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Meet the crew: Heaps Gay
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Meet the crew: Heaps Gay

Whether you're gay, straight or somewhere in between, you'll have a heaps good time at one of Sydney's favourite queer and inclusive parties.

The Bearded Tit
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The Bearded Tit

If you want to see Sydney at her absolute best, go for a drink at Redfern’s neighbourhood art bar, the Bearded Tit.

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Slyfox
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Slyfox

Come here for regular queer nights, fresh band gigs, and the legends from Bad Deep doing a bi-monthly party.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Sydney's nightlife, now
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Sydney's nightlife, now

Sydney’s nightlife scene has shifted dramatically since the controversial lockout laws were first imposed in March of 2014. The changes have been felt in a myriad of ways for punters, promoters, partygoers, DJs and musicians and, most visibly, the venues. Since Time Out initially reported on reforms, the Flinders, Soho, Trademark, Q Bar, Hugos Lounge and the Backroom have all closed.   The lockout laws were introduced in March 2014 by the state government in an attempt to curb alcohol-fuelled violence, following a number of fatalities. The suite of reforms mainly have affected the ‘entertainment precinct’, which stretches across the CBD, Surry Hills, Darlinghurst, the Rocks, Kings Cross and Cockle Bay, and include 1.30am venue lockouts, the 3am cessation of alcohol service at bars, pubs and clubs and the state-wide take-away alcohol must not be sold after 10pm. As a result the laws have affected the way Sydneysiders go out… What were once bustling nightspots are now much quieter, there’s been as dispersing of revellers to the fringes of the city, and generally there is a lot less positivity towards late night culture in what could and should be a vibrant and functional, 24 hour city.   Tyson Koh is someone who’s entrenched in music and nightlife in Sydney. The producer and programmer of the ABC’s long-running Rage, Koh also DJs and has thrown a few parties in his time. He heads up the alliance Keep Sydney Open, which is fast gaining momentum.   “We’re aiming to get publ

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Even if you don't know the name Stephen Sondheim you'll most likely find that you are familiar with his work. It includes the likes of West Side Story, Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd and Gypsy (just to name a few). He’s also arguably one of the most important theatre composers and lyricists of the 20th century. City Recital Hall is hosting a cabaret show entitled Boys of Sondheim in dedication to his work. Featuring an all-male cast, the performance will take you through Sondheim’s work, including everything from love duets to triumphant ballads, to routines designed for their spectacle. It originally made its debut at Brisbane Powerhouse as part of the 2017 Melt: Festival of Queer Arts and Culture, and is now being performed as a 2019 Mardi Gras Festival Premier event. Among the cast are Kris Stewart (the creator, director and narrator), Anthony Nocera, Blake Erickson, James Lee, Tyran Parke, Kurt Phelan and Hayden Rodgers. The evening begins at 8pm at the City Recital Hall and tickets are $40-$55 per person with an additional booking fee if you buy them online or over the phone (but none if you do it in person). 

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Part Bali, part Ibiza and all luxury, Café del Mar Bali is the only reason you need to book your next holiday. In mid-2019, Café del Mar is opening up a luxe new location in Canggu, Bali, and this two-level pool club by the beach features ocean views, cocktail bars (including a lush swim-up bar), an underground nightclub that will open later in 2019, VIP cabanas, and a restaurant. Oh, and did we mention the 1000 square metre infinity pool? Swim through crystal clear waters that melt into the sky, while you soak up the Bali sunset and sip cocktails under the tropical sun.  Speaking of announcements, the Mediterranean restaurant’s food promises to be amazing under the direction of its mystery executive chef, whose identity will be revealed in February. Café del Mar is the crew responsible for 15 luxe locations around the world and a chill house music label. The latest iteration in Bali promises to bring you the perfect blend of Café del Mar's Ibizan vibe and local culture, playing on Bali's growing music scene. Café del Mar Bali is due to kick off with a grand opening event in October 2019, and to celebrate the launch this sprawling Canggu venue will also be throwing an epic three-day music festival.  Head to the Café del Mar website for a sneak peek of the new location.