TGIF In Surry Hills

Friday is undoubtedly the best day of the week. Not just because it’s the last of the working week but because whether you’re in the office or not, essentially, it’s a half day. Following your unusually drawn out lunch break, it’s ‘pens down’ as you begin to plan the evening ahead. Emails and messages pour in with numerous suggestions, perhaps work drinks at the office followed by happy hour with the gents and then on from there, ‘play it by beer’ as the saying goings.

More and more often however, I’m turning to my local area on Friday night, shying away from the city and Kings Cross – in fact I can’t recall the last time I was even there. It’s the relaxed and unplanned Friday nights that are always the best and for me Surry Hills and Darlinghurst just keep on getting better. On any given night you can find great food specials, boutique beers and world class cocktails, but on Friday night it really comes into its own. The suburb is buzzing, people are smiling and venues are packed with thirsty fellas and gorgeous girls. Here are a few of our favourite spots around the Surry Hills area that draw a vibrant Friday night crowd.


The Carrington
565 Bourke St, Surry Hills

The Carrington is one of those places you go and always bump into someone you know. It is renowned for its comfortable and casual local atmosphere making it the perfect place to meet some friends and lay the foundations for your Friday evening. Mosey up to the bar for a selection of quality beers, great food or a taste of their solid cocktail list. Plus if you’re keen to get some dinner, the restaurant at the rear is pretty epic.


The Norfolk Hotel
305 Cleveland St, Redfern

The Norfolk shines on a Friday night, conjuring an eclectic mix of local advertising and media agencies, city suits and local hipsters. Moving on from beer might entail a Jack Daniel’s Honey and Dry, a blended daiquiri or a cocktail jug to share with friends, either way stepping out of the bar into the open courtyard, drink in hand, provides an instant buzz as the prospect of a big Friday night hits you. If you’re getting peckish as the night moves into something a little more serious the Drink and Dine menu offers a great choice of ‘boozy’ themed food.


421 Cleveland St, Surry Hills

If you’re keen to step up your game, Vasco is a good place to start. With Australia’s best bartender at the helm (Luke Ashton 2013) and a brand new cocktail menu, that includes some great Jack Honey drinks, it’s safe to say you’re in good hands! Inside, Vasco is a feast for all the senses, the back bar is alive and glowing, the music is loud and the crowd is plentiful. We recommend sitting at the bar so you can watch Luke at work and have a chat about the delicious cocktails.


The Wild Rover
75 Campbell St, Surry Hills

If you’re on the way to the city or a nightcap is in order, The Wild Rover is a perfect place to continue or end your night. Tucked away behind an unassuming green door on Campbell St, the Irish themed bar is vibrant and chic with exposed brick walls and dark wooden floors. Whilst it’s known for its selection of Stouts and cocktails The Wild Rover is serious about whisky from all regions of the notably Irish and American varieties.

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James is the Founder and Editor of The Versatile Gent.

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