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 Ever Guide ( 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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. Unity Hall Hotel

    Balmain | Bars/Pubs

    This quaint pub in the left-of-center suburb of Balmain declares itself the "spiritual home of jazz and live music for the past 40 years." Its...Read More

  • 13. Hugo's Lounge

    Kings Cross | Bars/Pubs

    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...Read More

  • 14. Jimmy Liks

    Potts Point | Bars/Pubs

    This small, sexy Asian street-food restaurant serves up drink concoctions with subtle flavors (like watermelon margaritas) and cocktails with...Read More

  • 15. Mars Lounge

    Surry Hills | Bars/Pubs

    Mars Lounge takes its music as seriously as its list of lethal cocktails, including the Desperate Housewife—a mandarin-infused vodka shaken...Read More

  • 16. Peppermint Lounge

    Potts Point | Bars/Pubs

    A cross between a swinging '60s London nightspot and the back lot of a James Bond film, the small, groovy Peppermint Lounge has a mod mood,...Read More

  • 17. Tank

    City Center | Bars/Pubs

    Tank is the grooviest and best looking of all Sydney's nightclubs, with a polar-cool clientele and a slick dress code rigidly enforced at the...Read More

  • 18. Tone

    Surry Hills | Bars/Pubs

    Decorated with plenty of street art, this is Sydney's newest small bar and performance space. It's a favorite among the city's keen nightclubbers...Read More

  • 19. Trademark Hotel

    Kings Cross | Bars/Pubs

    This fun club is named for its unique position under the neon lights of the Southern Hemisphere's biggest billboard—the iconic Coca-Cola sign...Read More

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