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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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