Packed with bustling bars and restaurants, Parramatta’s transforming CBD is an exciting destination for Sydneysiders keen to explore after hours. Here’s an itinerary for the ultimate night out in Parramatta.

Pre-show dinner at Cicciabella
Cicciabella is a slice of Italy in the heart of Parramatta. Much like its recently closed sister venue in Bondi, Cicciabella at Parramatta Square is the realisation of acclaimed restaurateur Maurice Terzini’s vision to create an authentic Italian eatery for Sydney locals. A woodfired oven takes pride of place, out of which comes bread, barramundi and perfectly crisp pizza served by the slice or slab. Pair it with a glass of vino – Cicciabella’s wine list is a selection of organic local wines and sometimes obscure (but worthy) Italian varietals.

153 Macquarie Street, Parramatta

Catch a show at Riverside Theatres
Among the many things we missed during the lockdown – catching up with friends, sitting in cafes, holidays, hugs – was seeing live music and theatre in the flesh. Riverside Theatres (there are three theatres under one roof) is Western Sydney’s leading arts venue. Supporting both up-and-coming talent and established voices in Australian arts, Riverside offers something for everyone. A vibrant 2022 program brings to the stage musicals (A Chorus Line, Mamma Mia!), theatre created by local talent (Blue Bones, White Pearl), dance (Radical Transparency), live music (Katie Noonan), storytelling (Queerstories) and comedy (Wharf Revue), as well as a couple of classics (Macbeth, Othello).

Corner Church and Market streets, Parramatta

After show drinks at Nick and Nora’s
Show done, ascend to the twenty-sixth floor of V by Crown where you will discover Nick and Nora’s, a glitzy cocktail lounge that offers uninterrupted views of the city skyline. Bookish types might get the literary reference – Nick and Nora Charles are the gadabout married couple who starred in Dashiell Hammett’s 1930s detective novel The Thin Man. You get the sense that the bon viveur Charleses would have heartily approved of this glamorous namesake – especially its cocktail list, which features the likes of the Smokin’ Barrel (a nutty gin number), Fugitive Fizz (think tequila sherbet) and Agent Absinthe.

Level 26, 45 Macquarie Street, Parramatta

Staycation at Parkroyal Parramatta
Don’t hurry home – transform a visit into a stay and spend the night in the west. After your nightcap, stroll the short distance to the Parkroyal, a luxury hotel located on Phillip Street. Overlooking the river and a stone’s throw from the buzzing dining precinct on Church Street, the Parkroyal features an outdoor pool, a fitness centre and wireless wi-fi. Wake up to soaring views of the surrounding city and order breakfast in bed – perhaps buttermilk pancakes, coconut Bircher muesli or the Royal Breakfast.

30 Phillip Street, Parramatta

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