The Sydney Morning Herald's daily entertainment section is the most informative guide to the city's pubs and clubs. For club-scene coverage—who's been seen where and what they were wearing—pick up a free copy of The Music magazine ( available at just about any Oxford Street café or pub. The Ever Guide ( is another good online source of entertainment information.

All bars and clubs listed here are open daily unless noted. Entry is free unless we list a cover charge.

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  • 1. Bambini Wine Room

    City Center

    Bambini Wine Room is a sparkling little jewel box encased in marble-clad walls and topped with lovely chandeliers. You can sip cocktails, whiskeys and any...Read More

  • 2. Eau de Vie


    You might have to seek them out but there are quite a few speakeasy-style bars sprinkled around Sydney. Eau de Vie, at the rear of...Read More

  • 3. O Bar and Dining

    City Center

    This is the place to come at sunset for the view, tapas, and cocktails—and the '70s kitsch of a revolving restaurant. Located on Level 47...Read More

  • 4. Opera Bar

    Circular Quay

    Perched beneath the concourse of the Opera House and at eye level with Sydney Harbour, Opera Bar has the best location in all of Sydney....Read More

  • 5. The Arthouse Hotel

    City Center

    A former School of the Arts building, The Arthouse Hotel has been renovated into a modern, belle epoque–style hot spot, with four bars and a...Read More

  • 6. ARQ


    Sydney's biggest, best-looking, and funkiest gay nightclub, ARQ attracts a clean-cut crowd who like to whip off their shirts as soon as they hear the...Read More

  • 7. Beach Road Hotel

    Bondi Beach

    This Bondi institution is famous for its Sunday Sessions, when locals come to enjoy a barbecue, drink, and dance in the outdoor courtyard. There's music...Read More

  • 8. Blu Bar on 36

    The Rocks

    Blu Bar on 36 has a stellar view! Situated on the 36th floor of the Shangri-La Hotel, this is a sophisticated place to relax after...Read More

  • 9. Bungalow 8

    Darling Harbour

    With its primo waterside location at the northern end of King Street Wharf, and famous mussels from its open kitchen, Bungalow 8 invites a night...Read More

  • 10. Hacienda

    Circular Quay

    Set above Circular Quay in the Quay Grand Sydney Harbour, this cocktail bar offers incredible views with outstanding tipples. Rum cocktails are the specialty drink...Read More

  • 11. Harold Park Hotel


    This is a great comedy venue that also serves up excellent jazz, pop, rock, and blues performances on Sunday afternoon, often featuring artists playing in...Read More

  • 12. Hemmesphere

    City Center

    One of a string of swanky venues in the area, Hemmesphere is still drawing a hip crowd more than a decade after it first opened....Read More

  • 13. Ivy

    City Center

    This multilevel complex of bars, pubs, and eateries is in an ultrahip George Street complex. Cocktails are great but expensive, and the crowd varies depending...Read More

  • 14. Kings Cross Hotel

    Kings Cross

    Spread out over four levels, this towering venue hosts live bands almost every night of the week. There's even a weekly open-mic night on the...Read More

  • 15. Lobo Plantation

    City Center

    This Cuban-theme bar is a hit in Sydney. Patrons love the palm trees, the cane furniture, and the wall lined with Cuban banknotes. Cocktails are...Read More

  • 16. Low 302

    Surry Hills

    This jazz bar is one of the few late-night bars available in the city, opening until 2 am every night but Monday and Tuesday. There's...Read More

  • 17. Marquee - The Star Sydney

    Darling Harbour

    Nightclubbers are heading to Marquee—on the top level of the relaunched casino and entertainment complex, The Star Sydney—to dance the night away. The huge nightclub...Read More

  • 18. Mercantile Hotel

    The Rocks

    In the shadow of Harbour Bridge, Mercantile Hotel is Irish and very proud of it. Fiddles, drums, and pipes rise above the clamor in the...Read More

  • 19. Shady Pines Saloon


    This underground bar offers an authentic saloon experience, with Johnny Cash songs playing, whiskey flowing, and peanut shells found all over the ground. The vibe...Read More

  • 20. Stonewall Hotel


    Set over three floors, with drag acts, DJs, and incredible dancers putting on shows throughout the evening until the early hours of the morning, the...Read More

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