Sydney's vibrant nightlife
Sydney has a thriving bar and club scene, with everything from ‘secret’ laneway bars to local institutions. Head to the CBD, Kings Cross, Darlinghurst or the Inner West to discover late-night watering holes and vibrant clubs and bars that play music into the small hours.
Explore the vibrant Sydney City to find a great place to relax and enjoy yourself. At Chinese Laundry you can party in one of three club rooms playing house, drum and bass, electro, techno and hip-hop tracks from standout Australian and international artists. Alternatively, enjoy the glitz and glamour of The Ivy, with a reputation for being an urban playground for grown-ups.
One22 is also a popular institution for those who want to cut loose on the dance floor to house and techno beats. For a more relaxed vibe, the cosmopolitan kitsch and granny glamour of Grandma’s Bar holds unique appeal with its tiki decor, colourful cocktails and low-fi groove.
Just east of the CBD, great tunes are also on offer at Club77 in Kings Cross. With comfy booths and the 40-seat bar that winds around the club, enjoy a meal, hit the dance floor or simply find a comfortable bar stool. This refurbished venue also has a great Eastern European-inspired menu.
At the Oxford Art Factory in nearby Darlinghurst, you can watch live music and performance art from leading national and international artists.
The Marble Bar is a long-standing Sydney favourite, with live music and opulent Victorian-style decor; you’ll find it just beneath the Hilton Hotel on George Street.
Marrickville is home to a hidden gem called The Camelot Lounge. This boutique venue has a great atmosphere and offers an eclectic mix of comedy and live music, including jazz and world music.
When you are out and about stay safe and make sure you take note of NSW’s alcohol laws. Many licensed venues in the city will not admit patrons after 1.30 am, with last drinks no later than 3.00 am.
Sydneys best nightclubs
Whether youre looking to dance the night away or want to unwind with some of the citys finest cocktails, Sydneys happening nightlife has something for everyone.
The quirky Goodgod Bar & Small Club dance caf in Chinatown is one of Sydneys favourite small clubs and aims to be a one-stop funhouse for night time revellers. Their Goodgod Danceteria is a popular intimate taverna-style live music venue and dancefloor that plays everything from R&B to Jamaican dancehall reggae, and 80s electro-funk to house and techno.
The laidback one22 in the CBD is another small bar for those who want to cut loose on the dance floor to house and techno beats, while Grandmas Bars cosmopolitan kitsch and granny glamour holds unique appeal with its tongue-in-cheek approach to dcor.
At Chinese Laundry you can party in one of three club rooms playing house, electro, tech, hip-hop and drum and bass tracks from standout Australian and international artists. Great tunes are also on offer at Club77 in Kings Cross, a grungy basement nightclub that opens its doors late. In nearby Darlinghurst, the Exchange Hotel has six cool venues with room to groove.
The Marble Bar is a long-standing Sydney favourite, with live music and opulent Victorian-style dcor. The Lord Nelson in The Rocks also has a long history as a Sydney hotspot - its a grand old pub with great beer. Balmains London Hotel offers a good old-fashioned night out combined with award-winning pub food.
Marrickville is home to a hidden gem called The Camelot Lounge. This boutique venue has a great atmosphere and offers an eclectic mix of comedy and live music.
For a more sophisticated evening out, order a drink and unwind at Blu Bar on 36 at the Shangri-La Hotel, or enjoy the glamour of The Ivy, dubbed an urban playground for grown-ups.