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14 Best Spots for Late Night Food in Sydney | Man of Many
We curated this list with personal experience, customer reviews, and online research. From burgers and pizza to fried chicken and even vegetarian/vegan options, we’ve got all bases covered in this list of 14 spots for the best late-night food Sydney has to offer.
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Kebabs, but with curry. The famous Indian Home Diner on Oxford St has been a stalwart in Sydney’s late-night eats scene for over a decade now. Serving up a variety of Indian favourites – including curries, samosas and tandoori bread – what they’re best known for is their Indian Kebab. Pick a curry, choose either plain or garlic naan and top it all with an aloo chop (potato croquette) or onion bhaji and you’re ready to devour it in the nearest gutter while waiting for your Uber. Delicious. It’ll soak up those voddy sodas and you’ll still be tasting it in the morning, but for less than a tenner, it’s our pick for the best late-night eats in Sydney.
1. Indian Home Diner
Dare we say it, Frankie’s Pizza is one of the last real rock ‘n’ roll, live music venues in Sydney. With their walls plastered with tour posters, stickers, photos, and memorabilia, they’ll be no mistaking that you’re in the right place as you walk through the doors (you’ll probably hear the music first on your way down). Along with this rocking style, Frankie’s Pizza has a wide range of pizza (as the name suggests) and drinks to kick on your late night, or early morning. Even better, you don’t have to worry about buying a whole pizza and filling up, because you can buy it by the slice. Try a bit of everything as you rattle off your order to their friendly staff behind the bar. Hosting a live act or DJ every other night, Frankie’s Pizza is one restaurant open late and designed for those who want to rock on ‘til the break of dawn. And for those about to rock, we salute you.
2. Frankie’s Pizza
From rock ‘n’ roll to hip hop, Big Poppa’s is the place for those who want to head bop their way into the early morning. You’ll know you’re in the right place when you see the mural of Biggie Smalls beneath your feet as you walk in, and the sounds of classic and modern hip hop and RNB playing from the speakers above. Specialising in modern Italian meals, all of which can be paired with a selection of hand-curated wines, sit back and vibe with the non-stop hip hop as you chow down on some great food. If you’re not looking for a big feed, Big Poppas also have you covered with their menu of share plates and platters of cheeses, fine meats, and fruit. So, sit back, reflect on how It Was A Good Day, and dig into something Juicy while you’re In Da Club (or, Big Poppa’s, rather).
3. Big Poppa’s
Just past Martin Place hides this neat, dimly lit underground tequileria and eatery known as the Barrio Cellar. With a focus on tequila and Mexican street food, Barrio Cellar is a great spot for some fast, delicious late-night food in Sydney, and the tequila kick you need to keep your night going. To match their vibrant food, ranging from your Mexican standard of guac and chips to tacos and quesadillas, you’ll also be hearing beats from their resident DJs on Friday and Saturday nights. We recommend picking your favourites from their taco menu, for a variety of filling flavours that’ll leave you feeling full and satisfied. Or, for the truly hungry, a serving of their chicken nachos, which combine the crumbed chicken of schnitzel with the Mexican nacho favourites of spiced black beans, queso, salsa, and corn chips.
4. Barrio Cellar
If The Colonel isn’t giving you the same kick he used to, and you’re looking for fried chicken that’ll blow your socks off, Butter is the late-night Sydney restaurant for you. Fried chicken is everything to the staff at Butter, so much so that you’ll have a hard time finding anything that doesn’t include chicken in some way on their menu. Because it’s their specialty, you’re in safe hands for your next fried chicken fix, with a crispy, shattering fried batter protecting a moist, mouth-watering cut of chicken within (we can tell you’re drooling right now, and we can’t blame you for it). For those looking for something a little different, you can sink your teeth into their fried chicken ramen, a delectable fusion of western and eastern cuisine that’ll have you slurping up a storm. At Butter, everybody’s heard about the bird, and now you have to.
5. Butter
If you’re looking for somewhere suave to cap your night off, you should be heading down to Old Mate’s Place. While they’re a little hard to find, you’ll be glad you did, as after walking up a few flights of stairs you’ll be warmly welcomed in by the well-dressed staff of Old Mate’s Place. The furniture is old and rustic, as is their bar, which is littered with fine spirits and wines for you to taste. If you’re lucky, you could even be invited up to their rooftop seating area and bar, where you can bask in the sounds and atmosphere of late-night Sydney. The late-night food menu covers all things from cheeses and finger foods to their wide range of cheesesteaks, which is traditionally a roll filled with meats, roasted vegetables, and of course, cheese (Sounds good, right?).
6. Old Mate’s Place
The Unicorn Hotel is the first restaurant on our list of the best late-night food in Sydney to provide the classic, hearty pub feeds we all know and love. We’re of course talking about your chicken schnitzels and your parmi’s, but their menu isn’t limited to just these options. For the lighter eaters, you’ll find bar snacks like Jatz crackers and dips, and for the vegetarians, you’ll be looked after with their veggie schnitzel, veggie burger, and even veggie lasagna. Of course, because The Unicorn Hotel is also a pub, you’ll find a great variety of beers on tap, as well as wines and cocktails. Get in on a Tuesday night with some mates, and you can even enjoy pub trivia with Big Daddy Howie. With all these great meal options and a pub atmosphere that’s near impossible to replicate, you’ll find it hard to pass The Unicorn Hotel without stopping in for a drink and a feed late at night.
7. The Unicorn Hotel
If you’re looking for somewhere a little more multicultural for you late-night feed in Sydney, you should try dropping into Arisun. A family-owned business (that’s been in operation since 1942, so you know they’re doing something right), Arisun is traditionally a Korean food restaurant, with influences from Chinese and Japanese cuisine. This means that you can have the best mix of all these cuisines on the one plate, as found in their famous Korean fried chicken, signature black bean noodles, and a wide variety of smoke-grilled meats. Enjoy your meal with friends, family, or just by yourself, as a mix of K-pop and current hits play around the restaurant, further demonstrating Arisun’s great mix of culture and representation. If you need to be eating your late-night food on the run, to catch that last train perhaps, you can get one of Arisun’s bento boxes to go, with options of miso glazed salmon, kimchi pork fried rice, and even hamburg bento.
8. Arisun
El Loco is next on our list of the best late-night food in Sydney, as a restaurant with an atmosphere and food so good they just couldn’t get rid of them. Originally set up as a short-term, pop-up shop, El Loco took up residency in Surry Hills and has been serving some of the best Mexican you’ll find in Sydney ever since. For easy, late-night food that doesn’t require your cutlery or table manners, El Loco’s variety of tacos will be perfect for your night out. If you’re wanting to experiment with different flavour combinations yourself, you can order one of their DIY taco platters, and create a taco the likes of which have never been seen – or eaten – before. And if you’re just looking for something light, El Loco also provides the Mexican fan favourites of guac, chips, and nachos.
9. El Loco
Pizza is undoubtedly a staple of late-night feasts, and Manny’s Pizza Diner is all about that lifestyle. At Manny’s Pizza Diner you’ll find classics of pizza on the menu, your margarita, pepperoni, and supremo, along with fancier and experimental pizzas like Mary’s eggplant, rosemary tatoes, and the Philly pizza. The Philly pizza is closely followed on the menu by the increasingly popular Philly cheese steaks, along with a wide range of hot dogs. To tell a long story short, if you’re hungry on your late-night adventures, and need a greasy, meaty, cheesy feed to get you home and leave you feeling full, Manny’s Pizza will have something for you. And, although it doesn’t sound like it from the menu items we’ve mentioned, there are vegetarian options as well, like the veggie Philly or Manny’s garden pizza.
10. Manny’s Pizza Diner
Goros is exactly what you need if you’re getting those late-night stomach growls, but you don’t want your night to stop while you’re getting food. Goros is a Japanese bar and restaurant, with karaoke. We repeat, with karaoke. So, you can fill up on their gyoza (dumplings, pan-fried), their yakitori (meat skewers), or classic burgers (delicious meat in buns, but you knew that) while you rock out with your mates. Do it like they do in Japan with some bubble tea, whisky, and sake, or if you really want to keep the drinks going, one of Goros sake banger bombs, which is sake mixed with beer or Redbull. Just remember to chew and swallow before you bust out that crescendo, for the sake of the microphone and everyone around you.
11. Goros
With Mr Crackles, your pork crackling cravings (say that three times fast) are no longer reserved for those classic Sunday roasts. Mr Crackles demonstrate their expertise in pork and pork crackling through their range of rolls, with ten different roll options for getting their pork into your snout. These options cover your traditional slow-roasted pork, sticky BBQ, and even Hong Kong style pork with pickled salad. If you’re craving something big, you can upgrade your roll to a ‘manwich’ and double the meat of your standard roll order. If you’re just in for the crackling, you can get a crackling cup to go, but we recommend sticking around for some meat as well. We highly recommend pigging out at Mr Crackles for your next late-night feast in Sydney.
12. Mr Crackles
For late-night eats in Sydney, you can’t go past Mary’s Circular Quay, or more specifically, their upstairs burger restaurant Ratpiss. Sitting atop Mary’s Underground, one of Sydney’s most iconic live music venues, Ratpiss serves up some of the best traditional burgers Sydney has to offer (proving that you can’t judge a book by its cover, or slightly graphic name). The regular menu covers all burger grounds, from cheeseburgers to chicken, and what’s even better is that all burgers come with fries. What makes the menu particularly unique at Ratpiss, is that almost all the burgers from their regular menu can be altered to become vegan burgers. This means that everyone is welcome to chow down on the tasty burgers of Ratpiss, and afterward keep the party going downstairs at Mary’s Underground.
13. Mary’s Circular Quay
Closing out the list of spots for late-night food in Sydney is Low 302. While the Surry Hills institution is best known for its quirky list of cocktails, served elegantly by the team of expert bartenders, the bar is also available for some tasty treats. Low 302 has a full kitchen that serves everything from light bar snacks to full dinner mains. Even better, the menu has been designed to pair seamlessly with the cocktail list.
14. Low 302
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Key Things to Consider for Late Night Spots
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