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The best clubs in Sydney

Where to throw shapes till all hours of the morning

Photograph: Rachel Murdolo

Sydney's nightlife scene has been through tumutulous times since the introduction of the lockout laws, with clubs and late night venues hit the hardest.

Hats off to the venues still giving Sydneysiders a place to boogie – and the producers and DJs still dishing out stellar soundtracks. There's live music, juice bars, drag shows, cabaret and even bowling alleys, which will lure even the most sceptical clubber to one of Sydney's favourite nightspots.

Best for local talent

Chinese Laundry

The top-notch sound system at Chinese Laundry attracts up-and-coming producers, DJs and established beatmakers like KLP, Acaddamy and Wordlife. 

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Darling Harbour

Oxford Art Factory

Oxford Art Factory has a live room and usually follows every gig with DJs till the early hours of the morning.

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Best for a mid-week rager

El Topo

El Topo Basement also pulls ’em in on Wednesdays with DJs, tacos and tequila to fuel the antics.

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Bondi Junction

The World Bar

World Bar pumps out boozy teapots and floor-filling sets seven days a week. The Banquet and Wall parties attract a younger crowd lured by live art, drink specials and sometimes even donuts(!!).

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Potts Point

Best for niche and underground vibes


Freda’s transforms from canteen to tropical disco haven with vinyl nights and performance artists.

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Best for burlesque and cabaret

Tokyo Sing Song

Tokyo Sing Song curates the offbeat entertainment, from secret discos to dress-up parties. 

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Best for dancefloor fillers

The Cliff Dive

The DJs at basement bar Cliff Dive flex all sorts from party anthems to obscure Caribbean beats you can enjoy while sipping a tropical cocktail.

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The Standard Bowl

Looking for some crowd-pleasing, genre-dodging but still accessible beats? The Standard Bowl has a free bowling alley, live music venue and bar all rolled into one.

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Best for big room EDM


Over at Ivy every Saturday night is Pacha Sydney, a ‘circlesque’ extravaganza with headline DJs, fire dancing and burlesque. Escape to the top floor for cocktails by the pool.

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Marquee Sydney

Mega-club Marquee boasts LED screens and go-go dancers and attracts big name international stars for after-parties and one-off DJ sets. 

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Darling Harbour

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By: Time Out editors