Just like most major cities around the world, Sydney nightlife has its own fair share of options. While there are some nights when you feel like dancing the night away to popular DJ mixes, there are also those nights when you want a more chill vibe with live music performances, or even soul and disco hits.
And guess what? Sydney has a great selection of clubs, bars, and pubs to keep you up all night, no matter what you choose. So if you’re having some trouble picking a place to party, look no further, because I’m breaking it down for you!
Perfect for: Hardcore night owls
(Nope, not your own home!) With four huge areas that play four distinct music styles—disco, techno, funk, and two-step—multiple DJs, a pretty intense dance floor, and one of the best views of Darling Harbour, this super club is the place to be if you want a rip-roaring and unforgettable night.
101 Wheat Rd; Darling Harbour, NSW 2000; Australia
Perfect for: Retro kids
If you’re looking for some fun Sydney nightlife, then you’ve got to check out this pizza cafe slash basement bar. Besides the obvious selling point (who says no to pizza, right?), this place also has live performances almost every night, and a stellar arsenal of rock and roll classics to boot.
50 Hunter St; Sydney, NSW 2000; Australia
Perfect for: Dance superstars
Just because it’s one of the oldest clubs around Sydney shouldn’t be a reason for you not to hit up this place. Chinese Laundry is one of the biggest nightclubs in the city with both an indoor and outdoor dance floor and courtyard garden, and a great pounding bass that will keep you pumped all night.
So if you’re looking to show off some dance moves (and maybe even get a glimpse of some famous international dancers like Hudson Mohawke, Baauer, and DJ Slink), then this is the place to be.
111 Sussex St; Sydney, NSW 2000; Australia
Perfect for: Original music aficionados
Previously known as The Basement, it has now revived and evolved to become the newly-opened Mary’s Underground. With performances that cross a wide spectrum of music genres, you can expect everything from bluegrass groups, hip-hop / electro-pop artists, and more.
P.S. Their full service Euro-American menu is a definite plus, too.
7 Macquarie Pl; Sydney, NSW 2000; Australia
Perfect for: Euro escapists
Whether it’s a break you need from school, work, or your problems, this place is the perfect locale to forget your worries for one night. They host a variety of weekly events, including comedy shows, live music performances, and LGBTQI+ soirees. They also bring in local and international DJs who play everything from the techno electronic music genre.
199 Enmore Rd; Enmore, NSW 2042; Australia
Perfect for: Hungover house party guests
Think LA-style luxury complete with a gigantic pool, cabanas, and fantastic service—that’s what the Ivy is all about. This open-air pool club presents a more chill vibe as compared to previously mentioned clubs, and gives off the feeling of having a fancy house party… but don’t underestimate the guests and their killer dance moves, either!
Level 4, 320 George St; Sydney, NSW 2000; Australia
Perfect for: EDM enthusiasts
With Sydney’s strict lockout and curfew laws, this place is controversially the exception. Hidden inside the Star Casino, Marquee is known for some of the best electronic dance music acts and visuals, with performances from international superstars and DJs like Drake, Calvin Harris, Avicii, Hardwell, and more.
Perfect for: Off season Pride paraders
Looking to be entertained? Then Arq is your best bet. With the best sound and light system around, you can expect an amazingly adorned and spacious venue with a strong no-attitude, carefree vibe from the inimitable LGBTQ crowd.
16 Flinders St; Darlinghurst, NSW 2010; Australia
Perfect for: Live music hunters
If the idea of a great night out is listening to some live music, then you might want to check out this place. The boutique live music venue was inspired by Andy Warhol’s factory in New York and has an impressive list of performers, including international bands, indie electronic producers and DJs, and local artists.
38-46 Oxford St; Darlinghurst, NSW 2010; Australia
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10. Soda Factory
Perfect for: Casual weekenders
I’ll be real: Going on a night out can cost several pretty dollars, but this cocktail bar has set out to prove everyone wrong about Sydney nightlife. Notorious for their affordable cocktails and American Diner-style menu offerings, this casual bar is a mecca for everyone who wants to enjoy some good food and boogie on the dance floor to some classic soul and pop hits.
16 Wentworth Ave; Surry Hills, NSW 2010; Australia
So what do you think of this Sydney nightlife list? Which bar or club will you be hitting up tonight?
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