Sydney Nightlife

The Sydney Morning Herald's daily entertainment section is the most informative guide to the city's pubs and clubs. For club-scene coverage—who's been seen where and what they were wearing—pick up a free copy of The Music magazine ( available at just about any Oxford Street café or pub. The CitySearch (

and Ever Guide ( are other good online sources of entertainment information.

All bars and clubs listed here are open daily unless noted. Entry is free unless we list a cover charge.

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Sydney's biggest, best-looking, and funkiest gay nightclub, ARQ attracts a clean-cut crowd who like to whip off their shirts as soon...

Bambini Wine Room

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Bambini Wine Room is a sparkling little jewel box encased in marble-clad walls and topped with lovely chandeliers. You can sip cocktails...

Beach Road Hotel

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This Bondi institution is famous for its Sunday Sessions, when locals come to enjoy a barbecue, drink and dance in the outdoor courtyard.

Blu Bar on 36

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Blu Bar on 36 has a stellar view! Situated on the 36th floor of the Shangri-La Hotel, this is a sophisticated place to relax after work...

Bungalow 8

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With its primo waterside location at the northern end of King Street Wharf, and famous mussels from its open kitchen, Bungalow 8 invites...

Eau de Vie

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You might have to seek them out but speakeasy-style bars are the new thing in Sydney. Eau de Vie, at the rear of the trendy Kirkton Hotel...

Harold Park Hotel

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This is a great comedy venue that also serves up excellent jazz, pop, rock, and blues performances, often featuring artists playing in...


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One of a string of swanky venues in the area, Hemmesphere is still drawing a hip crowd 12 years after it first opened. Named for Justin...

Hugo's Lounge

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This is the place that transformed Kings Cross from a seedy crossroads of sex shops and smut to a must-be-seen-here destination for Sydney's...


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This mutlilevel complex of bars, pubs, and eateries is in an ultrahip George Street complex. Cocktails are great, but expensive, and...