Not ready for bed yet? There are plenty of places in Sydney where you can dance until the small hours. There’s music for every taste, from house and EDM to R&B, rock ‘n’ roll and live bands. Put on your party shoes and get ready for a big night.
Home the Venue in Darling Harbour is Sydney’s original superclub. It’s open Friday to Sunday, and can fit 2,500 people across three levels and nine bars. Ivy in the city is another huge venue with multiple bars, a rooftop pool club and a weekly Ministry of Sound night with three rooms of R&B, hip hop and party tunes.
Kings Cross, traditionally the centre of Sydney’s late night action, has undergone many changes in recent years and a new crop of nightclubs have opened their doors. Try hedonistic rock ‘n’ roll club Boogie Mountain, the glamorous Miami-inspired Flamingo Lounge and the multi-level Cali Club playing everything from house and techno to Afro beats.
For the full VIP experience, book a private booth at Marquee in The Star and have bottles of Veuve Cliquot champagne or Belvedere vodka brought over by your own personal bartender. Limited is an exclusive club in Kings Cross where you’ll need to put your name on the list ahead of time or reserve a table.
Walk into a tiny hot dog store in Surry Hills, open the door to a vintage Coca Cola fridge and you’ll find Soda Factory, a hidden nightclub with a retro 50s feel and DJ sets until 3am on weekends. Follow the sound of music down a tiny alleyway in Chippendale to discover Freda’s, a late night small bar with a regular dance floor.
Inspired by Andy Warhol’s 1960s New York nightclub The Factory, Oxford Art Factory is one of Sydney’s top live music venues and has launched the careers of many well-known local artists. Just down the road, Goodbar is a sleek club with a large dancefloor and DJs spinning house tunes every Saturday night.
Party with Sydney’s vibrant LGBTQI community at ARQ, a glitzy Oxford Street nightclub with laser lights and pumping house music, or Stonewall, a three-story bar with entertainment that ranges from drag shows and karaoke to up and coming DJs.