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Seven Late-Night Parramatta Bars That Are Perfect for Celebratory Kick-Ons After Sydney 7s

Keep the party going into the wee hours at a rooftop bar or beer garden — just a short stroll from the stadium.
By Marissa Ciampi
January 20, 2020
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Seven Late-Night Parramatta Bars That Are Perfect for Celebratory Kick-Ons After Sydney 7s

Keep the party going into the wee hours at a rooftop bar or beer garden — just a short stroll from the stadium.
By Marissa Ciampi
January 20, 2020
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SEVEN LATE-NIGHT PARRAMATTA BARS THAT ARE PERFECT FOR CELEBRATORY KICK-ONS AFTER SYDNEY 7S

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Keep the party going into the wee hours at a rooftop bar or beer garden — just a short stroll from the stadium.

If you're a rugby fan, you've probably nabbed tickets to this year's HSBC Sydney 7s by now — it's taking over Parramatta's Bankwest Stadium for another jam-packed weekend of high-energy rugby matches across Saturday, February 1 and Sunday, February 2. This year, 28 of the world's best international men's and women's Rugby Sevens teams will go head-to-head to be crowned the tournament champions. And the yearly event also features a mini music festival, heaps of group party packages and plenty of chances to score free prizes.

But the party doesn't have to stop once the tournament and live music finishes. Parramatta has heaps of late-night bars that are perfect for celebratory kick-ons after Sydney 7s wraps up for the day. Here are seven spots that'll keep the good times rolling — and the good news is they're all less than a 20-minute walk from the stadium.

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    Parramatta’s small bar Uncle Kurt’s has swiftly become a go-to for locals — and should be your first stop post-Sydney 7s. It’s found in a secluded Horwood Place car park behind barred windows and with only 45 seats all up. Expect an interior with graffiti and neon aplenty, plus a cocktail list that changes regularly — favourites include the Westside (kaffir lime leaf-infused gin, yellow chartreuse, citrus, sugar snap pea, honey and ginger) and the Poor Man’s Mezcalita (smoked tequila, dry vermouth, sage honey, citrus and hopped grapefruit bitters). For eats, tuck into a menu of New York deli-inspired bites like double-smoked hot dogs, reuben sandwiches and bagels.

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    If your group is looking for a classy way to finish off the night, head to Parramatta’s highly lauded rooftop bar Nick & Nora’s. It’s the sixth venue by the Speakeasy Group (Eau de VieMjolner, Boilermaker House) and is located all the way up on the 26th floor of the V by Crown development — so expect views aplenty, alongside an opulent 30s-inspired fit-out and one serious champagne list. It seats 300 people all up, and the expansive terrace looks out across to Sydney Harbour and the CBD. Apart from the 50 champagne labels, there’s also a selection of 900 spirits behind the bar, which are used to create the 30-strong cocktail list — think martinis, sours and champagne-infused drops.

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    Albion Hotel

    Another seriously late-night haunt in the area is the Albion Hotel — it hosts one big ol’ party every Saturday until 6am. DJs spin throwback hip hop and R&B each week, with frequent special events and international guest performances on the docket. If you’re rocking up with a group of 12 or more, submit your guest list here for discounted entry passes and drinks vouchers on arrival.

    Apart from the nightclub, the venue offers an expansive beer garden, Parramatta River views and live sports on the big screen, plus comfort food like burgers, pizzas and weekend porchetta roasts. If you pop in on Sunday instead, the bar has live music from 5–8pm.

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    The Commercial Hotel

    Located along Hassall Street, just steps from Parramatta Train Station, The Commercial Hotel is an obvious choice for your post-Sydney 7s kick-ons. The local mainstay offers both a beer garden and a sports bar, with live games played throughout the bar and on the three-metre outdoor LED screen. The kitchen is slinging classic pub grub, from schnittys, parmas and burgers to beer-battered fish and chips and buffalo wings. And you can really kick on late into the night here, with the bar open until 4am on Saturdays and midnight on Sundays.

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    Set beneath Church Street’s Meriton Altitude Towers, Alex&Co is Parramatta’s massive all-day bar and eatery. It sits right along the Parramatta River and spans 600-square-metres — and boasts sweeping multi-million-dollar views, of course. The venue really brings the party vibes on Saturday nights, when R&B DJs take the stage until late. And the extensive cocktail list will help you keep the night going, too — try the refreshing Water Me Down (mezcal, watermelon, lime and agave syrup) or the Basil Smasher (gin, cucumber, basil and lime). For eats, expect familiar pub favourites that will keep you fuelled well into the night.

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    Coco Cubano Parramatta

    Set in the bustling Parramatta eat street, the local instalment of Cuban-themed diner Coco Cubano offers outdoor seating, an extensive all-day menu and fiesta vibes aplenty. Head there once the rugby wraps up to sip Aperol spritzes, frosé and piña coladas or grab jugs of sangria and Pimm’s for the table. Then tuck into Cuban pub eats that include tapas — think fish, grilled chicken or falafel tacos, mushroom and capsicum quesadillas, salt and pepper calamari and haloumi fries — plus, giant bowls of loaded nachos and burgers. And yes, pressed sandwiches are also available — we recommend the classic Cubanito with slow-cooked pork, ham, swiss cheese and smoky chipotle mayo. But also be sure to save room for dessert — there’s traditional churros on offer which you can enjoy with ice cream and melted chocolate or in sundae form with brownie crumble, dulce de leche and chocolate fudge.

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    Woolpack Hotel

    The Woolpack Hotel, founded way back in 1796, is a stalwart pub in the Parramatta area — though it’s been given an impressive facelift recently. Its many spaces make it ideal for a wide range of tastes. The main bar offers lounges and ottomans alongside a detailed wine list and cocktail menu. If you’re looking for a rowdy time instead, head over to the sports bar. It boasts both indoor and outdoor plasma TVs, pool tables and a courtyard to boot. And the venue isn’t offering up your standard pub food either. Instead, expect Thai favourites from in-house restaurant M&J to grace your plate. Plus, the bar is open until 4am on Saturdays and is a close walk both from Bankwest Stadium and to the train station.

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To purchase tickets to HSBC Sydney 7s, visit Ticketek, and for event updates follow @Aussie7s on Instagram. Then, find more ways to make the most of your weekend below. 

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