It’s certainly a bad day for those of you hell-bent on hiding from the horrible truth: Sydney sucks, folks. It’s indisputable now. In fact the New South Wales capital blows so hard that it’s been officially ranking 10th last on a new list of the World’s Best Cities. You’d drink to try and forget that fact but half yr damned bars are closed, so…

Time Out has released its annual Time Out Index, ranking 48 global cities on a scale based on responses from over 30,000 people.

Sydney could only manage 39th place overall.


Out of 48.

Oh boy.

The index surveys people who live in each of the 48 cities as well as local experts, all of whom rate their town on a variety of different factors including happiness, attractiveness, progress, food and drink culture, live music, nightlife, and sociability.

Unsurprisingly enough, Sydneysiders staggeringly low opinion of themselves in those last few categories – beaten down by years of increasingly stifling lockout laws – had a very negative affect on Sydney’s overall rating. Hence the 39th position overall.

That spot was enough for Sydney to rate higher than a mere handful of cities that includes Abu DhabiHong KongBostonRio de JaneiroMarseilleBangkokKuala Lumpur, Beijing, and Istanbul.

On the rather extensive list of cities that kicked Sydney’s ass, however? MoscowDelhiTel AvivBirmingham in England and 9 – count ’em – NINE cities in the United States.

New York topped the overall list, closely and smugly followed by Melbourne in 2nd place. Melbourne and Sydney were the only two Australian cities to feature on the list, which you can smash into your faces in full below:


  1. New York
  2. Melbourne
  3. Chicago
  4. London
  5. Los Angeles
  6. Montreal
  7. Berlin
  8. Glasgow
  9. Paris
  10. Tokyo
  11. Madrid
  12. Cape Town
  13. Las Vegas
  14. Mexico City
  15. Manchester
  16. Philadelphia
  17. Barcelona
  18. Buenos Aires
  19. Lisbon
  20. Washington D.C.
  21. Tel Aviv
  22. Mumbai
  23. Toronto
  24. Birmingham
  25. Dublin
  26. São Paulo
  27. Miami
  28. Porto
  29. Singapore
  30. Edinburgh
  31. San Francisco
  32. Dubai
  33. Munich
  34. Vienna
  35. Shanghai
  36. Moscow
  37. Delhi
  38. Seattle
  39. Sydney
  40. Abu Dhabi
  41. Hong Kong
  42. Boston
  43. Rio de Janeiro
  44. Marseille
  45. Bangkok
  46. Kuala Lumpur
  47. Beijing
  48. Istanbul
Source: Time Out
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