Devotees of the comfortable, atmospheric local pub rejoice! The Inner West has plenty of pubs in varying degrees of gentrification, ranging from 'not at all' to 'within an inch of its life'. A thirsty student population sustains a barrage of bars and live-music venues, the hipster crowd means post-ironic cocktail tomfoolery is gloriously in vogue, while a sizeable lesbian and gay community also makes its presence felt. Night owls can take heart that the Inner West is outside the central city's restricted alcohol zone – meaning no lockouts. Family-friendly pubs with play areas are common.