbow street art (visit Taylor Square) and one of the biggest events on the local calendar, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Capturing the imagination of Sydneysiders every year with three weeks of fairs, exhibitions and parties, it culminates with a dazzling, world-famous parade along Oxford Street. Unsurprisingly, there’s also a host of popular gay bars nearby that are beloved by not just the LGBTQI community, but those drawn by the impressive DJs, lively dance floors and excellent cocktails.

Stay in a boutique hotel

When it comes to Darlinghurst's bars, restaurants, shops and galleries, there's a strong custom-made or boutique flavour, which is also clear in the local accommodation offerings. The Kirketon Hotel houses just 40 guest rooms, each featuring modern conveniences and luxurious furnishings. The hotel is also home to aforementioned underground cocktail bar Eau de Vie and popular Asian restaurant Fu Manchu. On the cusp of Darlinghurst and Kings Cross, just behind the famous Coca-Cola billboard, is the Larmont Sydney by Lancemore, with 76 modern rooms each comprising a plush king-sized bed, sleek decor and an in-room iPad to serve as your personal concierge.

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