Let's face it — you don't normally expect to walk out of a bar feeling smarter. But global initiative Raising the Bar looks to do just that, pulling education out of classrooms and injecting it into unexpected locations. Hailing from New York, Raising the Bar is heading to Aussie shores, in partnership with the University of Sydney, to take over Sydney bars for one night only.

Ten Sydney haunts — including Della HydeSince I Left YouMojo Record Bar and The Taphouse —are getting involved in this free event, with each venue hosting talks at 6.30pm and 8pm. The bars will be open for business, too, so you can grab a beer to sip on while you try to memorise some new facts to share at parties.

Some of Sydney's brightest minds will come together to discuss their research. And the conversation topics are about as varied as you can get — from heatwaves to happiness to the bioethics of human tissue.

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Raising the Bar