There’s no denying that the reputation of Sydney’s nightlife took a nosedive in the wake of the wildly unpopular lockout laws, and the national shutdown orders and hospo restrictions of 2020 did little to improve matters. But in 2021, with lockouts a thing of the past and the city re-energised after last year's shutdowns, Sydney’s nightlife renaissance is ready for take-off. To herald this exciting new era for Sydney’s after-dark culture, Sydney Solstice has created a sprawling program celebrating all things nightlife across four main areas of the city: the CBD, Oxford Street, Newtown and Darling Harbour.
It’s an audacious spread of events, covering everything from food and drink to live music to experimental performance and just about everything in between. To help you navigate such a dense selection of incredible events, we’ve teased out some of Solstice’s top highlights, based on what you’re into.