Have you just arrived and are looking for a night out in Sydney? The city is full of cool places to have a drink and party, you won’t be disappointed! You still have to know where to start… Here is a preview of what awaits you!
Sydney neighborhoods where to party
Depending on the style you are looking for, you may not be going to the same neighborhoods. To summarize, the main neighborhoods to go to are:
- The CBD (Central Business District) and Darling Harbor districts are in the heart of the city and therefore attract a rather « classy and stylish » population. Often you meet locals there having a drink after work.
- The Rocks offers a relaxed atmosphere perfect for tourists and families.
- The districts of Oxford Street and Newtown are gay-friendly and bohemian with a young population.
- Surry Hills is the bohemian and hipster district
- Kingscross is the hangout for revelers and brings together a good part of the bars and nightclubs of the city.
Bars and nightclubs in Sydney
The best bars
Here are some of the bars we recommend in Sydney. Of course this list is exhaustive, there are so many places to go out in Sydney!
The Opera Bar (for a view of the Opera)
Sydney Opera House, Macquarie St, Sydney
It is a must if you are passing through! It sits at the foot of the Sydney Opera House and also offers a great view of the Harbor Bridge. The place acts as a bar and restaurant and its outdoor terrace is literally feet in the water. Be careful, this place is very popular with tourists as you can imagine. If you plan to come with several, try to arrive early enough.
360 bar and dining (for a view of the city)
F4 Castlereagh St, Sydney
Go up and climb to the top of the Sydney Tower for a 360 view. To do this, go through the Westfield shopping center to the top floor. This bar/restaurant offers a chic atmosphere… And the prices that go with it. To reserve for a special occasion or just go for a beer (count between 11 and 13 dollars for a pint of beer).
The Glenmore Hotel (for a city view (more relaxed version))
96 Cumberland St, The Rocks
Located in the Rocks district, this bar offers an equally nice view of the city and its illuminated buildings. We particularly appreciate the terrace and the wide choice of beer. However, it is necessary to arrive early to reserve the best seat!
Scary Canary (to start the evening)
469 Kent St, Sydney A
a popular place for backpackers, it is a dance bar that combines inexpensive drinks and regular theme parties. The nightclub part is made up of a large room and ignites every Tuesday for the “Silent Disco” evenings with drinks at $ 5 until midnight.
SASH – Greenwood Hotel (for Sundays…)
36 Blue St, North Sydney
A little out of the way north of Sydney, this bar is particularly famous among backpackers for “ SASH by day ”. These are events taking place every Sunday, with a more chill and deep house version « by day » from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. and a more ambient version « by night » from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. It is a must to discover the world of the night in Sydney and meet foreigners.
The best night clubs
Ivy Precinct (commercial music, RnB, house)
330 George St, Sydney
If there is one place to jiggle around in Sydney, it’s the Ivy! Australians, backpackers as well as all the stars of passage meet there. The place is obviously up to its reputation. Located in the center of the CBD, it is made up of several rooms (one main room and two outside rooms offering different styles of music) and a restaurant with à la carte pizza baked in the oven (at all hours of the day and night) !). The interior courtyard even accommodates… a rooftop swimming pool! During the day, you can go there to drink a cocktail and take a dip in the swimming pool. Towels are provided.
However, it is at night that the place awakens completely! Very popular with backpackers, Thursday evening after work evenings are free . Some Saturday evenings, the club also hosts Pacha evenings.
Note, however, that consumption is – logically – quite high.
Home the venue (commercial music, RnB, electro)
101 / 1-5 Wheat Rd, Darling Harbor
Located in Darling Harbor, it is the largest nightclub in Australia (just that!) With a capacity of 2000 people. During the day, you can access the Home Bar and its terrace with a view of Darling Harbor and its port. At nightfall, you have the choice between 4 large rooms on 3 floors offering different atmospheres.
The place welcomes famous DJs from all over the world, the last of whom lists the famous Karl Cox! It is also popular with backpackers during SASH by night events.
Like any place of this ilk, the consos are expensive and the line to enter quite long.
Argyle (commercial music, Rnb)
18 Argyle St, The Rocks
In the same way as the previous ones, the Argyle is both a bar and a restaurant during the day and then a nightclub in the evening. It consists of a large outdoor terrace and 3 dance halls. If you like salsa evenings, Thursday is the place to go! On weekends, the music is fairly commercial and will get everyone to agree.
Ground Floor / 252 George St, Sydney
Still in the heart of the city, The Establishment offers the same type of salsa party as the Argyle, but Tuesday evenings! The place is quite classy with a large bar in the center and an outdoor terrace.
The Establishment is a bar with a large indoor area and an outdoor terrace.
Marquee (commercial music)
Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont
Ranked among the best nightclub chains, the Marquee in Sydney is just as famous as that in New York or Las Vegas. With a capacity of more than 1000 people and its 3 rooms where the biggest DJs come to mix, it is a rather posh place. Consos and access are quite expensive, count $ 15 on Friday, and from $ 20 on Saturday.
Chinese Laundry (electro music)
111 Sussex St, Sydney
For electro enthusiasts, go to the Chinese Laundry located near Darling Harbor. The place consists of two rooms, a terrace and a bar upstairs.
Burdekin Hotel (electro music)
2 Oxford St, Darlinghurst
Another place for electro enthusiasts! Located in Oxford Street, the box is actually an old 4-story building. He is known for his “We love” evenings. Please note, to take advantage of free entry, come before 10 p.m. (otherwise $ 10).
Our selection is based on our various personal experiences but also those of travelers currently in Sydney. On a Facebook group, we launched a survey on “Where to go out in Sydney”. Here are the results :
If you have other suggestions or want to give your opinion, do not hesitate to comment on the article.
Practical information for going out at night in Sydney
Besides drinking moderately (obviously), don’t forget that in Australia, and more particularly in Sydney, the nightlife ends early and… begins early! So you can easily go dancing from 11 p.m., the slopes will already be occupied.
In any case, it is in your interest not to hang around because the vast majority of nightclubs no longer accept anyone after 1 am. It will therefore be necessary to anticipate the waiting in the lines of the most connected places.
Last tip, take your passport with you. It is compulsory everywhere, even in bars.
It only remains for us to wish you a good evening!