It’s 1am, you’ve been out with your mates for hours and the last thing you’ve eaten was a Maccas chip pinched off your mate Kevin at least 5 hours ago. You’re hungry. It’s late. What the heck do you do now, go home and sleep it off? Look for Kate who went walkabouts after the last club? Nah, you’d better go to one of these awesome late-night spots and help reduce tomorrow’s hangover.
Palace Hotel, 15 Goulburn St, Haymarket
Found in the heart of the CBD, Mamak is the brainchild of three best friends who reminisced about their childhood feasts in Malaysia. Bringing delicious Malaysian street food to Sydney late into the night, if you make your way here, you’re in for a treat.
Try out the handmade Roti Canai, The Tarik or their delicious variety of curries to spice up your night. The heat from the spices will certainly sober you up.
Named the Good Food Guides “Favourite Asian 2009” a year after its opening and topping the list at #1 in Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat in Australia for 2015, it’s no surprise that Mamak is a late-night go-to for many Sydneysiders.
Mamak is open every day of the week and closes its doors at 2am on Friday and Saturday and 10pm Sunday-Thursday.
84 Mary St, Surry Hills
Want to bask in the neon glow of one of Sydney’s quirkiest bars? Better head on over to Goros for a late-night snack and free karaoke. The mix of authentic Japanese food with classic bar staples will be sure to fill you up in the best possible way. The fully-stocked bar serves up some amazing sake and Japanese whiskey (and did we say no lock-outs?)
If you and your mates want to do more than just eat, the karaoke is pumping all night. If you want to make sure they have “your song”, check out Goros’ full karaoke song list on their website. Walk-ins are available but it is best to book in advance.
Goros is open Monday-Saturday with the closing times as follows:
- Monday-Wednesday: 12am
- Thursday: 1am
- Friday + Saturday: 3am
20 Campbell St, Sydney
This Haymarket institution is the place to be after 10pm. With an excellent late-night supper menu, you can snack on satay chicken skewers or char grilled king prawns. A standout is the crying tiger, which is a char-grilled beef tenderloin with nahm jim jaew (a sweet/spicy dipping sauce). The split-level restaurant provides a great view of the restaurant from the second level, but look out for Kevin if he’s had a few.
Chat Thai’s goal is to cook food that they themselves crave, and it’s so easy to crave more when the food is this good! The restaurant is family owned/operated and because of this, they strive to provide excellent service in a warm, friendly environment.
Chat Thai is open every day of the week and closes its doors at 2am.
[Darlo Country Club]
235 Victoria St, Darlinghurst
Known for its Saturday brunch club, Darlo Country Club (or DCC as it’s affectionately called) is open late on Friday and Saturday nights. Featuring a menu full of Mexican goodies, there is sure to be something for drunk you to munch on.
A highlight of the menu is the fajitas, made with your choice of steak or prawn and filled with guac, pico de gallo, rice, beans and capsicums. You can also get Mexican favourites such as quesadillas, tacos, enchiladas and churros for those with a sweet tooth.
The pastel-accented interior is matched with cactus green beams that create a luxe atmosphere. Retro leather booths and pops of greenery are strewn about the venue, which makes for a great Insta story.
Darlo Country Club is open on Friday and Saturday nights and closes its doors at 2am.
So the next time you’ve gone a bit too hard in little old Sydney town, take a breather and remember to eat. Your body will thank you for it in the morning.
By Sarah Panther