SYDNEY’S LGBTIQ+ BARS, CLUBS AND PARTIES
Discover Sydney’s gay nightlife and get the most out of your stay in the Harbour City.
Oxford Street is colloquially known as our ‘Gay Golden Mile’ and is the home of the Mardi Gras Parade. It also has Australia’s largest selection of LGBTQI+ venues, each with their own range of events...
One of Sydney’s most enduring gay venues, Stonewall is the camp and brash staple of the scene, attracting a young colourful crowd most nights of the week. The ground floor features drag shows and themed events, and the top levels are open on Friday and Saturday nights with DJs and laser lights. Malebox on Wednesdays is very popular – so wear your number proudly and see if you get male! On Sunday evenings, Polly Petrie’s long-running drag talent quest is something to behold. Stonewall is at 175 Oxford Street.
This big two-level club just off Taylor Square boasts huge dancefloors, a mezzanine chillout zone and an outside smoking area. ARQ is where many big nights out on Oxford Street end up. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights feature drag show extravaganzas and regular themed parties. Find ARQ at 16 Flinders Street.
Oxford Street's beloved Midnight Shift is reborn as Universal, hosting a variety of events over two huge floors. Check their website to see what parties are happening this weekend: Universal, 85-91 Oxford Street.
Palms on Oxford
There’s a long line outside this downstairs venue after midnight each weekend! Inside there’s a modest dancefloor and a fun up-for-it crowd enjoying retro and pop-dance classics. With its friendly, no-attitude atmosphere, Palms attracts a range of ages. All are welcome (but no open-toed shoes please). Palms is at 124 Oxford Street.
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The Oxford Hotel
A gay mainstay, the Oxford is on the corner of Taylor Square and has several levels which hold different events and parties. The ground floor has lots of lovely booths inside and seated tables outside. There’s plenty of options to relax, meet, drink and eat. Enjoy cocktails and pub grub! Visit the Oxford at 134 Oxford Street.
Kinselas is next to Taylor Square’s weird spurting water fountains, and has a long history with the local queer communities. It hosts trivia nights and is currently home to the Harbour City Bears’ Friday evening drink sessions. Kinselas is on Facebook here.
Situated right in the centre of Oxford Street, the Colombian is known for great bar service and cocktail selection. There’s DJs, drag shows and games too. Grab yourself a window seat and watch the talent drift by. Have a dance upstairs on Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays. The Colombian is on the corner of Crown Street.
Located at the city end of Oxford Street, visit the Burdekin for great food, drinks and great music over five levels. Happy hours 4-6pm weekdays. Be sure to check out their newly-refurbished rooftop also. Visit their website here.
Harpoon Harry, find him at 40-44 Wentworth Ave Surry Hills - at the bottom of Oxford St… Just a block away from Hyde Park. A charismatic two level venue with an upstairs boogie lounge and open-air oasis. Seriously great food, best on Friday and Saturday evenings – just as it warms up.
The Dolphin is a favourite of Surry Hills creatives and lovers of quality food and drink, it's multi-zoned fun land of natural wine, cocktails, hand-stretched pizzas and $2 ponies of ice-cold beer. The terrace is the place to be in summer, underneath black-and-white-striped umbrellas with locally-made mortadella in one hand and a pre-batched Delfino Negroni in the other. Try the Dining Room for a dinner worthy of writing home about, or head to the Wine Room to sip over 300 wines on the menu by the bottle and 100 by the glass!
Discover a vibrant gay/lesbian nightlife in Newtown, and amazing food on offer all the way along King Street. The area is awash with cafes, unique shops and an unmistakable 'Newtown vibe'. The old favourites are there, and there's always something new to discover.
The Imperial Hotel
The star venue of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is still home to drag shows, parties and themed nights. There’s a friendly ground floor drinking area, and on weekends pay a small cover charge to enjoy the shows or parties on the other levels. The Impy is located a short walk from Newtown’s main drag – find it at 35 Erskineville Road.
The Newtown Hotel
The Newtown Hotel is one of Newtown’s traditional LGBT watering holes, and hosts a variety of event including trivia on Mondays from 7pm. Don’t miss the $4 pizza special! Check it out at 324 King Street, Newtown.
The Bank is a busy restaurant and bar for your after-work drinks or weekend chill-out. There’s a huge beer garden out the back, and The Harbour City Bears take over the upstairs bar from 4pm on Sundays. The Bank Hotel is at 324 King Street.
The Bearded Tit
Located just a couple of minutes' walk from Redfern Station, The Bearded Tit as a happy place and creative space offering drinks and food along with exhibitions, music and performances. Drink, dine and chat inside, or out back in the Caravan of Love. Find The Bearded Tit at 183 Regent Street.
Henry Lee's Bar
This is an inclusive space serving amazing food. The address is 16 Eveleigh Street Redfern - two minutes from the station in a beautifully converted warehouse. See Henry Lee's Bar on Facebook here.
This regular series of parties for LGBTIQ+ folks and their friends has become one of the city’s most popular queer go-to events, involving an eclectic mix of DJs, performers and artists. Heaps Gay parties happen in all manner of locations around the city each month, even including car parks, warehouses and laneways. Get details at HeapsGay.com.
A queer community providing supportive safe events that are fully inclusive, combining performance, music, art, creativity, fashion and self-expression. Happens first Saturday of every month in the Imperial basement. See Honcho Disko's website here.
A busy gay and inclusive rave every Saturday night at the ivy on George Street in the city. Featuring future-forward house and techno on the main dance floor, plus iconic pop anthems in the Snap Crackle Pop bar. See the Poof Doof website here.
The aim of every Unicorns is for people to feel free to be themselves; to feel special and celebrated. In one Unicorns evening you will experience carefully curated performance art, quality beats, dating games, a giant kissing booth, body painting, glitter stations, workshops, dance comps and a room full of the warmest people you will ever meet. Find out more here.
Bad Dog is a roving pack of friends, DJ's and art hounds that have banded together to stage a series of get-togethers outside the mainstream club scene. Bad Dogs happily interbreed all the different hounds in clubland in friendly, small scale off the beaten track venues. See BadDog.net.au for all the deets.
I Remember House
DJ Dan Murphy’s events attract a big crowd for an afternoon of great hands-in-the-air house music and shows. I Remember House parties normally happen on long weekends - keep an eye on its Facebook page for details.
Daywash is one of gay Sydney’s busiest parties, held every few months at the Chinese Laundry venue on Sussex Street beside Darling Harbour. Expect plenty of muscled hunks, a great mix of international, national and local DJs, and of course plenty of unique Daywash surprises. Details on the Daywash website here.
One of Sydney’s most popular nights for women, the crowd at GiRLTHING enjoys a blend of dance, pop and retro dancefloor classics among some of the city’s most gorgeous Sapphic women. Parties normally happen once a month, and locations vary. Check GIRLTHING on Facebook here.
Sydney's most over-the-top day party doesn't do anything small... it's big production, big music, big everything at their twice-yearly parties. Held in the iconic Metro Theatre, Apollo promises an experience you'll never forget. Members get first access to the highly sought-after tickets. You can sign up at their website.
Along with DJs and laser lighting, this men-only party gives you a sex-charged atmosphere with XXX shows. Wear as much or as little as you like. Find Club Barcode's website here.
Go out – stay out! UP Dayclub starts at 5am so you can keep the party going. Up parties happen on long weekends – find details here.
Proudly born and bred in Sydney's gay underground, Extra Dirty is a gay techno party popular with the leather/fetish crew but open to all. Get party details here.
Sydney Sauna is handily located at level 1, 38/42 Oxford Street and includes a steam room, dry sauna, large spa, movie lounge, dark room, lockable rooms, cruise areas, porn lounges and glory holes.
357 – Sydney City Steam is a four-level sauna/steam/maze/private room venue located at 357 Sussex Street close to Chinatown, and is particularly popular with Asian men and their admirers, though not exclusively.
TRADE is an all-male cruising club at 273 Crown Street in the city, with a variety of rooms and equipment available. Join XXX parties on various nights.
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