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The best dancefloors in Sydney

Get your groove on at one of Sydney's most poppin' bars, clubs and pubs
DJ plays songs as everyone dances
Photograph: Rachel Murdolo

Dancefloors come in all shapes and sizes in Sydney – sticky floored pubs can double up as a a heaving dancefloor, then there’s slick neon-lit rave caves and small bars that transform into a late night party when local DJs hop behind the decks. 

A shot of a crowded dancefloor at The Cliff Dive
Photograph: Rachel Murdolo
Bars, Cocktail bars

The Cliff Dive

icon-location-pin Darlinghurst

While Oxford Street may not quite live up to its former glory, the subterranean tropical club’s sunken dancefloor still gets pumping. Keep any eye out for regular parties from Dibby Dibby Soundsystem and a 2000s themed rager called the Naughty Noughties

People dancing in a club
Photograph: Rachel Murdolo


icon-location-pin Chippendale

This Chippendale small bar gets a groovin’ on Friday and Saturday nights. Keep your eyes peeled for tribute parties (think TLC and Mariah Carey) and appearances by Freda’s House Band.



icon-location-pin Darlinghurst

This subterranean William street club has a new lease on life since getting a redux in early 2016. The Berlin-inspired den regularly host nights with Motorik and local selectors. Also the later you head here, the better. 

Taxidermy pig at Harpoon Harry
Bars, Pubs

Harpoon Harry

icon-location-pin Surry Hills

Harpoon Harry’s snack game is strong – and what better way to work of fried chicken wings than with a post-dinner dance off. The lounge upstairs goes off with DJs from 10pm on Friday and Saturday nights.

A pianist playing to a dancing audience
Photograph: Daniel Boud

Oxford Art Factory

icon-location-pin Darlinghurst

Sydney’s much loved mid-sized live music venue doubles up as an awesome after party when gigs conclude. The Gallery bar is usually free, while ticketed events go off in the main bar.

Jam Gallery

Jam Gallery

icon-location-pin Bondi Junction

This Bondi club gets a solid dancefloor going on the weekend. Sydney Soiree often host after parties there and Picnic host regular international DJ gigs. The soundsystem is also pretty ace.

Get out every night

Bump City at Camelot Lounge
Photograph: Yaron Hallis
Music, Rock and indie

See live music every night of the week

Liven up your Tuesday with some old school funk or or get yourself through hump day at a mid-week gig. Whatever night you choose, there's plenty of free live concerts every night of the week to get you groovin', right across the city and its surrounds.

Get low to Destiny's Child or TLC

Rhythm of the Night
Photograph: Xinger Xanger
Clubs, House, disco and techno

The best novelty parties

Whether it's a throwback to the '90s or a head-to-head battle of the popstars, Sydneysiders love a nostalgia party.

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