When you’re heading to the theatre two questions always arise. Where should we go to eat before? Where should we go for a drink afterwards? If you are heading into the city for a performance, there are plenty of options. Here are a few near the the major theatre houses in Sydney.
Darlinghurst Theatre Company, Eternity Playhouse
Now Showing: Detroit (17th July – 16th August 2015)
Ben and Mary live in a decaying suburb hard hit by economic downturn. He’s lost his job and she’s discovered alcohol. They fire up the barbeque to welcome the arrival of new neighbours; a couple broke and fresh out of rehab. As the night wears on confessions are shared, inhibitions are shed and bacchanalia ensues.
Dine: Stanley Street
Just a few minutes walk from the theatre you will find Stanley Street with many cuisines available. Sagra is one of our favourites, an Italian restaurant sitting in an old Darlinghurst terrace house.
Drink: Cafe Lounge
Cafe Lounge is a bohemian bar tucked away off the corner of Crown and Oxford Street. This small bar is filled with well loved old lounges, a tasty pizza menu, cocktails and regular blues bands.
Darlinghurst Theatre Company, 39 Burton St, Darlinghurst, 9331 3107
Belvoir St Theatre
Now showing: Mother Courage and Her children (6 June – 26 July)
A story about War and survival. Mother Courage, takes her family into the depths of war, selling merchandise from a hand drawn cart. There is money to be made in love and war.
Dine: The Wanderer
The Wanderer is an under-rated pub on Elizabeth Street, boasting a range of hearty meals and bar snacks. Expect sticky and tender pork ribs, burrito bowls, hefty salads and daily specials. Easily paired with a craft beer or cheap wine.
Vasco is everything you want from a Rock n Roll Bar. Good music, awesome cocktails and home made Italian dishes. Open from 5-7 everyday with $6 beers, $6 mixed drinks and specials from the kitchen.
Belvoir Street Theatre, 25 Belvoir St, Surry Hills, 9699 3444
Sydney Theatre Company
Now Showing: Love and Information (13 Jul – 15 Aug 2015)
With over 100 vibrant characters search for meaning in their lives, each character makes an appearance in this performance. Exploring sex, death, feeling, thinking, taxidermy and karaoke in a bid to discover each other.
Dine: Fratelli Fresh
Enjoy a wide range of Italian dishes, served with Italian inspired cocktails. Conveniently located just across the road from Sydney Theatre Company on the Wharf.
Drink: The Theatre Bar at the end of the Wharf
Enjoy a share platter amongst your theatre friends, whilst seated on the couches or out on the balcony. There are also exclusive drink and foods on offer that are in theme with current productions- ask the bar staff for details.
Sydney Theatre Company The Wharf, Pier 4 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay, 9250 1777
Now Showing: Dylan Moran- Off The Hook (18-21st July and August 23rd)
The star from Black Books will be gracing Sydney-siders with his presence in July. His State Theatre appearance will be part of his Off The Hook World Tour. Prepare yourself for wit, charm and satire.
Dine: Chat Thai
An authentic Thai restaurant serving good value delicious food. It’s also a good spot to go before the theatre if you’re in a hurry as they’re usually pretty quick.
Drink: The Smoking Panda
When American drinks meet Asian eats, you arrive at The Smoking Panda. The bar is stacked to the rafters with whiskeys, creative cocktails and delicious asian bar snacks.
The State Theatre, 49 Market St, Sydney, 9373 6655
Now Showing: Avenue Q
Laugh-out-loud musical that tells the story of a recent college grad who moves into a shabby New York apartment… on Avenue Q.
Dine: Shenkin Kitchen
This Iraeli kitchen has a rustic feel and serves up authentic Iraeli food at a reasonable price. With generous portions and delicious flavours, this restaurant is a must try. Look out for their Shakshuka.
Drink: The Gretz
From the makers of Enmore’s Hartsyard, The Gretz is a cocktail bar, decorated with hanging lights with a menu of seafood bar snacks. If you want stick with the style of The Gretz, Hartsyard is just down the road and offers more substantial meals.
Enmore Theatre, 118-132 Enmore Rd, Newtown, 9550 3666