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ARQ Sydney

A staple of Oxford Street for more than two decades.
By Ben Hansen
February 24, 2023
By Ben Hansen
February 24, 2023

A longstanding pillar of Sydney's queer community and nightlife, Oxford Street nightclub ARQ finally reopened in 2022 after a pandemic-forced hiatus of close to three years. 23 years on from originally opening its doors, the beloved club has made a grand return following a multimillion-dollar renovation.

Staples of the ARQ experience including the spa and sauna, Bodyline, Trash Alley and the legendary revolving doors have all been maintained and refreshed, while the venue has also welcomed a new arcade-style games room and a cocktail lounge.

"We have all come together again to not only revitalise ARQ, but the entire Australian nightlife industry," ARQ owner Shadd Danesi says. "We believe we are finally in a position to revitalise Australian entertainment, starting with ARQ, reclaiming its position as the jewel in Oxford Street's crown."

As with before its temporary shutdown, the club hosts an ongoing program of DJs, drag performers, pyrotechnics, aerialists and live musicians, contributing to that renowned Oxford Street energy and ensuring the dance floor is always packed.

You can explore what's on at ARQ via the nightclub's website.

Lady Gaga performing at Arq, Eva Rinaldi

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