Friday and Saturdays are the big nights out for “Sydneysiders”, although during hot summer months most gay bars attract a good crowd most nights of the week.
The bars tend to 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 during the annual 2-week-long Sydney Mardi Gras festival.
weekday Mon-Wed 12:00 - 01:00; Thu 12:00 - 02:00
weekend 12:00 - 04:00; Sun 12:00 - 01:00
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.
Expect full productions with drag performers and beautiful go-go dancers. The Shift has six bars and two dance floors on two floors with big plasma screens, and the DJ’s keep the party vibe on the boil.
Check the website for details of Midnight Shift’s weekly themed events.
weekday 09:00 - 06:00
weekend 09:00 - 06:00
audience rating 4.4 stars from 7 votes - click to vote
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Sydney’s opular gay bar with panoramic views of Oxford Street. The triangular historic building has two floors with large-screen video bar downstairs and a dance club on the 2nd level.
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 Colombia has a prime location for the Mardi Gras parade viewing.
weekday 11:00 - 04:00
weekend 11:00 - 06:00
Sydney’s premier gay & lesbian establishment. Located in the heart of the gay scene on Oxford St, 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, with Sydney’s finest DJ’s, drag performers and male dancers. Weekly themed nights with happy hour – see the website for details.
Award winner. Great dining choices. Near the Harbour. Includes breakfast. Was $1390 USD. Now $205 USD. | click here
Convenient location. Great for the gay scene & nightlife. Includes breakfast. Was $277 USD. Now $62 USD. | click here
Popular choice. Great location. Near the gay scene. Includes breakfast. Was $282 USD. Now $68 USD. | click here
Great value. Modern rooms. Near the Oxford Street gay scene. Includes breakfast. Was $549 USD. Now $97 USD. | click here
Popular choice. Great location. Close to gay nightlife. Includes breakfast. Was $215 USD. Now $131 USD. | click here
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weekday Thu-Fri 20:00 - 03:00
weekend 20:00 - 03:00
audience rating 4.8 stars from 4 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.
weekday Thu 19:30 - 01:00
weekend Fri,Sat 19:30 - 01:00
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. Party takes place every Monday.
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.
weekday Mon-Wed 11:00 - 00:00; Thu-Fri 11:00 - 02:00
weekend Sat 11:00 - 02:00; Sun 12:00 - 24:00
Mixed bar with a large gay crowd. The Green Park has a large oval bar, with a welcoming vibe and friendly staff. This is where hotel guests mingle with locals, gays, straights, students doctors and all the other possible combinations.
Located in the heart of Darlinghurst, The Green Park also hosts private events with functions room that cater up to 60 people.
weekday Wed-Fri 19:00 - 02:00
weekend Sat 19:00 - 02:00
10 years+ and still going strong. Slide is one of the hippest gay venues, featuring cabaret shows, live performances 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. Located in an art deco former bank building,
+61 2 8313 5000 |
weekend Sun 12:00 - 01:00
Very popular bar & restaurant at The Beresford Hotel in Surry Hills is the place to see and be seen. Always busy and draws a large gay crowd on Sundays.
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.