Sydney Gay Bars

Oxford Street Sydney

A trip to Sydney would not be complete without exploring the gay nightlife. Oxford Street remains at the heart of the city’s gay scene and is home to a number of internationally renowned bars and clubs.

Friday and Saturdays are the big nights out for “Sydneysiders”, although during hot summer months many of venues attract a good crowd most nights of the week.

Most bars get busy after 11pm.  New “lockout” rules mean you won’t be able to enter a bar after 1:30am, and sales of alcohol are restricted between 3am and 5am (these rules only apply in certain districts).

Expect all the bars to be packed to the rafters during the annual 2-week-long Sydney Mardi Gras festival.

Oxford Street area

Midnight Shift Sydney

Midnight Shift

85-91 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney | map

| website | facebook | +61 2 9358 3848 |

Weekday opening times: Wed 14:00 - 24:00; Thu 14:00 - 03:00

Weekend opening times: 14:00 - 06:00; Sun 14:00 - 03:00

Audience Rating: 5.0 stars from 2 votes - Click to vote

Australia’s best-known gay venue.  Midnight Shift has been keeping Sydney entertained for more than 30 years with highly original shows from some of the best female impersonators.

As well as full productions with drag queen performers and beautiful go-go dancers, Midnight Shift features 6 bars and 2 dance floors on two levels.  The video bar has big plasma screens, and the DJ’s keeps the party atmosphere on the boil.

Multi-award winner including ‘Most Popular Venue’ from Diva in 2011.  Closed on Sundays.

Features: bar, music, dancing, go-go show, cabaret show (酒吧, 舞蹈, 音乐, 歌舞表演) | Updated: 12-13-2014

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The Colombian Hotel Sydeny

The Colombian

117-125 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney | map

| website | facebook | +61 2 9360 2151 |

Weekday opening times: 09:00 - 06:00

Weekend opening times: 09:00 - 06:00

Audience Rating: 5.0 stars from 2 votes - Click to vote

Popular gay bar in the heart of Sydney, with panoramic views of Oxford Street.  The triangular historic building offers two floors, with large-screen video bar downstairs and a dance club on the 2nd floor.  The main bar is the perfect spot to meet friends and strangers for a drink or to start your night out.

Nice selection of wines and cocktails.  The Colombian Hotel is in prime location for the Mardi Gras parade viewing.

Open daily from 9am-6am.

Features: bar, music, dancing (酒吧, 舞蹈, 音乐) | Updated: 12-13-2014

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Stonewall Sydney

Stonewall Hotel

175 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney | map

| website | facebook | +61 2 9360 1963 |

Weekday opening times: 11:00 - 04:00

Weekend opening times: 11:00 - 06:00

Audience Rating: 5.0 stars from 1 votes - Click to vote

Sydney’s premier gay & lesbian establishment.  Located in the heart of the gay scene on Oxford Street, this hotel has been around for over 13 years and are strong supporters of the LGBT community.

With three levels, Stonewall offers entertainment 7 days a week, featuring Sydney’s finest DJ’s, drag performers and male dancers.  Weekly themed nights with happy hour – see website for details.

Features: bar, music, dancing, karaoke (酒吧, 舞蹈, 音乐, 卡拉OK) | Updated: 12-13-2014

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Q Bar Sydney

Q Bar @ The Exchange

34-44 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney | map

| website | facebook | +61 2 9360 1375 |

Weekday opening times: Thu,Fri 21:00 - 05:00

Weekend opening times: Sat 21:00 - 08:00

Audience Rating: 4.0 stars from 1 votes - Click to vote

Established in 1993, this loft venue at The Exchange Hotel on Oxford Street is a melting pot for all kinds, particularly the young, indie crowd – both gay and straight.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary last year, this bar still offers cheap drinks and a great party atmosphere that have made it a popular choice for gays over the past few decades.  Recommended.

Features: bar, music, dancing (酒吧, 舞蹈, 音乐) | Updated: 12-17-2014

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The Oxford Hotel Sydney

Gingers @ The Oxford Hotel

132 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney | map

| website | facebook | +61 2 9331 3467 |

Audience Rating: 5.0 stars from 1 votes - Click to vote

Cocktail bar and entertainment/cabaret venue in the heart of Sydney’s gay district.  Gingers has booths with lounge area, mezzanine level seating, and state-of-the-art light and sound system.

Located inside the Oxford Hotel, Gingers attracts an eclectic, mixed crowd.

A proud supporter of the LGBT community; the club house of The Harbour City Bears, Sydney Leather Pride, The Official Sydney Mardi Gras Bar, etc.

Features: bar, music, live music, cabaret show (酒吧, 音乐, 现场音乐, 歌舞表演) | Updated: 12-13-2014

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Slide lounge Sydney

Slide

41 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney | map

| website | facebook | +61 2 8915 1899 |

Weekday opening times: Mon-Tue 10:00 - 18:00; Wed-Fri 19:00 - 23:45

Weekend opening times: Sat 19:00 - 03:00

Audience Rating: 5.0 stars from 1 votes - Click to vote

Located in an art deco former bank building, Slide is one the hippest gay venues featuring cabaret shows, live shows and themed events with cutting-edge light & sound technology.

Watch the show while enjoying dinner and/or sipping your favourite cocktails.  A unique and fabulous experience is pretty much guaranteed.

Closed Sundays.

Features: bar, music, restaurant, cabaret show (酒吧, 音乐, 餐厅, 歌舞表演) | Updated: 12-13-2014

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Palms on Oxford Sydney

Palms on Oxford

124 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney | map

| facebook | +61 2 9357 4166 |

Weekday opening times: Thu-Fri 20:00 - 03:00

Weekend opening times: Sat-Sun 20:00 - 03:00

Audience Rating: 5.0 stars from 1 votes - Click to vote

Fun, laid-back bar on Sydney’s gay Oxford Street with resident DJ’s playing favourite tracks.  Palms is open 8pm-3am (Thursday through to Sunday).

Free entry except on special occasions.

Features: bar, music (酒吧, 音乐) | Updated: 12-17-2014

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Green Park Hotel Sydney

Green Park Hotel

360 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney | map

| website | facebook | +61 2 9380 5311 |

Weekday opening times: Mon-Wed 11:00 - 24:00; Thu-Fri 11:00 - 02:00

Weekend opening times: Sat 11:00 - 02:00; Sun 12:00 - 24:00

Audience Rating: 5.0 stars from 1 votes - Click to vote

Mixed bar with large gay crowd on Sundays.  Green Park Hotel has a large oval bar, a welcoming atmosphere and friendly staff.  This is where hotel guests mingle with locals, gays with straights, students with doctors, and all the other possible combinations.

Located in the heart of Darlinghurst, Green Park also hosts private events with functions room that cater up to 60 people.

Features: bar, music, bedroom, restaurant (酒吧, 音乐, 卧室, 餐厅) | Updated: 12-17-2014

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other areas

Beresford Sundays

Beresford Sundays

354 Bourke Street, Surry Hills, Sydney | map

| facebook | +61 2 8313 5000 |

Weekend opening times: Sun 12:00 - 01:00

Audience Rating: 5.0 stars from 2 votes - Click to vote

This very popular bar/restaurant at The Beresford Hotel in Surry Hills is the place to see and be seen.  Attracts a large gay crowd and always busy.

You can have a few drinks outside in the courtyard first, then head upstairs later for a dance – with two floors of music, there’s plenty to choose from.  One of our favourites.

Features: bar, music, dancing, restaurant (酒吧, 舞蹈, 音乐, 餐厅) | Updated: 12-19-2014

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The Imperial Hotel Sydney
The Imperial Hotel

The Imperial Hotel

35 Erskineville Road, Newtown, Sydney | map

| website | facebook | +61 2 9519 9899 |

Weekday opening times: 15:00 - 00:00

Weekend opening times: 15:00 - 06:00; Sun 14:00 - 00:00

Audience Rating: 5.0 stars from 1 votes - Click to vote

World-famous venue featured in “Priscilla Queen of the Desert”.  The Imperial Hotel is a strong supporter of the LGBT community.  Many fantastic drag shows can be seen here.

Weekly events include Monday’s swing dance classes, Tuesday’s Bingay game, Thursday’s karaoke, Saturday’s ‘New Imperial Basement Club’ with free entry before 11pm.

Located in Newtown.

Features: bar, music, dancing, karaoke (酒吧, 舞蹈, 音乐, 卡拉OK) | Updated: 12-17-2014

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