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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. The “lockout” rules means that you cannot enter a bar after 1:30am, and sales of alcohol are restricted from 3am- 5am (these rules apply in certain districts only).
Expect all the bars to be packed during the annual 2-week-long Sydney Mardi Gras festival.
117-125 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney | map
weekday 09:00 - 06:00 weekend 09:00 - 06:00
audience rating 4.6 stars from 11 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.
175 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney | map
weekday 11:00 - 04:00 weekend 11:00 - 06:00
Sydney’s premier gay & lesbian establishment. Located in the heart of the Oxford Street gay scene. Stonewall has been around for a long time and are strong supporters of the LGBT community.
The venue offers fun entertainment 7 days a week, featuring Sydney’s finest DJ’s, drag performers and male dancers. Weekly themed nights with happy hour – see the website for details.
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Convenient location. Great for the gay scene & nightlife. Includes breakfast. Was $156 USD. Now $59 USD. | click here
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124 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney | map
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weekday Thu-Fri 20:00 - 03:00, weekend 20:00 - 03:00
audience rating 4.9 stars from 8 votes - click to voteadd a review & photos
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.
132 Oxford Street,Darlinghurst, Sydney | map
weekday Thu 19:30 - 01:00 weekend Fri,Sat 19:30 - 01:00
audience rating 5 stars from 6 votes - click to voteadd a review & photos
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.
360 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney | map
weekday 11:00 - 00:00 / 02:00 weekend Sat 11:00 - 02:00; Sun 12:00 - 00:00
Mixed bar with a large gay crowd. This is where hotel guests mingle with locals, gays, straights, students doctors and all the other possible combinations.
The Green Park has a large oval bar, with a welcoming vibe and friendly staff. Located in the heart of Darlinghurst, the venue also hosts private events with functions room that cater up to 60 people.
41 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney | map
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,
35 Erskineville Rd, Erskineville | map
weekday 11:30 - 00:00 weekend 11:30 - 03:00
Iconic gay & lesbian bar, featuring drag and cabaret shows, plus a cocktail lounge and terrace. Located in bustling Erskineville, in Sydney’s Inner West, The Imperial Hotel has been a long time supporter of the LGBT community.
Featuring Drag N’ Dine at Priscillas restaurant, enjoy weekly performances from drag queens to pole dancing and various spot performances.
metro : Erskineville
Very popular Sunday gay night at The Beresford Hotel in Surry Hills. This bar & restaurant is the place to see and be seen. Always busy and attracts a large gay crowd.
You can have a few drinks outside in the courtyard, then head upstairs later for a dance. With live DJ and two floors of music, there’s plenty to choose from.
audience rating 4.3 stars from 12 votes - click to voteadd a review & photos
Permanently CLOSED (October 2017)
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 with big plasma screens. DJ’s keep the party vibe on the boil.
Check the website for details of Midnight Shift’s weekly themed events.