The best queer pubs and clubs in Sydney

Head to one of these popular LGBTQIA spaces for a good time
Person making drinks at the Imperial Hotel Erksinville
Photograph: Supplied
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

Bars, Gay bars

The Imperial Hotel

icon-location-pin 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.

Time Out says
Gay and lesbian

Arq

icon-location-pin 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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The Beresford Hotel

icon-location-pin Surry Hills

The prettiest boys in Sydney pack out the courtyard here, and after a few $6 pints, they start to head upstairs...

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The Colombian Hotel

icon-location-pin Darlinghurst

The best spot on Oxford for kicked-back vibes, fabulous people watching and a cheeky boogie 

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Green Park Hotel

icon-location-pin 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 Oxford Hotel

icon-location-pin Darlinghurst

A grab bag of themes, patrons and specials are always on offer at this longstanding corner pub.

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The Bearded Tit

icon-location-pin 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.

Time Out says
Gay and lesbian

Palms on Oxford

icon-location-pin Darlinghurst

Every pop song under the sun and a wedding-reception-gone-wild vibe that can't be beat.

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Gay and lesbian

Slyfox

icon-location-pin Enmore

A corner bar in Enmore that's forever popular with ladies who like ladies and the un-sceney queer male friends who love them. Win-wins all around

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Stonewall Hotel

icon-location-pin Darlinghurst

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

Explore more of the city's club scene

A shot of a crowded dancefloor at The Cliff Dive
Photograph: Rachel Murdolo
Nightlife

The best clubs in Sydney

Sydney's nightlife scene – despite the lockouts – is still as colourful and diverse as ever. There's a strong set of local producers and DJs, complemented by plenty great venues where you can head for a boogie.

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