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The Night Is Young at YCK Laneways

Stay up past your bedtime with a series of late night events on York, Clarence and Kent streets.
By Alec Jones
October 19, 2023
By Alec Jones
October 19, 2023

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As the silly season approaches, the days and nights are growing longer. Many businesses are opening doors to visitors with new and exciting offerings for anyone hoping for a good reason to stay out late in Sydney. You'll find the most celebrations collected in YCK Laneways, the city blocks comprised of York, Clarence and Kent streets just south of Wynyard.

Sydney's Northwestern CBD corridor is kicking off a new offering with The Night is Young, four weeks of over 50 free, late-night cultural events across 15 venues, all within walking distance from each other — an underrated foundation of an ideal night out. The series is supported by City of Sydney, and runs from Wednesday, October 25, to Thursday, November 16, on Wednesdays and Thursdays, with each event starting after 8.30pm.

Now, in terms of what to expect, King Street's underground haunt Tiva is hosting a series of themed nostalgia nights, decking the venue and playlists up to suit the 80s, 90s and 00s. You can find other live music, like country star Blake Dantier, who will be performing gigs at York Street whisky-and-western bar Jolene's. Underground jazz bar The Swinging Cat is levelling up its weekly music offering with the resident band The Sazeracs, and voodoo-vibey bar Papa Gede's is bringing on the all-vinyl DJ Bexy J for late-night beats.

You can also find local artists Lotte Smith and Styna working on 'SILY Spray Ups', two murals painted over four weeks soundtracked by live music in the Kent Street courtyard bar Since I Left You. You could also catch burlesque sideshow specialist Porcelain Alice performing at York Street's Stitch Bar. Or see what the future holds with US-based MYSTIX hosting tarot readings at Esteban on Temperance Lane.

These are just the tip of a deep and vibrant iceberg of events. You can plan your route through the precinct using the interactive YCK Laneways map and even earn free cocktails from Bacardi by using Laneway Loyalty, a perfect way to explore the precinct while trying what every venue has to offer and racking up great rewards. So what are you waiting for? It's time to explore a night of possibilities.

The Night is Young runs from Wednesday, October 25, to Thursday, November 16. For more information and to plan your night out, visit the YCK Laneways map.

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