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What’s open in Sydney: Bars, restaurants and attractions

Here's a list of bars, restaurants and attraction open in Sydney during the coronavirus pandemic.

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The New South Wales Government has eased lockdown restrictions as less COVID-19 cases are being recorded across the state. Currently, NSW locals can host people in their home, go to restaurants, visit attractions and travel anywhere within NSW. Some entertainment venues remained closed and mass gatherings are still restricted.

Planning a trip to Sydney from regional New South Wales? See our guide for things to do in Sydney.

Here's a rundown of what's open and accessible to you in the Sydney.

Note, the below is accurate as of 21 October 2020. Due to the evolving nature of the situation, the information provided can change at any time. Contact the venue before visiting to confirm. Social distancing and maintaining good hygiene still apply.

What can I do in NSW?

  • Have up to 20 visitors in a household at one time
  • Go to restaurants, cafes and bars. Group bookings are limited to 10 people
  • Visit indoor venues operating without a capacity limit, but venues can only accommodate one person per four square metres
  • Go to a pub. Group bookings are limited to a maximum of 10 people and only 300 people or one person per four square metres will be allowed inside a venue at one time, whichever is fewer
  • Attend outdoor venues, including cultural and sporting events, with a capacity of 40,000 people, where a venue can seat up to 25% of that – all events must be ticketed and seated
  • Go to the gym, yoga classes and dance studios. Gyms must be staffed at all times
  • Visit libraries, museums, zoos and galleries
  • Attend outdoor seated performances, complying with the one person per four square metre rule and people being seated
  • Get treatments from a massage parlour and get a tattoo at a tattoo parlour
  • Visit community centres, indoor swimming pools and saunas
  • Watch a movie at the cinema – tickets must be purchased ahead of time
  • Attend weddings and corporate events limited to 150 people.
  • Attend funerals and places of worship with a maximum of 100 people. The one person per four square metre rule applies
  • Participate in community sport
  • Eat in a food court at a shopping centre
  • Travel anywhere within New South Wales

From 23 October, NSW residents will be able to:

  • Gather with up to 30 people in an outdoor public space
  • Make a group booking for a maximum of 30 people at restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs
  • Attend religious gatherings with a maximum of 300 people at one time, subject to the one person per four square metre rule.

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What's open in Sydney

Sydney attractions open in October 2020

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AttractionOpening hoursBook
Taronga ZooOpen 9:30am - 4:30pm Monday to SundaySee deals
SEA LIFE AquariumOpen 10am - 4pm Monday to SundaySee deals
WILD LIFE Sydney ZooOpen 10am - 4pm Monday to SundaySee deals
Madame TussaudsOpen 10am - 4pm Monday to SundaySee deals
Sydney Tower EyeOpen 10am - 7pm Thursday to MondaySee deals
Featherdale Wildlife ParkOpen 9am - 4pm Monday to SundaySee deals
Art Gallery of New South WalesOpen 10am - 5pm Monday to SundaySee deals
Powerhouse MuseumOpen 10am - 5pm Monday to SundaySee deals
Sydney Tower EyeOpen 10am - 5pm Monday to SundaySee deals
Australian National Maritime MuseumOpen 9:30am - 5pm Monday to SundaySee deals
Scenic WorldOpen 9am - 5pm Monday to Sunday
Australian Walkabout Wildlife ParkOpen 9am - 8pm Monday to SundaySee deals
Luna ParkOpen 10am - 2pm and 3-7pm Monday to SundaySee deals
BridgeClimb SydneyOpen 9:30am - 5pm Monday to Sunday
Sydney ZooOpen 9am - 4pm Monday to Sunday
Skyline Drive In CinemaOpen from 6:30pm Monday to Sunday
The Museum of SydneyOpen 10am - 5pm Thursday to Sunday
The MintOpen 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday
Rose Seidler HouseOpen 10am - 4pm Sunday
Elizabeth FarmOpen 10am - 4pm Wednesday to Saturday
Australian Reptile ParkOpen 9am - 5pm Monday to Sunday
Casula Powerhouse Arts CentreOpen 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday and 9am - 4pm Saturday to Sunday
State Library of New South WalesOpen 10am - 6pm Monday to Friday
White Rabbit GalleryOpen 10am - 5pm Wednesday to Sunday
Museum of Contemporary ArtOpen 10am - 5pm Tuesday to Sunday
Palace CinemasOpen (Depends on showing times)

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Walking trails, parks and beaches

There are plenty of green and open spaces for you to exercise and get fresh air in and around Sydney. Remember to keep a safe distance between others when you're out and about.

Here's what's still open:

  • Macquarie Light Station
  • North Head Sanctuary
  • Queens Park
  • Sub Base Platypus
  • Woolwich Dock and Parklands
  • Blue Mountains Botanic Garden
  • Beaches across the state
    Headland Park

Shopping centres, supermarkets and grocery stores

Extra measures have been taken in supermarkets to focus on health and hygiene. This includes hand sanitisers for customers and increased cleaning of frequently touched surfaces.

Shops encourage you to tap and go to reduce person-to-person contact. Bring your cards with you in case cash is denied.


Are hotels open in Sydney?

Yes. Under the latest advice from the New South Wales government, hotels can open and operate. There may be some restrictions in place and some amenities may be unavailable.

Looking for accommodation in Sydney? Here's a list of hotels you can book to stay at right now.


Can I visit galleries and museums in Sydney?

Yes. Galleries and museums including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Powerhouse Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art are open to the public.


Do I need to pre-book to visit dining venues and attractions?

It's best to make a reservation if you plan to dine at a popular restaurant. Some eateries are requesting diners make a reservation online using their contact details, in case they need to get in touch with you.

Some venues, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, are requesting visitors pre-book timed-entry tickets so they can monitor the amount of people entering at one time.


What restaurants and cafes are open in Sydney?

You can now visit restaurants and cafes in Sydney. The one person per four square metre rule applies, so you may want to make a reservation in advance to avoid waiting times.

To accommodate changes, some cafes and restaurants have altered their menus. If coffee is what you're after, leave your keep cup at home for now as takeaway cups are being used as a hygiene and safety precaution.

Contact your local dining establishments to find out if they are open for dine-in or takeaway. It's best to book in advance for dine-in eateries, as they can only host a limited amount of people at one time.

If you know a venue that's missing, let us know in the comments below.

Restaurant nameAddressCuisine
10 William Street10 William Street, PaddingtonItalian
A1 CanteenThe Old Rum Store 2-10 Kensington Street, ChippendaleCafe, Modern Australian
Alala's118 Military Road, Neutral BayModern Australian
Annata69 Willoughby Road, Crows NestModern Australian
Apera23-26/100 Edinburgh Rd, Castlecrag 2068Australian
Auvers2 42 Walker Street, RhodesCafe, Asian, Modern Australian
Bar M (Formerly Bar Machiavelli)10 Neild Avenue, Rushcutters BayItalian
Bar Ume478 Bourke Street, Surry HillsBurger, Japanese
Barbetta2 Elizabeth St, Paddington 2021Cafe
Bart Jr92 Pitt St, Redfern 2016Australian
Bibo Wine Bar7 Bay St, Double Bay 2028Bar
Big Poppa's96 Oxford Street, DarlinghurstFrench, Italian, Modern Australian
Bitter Phew137 Oxford Street, DarlinghurstBar
Blackwood Pantry5/33 Surf Lane, CronullaCafe
Bread & Circus21 Fountain Street, AlexandriaCafe
Brewtown Newtown6-8 O'Connell Street, NewtownCafe
Brick Lane75 Stanley St, Darlinghurst 2010Indian
Bush55 George St, Redfern 2016Australian
Cadenza Floral Cafe211 Pacific Highway, North SydneyAsian, Cafe, Korean
Cafe Oratnek4 Pitt Street, RedfernJapanese, Asian, Cafe
Carbon Mexican288 Bondi Rd, Bondi 2026Mexican
CatalinaNew South Head Road, Rose BayModern Australian
Chester White Cured Diner3 Orwell St, Potts Point 2011Italian
Ciccia Bella Italian Osteria75-79 Hall Street, Bondi BeachItalian
Circa Espresso21 Wentworth Street, ParramattaCafe, Modern Australian
Continental Deli Bar Bistro210 Australia Street, NewtownTapas, Bar
Continental Deli Bar Bistro CBD167 Phillip Street, SydneyMediterranean
Coogee Wine Room222 Coogee Bay Road, CoogeeMediterranean
Cornersmith Annandale88 View Street, AnnandaleCafe
Corretto24 The Strand, Dee WhyBar
Cuckoo Callay Surry Hills413 Crown Street, Surry HillsCafe
Dear Sainte Éloise5/29 Orwell Street, Potts PointEuropean, Modern Australian
Devon Cafe1/36 Blue St, North Sydney 2060Cafe
Dimitri's Pizzeria215 Oxford Street, DarlinghurstPizza
DOC Sydney78 Campbell St, Surry HillsItalian
Don't Tell Aunty414 Bourke St, Surry Hills 2010Indian
Down N' Out77/A Liverpool St, Sydney 2000American
Eau de Vie229 Darlinghurst Road, DarlinghurstBar
Edition Coffee Roasters60 Darling Dr, Haymarket 2000Japanese, Cafe
El Camino Cantina18 Argyle Street, The Rocks, SydneyTex-Mex
Efendy79 Elliott Street, BalmainTurkish
Flour Drum533 King Street, NewtownCafe
Flying Tong99 Enmore Road, NewtownKorean
Four Ate Five485 Crown Street, Surry HillsCafe
Fortune of WarThe Russell Hotel, 143A George Street, The Rocks, SydneyBar
Franca Brasserie2/81 MacLeay St, Potts Point 2011French
Golden Age Cinema and BarParamount House, 80 Commonwealth Street, Surry HillsBar
Golden Gully153 Norton Street, LeichhardtVegetarian
Gram Cafe & Pancakes436 Victoria Avenue, ChatswoodCafe, Japanese
Handcraft Specialty Coffee67 King Street, NewtownCafe
Handpicked Cellar Door50 Kensington St, Chippendale 2008Bar, Vegatrian
Henry Lees16 Eveleigh Street, RedfernCafe
Hills Bros5 Martin Pl, Sydney 2000Cafe
Ho Jiak92 Hay St, Haymarket 2000Malaysian
I Maccheroni3 Jersey Rd, Woollahra 2025Italian
Industry Beans40 York Street, SydneyCafe, Australian
Isabel180-186 Campbell Parade, BondiJapanese
Kentaro616 Bourke Street, Surry HillsJapanese, Cafe
Kurumac107 Addison Rd, Marrickville 2204Cafe, Japanese
La Palma75-79 Hall St, Bondi Beach 2026Italian
Lankan Filling Restaurant58 Riley St, East Sydney 2010Sri Lankan
LazyBones LoungeLevel 2, 294 Marrickville Road, MarrickvillePub
LoLuk Bistro411 Bourke Street, Surry HillsFrench
Long ChimCorner of Pitt Street &, Angel Pl, Sydney 2000Thai
Love, Tilly Devine91 Crown Ln, Darlinghurst 2010Tapas
Low 302302 Crown St, Surry Hills 2010Bar
Mark + Vinnys38-52 Waterloo St, Surry Hills 2010Italian
Marta Osteria30 McLachlan Ave, Rushcutters Bay 2010Italian
Mary's6 Mary St, Newtown 2042American
Matinee Coffee23-29 Addison Road, MarrickvilleCafe
Matteo20 Bond St, Sydney 2000Italian
Maybe Frank421 Bourke Street, Surry HillsItalian, Pizza
Mecca Alexandria2/26 Bourke Road, AlexandriaCafe
Métisse5-9 Roslyn St, Potts Point 2011European, Australia
Mr. Wong3 Bridge Lane, SydneyChinese
Nakano14 Steam Mill La, HaymarketJapanese
Neptunes87 The Grand Parade, Brighton-Le-SandsMediterranean, Modern Australian
Nilgiri'sShop 3, 283 Military Road, CremorneIndian
Oh My Days99 Glebe Point Road, GlebeCafe, Vegan
Outfield230 Victoria Street, AshfieldCafe
Paramount Coffee ProjectParamount House, 80 Commonwealth Street, Surry HillsCafe, Specialty coffee
Peppe's261 Bondi Rd, Bondi 2026Italian
Pizza Fritta 180428 Crown St, Surry HillsItalian
Platform 818818 George Street, Chippendale, 2008Australian
Poly74-76 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills 2010Bar
Pony DiningThe Rocks Centre, Corner Argyle Street and Kendall Lane, The Rocks, SydneyModern Australian
Prince of York18 York Street, SydneyModern Australian
Quick Brown Fox22 Union St, Pyrmont 2009Cafe
Ragazzi Wine and Pasta2-12 Angel Place, SydneyItalian
RaRa66b Regent Street, RedfernJapanese
Restaurant Hubert15 Bligh Street, SydneyFrench
Reuben Hills61 Albion St, Surry Hills 2010Cafe
Rolling Penny583A King Street, NewtownCafe
Saga178 Enmore Road, EnmoreBakery, Cafe
Sample Coffee Pro Shop75 Mary St, St Peters 2044Cafe
Sang by Mabasa98 Fitzroy St, Surry Hills 2010Korean
Shift EateryShop 4 241 Commonwealth Street, Surry HillsCafe, Vegan
Shuk40 Mitchell St, North Bondi 2026Mediterranean
Single O60-64 Reservoir St, Surry Hills 2010Cafe
Sonora1/37-41 Bayswater Rd, Potts Point 2011Mexican
Stanbuli135 Enmore Road, EnmoreMiddle Eastern, Turkish
Suzie Q Coffee & Records1/18 Hutchinson Street, Surry HillsCafe, Vegan
Tequila Mockingbird6 Heeley St, Paddington 2021Latin American
The Boatshed La Perouse1609 Anzac Parade, La PerouseCafe
The Carrington565 Bourke Street, Surry HillsGastropub, Modern Australian
The Cumberland17–19 Central Avenue, ManlyBar
The Dolphin Hotel412 Crown Street, Surry HillsGastropub, Italian, Modern Australian
The Doss House77/79 George Street, The Rocks, SydneyBar
The Fenwick2–8 Weston Street, Balmain EastCafe, Modern Australian
The Find Food StoreCorner of Mill and Kendall Lanes, The RocksCafe
The Mercantile Hotel25 George Street, The Rocks, SydneyPub food, Irish
The Paddington380 Oxford Street, PaddingtonGastropub, Modern Australian
The Orient HotelOrient Hotel, 89 George Street, The Rocks, SydneyGastropub, Modern Australian
The Sausage Factory380 New Canterbury Rd, Dulwich Hill 2203German
The Warren View Hotel2 Stanmore Road, EnmoreBar
Thirsty Bird Newtown226 King Street, NewtownFried Chicken
Tokki44a Foveaux Street, Surry HillsJapanese, Korean
Uncle Kurt'sBeneath City Centre Carpark, Horwood Place , ParramattaBar
Went to See the GypsyShop 1 76 Mitchell Road, AlexandriaCafe
Wings and Tins2 Chapel St, Darlinghurst 2010Bar
Yellow57-59 Macleay Street, Potts PointFrench
Yulli's Brew75A Burrows Rd, Alexandria 2015Australian, Asian, Vegan
Zushi Barangaroo33 Barangaroo Avenue, BarangarooJapanese

What bars are open in Sydney?

Check out the bars in Sydney that are now serving customers. Keep in mind, the one person per four square metre rule applies and booking in advance ensures you won't have to wait in line.

Bar nameAddress
The Baxter InnRear Basement 152-156 Clarence St, Sydney
Ramblin' Rascal Tavern199 Elizabeth Street, Sydney
Shady Pines SaloonShop 4 256 Crown Street, Darlinghurst
Maybe Sammy115 Harrington Street, The Rocks
The Barber Shop89 York Street, Sydney
Bondi Beach Public Bar180 Campbell Parade, Bondi
Cantina Ok!Council Place, Sydney
Una Mas169 Dolphin Street, Coogee
Bulletin PlaceFirst floor 10-14 Bulletin Place, Sydney
10 William St10 William Street, Paddington
Nick and Nora's26 45 Macquarie Street, Parramatta
Courthouse Hotel202 Australia St, Newtown
Fortunate Son101 Enmore Road, Newtown
Double Deuce Lounge6 Bridge Street, Sydney
The Oxford Tavern1 New Canterbury Road, Petersham, Petersham
Eau De Vie229 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst
Mjølner267 Cleveland Street, Redfern
Ramblin' Rascal Tavern199 Elizabeth Street, Sydney
The Dolphin Hotel Dining Room and Wine Room412 Crown Street, Surry Hills
Tio's Cerveceria4 14 Foster Street, Surry Hills
Love, Tilly Devine91 Crown Lane, Darlinghurst
The Marrickville Hotel244 Marrickville Road, Marrickville
Where's Nick236 Marrickville Road, Marrickville
Prince of York18 York Street, Sydney
Dear Sainte EloiseShop 5 29 Orwell Street, Potts Point
Poly74-76 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills
Bibo Wine Bar7 Bay Street, Double Bay
Coogee Wine Room222 Coogee Bay Road, Coogee
Wings and Tins2 Chapel Street, Darlinghurst
Papa Gede's346-348 Rear 348 Kent Street, via laneway, Sydney
Hemingway's48 North Steyne, Manly
Mary's Newtown6 Mary Street, Newtown
The RookLevel 7 56-58 York Street, Sydney
Jacoby's154 Enmore Road, Enmore
Gin Lane16 Kensington Street, Chippendale
Little Felix2 Ash Street, Sydney
Old Mate's PlaceLevel 4 199 Clarence Street, Sydney
The Duke of Clarence152-156 Clarence Street, Sydney
IsabelL103/180-186 Campbell Parade, Bondi
Door Knock BarB2 70 Pitt Street, Sydney
Golden Gully153 Norton Street, Leichhardt
The Erko102 Erskineville Road, Erskineville
Ode251 Bondi Road, Bondi
The Unicorn Hotel106 Oxford Street, Paddington
Tokyo BirdShop 2 226-228 Commonwealth Street (enter via Belmore Lane), Surry Hills
Charlie Parker's380 Oxford Street, Paddington
Burrow BarDe Mestre Place, Sydney
Bart Jr92 Pitt Street, Redfern
Bodega x Wyno50 Holt Street, Surry Hills
El Loco64 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills
Uncle Kurt's22B Hornwood Place, Parramatta
Gurdys394 King Street, Newtown
Earl's Juke Joint407 King Street, Newtown
Dulcie's Kings Cross44B Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross
The Royal Bondi283 Bondi Road, Bondi
The Roosevelt32 Orwell Street, Potts Point
Bar OmbreLevel 3 Gateway 1 Macquarie Place, Circular Quay
The Doss House77-79 George Street, The Rocks
Molo at MantaCowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo
Redfern Surf Club60 Botany Road, Alexandria
The Village Inn9-11 Glenmore Road, Paddington
Jackalberry161 Sussex Street, Sydney
The Royal Leichhardt156 Norton Street, Leichhardt
Misfits106 George Street, Redfern
The Glenmore Hotel96 Cumberland Street, The Rocks
The Imperial Hotel35 Erskineville Road, Erskineville
Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel1 Military Road, Watsons Bay
The Morrison Bar and Oyster Room225 George Street, Sydney
Harpoon HarryGround floor, Hotel Harry 40-44 Wentworth Avenue, Surry Hills
Stitch61 York Street, Sydney
Button Bar65 Foveaux St, Surry Hills
Redoak Boutique Beer Cafe201 Clarence Street, Sydney
Union Hotel576 King Street, Newtown
Alegrias Spanish Tapas9 332 Darling Street, Balmain

This list is not exhaustive. If you know a venue that's missing now offering dine-in or takeaway, let us know in the comments below.


What's closed in Sydney

Before heading out, see what's closed in Sydney.

  • Indoor markets: All markets including Paddy's Market and Glebe Markets.
  • Nightclubs: Nightlife in Sydney is looking quiet until further notice as all nightclubs are closed.

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