Kings Cross
Kings Cross
3.5
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Neighborhood: Kings Cross
Changing liquor laws are remodeling "The Cross," Sydney's red light district. These new rules have encouraged trendy cafes and boutiques to pop-up in the area, as well as organic markets on Saturdays. The area's nightclubs are still popular with youngsters, however, who will dance to the early morning hours on weekend nights. There are plenty of artifacts from Kings Cross' shady past when gangsters and liquor houses owned the place. Today, one can still find a variety of adult entertainment venues in this evolving area.
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  • Kings Cross • 1 min walk
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia20,935 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
The cross and the suburbs it is bounded by, Potts Point and Darlinghurst, is our most favourite area, of greater Sydney. The strip (Darlinghurst rd) is where it all happens, which extends from the iconic Coca Cola sign the Alamein fountain. There was a time when the strips was full of strip clubs and brothels, not so much now, just a few exist, and even less are open during these interesting time, however, the strip has evolved, and so has the people with it.

During the day there is shopping, and eating to me had, at its many eateries, Bella Vita awesome and cheap, (see review), and Nung Len, a Thai flavour explosion, (see review). At night is when it comes alive, the bars fill up, the lights of the strip clubs give the place a buzz, our favourite place to visit in the evening is, LIankelly Place, (just off the strip), which has an array of eateries, that will satisfy the most discerning of palettes. The cross is definitely worth a visit.
Written December 30, 2020
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ramAustralia2018
Greater Sydney, Australia230 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
It used to be colourful and dynamic, but now it is just dead dead dead. The LNP NSW government lock out laws just killed it. No more lively pubs with live bands and uniquely Australian cuisine, all gone now, all being slated for "redevelopment".
Written January 22, 2020
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Brad Bernstein
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This used be such a great shethole.... Sydney has lost its night life charm
If no fun at night to be had most as well travel to New Zealand and get to see so much more for a lot less.
Sydney seems to be one big semi modern ugly apartment and bunch of offices with metro supermarkets everywhere...
Written November 22, 2020
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I M
Canberra, Australia18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012 • Business
A lot of clubs, and Coles supermarket. Many food selling kiosks representing different national cuisines. It is worth going there without kids.
Written March 5, 2012
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AriesXin
74 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Family
Me (I'm under 18) and my parents went to visit out of curiosity.
Unfortunately we didn't see too many night life, well maybe they don't start until 11pm or so (we went there at 7).
Written February 16, 2016
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Olivia2k14
Sydney, Australia1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Solo
If you single and want some adult entertainment, always welcome in Kings Cross, Sydney. Actually maximum travelers want to visit the place for spending a sensational moment in life. Remember kids are not allowed in here.
Written May 15, 2014
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Ndeye L
London, UK390 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
i was expecting more from king cross. l was expecting more entertainment. like a night with David Getta or a night in paris.
there is clubs and strip tease. it s not classy place. Where you can have fun and enjoy being there!
otherwise there is lot of option in clubs etc. some are more prestigious and required to be well dressed and good looking. if they allow you to get in they stamp your hand in order to recognise you if you go out and wanna get back in...
the stip tease doesn t worth it. it cost around 25 to 50 dollars for almost nothing! the seats were dirty, the girls were not fresh and not beautiful. pass your way.it was disgusting!
Written February 27, 2012
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hotlock
Pattaya, Thailand10 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Solo
on my trip to Sydney Australia,i went to have a drink in a well known area called Kings cross,the time was 2130 hrs only to be told after nine o clock you need photo id , and as i do not drive so i do not have photo ID, and do not like to carry a passport around with me at night and only had my credit cards and my ex service member ship cards, I got turned away , i feel at the age of nearly sixty, insulted and i feel the idiot who brought this rule in has not thought this thing thing through,and spoiled my trip to Sydney , and many others who go there to, not every one has got photo id,i like every one to know so it gets back to the Australian Goverment we are not children and if you do go on holiday it should be told to tourist on arrival so we can avoid these places
Written April 18, 2015
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Jordan M
Sydney, Australia21 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Friends
Speaking as a local, this used to be one of Sydney's main playgrounds, and has been destroyed by the lock-out laws. Where once the streets were absolutely teeming of an evening, they are completely dead perhaps 5 nights a week, with a few people around Friday-Saturday. The night crowd has been replaced by retirees and investors.

The single benefit of the lock-out laws has been an increase in quality restaurants in the area. There are some great food and wine choices at the moment, including places like Dear St Eloise and Jangling Jacks.

Several decent clubs remain such as World Bar (go Thursday-Saturday nights), but sadly there has been an immense loss in quantity and range of nightlife that can not be recovered, as the properties have been sold off over the past 3 years to developers. A shadow of the past.
Written July 30, 2017
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MWandAW
North Sydney, Australia3,669 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
Wandering around today's Kings Cross at 2.00 pm on Sunday, I feel the ritzy pizazz and glamour has gone. The shops now include cheap travel agents, liquor outlets, pawn shops, cheap retail stores, an occasional sex shop and lots of cafes. Some pubs like the Rex Hotel with its new restaurant and bar area, have lots of customers, but the strip clubs look like they are doing it tough, with the spruikers just sitting outside the doors. The street has families walking from their accommodation to and from the CityRail station. The streets are quiet and sleepy. Back in the 70's and 80's, the main drag would have been busy with prostitutes, sailors and groups of young men walking along the street. Now its a ghost town, even though the fleet is in port for Anzac Day. Yes, I was there in those seedy days, there was an edgy, underworld feel, which appears to be long gone. The lock out laws have worked and gotten rid of the atmosphere. It is just like any other suburb now. I know the residents like that and of course, the Lord Mayor and the Doctors at St Vincent Hospital, but it is sad for tourism. I was still there on Sunday night, I didn't see any prostitutes, hot cars cruising around, motorcycle gangs, hustlers or drunks for that matter. So it isn't the best place for an all night binge, any more. It appears to be a haven for backpackers, though. If you do decide to go, make sure you visit the tourism kiosk at the corner of Darlinghurst Road and Springfield Avenue and ask for Geoff. He is most knowledgeable about all things to see and do in Kings Cross and he is most happy to talk to you.
Written April 25, 2017
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