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Ben Hansen

Ben Hansen is the Junior Editor at Concrete Playground. Ben is Sydney's biggest advocate — a passionate supporter of the city's hospitality and art scenes. You can catch him sipping a negroni at your local bar, barracking for the Eels at CommBank Stadium or on your radio as host of FBi Radio's Mornings every Wednesday.

Favourite restaurant in Sydney: Baba's Place. Minimal-intervention wines, inventive eats, great tunes, friendly staff and a love for all things suburban, all hidden in a Marrickville warehouse. What more could you want?

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    The data-driven list sees the Harbour City cocktail bar come out on top — with 22 other Australian bars making the list.

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    The two-storey site will bring a LEGO storytelling table, Australia's first personalisation studio and a pick-and-build wall to Pitt Street from Saturday, November 11.

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    SXSW Sydney has served up an absolutely huge music lineup, so we've broken down all the must-see sets for you.

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    Joji's 'Pandemonium' tour will hit arenas across Australia's east cost and Auckland in November.

  • SXSW Sydney's Music Festival Will Give You Access to 300-Plus Performances Across 25 Venues

    SXSW Sydney is creating a bustling live music precinct for four days — with sets stretching from the Hollywood Hotel to Tumbalong Park.

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    The 900-square metre site will feature a Lego storytelling table, Australia's first personalisation studio and a pick-and-build wall.

  • The 2026 Commonwealth Games Will No Longer Be Held in Regional Victoria

    The Victorian Government has pulled the plug on hosting the games in the state's regional hubs due to unforeseen costs — and will reallocate more than $2 billion to regional sporting upgrades, tourism and housing.

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