Your Guide to a Glamorous Girls Weekend in Sydney: Where to Wine, Dine, Dance & Stay
A much-loved musical? Check! Buzzing hidden bars? Check! Award-winning restaurants and a contemporary hotel in a prime location? Double check. We’re planning the perfect girls’ weekend to renew your love of travel.
We’ve partnered with Accor Hotels and Destination NSW to bring you this girls’ weekend guide to Sydney.
Fire up the group chat, dig deep into your closet for that sparkly dress or trusted going out top and grab your bags cause we’re going on a girls’ trip!
There’s something magical about spending quality time with your best friends and, after two years of lockdown, we’re ready to renew our friendships with a cheeky group getaway, boasting an iconic itinerary that lists the best restaurants, bars, and things to do.
Whether you’re a local planning a city staycation or catching up with your long-distance besties, there are endless reasons to spend your next staycation in Sydney. From wining and dining to entertaining, we’ve curated a comprehensive guide to planning the ultimate girls’ weekend.
Your Guide to a Glamourous Girls’ Weekend in Sydney: Eat
Want to go on a girl’s trip to Barcelona in the heart of Sydney? Bar Topa is perfect for you. This pint-sized Spanish joint with tapas, sangria, mezcal and vino offers enviable Mediterranean vibes. Perfect for catching up over croquetas and calamari!
4 Palings Lane, Sydney
Do you have serious foodie friends? A group of gourmet girlfriends? Masterchef-obsessed mates? Bring them to Hinchcliff House to experience four levels of high-end drinking and dining! Start your morning with takeaway coffee and pastries from Grana. Their pain au chocolat is like a little bite of heaven, trust us! At night you can expect house-made pastas and fresh seafood as well as their famous Grana tiramisu. The pink-hued Lana has an epic set menu with rich drink pairings. If you’re keen to keep the party going, head down to the basement and Apollonia, named after The Godfather’s ill-fated bride and home to an epic cocktail list.
Hinchcliff House, Circular Quay Sydney
Continue our love affair with all things European cuisine at Olio! Between the lot of you, you and the girls can order up every pasta on the menu to share. We’re talking squid ink pasta with Australian bay bug and shellfish, ravioli with prawn and chives, seaweed butter and preserved cumquat, and reginette with pulled Wagyu brisket with perfectly salty dried ricotta. If you’ve got a bigger group you can even opt for the degustation menu and celebrate with a glass of bubbles or two, after all, how often are the girls all together like this?
Level 2, 2/10 Kensington Street, Chippendale
High above the bustling city streets, you’ll find Ten Stories. Expect native ingredients and organic produce as well as amazing set menus. If you’re heading off to one of the city's great plays or musicals, perhaps The Girl From the North Country at the nearby Theatre Royal Sydney, check out their pre-theatre menu with two or three courses to get you in the mood for some drama! Or if you want to spill the tea and dish on a little drama of your own, check out their ‘The Girls Are Back In Town’ menu with oysters, wagyu bresaola, gnocchi with parmesan cream, black garlic and Swiss chard, roast chicken with fries and fondue and two hours of free flowing rosé!
Swissotel Sydney, 68 Market Street, Sydney
Your Guide to a Glamourous Girls Weekend in Sydney: Drink
Between the second and third floors of the Pullman Quay Grand, you’ll find one of the most Instagrammable bars in Sydney! With greenery cascading from the ceiling and windows that open onto a view of the sparkling harbour and breathtaking bridge, settle in for some snacks and curated cocktails. Our pick? The sweet but deadly Biscoff espresso martini or the flower topped ‘rose above it all’ cocktail.
Pullman Quay Grand, 61 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Gin lovers rejoice! Gin Lane, which backs onto the ever-trendy, lantern-lit Spice Alley, is known for their inventive cocktails. Think the lemon aspen gimlet with Tanqueray, Cointreau and locally-foraged lemon aspen sorbet and the girls' night out with parma violet and rose infused gin, raspberry and violet liqueur served with fairy floss and a side of prosecco.
16 Kensington Street, Chippendale
Just you and your girls above it all! This Jetson-esque bar with gold-hues and red velvet accents boasts a perfect panoramic view 83 stories above the CBD. Sit with a spritz in hand as the bubbles tantalise your tongue and then treat yourself to lobster rolls or tuna tartare.
Sydney Tower, 108 Market Street, Sydney
Situated in the heart of Sydney’s Downtown, Eve’s Bar provides a cool, industrial space for a cheeky drink with the girls. Their curated menu of delectable cocktails will have you and your girlfriends finding it hard to choose, and the line-up of classic dishes will satiate any cravings.
818-820 George Street, Chippendale
If you still haven’t found something that has piqued your fancy, then check out our edit of the best hidden bars in Sydney. From Mexican speakeasies, intimate wine bars and bars themed around grandmothers and western cowboy flicks, there’s a little something for everyone!
Your Guide to a Glamourous Girls’ Weekend in Sydney: Play
If you’ve ever walked through Martin Place and seen a red neon sign reading ‘psychic’ out of the corner of your eye, you might have unknowingly walked past one of Sydney’s coolest late-night haunts. When you walk down the stairs into the bar, you can either turn left to consult a tarot card reader or right to head into the luxe New York-style speakeasy and dive headfirst into what is, for our money, one of the most fun nights out you can have in Sydney. With a 1920s, neo-prohibitionist feel, Employees Only has everything from a delicious dinner menu to a twice nightly bar-top burlesque performance. The DJ plays nothing but bangers and the bar staff are known to sing and dance along to the tunes while they mix your drinks.
9A Barrack Street, Martin Place, Sydney CBD
Indulge in some culture with this immersive exhibition from the iconic American artist Doug Aitken. Move through a kaleidoscope of colours, shapes and sounds as you journey through multi-screen installations that play with light, reflections and fluidity.
Until Sunday 6th February
Level 3, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, 140 George Street, The Rocks
Karaoke, anyone? If you’re near Central Station, you absolutely can’t look past a visit to Goros. With dancefloors, arcade games and a great Japanese-fusion menu, there’s a lot to love about Goros. However, our absolute favourite thing at Goros is their karaoke rooms. Get the girls together and belt out some ABBA at the top of your lungs!
84-86 Mary Street, Surry Hills
Emily has gone to Paris and Matisse has arrived in Sydney courtesy of a collaboration between the Art Gallery of NSW and the Centre Pompidou. This Sydney-exclusive exhibition (take that, Melbourne!) is an immersive experience looking into the life and spirit of Henri Matisse. And, luckily for us, the life and spirit of Henri Matisse is filled with vibrant colour and joy – exactly what the doctor ordered in 2022!
Until Sunday 13th March
Art Gallery of NSW
Direct from sell-out seasons on the West End and Broadway, comes a magical musical set in 1934 Minnesota and told through the songs of Bob Dylan. Sometimes melancholy but ultimately uplifting, the musical stars Lisa McCune, Helen Dallimore, Peter Carroll and a slew of other talented performers.
Better still, you can take advantage of 2-for-1 platinum or gold tickets for select performances from now until 13th February.
Theatre Royal Sydney, 108 King Street, Sydney
Your Guide to a Glamourous Girls’ Weekend in Sydney: Stay
Check in to Swissotel for a luxury stay in the CBD, with spas and a rooftop pool (make sure to book in a Covid-safe time to enjoy!) as well as lush accommodation and dining options. This is the perfect hotel for girls looking to indulge in some retail therapy during the day before ending the night catching a performance or downing cocktails at some of the city's best bars.
From $299 per night
68 Market Street, Sydney
Enjoy contemporary comfort in the heart of one of Sydney’s most exciting new foodie and cultural precincts. Check into a well-appointed room and – after a few quick bathrobe selfies – get ready to explore everything from Darling Harbour to the Chinese Gardens of Friendship - make sure you stop into The Gardens by Lotus to enjoy the serenity while also chowing down on some delicious dumplings!
From $219 per night
17 Little Pier Street, Darling Harbour
Perfectly positioned in the heart of The Rocks, this hotel is dripping in old-world charm. Built in the early 1800s, it hints at its heritage with sandstone walls and exposed beams. This charming hotel has 59 rooms of varying sizes, and offers modern creature comforts like pillow menus, beautiful bathrooms, and king-size beds. Want to splash out? Book the aptly-named Harbour View Suite on the top floor.
During your stay make the most of the delicious dining options available. Creperie Suzette, and their decadent delights, makes for a perfect brunch spot, and Eric’s Bar boasts an impressive wine list. Middle Eastern dining destination Tayim Restaurant and Bar is best place to go for dinner, and alfresco hotspot Terrace by Tayim, sitting pretty on the Harbour Rocks Hotel’s secret garden terrace.
With everything you need for an iconic Sydney weekend escape under one roof, you’ll never want to leave!
From $289 per night
34 Harrington Street, Sydney
Looking for a four-star stay in the city that has enough room for your whole group? Look no further than Mantra 2 Bond Street Sydney. Situated in the heart of the CBD, the beautifully styled rooms are modern in look and feel and have been designed for absolute comfort. Take your pick between a studio, one-bedroom or two-bedroom apartment, all boasting kitchen and laundry facilities. Or go all out and book the three-bedroom penthouse!
Make the most of your stay by exploring everything the hotel has to offer. Make some time to work out in the gym before putting on your swimmers and taking a dip in the outdoor pool and spa.
From $279 per night
Corner George Street and Bond St, Sydney
A short stroll from Sydney’s Central Station you’ll find Novotel Sydney Central, an ideally located home base for your next Sydney weekend. Steps from the entrance you’ll find The Goodsline, the elevated former railway that connects Haymarket to Darling Harbour. Complete with sculpture installations and lined with cafés and buildings from the infamous UTS ‘paper bag building’ to the Powerhouse Museum, follow the Goodsline and you’ll find yourself in Darling Harbour ready to enjoy some of the city's best nightlife. Or explore Chinatown and gorge yourselves on dumplings on Thomas Street or stroll through Spice Alley for an upmarket dessert at KOI before heading back to your hotel to crash. Their rooms are available with a choice of one king or two queen beds, so you and your queens (aka. your besties) can have the ultimate slumber party!
From $209 per night
169 – 179 Thomas Street, Haymarket
Keen to catch a glimpse of the Harbour Bridge from your bedroom? The Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour has you covered. With friendly and dedicated staff, two epic dining options and holding the enviable position of being one of the only hotels along Circular Quay, this is one of our favourite hotels in Sydney. With one- and two-bedroom suites, you can choose to either look over the sparkling turquoise water and the majesty of the bridge or, you can choose a garden view suite which overlooks the Botanic Gardens towards Government House. Either way, you can’t lose!
From $489 per night
61 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Overlooking Darling Harbour and just steps from the CBD, Mantra on Kent has some killer shopping and dining locations on its doorstep as well as our favourite sight-seeing spots from Hyde Park to Sydney Tower. Choose from studios, suites or two-bedroom apartments which can sleep five and get ready for the ultimate girls’ trip.
From $244 per night
433 Kent Street, Sydney
Ready to renew your friendships and plan your next fun girls weekend in Sydney? If you live locally, it's even easier to make your way through the fantastic list of Accor Hotels. To enjoy status upgrades and even more of the VIP treatment, sign up to the Accor Live Limitless programme. You’ll earn reward points as you drink and dine your way around Sydney. For more travel inspo, check out our guide to creating the perfect itinerary for every kind of traveller and start planning your next romantic weekend in Sydney stat.
I'd love to live near