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A DAY AND NIGHT GUIDE
GLEBE, ULTIMO AND PYRMONT
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By Samantha Payne
February 02, 2019
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By Samantha Payne
February 02, 2019
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Whether you’re after a matcha latte or a cold beer with a side of vinyl shopping, the Glebe, Ultimo and Pyrmont area is one of the best places to eat, drink and be merry in Sydney’s inner west.

They were once known for wharves and shipyards, but the neighbourhoods of Glebe, Ultimo and Pyrmont have a new distinction: an entertainment cornucopia. A collection of cafes, shops and bars filling the backstreets, street corners and main roads will occupy both your days and nights.

Flick the switch above, and we’ll dim the lights to show you the best things to do once the sun goes down. You can also explore more inner-city suburbs here.

Whether you’re after a matcha latte or a cold beer with a side of vinyl shopping, the Glebe, Ultimo and Pyrmont area is one of the best places to eat, drink and be merry in Sydney’s inner west.

Free of the lockout laws blanketing the surrounding neighbourhoods, the Glebe to Pyrmont area is a key spot for late-night bar hopping or a late dinner at one of the many restaurants along Glebe Point Road or at the newly built Tramsheds. So let’s turn the music up and wander through some local watering holes.

Flick the switch above, and we’ll turn on the lights to show you the best things to do pre-6pm. You can also explore more inner-city suburbs here.

DID YOU KNOW

Some of Sydney’s most architecturally significant sites are situated in Ultimo. There are modern examples (UTS’s quirky Dr Chau Chak Wing Building was designed by the legendary architect Frank Gehry) and industrial relics, including the brick shell of the Edwin Davey & Sons Flour Mill, built in 1896, which has recently been converted into apartment buildings. 

GETTING AROUND

A distinctive landmark is the former railway viaduct that now carries the light rail over Wentworth Park. It uses the original brickwork from 1922 and features 23 brick arches. The light rail connects areas like Glebe, Ultimo and Pyrmont with the CBD), along with numerous bus routes and many bike and walking trails.

DON’T MISS

We all know life is all about balance. So start your day by hitting-up the Bay Run. The seven-kilometre track follows the shore of the stunning Iron Cove Bay. Then, on your way bay home, grab some breakfast burgers from The Hub House Diner.

LOCALS LOVE

With the Sydney Fish Markets right on the doorstep, locals are spoilt with fresh produce and seafood every day. Hunt down the stall shucking oysters to-order and the sushi doughnuts, then fight it out with pelicans for the freshest fish of the day.

DID YOU KNOW

Restored in 2016, after laying dormant for several decades, the new Tramsheds dining precinct in Glebe (home to favourites such as Belles Hot Chicken and Bodega 1904) is built around the old Rozelle Tram Depot which opened its doors on April 17, 1904. At its peak, the tram depot housed 200 tram cars.

GETTING AROUND

The light rail that connects the CBD with all of Sydney’s inner west (this includes Glebe, Ultimo and Pyrmont), runs until 1am (or until 3am if you’re heading to Pyrmont). There are also numerous bus routes that run until 1am, and it’s an easy ten-minute walk down from Central Station.

DON’T MISS

Tramsheds hosts a whole heap of adult-friendly workshops where you can learn to make dumplings or cheese, and all over a glass of wine. There are also regular happenings at the restaurants within the precinct. You can join a Monday night wine school at Bodega 1904, learn to make pasta at Flour Eggs Water and do a beer tasting at Redline Brewing Co.

LOCALS LOVE

Glebe, Ultimo and Pyrmont aren’t known as rowdy areas, but behind closed doors exists a well-loved live music scene. Smooth jazz vibes can be found at Foundry 616, Different Drummer hosts regular  gigs paired with excellent drink deals and Sappho Books regularly hosts local musicians throughout the week.

How to do Glebe, Ultimo and Pyrmont

Do as the locals do.

Cafes

While Sydney has an abundance of good cafes, nowhere has more Instagrammable places to show off your coffee (or red velvet latte).

1. Sappho Books Cafe & Wine Bar

Have tea in the sci-fi section at this long-loved bookstore cafe.

2. Local Mbassy

A quaint cafe serving red velvet everything.

3. Quick Brown Fox

A Pyrmont cafe with Single O coffee and food by an ex-Fat Duck chef.

4. Astor Espresso

Croque Monsieurs and coffee on a leafy stretch of Glebe Point Road.

5. Goose Bakery

A Forest Lodge pastry palace from Bourke Street Bakery alumni.

Restaurants and Pubs

No matter your budget or cravings, there’s no shortage of great eateries. Have some of the best fried chicken or dine outside at a tiny neighbourhood pub..

1. Whirly Bird

Bird is the word at this Pyrmont chicken joint.

2. The Lord Wolseley Hotel

The narrowest pub in NSW now has a star ex-Quay chef at its helm.

3. Chuuka

A buzzing fine diner on the water serving up Chinese-Japanese fare.

4. Belles Hot Chicken

Finger-licking fried chicken goodness.

5. The Glebe Hotel

Previously known as the Australian Youth Hotel, this historic pub has been given a new name and dog-friendly courtyard.

Shops

Pick up the ‘catch of the day’ to cook for dinner or something lovely to decorate your home — shopping in the area is all about creature comforts.

1. Sydney Fish Market

Sit amongst the pelicans at the largest seafood market in the Southern Hemisphere.

2. Urban Oasis

A Pyrmont gift shop stacked with local designers.

3. Vic's Meat Market

Smokers and every cut of beef under the sun — meatlovers, this one's for you.

4. The Works Showroom

A neighbourhood shop showcasing an ever-changing roster of local designer accessories, prints, homewares and more.

5. Galluzzo Fruiterers

A Glebe Point Road institution for fresh produce.

Arts and Culture

'Look but don’t touch’ is old news, these artistic spaces and galleries are all about interaction and collaboration.

1. The Works Kiosk

Camp out all day with your lappie without dodging daggers from the staff.

2. Culture at Work

An art research centre hosting talks and events.

3. Powerhouse Museum

One of Sydney's best, most interactive museums.

4. Mosir Life

Japanese homewares and art exhibitions.

5. Nicholson Museum

This museum houses more than 30,000 ancient artefacts.

Leisure

For when you feel like exercising the mind as well as the body, head to one of these stunning local spots.

1. Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre

A slick indoor aquatic centre.

2. The Bay Run

A stunning waterside run.

3. Glebe Markets

A Saturday morning market with food, art and music.

4. Victoria Park Pool

An outdoor pool in the centre of a park.

5. Darling Island

A waterside haunt with stunning views over the city.

Locals Love

We asked, you answered. These are the spots you love to frequent during the daylight hours.

1. Terminus Hotel

After lying dormant for 30 years, this Pyrmont pub is back.

2. The Wedge Espresso

Wedge serves mugs of Milo and great brunch on Glebe Point Road.

3. Pioik Bakery

A prime Pyrmont pitstop for coffee, bread and cake.

4. Clipper Cafe

This Glebe Point Road stalwart serves breakfast, lunch and coffee out of a white terrace house.

5. Tramsheds

The heritage-listed Rozelle Tram Depot has been transformed into a colossal European-inspired market precinct.

How to do Glebe, Ultimo and Pyrmont

Do as the locals do.

Restaurants and Pubs

Can't get overseas for traditional Lebanese or Southern cooking? Don’t worry, your tastebuds can travel the globe in these suburbs.

1. The Charleston

This millennial pink-hued Glebe eatery is inspired by the coastal towns of South Carolina.

2. Thievery

An inspired Middle Eastern restaurant and bar with a cracking vegetarian feast.

3. Glebe Point Diner

Glebe Point Diner is perfect for a casual graze, an intimate first date or a well-overdue catch up with mates.

4. Friend in Hand Hotel

A lively, old-school pub in the backstreets of Glebe.

5. Momofuku Seiobo

Put your Blackjack money back in your wallet and save it for a fantastic night of unconventional eating.

Bars

Whatever vinous adventure you crave, the Glebe/Pyrmont area has got just the spot for you.

1. Mister Percy

An inner city pintxos and wine bar based in a former wool store.

2. The Rooftop

A Palm Springs-inspired rooftop bar and lounge in Pyrmont.

3. Bar Clementine

A European-style wine bar in Pyrmont.

4. Gallon

Wine and crumbed soft cheese in a leafy Pyrmont courtyard.

5. Bodega 1904

A wine and tapas bar in Glebe's Tramsheds.

Live Music

From a brewery's malt room-turned-performance space to a lively jazz bar, catch some tunes and dance at these live music haunts.

1. The Little Guy

Boysenberry cider, a 16-strong beer list and live music.

2. Different Drummer

Before the rise of the small bar, this was Glebe's cocktail oasis in a desert of old-man pubs and soulless bars.

3. Foundry 616

One of Sydney's most loved jazz and blues clubs.

4. Staves Brewery

Get stuck in with two-for-one pints at Glebe's backstreet brewpub.

5. The Toxteth Hotel

This Glebe pub straddles old and new with great pub grub and a mixed crowd.

Shops

Books for the intellectuals, crystals for the enlightened and spiritual and wine for everyone else just trying to get through the week.

1. Glebe Liquor

A well-stocked family-owned liquor store.

2. The Wine Society

Here you'll find some of the best wine in the inner west.

3. Gleebooks

Lose yourself in freshly printed books on Glebe Point Road.

4. Flowers on the Point

Bunches and bouquets of bright flowers.

5. Mineralism

Find gemstones and jewels from around the world.

Arts and Culture

No matter what your definition of culture entails (crab racing on a Wednesday night or a late night poetry reading) we’ve picked the best places to get your dose of culture.

1. Sydney Lyric Theatre

Globally acclaimed plays are held at this luxe theatre.

2. Kil.n.it

Studio space, services and classes for all your ceramic needs.

3. The Footbridge Theatre

A performance centre screening plays and musicals by university students.

4. Crab Racing at Friend in Hand

Cold beers and and left-of-centre entertainment.

5. Poetry Night at Sappho Books

On the second Tuesday of each month, established and emerging poets front the mic to share their work.

Locals Love

We asked, you answered. Here are your favourite haunts for when the sun goes down and the streets of Glebe, Pyrmont and Ultimo come alive.

1. Quarrymans Hotel

Pyrmont's craft beer haven.

2. Flying Fajita Sisters

Glebe’s long-standing Mexican haunt is known for it cheap tacos and glowing wall of tequilas.

3. Ramen Goku

Sydney's beloved ramen joint comes to Glebe.

4. Soul Burger Glebe

This hearty plant-based burger joint has a big mission.

5. Bombay Street Kitchen

This Glebe restaurant pays tribute to the dying street food culture of Bombay.

Find Your Way Through the Glebe Area

Track down the must-visit local haunts.

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