For boys who dig girls and girls who dig boys
A perennial that attracts international headliners and locally acclaimed DJs who provide beats that will get your heart pumping and your hips moving. Go on, get in the thick of it. Its proximity to the CBD hotel mass and backpacker means lots of keen international guests, too.
This underwater-themed bar and club on Oxford Street attracts a wide range of folks out for well-made cocktails and a good, unfussy time. The kind of place where you’re almost guaranteed a chat with a stranger – the laidback vibe welcomes you to approach the one who's been eyeing you from across the room.
For boys who dig boys
Totally debaucherous, with a huge sound system, Arq has solid regular nights, excellent parties and lively drag shows. The infamous ‘trash alley’ out the back is a good place for a pick-up. Broke? It's free on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, and look at that: Bodyline Sauna is just around the corner.
For girls who dig girls
This loud corner institution has drawn ‘em in for 35 years. They often have live acts, there’s pizza on offer and while the room may be small, there’s still a party vibe that leads to dancing into the wee hours. The city has a few other lesbian club nights, too – check out our list.
For girls who dig boys who dig boys who dig girls
This raucous party – held every third Saturday at Chippo’s otherwise undistinguished Gladstone Hotel – draws a crowd thick with gays, lesbians, and everything in between. The music has an anything-goes vibe (veering from ‘Time Warp’ to Bell Biv Devoe to Guns ‘n Roses to God knows what) that befits the crowd’s attitude.