Music and nightlife

Your guide to live music and nightlife in Sydney

The best clubs in Sydney
Nightlife

The best clubs in Sydney

Sydney loves to party, you just need to know where to look

The best jazz clubs in Sydney
Music

The best jazz clubs in Sydney

The syncopated beat goes on. 

The best retro dancefloors in Sydney
Nightlife

The best retro dancefloors in Sydney

For the times you just want to sing ‘YMCA’ at the top of your lungs.

Sydney's best queer-friendly parties
Gay and lesbian

Sydney's best queer-friendly parties

Dance in the glitter-daubed safe spaces run by Sydney’s LGBTQIA communities

The best bars and pubs in Sydney for live music
Music

The best bars and pubs in Sydney for live music

There are still pubs who play live music in Sydney. 

Your guide to Sydney's music scene

How to not be a dickhead at music festivals
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How to not be a dickhead at music festivals

Summer festival season is all about enjoying yourself outdoors and letting loose with your mates. Here’s how to do it without being a knob. 1. Be a person of substance Drugs and alcohol are the sustenance of choice at music festivals, let’s be honest. But, use your noggin when attempting to guzzle either in a public forum. Research your legal rights up the wazoo before you enter festival season, police and sniffer dogs are always present and never not-watching, and there are a lot of ways you can avoid being harangued without breaking the law. And, of course, drug-related deaths at festivals are real and you should exercise utmost care for yourself and those around you. Don’t be afraid to go to a medical tent if you have to and be honest, they’re there to help you – not to dob on you. Being responsible is easy if you binge on Brown Cardigan videos before you get festival festy: the cautionary AV library of our time is perfect for demonstrating what you actually look like when, say, you’re vertically flapping around in the mud or drunkenly mashing an ice cream into your face. Remember, everyone’s phone has a camera on it.   "Yeeeeah we're da mud boiz, mud boys 5evaaa"           2. Stress about your dress   For many, music festivals are the perfect opportunity to wear something wacky and ostentatious. Fine. What isn’t fine, in this year of our lord 2017, is wearing traditional costuming from a culture that isn’t yours. First Nations people have been politely pl

The best music venues in Sydney
Music

The best music venues in Sydney

Want to catch some live music? Whether it's a big name international or a local indie band, Sydney's got a bunch bangin' live music venues, ready to please your ears and entertain you

Sydney DJs to watch
Music

Sydney DJs to watch

Meet the Sydneysiders ruling the ones and twos

The best music shops in Sydney
Shopping

The best music shops in Sydney

Here are the places you can still indulge in the old ways of comsuming music – your ears will thank you

Deadly songs about Australia
Music

Deadly songs about Australia

From the infectious pop of Jessica Mauboy to the hard-hitting activism of Dispossessed, contemporary Indigenous musicians have permeated the Australian music industry with unmistakeable sounds and cultural impact. Many of the songs heralded as ‘Ozzie Anthems’ are written by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, and many of those songs also convey the political, social and historical injustices of our country’s history. This month, with guest editor Emily Nicol, Time Out wanted to celebrate the richness and diversity of Indigenous Australia through the locals who live and work here and interviewed 23 Deadly Sydneysiders. We also wanted to dive into the vitality of Indigenous music. So, what makes a song ‘deadly’? We asked some of our deadliest musicians and performers to nominate ones they believe make the cut.

Your guide to Sydney nightlife

The best free parties in Sydney
Clubs

The best free parties in Sydney

Low on dollars but high on good times

Late night venues without a lockout
Bars

Late night venues without a lockout

Outside the lockout zone there are plenty of late-night options in town to keep your evening rolling along

Where to party on weeknights in Sydney
Clubs

Where to party on weeknights in Sydney

Get the club going up on a Tuesday

The best gay party spots in Sydney
Gay and lesbian

The best gay party spots in Sydney

From old favourites to new hot spots

Sydney's party crews
Clubs

Sydney's party crews

Meet the people that make sure you have a dancefloor destination every weekend

The best pick up bars in Sydney
Bars

The best pick up bars in Sydney

In these days of app-based dating the idea of meeting someone in the real world can sound fanciful, but we swear, it happens