There’s no denying it, Sydney is a very expensive place for a night out. Sydney is considered the third most expensive city in the world. This is based on ‘cost of living’, but hey, what’s living without going out.
So how can you save some cash while avoiding options like drinking goon in a random park?
1. Know how you’re getting home: Plan to go home with others so that taxi fares can be shared. Public transport is always a good option. The nightrider is a great place to meet weirdos. Ideally, shotgun a spot in Dezzo Dave’s car.
2. Eat before you go: Unless you are going out for dinner, then eat before you go. This will stop you making impulsive and expensive decisions when hunger hits. Also, don’t go to Maccas or the kebab shop at the end of your night. Hold off that extra 30 minutes and cook up a feed at home. You will save yourself a good $20 because, let’s face it, your drunk self thinks you need at least three burgers. You could always go to one of the many bars with free snack is you are feeling peckish; e.g. Baxter Inn has free pretzels, Tio’s and Oxford Art Factory have free popcorn and Mojo has pork crackling. Pokie rooms anywhere often have free snacks as well, and coffee!
3. Drink before you go: Obvious. Pre-drinking, or pre-gaming as it is called, is the art of consuming alcoholic beverages before you go out so as to save money out. Of course, there is also the option of not drinking at all (had to throw it in there).
4. Don’t take your keycard out with you: Work out how much it will cost you to get home and hide that amount in a less accesible pocket of your wallet. Then take only what you want to spend. Leave the keycard at home. Ration your money over the night and when you run out call it in.
5. Happy hour: This is generally between 4pm and 8pm. Ask about drink specials like ‘beer of the month’. Also, don’t be afraid to ask, “What is your cheapest drink?”. Where you go can affect how much you spend as well. Avoid over-hyped clubs with entry fees where the cheapest drink is an $11 schmiddy (that’s between a middy and a schooner, not even a standard size! For shame!) of beer. Backpacker bars or students bars often have special nights or deals. Macquarie Hotel in Surry Hills is a personal favourite as their brewery beers are only $3.50 all the time.
6. Share: One glass of wine = $7. A bottle = $20. Do the maths.
7. Hang around drunk people: You can always find someone who is so drunk that they shout everyone around them shots. Stick near them.
8. Pick up spare change off the DF: With all that dancing, it is inevitable that some ‘spange’ (spare change) will end up on the floor. Then it’s up for grabs! Be careful with 5c and $2 coins as they look quite similar.
9. Be a girl: The cost of the sex change might actually be eventually offset by how much money you save by being shouted drinks. Think long term benefits!