The best free comedy in Sydney

Want LoLs without the price tag? Here's where to find 'em

Photograph: Robert Polmear

It's getting harder and harder to find free fun in Sydney – but these stand-up and open mic nights have zero cover charge, giving you more bucks for beverages and snacks.

If you don't mind forking out, check out these venues and regular comedy nights, and find all Sydney's best open mic nights.

Find free comedy in Sydney


Crown Comedy

This weekly started at Parramatta's Crown Hotel (hence the name) in 2015, but now lives in Lewisham. The night mixes sets from emerging and established comics with open mic (sign-up from 6.30pm for a 5-minute slot). All genres are welcome – including improv and sketch.

The Louis Hotel , Lewisham Thursday July 26 2018 - Monday December 24 2018

Eveleigh Comedy

Ben Kochan and Jamie Kirk run this show every Sunday at Redfern's Eveleigh Hotel, with a night of stand-up featuring up and comers alongside proven giggle merchants.

The Eveleigh Hotel , Redfern Until Sunday December 30 2018

Tudor Comedy

This weekly night at Redfern's Tudor Hotel features a local emcee and short sets by emerging comics, but also has a bunch of spots for open mic – sign up by 5pm if you want to have a go.

The Tudor Redfern , Redfern Thursday July 26 2018 - Monday December 24 2018

Sweeney's Comedy

This weekly open mic night has been running upstairs at Hotel Sweeneys since late 2015, and is booked by comedian Jamie Kirk. 

Hotel Sweeney's , Sydney Tuesday July 24 2018 - Tuesday December 18 2018

Cactus Juice

Comedians Jamie Kirk and Ben Kochan host this open mic room, previously called POS Comedy; but it's still a space for comics to try new material and develop their craft in an intimate room (40 max audience).

Newtown Hotel , Newtown Until Monday December 17 2018

Can you escape in time?

Escape rooms in Sydney

The concept is simple: solve a variety of puzzles placed in and around the room before your allotted time runs out. Each room has a different theme and stimulates all senses, demanding a variety of problem-solving skills. Time Out took the challenge of visiting nine rooms in the city. Whether we got out in time? Well, that's a different matter.

By: Emma Joyce