Sydney city skyline lit up during Vivid Sydney 2013. Credit: Destination NSW; James Horan
Sleek and chic, Hugo’s Lounge is the place to see and be seen. This edgy nightclub and cocktail bar in Kings Cross attracts a sophisticated crowd, so dress to impress! Top DJs play cool tunes from Thursdays to Sundays, and Hugo’s Bar Pizza hits the spot between tasty cocktails.
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.