Sydney

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 (www.themusic.com.au) available at just about any Oxford Street café or pub. The Ever Guide (www.ev
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 (www.themusic.com.au) available at just
The Sydney Morning Herald's daily entertainment section is the most informative guide to the city's pubs and clubs. For

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 (www.themusic.com.au) available at just about any Oxford Street café or pub. The Ever Guide (www.everguide.com.au) is another good online source 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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  • 1. Bambini Wine Room

    City Center | Wine Bars–Nightlife

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

  • 2. Eau de Vie

    Darlinghurst | Bars/Pubs

    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 Kirketon Hotel in...Read More

  • 3. O Bar and Dining

    City Center | Piano Bars/Lounges

    This is the place to come at sunset for the view, tapas, and cocktails—and the '70s kitsch of a revolving restaurant. Located on level 47 of...Read More

  • 4. Opera Bar

    Circular Quay | Bars/Pubs

    Perched beneath the concourse of the Opera House and at eye level with Sydney Harbour, Opera Bar has the best location in all of Sydney. Cozy...Read More

  • 5. The Arthouse Hotel

    City Center | Bars/Pubs

    A former School of the Arts building, The Arthouse Hotel has been renovated into a modern, belle epoque–style hot spot, with four bars and a...Read More

  • 6. ARQ

    Darlinghurst | Bars/Pubs

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

  • 7. Beach Road Hotel

    Bondi Beach | Bars/Pubs

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

  • 8. Blu Bar on 36

    The Rocks | Wine Bars–Nightlife

    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 or enjoy...Read More

  • 9. Bungalow 8

    Darling Harbour | Bars/Pubs

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

  • 10. Harold Park Hotel

    Glebe | Bars/Pubs

    This is a great comedy venue that also serves up excellent jazz, pop, rock, and blues performances on Sunday afternoon, often featuring artists...Read More

  • 11. Hemmesphere

    City Center | Bars/Pubs

    One of a string of swanky venues in the area, Hemmesphere is still drawing a hip crowd more than a decade after it first opened. Named for Justin...Read More

  • 12. Ivy

    City Center | Bars/Pubs

    This multilevel complex of bars, pubs, and eateries is in an ultrahip George Street complex. Cocktails are great but expensive, and the crowd...Read More

  • 13. Lobo Plantation

    City Center | Bars/Pubs

    This Cuban-themed bar is a hit in Sydney. Patrons love the palm trees, the cane furniture, and the wall lined with Cuban bank notes. Cocktails...Read More

  • 14. Marquee - The Star Sydney

    Darling Harbour | Dance Clubs

    Nightclubbers are heading to Marquee—on the top level of the relaunched casino and entertainment complex, The Star Sydney—to dance the night...Read More

  • 15. Mercantile Hotel

    The Rocks | Music Clubs

    In the shadow of Harbour Bridge, Mercantile Hotel is Irish and very proud of it. Fiddles, drums, and pipes rise above the clamor in the bar...Read More

  • 16. Sydney's Comedy Store

    Centennial Park | Comedy Clubs

    The city's oldest comedy club is in a plush 300-seat theater in the Entertainment Quarter, which most people still refer to as Fox Studios ...Read More

  • 17. The Basement

    Circular Quay | Music Clubs

    A Sydney legend, The Basement is the premier venue for top local and international jazz, rock, and blues musicians. Lunch and dinner are served...Read More

  • 18. The Midnight Shift

    Darlinghurst | Bars/Pubs

    The Midnight Shift is Sydney's hard-core party zone, a living legend on the gay scene for its longevity and its take-no-prisoners approach....Read More

  • 19. The Oaks

    Neutral Bay | Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

    For a northern Sydney landmark, The Oaks encapsulates the very best of the modern pub. The immensely popular watering hole, named after the...Read More

  • 20. The Vanguard

    Newtown | Music Clubs

    The Vanguard is Sydney's answer to a New Orleans jazz joint, and purposely built by its music-loving owners to mimic the U.S. model. Australian...Read More

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