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The best queer pubs and clubs in Sydney

Head to one of these popular LGBTQIA spaces for a good time

By Time Out editors
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From the throbbing dancefloors to the historical drag palace – we've got you covered for where to go for a great gay time. These pubs and clubs serve Sydney's LGBTQIA communities with open arms, providing safe spaces and thrilling parties most nights of the week. Head to one of the below for a quiet beer with a side of queer or a supportive disco to let loose in.

Want more fabulous music to dance to? Check out our guide to Sydney's retro dancefloors. Or if you're after some outdoor fun, have a look through our list of queer-friendly beaches

Where to find a good gay time in Sydney

The Imperial Hotel

5 out of 5 stars
Bars Erskineville

The launching site from the famous bus journey in 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert', this pub has been a historical safe space for Inner West LGBTQIA communities since the early '80s. Head here for regular drag shows, fabulous food, and a killer subterranean dancefloor.

Arq

Gay and lesbian Darlinghurst

Boasting one of the city’s best sound systems and lighting rigs, this spacious, two-level club is by far the best decked-out club in the GLBT scene. No cheese, no shirts and no attitude.

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Green Park Hotel

Bars Darlinghurst

Not technically a gay bar, but a very popular spot with the boys. Head here on a Friday night and you'll find it absolutely heaving with members of your tribe.

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The Bearded Tit

5 out of 5 stars
Bars Redfern

If you want to see Sydney at her absolute best, go for a drink at Redfern’s neighbourhood art bar, the Bearded Tit. The weird and wonderful are welcomed here with regular performances, fun DJs and a down to earth (though still heavily decorated) community vibe.

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Stonewall Hotel

Bars Darlinghurst

Drag bonanzas, diva-heavy video clips, playful punters, drinks in beach buckets... what more do you want?

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Home Nightclub
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