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Day 56: I Miss Late-Night Hang-Outs

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Day 56: Late-Night Gas Station Shop

For a lot of my teens and early 20s, I lived a nocturnal life, taking in the quiet atmosphere the night presented and using it to my advantage. I used to write songs, record music, organize my room, watch movies and — my favorite — catch up with friends. You could do that in America. You can use the night as a time to go out, but not even in a way that involves drinking alcohol. I miss that.

I miss 24 hour coffee shops, Steak ‘n’ Shakes and Perkins. These were places to hang out, outside of the home, and maybe even get a snack or two in the process. The lack of a late-night culture in the countries I’ve been living in for the past few years has made me sad.

I already mentioned the reason we have Korean BBQ after Sydney Travel Tribe is partially because there are very few other options in the city. In my neck of the woods, there are even fewer! To get any sort of snack, we have to resort to the gas station, and that was turning off the lights on Friday as the daily photo was being taken. Lame much?

Why, Sydney? Why must you suck in terms of late-night culture? You are full of awesome and youthful individuals and yet you act like an old fogey. Seriously! The malls close at 6pm during the week, most of the shops are closed on the weekends — aren’t these the times when you could be making some REAL money?!

Ok, I’m done ranting. I just really miss my late-night culture.


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12 Responses to Day 56: I Miss Late-Night Hang-Outs

  1. Adri February 26, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

    Me, too! It makes me a bit sad and homesick. All the shops here close by 6pm, even on weekends. Restaurants close at 10pm. Unless you’re going to a bar (2am) or club (some until 4am), you’re stuck at home. I miss 24-hour diners so much… and midnight movies, late-night cafes and delis, shops open ’til 9-10pm on weekdays… I don’t know why, but my friends and I always seemed to have the best conversations in those early morning hours.

  2. Kristin M February 26, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

    Man, that’s gotta be a hard adjustment to make! Late-night hangouts are some of the best memories I have from college!

  3. Andrea February 26, 2011 at 8:30 pm #

    Hi Brooke, Yes, I know what you’re talking about. After living in the US for almost 8 years I got used shopping around the clock, helpful when you’re working during the day, and was staggered at the restrictive shopping hours on my return. So much had changed during that time, but not the shopping hours. At least now there are some grocery stores open for longer hours / all night. I guess some of it is the balance here between maximizing customer opportunities vs balancing employment laws and pay necessary outside of “business hours”. It will change over time.

  4. Rachael February 27, 2011 at 1:40 am #

    I hear ya! We’re lucky to have a gas station a few blocks down the street where we can grab overpriced chips/pies/soda, but I miss even having a grocery store to visit after 8pm!

    Even though we don’t live too far out of the city, the transport basically stops after 6:30-7, which makes it even less convenient to walk all the way in for a $9 falafel just because we have late night hunger pains… Bah!

  5. Teegan February 27, 2011 at 9:22 pm #

    Where in Sydney are you? There are plenty of places open late and not just seedy ones either. I agree speciality shops should stay open longer but I’ve never lived anywhere in Sydney that doesn’t have a a supermarket open to midnight, a 24 hr convenience store and somewhere to eat open late within walking distance. Maybe I’m spoilt living in The Cross but I remember King St being the same.

  6. Tony February 28, 2011 at 8:41 am #

    No late-night hang-outs? You’re clearly missing out!

    Park St plays host to the carpeted wonderland that is the Criterion Hotel. Open for a tidy 24 hours a day, you can drink whenever you like – all day, all night – smell the aroma that is beer kegs and listen to cries of joy that is a pokies win.

    Perhaps you’re into live music? After a good sesh in the Gaelic Club on Devonshire St, you can skip and hop one door down to the 24h Madison Hotel. You can shoot some pool and be told by regulars you’re an amazing pool player. This may or may not have happened to me.

    Failing that why become a high roller for the night? Star City is open 24h complete with black jack, theatre seating for sports events and hot dogs that will leave you umm, wanting more.

    What more could you want from our 24h city? 😉

  7. Amanda February 28, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

    I had no idea Sydney shut down so early! Lamesauce.

    Also, you just made me hungry by mentioning Perkins. A girl after my own heart!!

    • Brooke March 3, 2011 at 12:32 pm #

      I miss Perkins 🙂 Well, there are places that stay open late, but shops suck and it’s hard to get to these places if you don’t drive.

  8. Teegan March 7, 2011 at 12:40 pm #

    Help make Sydney better then! City of Sydney want to hear EXACTLY these complaints at the moment;

    “The City is developing a night time policy that that will broaden the scope of the City’s late night offering – with late night cafes, museums, galleries and shops, combined with improved transport options, and events that are not primarily centered on drinking.”

    Check it out here-

  9. Rish August 8, 2011 at 7:10 pm #

    Seoul has a vibrant 24-hour culture.

    Many bars keep serving until the sun comes up or until the owners get tired and want to go home.

    Since the subway stops running around midnight and doesn’t start again until 5 a.m., it’s way too easy to decide at 3 a.m. that you might as well keep going.

    The convenience stores sell cheap booze around the clock and if you’re tired of the bars, you can buy a few bottles of something and rent a DVD room. For about 20 bucks (USD) you can relax and watch a movie in a private room. (Many young Korean couples go there to get it on since they still live with their parents)

    Once the movie is over and you leave the place bleary eyed and squinting from the sun, you can stumble over to a coffee shop of some sort for a coffee and breakfast pastry of some sort to soak up the alcohol.

    Then you are ready to hike up a nearby mountain! 🙂

    • Brooke August 9, 2011 at 9:56 pm #

      Well, it sounds like life is awesome over in Seoul! The Aussies could learn a thing or two. I don’t like getting kicked out of bars at midnight… lame! 🙂


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