Affectionately known as The Cross, this has always been the late-night heart of Sydney. There’s everything you could want in an entertainment precinct, from small bars to pumping nightclubs, cutting-edge theatre to chic restaurants. Kings Cross is also home to two major Sydney landmarks, the dandelion-shaped El Alamein Memorial Fountain and the giant neon-lit Coca-Cola billboard.
All the attractions are a short stroll from each other. Griffin Theatre Co performs at the intimate SBW Stables Theatre. It’s where many famous actors, including Cate Blanchett, got their start. Kings Cross Theatre puts on plays on the second floor of the Kings Cross Hotel.
Happy Endings Comedy Club is the place to go for laughs. Dance the night at Flamingo Lounge or Boogie Mountain, and watch live music at Candy’s Apartment. For late-night cabaret, head to swish, 1930s-themed Dulcie’s. Local galleries also hold regular exhibitions.
Discover the area’s notorious history on a guided walk. Journey Walks: History, Crime and Culture tours of Sydney offer a riveting tour that explores the razor gangs of the 1920s. You can read a potted cultural history of The Cross in bronze plaques set in the footpath along Darlinghurst Road. You can also rent a bike from Kings Cross Bike Hire to check out the neighbourhood on two wheels.