Best Late-Night Eats in Sydney

Updated October 26th, 2022


We've got nothing against a cheap kebab or halal snack-pack. But past 11pm, there are plenty of other worthwhile options, especially if you're in the mood to sit down.

Sydney is home to numerous cocktail bars with extended snacking menus; pubs where the chefs stick around past midnight; and late-night dumpling and pizza joints. Here are our favourites.

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  • Italian food, good drinks and hip-hop till 3am every night of the week. Big Poppa's is quietly one of Sydney's best places to eat cheese – whether you like it on a platter or inventively deployed across a range of handmade pastas.

  • A lone Cantonese star among Ashfield’s strip of Shanghai dumpling dealers. It’s a haunt for Sydney chefs chasing a midnight feed, and it’s easy to see why. Some of them say it goes head-to-head with Golden Century on quality and price.

  • It’s lived many lives, but music and late nights have always been at the heart of this storied inner-city pub. Currently on the menu are burgers and Greek gyros (pork, chicken and pulled jackfruit), and you can get the latter for $5 between midnight and 2am.

  • Mr Crackles knows its market. It stays open till 3am on Fridays and Saturdays, serving its whopping baguettes, stuffed with hunks of juicy pork belly and crisp crackling. You can also grab heavily chicken-salted fries, salads and hot dogs.

  • The name tells you everything you need to know about this Dixon House eatery. Crisp, bronze Peking duck hangs in the kitchen window, which you can try san choy bao-style or on pancakes till 3am on weekends.

  • A modern pub, Cantonese restaurant and cocktail bar in one. The warm bistro downstairs ferries dim sum platters and fancy fried rice to all corners of this two-storey boozer, and there’s a snacky edit of the menu on offer past 11pm to keep you upright.

  • It’s easy to lose track of time at Hubert. There’s no natural light down here, just a convincing facsimile of a grand European restaurant circa World War II. And if you find yourself stumbling in towards midnight, the entire menu of nouveau-French dishes is served until close.

  • Enmore Road’s perennial late-night Pakistani joint. Newtown kids gravitate towards the excellent tandoori, but past midnight, the taxi driver set fuel up with flash-fried Lahore-style curries and stews ordered off the special menu (the staff write it in biro on the back of a docket).

  • Merivale’s good-times Mexican joint is home to the tacos secreto – a sort of lucky dip for tacos where the filling is a surprise until it reaches your table. Secreto or not, every taco here is wallet-friendly and served extra late on weekends.

  • Francis Ford Coppola's landmark film The Godfather is the inspiration behind this basement bar beneath Hinchcliff House. A visit after 10pm here involves Sicilian-style bar snacks and panino – do the mortadella, mustard, caramelised onion and grilled cheese for $12.

  • As the name suggests, Jimmy’s serves falafel: stuffed into pita or served on meze plates with hummus and salad. It’s also big on charcoal-grilled meats – just follow the smoky scent along George Street to this find colourful late-night diner.

  • There’s a roaming focus on Southeast Asian street food at this neon-lit sibling to Potts Point diner, Ms G’s. Here you’ll find the same sense of fun across the menu of curries and wok-fried dishes. But this place has bigger late-night energy, thanks to a strong cocktail game featuring a Sydney-famous yuzu slushie.

  • It’s not just killer cocktails you’ll find at midnight at this hidden cocktail bar. There’s cheese, charcuterie and – best of all – six different takes on the Philly cheesesteak. Find the discreet ground-level entrance, climb the stairs and they’re all yours.

  • Employees Only is the plush Sydney outpost for a New York bar of the same name, which is considered among the best in the world. As you’d expect from a place of this calibre, the full European-inspired menu is available long after most bars called last drinks.

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  • Party like a salaryman with the assistance of yakitori, sake and karaoke at this fun homage to Japan. There’s a late-night menu on Fridays and Saturdays stacked with salty snacks, gyoza and – the big-ticket item – a crispy chicken burger.

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  • When you’re in town hankering for Thai food on the edge of midnight, Dodee Paidang is your best and final bet. Order its famous bowl of fiery “red taste” soup for a sobering jolt back to life.

  • This handsome, brasserie-style spin-off by the Arthur team is primed for casual after-work drinks and snacks. But it’s also a low-key, late-night winner – with a menu focused on low-waste that’s available till late on Fridays and Saturdays.

  • In Marrickville’s gritty heart lies this celebration of Sydney’s cultural and culinary diversity. The music and the vibe crank up a notch after 10pm, but you can still get a snack and a slosh of vino here right up until they shut the roller door at midnight.

  • 10 William Street has everything you could possibly want from an Italian restaurant – except it’s younger, freer and more lubricated. Fancy that signature pretzel with whipped bottarga as a late-night snack? The kitchen – and the entire menu – is rocking till close.