Welcome to YCK – the new nightlife and entertainment precinct in the CBD

Sydney is getting a brand-new nightlife and entertainment precinct in the heart of the city, with Time Out for Business leading the strategy

If you haven’t already heard, YCK Laneways were announced last week as the new entertainment and hospitality precinct in the heart of the Sydney CBD.

To drive excitement about this new entertainment quarter, some of Sydney’s favourite small bars have banded together to put the precinct on the map with the launch of YCK Laneways Block Party – a six-week celebration of Sydney’s creative community through a series of cultural events at your favourite bars.

Spanning across York, Clarence and Kent Streets (YCK), the block party will be a collaboration between the city’s small bars with the aim of inspiring Sydneysiders to rediscover the city and inject some much-needed life back into the once thriving CBD.

YCK Laneways Block Party will feature 75 cultural events across 10 bars, engaging more than 100 talented artists from across Sydney. Participating venues include Since I Left You, Papa Gede’s, The Lobo, Spawn Point, The Barber Shop, The Duke of Clarence, Stitch Bar, Uncle Mings, Prince of York and Grandma’s Bar.

The establishment of a new after-dark precinct within the CBD is part of the City of Sydney’s post-lockdown strategy to revitalise the local economy, as people across the city adjust to the new normal of 2021. It’s hoped the YCK Laneways initiative will prompt Sydneysiders to view the CBD as a great place to spend their leisure time as well as their working week. “It’s been incredibly rewarding to see small hospitality operators come together and create big things in celebration of the arts,” Karl Schlothauer, the president of the Independent Bars Association, said. “Through this collaboration, YCK celebrates Sydney’s small bar scene.” 

Deputy lord mayor of Sydney Jess Scully added: “The hospitality and nightlife industries have experienced some of the worst social and economic impacts of 2020, and they’ve shown incredible resilience in the face of these challenges. It is so important that we come back together as a community to support the sector and celebrate this wonderful occasion.”

The strategy behind YCK Laneways has been led by Time Out for Business, Time Out’s in-house consultancy agency, whose primary objective is to rebuild our cities towards a better future. 

The launch of the YCK Laneways precinct has been supported by the City of Sydney as well as through commercial sponsorships from American Express, Patrón Tequila and Bombay Sapphire. You can get updates on events taking place in the YCK Laneways by following on Instagram and Facebook

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