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When the sun goes down, Wollongong becomes a city full of surprises and like any good wingman, it’s up for anything and refuses to sit still.

Once upon a time, this industrial port town was a collection of pubs and not a lot else. My, how times have changed. Of course, you can still find some great pubs out there like the Headlands Hotel, but now there are plenty more options to fill your dance card with.

In recent years, a swathe of quirky and cool small bars and eateries have transformed the city’s after-dark landscape for the better. Choose from sophisticated and well-stocked spirit spots like Red Square (vodka); enjoy the urban vibe of His Boy Elroy, or lock down your fun at Breakout Bar and Escape Rooms. If you prefer beer, visit Five Barrel Brewing or The Daring Squire for a variety of craft beer on offer. Small bars are definitely a constantly evolving thing in this town, so knock three times and ask a local where the latest one is hiding.

Other things to do after dark include taking in a show at the IPAC theatre, live comedy at The Builders Club on Saturdays or search out some raw musical talent at the many clubs and live venues including Towradgi Beach Hotel. Then round off the night by getting a nightcap at one of the many small bars scattered throughout the city or dance up a storm in one of the many nightspots.

And hey, if your night gets so late that it becomes early, nothing beats watching the sunrise over the ocean (the only true way to know that the night is over) from one of our gorgeous beaches, while sipping the earliest of morning coffees. Now, THAT was a good night…