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5 fun-filled activities to shake up your night out

Switch up your routine with something other than your same old Saturday night.

There are plenty of options for a great night out in Sydney, whether you’re looking for a more interesting date idea, midweek fun or something that’s open into the night on the weekend.

"A thriving nightlife includes a range of interesting entertainment options for people of all ages," said Lord Mayor Clover Moore.

“Sydney has the largest night-time economy and the biggest number of visitors in Australia. OPEN Sydney is our strategy for long-term development to expand the choices of things to do at night”

From go-karting to a bohemian-inspired buffet and movie, here are a range of options for when the sun goes down.

1. Dinner and a movie with a difference

Govindas movie room Image: supplied by Govindas.


112 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst

Opening hours: Thursday - Sunday 5:30pm – 9:30pm
Closed Easter weekend

No wonder Govindas has been around for more than 40 years. This bohemian inspired institution serves a vegetarian and vegan buffet. As one of Sydney’s first plant-based restaurants it’s still going strong with a generous spread of delicious food on offer from India and beyond. Dishes like dahl soup, plentiful salads, crispy cauliflower pakoras, vegetable curries and shepherd’s pie. Go back for seconds, or thirds of your favourites, but don’t forget to leave room for dessert!

After dinner kick off your shoes and head upstairs to the cosy movie room filled with comfortable upright seats, couches and reclining cushions. There are several films to choose from each night, check the Govinda’s website to time your meal (and appetite) accordingly.

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2. Laid back, Instagrammable challenge rooms

Hijinx Hotel. Image: Zennieshia Butts/Supplied by Funlab

Hijinx Hotel

75 O'Riordan Street, Alexandria

Opening hours: Monday - Thursday : 12pm – 10pm
Friday: 12pm – 12am
Saturday: 10am – 12am
Sunday: 10am-10pm
Extended hours for school holidays, check the website for more details.

If you like games, but want something more chill, you have to check in here. At Hijinx Hotel quick immersive games are set within the quirky interiors of a New York-style hotel. There are 15 rooms with puzzles and challenges centred around childhood games and themes like Tetris, Twister, Pinball, Scrabble, historic events like Titanic and wild concepts like Floor is Lava.

Unlike escape rooms, the goal of these challenge rooms is a simpler single objective like shooting the most hoops, solving scrambled words or recalling song patterns on a giant piano. In groups of 2 to 6 you’re aiming to collectively accumulate the most points against other teams in a few minutes. The difficulty ramps up with each game completed.

This fake hotel really commits to the beautifully over-the-top theme, adding to the experience and making for excellent Instagram photos. When you’re ready to refuel there’s a wide variety of non-alcoholic drinks at 3 different bars and food to keep you well-fed from old school toasties to burgers and pizzas.

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3. Race your mates in electric go-karts

Get competitive at Hyperkart. Image: Chris Southwood/City of Sydney

Hyperkarting and virtual reality

The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park

Opening hours: Monday – Wednesday: 10am -12am
Thursday – Sunday: 7am - 12am

Start your electric engines rain, hail or shine! Race around Australia’s longest indoor go-karting track that’s 410-m. Most other go-kart tracks in Sydney are further afield from our local area, but this one is at Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park.

The main event here is the electric powered go karts. They’re not only more sustainable than petrol karts, but also quieter, and fume and grease-free. This makes the steering and racing experience a lot smoother but no less exhilarating. If you come before sunset you can drive with an amazing view in your sights. At nighttime, the fluoro lights come into full-force

To change things up arcade games and virtual reality offer something (slightly) more subdued. The games will have you fighting off the zombie hordes, dicing and slicing to a finished meal in a chaotic kitchen, go head-to-head in Battle Royal and even a nostalgic race for your life in Mario Kart.

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4. Get into the groove with 80s flare

Retrosweat aerobics classes. Image credit: Chrissie Hall/Supplied

Retrosweat dance classes (at Hiscoes gym)

525 Crown Street, Surry Hills

Class hours: Thursday from 7pm Saturday from 11:15am

Exercise has never looked this stylish or fun. Retrosweat brings you an hour of power with 80s inspired music, moves and choreography. Dress up or down to the 80s theme as you please and break a sweat. You’ll probably forget you were even exercising. This fun full body aerobic workout is suitable for everyone. Classes are hosted by Shannon Dooley and her team on Thursday nights at 7pm. Book your spot as these classes fill up fast. You can nab a single pass to suss it out, or a 10 pack if you’re really feeling it.

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5. Take a trip to an old school American-style arcade

Archie Brothers arcade. Image: Supplied/Funlab

Archie Bros Cirq Electriq

75 O'Riordan Street, Alexandria

Opening hours:
Monday - Thursday : 12pm – 10pm
Friday: 12pm – 12am
Saturday: 10am – 12am
Sunday: 10am-10pm
Extended hours for school holidays, check the website for more details.

Step right up! There’s something for everyone’s inner child at this circus-themed wonder. From classic arcade-style games complete with prizes to bowling, bumper cars, karaoke, and more modern laser tag and virtual reality experiences.
The activity-filled warehouse has vibrant carnival styled interiors and prizes at every turn. To round out the whole experience there’s American diner with milkshakes, pizza, burgers and chips. If you’re bowling you can even get drinks sent directly to your lane, so you can keep your eyes firmly on the prize.

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These are just some of the inspiring nights out in our area. What did we miss? We’d love to hear your favourites. Share them with us on Instagram, just tag @cityofsydney.

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