If you’re in Sydney sometime before the end of January, hop on a ferry from Circular Quay to Cockatoo Island for a drink at sunset.
Cockatoo Island is home to the Island Bar, an outdoor venue built using recycled shipping containers that serves food and cocktails. Prices are a bit higher than you’ll get in a backpacker bar, but cheap places with sticky floors don’t have this kind of view.
I suggest you go for one drink and some evening air, then take the ferry back to Circular Quay to continue your night out. Drinks will be cheaper closer to the backpacker venues on Pitt Street, and you won’t have to worry about whether you can stomach a boat ride while drunk.
What are your recommended hangouts for Sydney?