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The best free club nights in Sydney

Hit the town and head to one of these wallet-friendly nights

Photograph: Rachel Murdolo

Get more bang for your buck with cut-price drinks and no cover charges at the clubs that are putting the free in footloose and fancy free.

Ching-a-lings

This small bar rarely has a cover charge for soirees like Chic Bones, Chaka Kahn and Cool It Down, which populate the week. Head out the back and chill on the deck or boogie inside to DJs spinning vinyl. You’ll also get bang for your buck with their rotating specials – a fiver will get you a tinny or a gin and juice – and they sometimes throw in free barbecue, too.

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Darlinghurst

The Standard Bowl

This three-pronged Oxford Square staple – it's comprised of Kinselas, Lo-Fi and Stadard Bowl – complements your dancefloor antics with free bowling. Stop in for some cheap dumplings at Johnny Wongs and you’ve got eats, beats and activities for the night all sorted. 

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Darlinghurst

El Topo

Peso Wedesdays here means free entry, $3 tacos and a solid roster of local DJs like Cassian, Beni and Nicky Nigh Time providing the tunes. 

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Bondi Junction

The World Bar

This Kings Cross stalwart remained a strong contender for the title of one of Sydney’s favourite nightclubs, and this despite a tough year following the lockouts. On any given night you’ll find a pumping dancefloor full of people who've paid little to no money to come inside and get down.

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Potts Point

The Cliff Dive

The earlier you get to Cliff Dive, the more likely you will be to get free entry (and avoid the snaking queues), as they usually charge a small cover after 11pm. Order up a Monkey Head and some yakitori, then bust a move on the sunken, blue-lit DF to hip-hop, tropical and pop beats.

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Darlinghurst

The best clubs in Sydney

Sydney's nightlife scene has been through tumutulous times since the introduction of the lockout laws, with clubs and late night venues hit the hardest. Hats off to the venues still giving Sydneysiders a place to boogie – and the producers and DJs still dishing out stellar soundtracks. There's live music, juice bars, drag shows, cabaret and even bowling alleys, which will lure even the most sceptical clubber to one of Sydney's favourite nightspots.

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By: Jordan Kretchmer

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