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‘RUSSH’ sends postcards from our favourite Sydney spot this festive season

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A good night out should never be hard to find. In fact, if you live in Sydney you need only manoeuvre over to Shell House, with its four stories of fun, to ensure the odds are always in your favour. As the festive season approaches and our bodies crave a moment of reprieve only the dancefloor and a stiff drink can provide, take this guide to our recipe for a memorable night, below.


Wynyard isn't short of plush hotels to spend your evening, but we'd suggest taking the five minute cab along Elizabeth Street to hole up at the Ace Hotel.


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Considering La Niña is hanging around, you've got two options. If you're averse to the sticky heat, head upstairs to simmer down with a refreshing Sbagliato during happy hour at Clocktower Bar within Shell House. You might as well throw down a half dozen oysters while you're there too.

Otherwise, lean into the humidity and propel yourself onto the dancefloor, dancing to whatever DJs are on rotation at the moment.


Certainly you could set the mood at our favourite fine dining restaurants in Sydney, or the places we go to strike up a little romance. We've even broken down the dinners spot we return to time and time again, if you're looking for local haunts that are tried and tested. But since you're at Shell House, why not settle in for both a good time and a long time? This means booking a table at its Dining Room, where the menu is a roll call of the freshest produce of the season.

The kitchen is equipped with a parrilla, ensuring everything from beetroot to aged pork is burnished and tender. There's cacio e pepe risotto and Murray cod and cruller topped with white anchovy and whipped fish roe. And when you can no longer button your pants, simply catch the lift to the clocktower for a nightcap or take the trip right to the top and end your night on your feet, swaying well into the AM.


A friend, or a whole cluster of them. The more the merrier – this is an experience you'll want to have with your favourite people piled around you.

Explore all Shell House has to offer online at its website or in person at 37 Margaret Street, Sydney 2000 NSW.

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