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Sydney's Best Bars for Dancing and Late-Night Drinks

Dust off your dancing shoes and get ready to boogie.
By Concrete Playground
November 08, 2021
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By Concrete Playground
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  • Food & Drink

    Cafe Freda's

    The Chippendale nightclub has moved to Darlinghurst and swapped late nights and neon lights for natural wines and pastel hues.

  • Food & Drink

    Tokyo Sing Song

    The vibe at the late-night bar is part Mai Tai jelly square, part Asahi schooner.

  • Food & Drink

    Waywards at The Bank

    The Bank has reopened the upstairs room as a live venue with bar snacks and a slightly FBi Social vibe for the Inner West.

  • Food & Drink

    Factory Theatre

    Live music and comedy are at the core of the Factory's operation.

  • Food & Drink

    The Duke of Enmore

    This Enmore Road mainstay has woodfire eats, natty wines, heavy metal and picklebacks aplenty.

  • Food & Drink

    Beach Road Hotel

    Bands, a great beer garden and your favourite booze in Bondi.

  • Food & Drink

    Bondi Beach Public Bar

    Bondi's iconic corner restaurant has relaunched with a new chef and a (rather affordable) seafood-heavy menu.

  • Food & Drink

    Coogee Pavilion Rooftop

    Life's a beach at the imaginative Coogee Pavilion's beachfront rooftop bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Public House Petersham

    The Newington has had one helluva reno.

  • Food & Drink

    The Chippo Hotel

    The Chippo boasts A+ live music vibes and a New Orleans-inspired menu.

  • Food & Drink

    Opera Bar

    A must-do with out-of-towners or when you're seeing a gig at the Opera House.

  • Food & Drink

    The Lord Gladstone

    Continuing the Abercrombie's legacy of deep-fried Golden Gaytimes and Chippendale chill-outs.

  • Food & Drink

    The Royal Bondi

    The first stage of Merivale's revamped version of this long-running Bondi pub is now open.

  • Food & Drink

    The Bearded Tit

    Turn left at the crocheted penises and enter Redfern's brazen art bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Redfern Surf Club

    An Australiana-themed bar with cocktails in cans and a taxidermy ibis.

  • Food & Drink

    Lazybones Lounge

    This cosy jazz bar keeps the inner west party going late into the night.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Vanguard Newtown

    Newtown's much-loved live music venue has returned.

  • Food & Drink

    Since I Left You

    This courtyard bar could be your CBD paradise.

  • Food & Drink

    Hollywood Hotel

    When this place gets busy, it gets busy - and with good reason.

  • Food & Drink

    The Flinders

    Picklebacks all round, the Flindies is back.

  • Food & Drink

    El Loco

    This Mexican cantina is the finest example of a casual Merivale experiment.

  • Food & Drink

    Oxford Art Factory

    Inspired by Warhol’s Factory in New York, this music venue caters to top international and local talent.

  • Food & Drink

    Upstairs Beresford

    Stepping into the Upstairs Beresford is like stumbling upon a secret disco inferno you weren’t quite ready for.

  • Food & Drink

    Low302

    Darlo bar hoppers may not be starved for their pick of small bars, but Low’s got a little something the others don’t.

  • Food & Drink

    Ching-a-Lings

    Ching-a-Lings is the kind of chilled, unpretentious small bar where you can grab a couch with some good company and while away some very memorable hours.

  • Food & Drink

    El Loco at Slip Inn

    An easy stroll from your CBD office, this Mexican-themed beer garden is the ideal mid-week pit stop.

  • Food & Drink

    Stitch Bar

    A subterranean bar with sewing machines and hot dogs.

  • Food & Drink

    The Pickled Possum

    Widely renowned as one of the more bizarre establishments in Sydney, the person with the microphone is king at the Pickled Possum.

  • Food & Drink

    Palmer & Co.

    A hidden, but well-known, cocktail bar reminiscent of Sydney's notorious past of speakeasies, sly grog and razor gangs.

  • Food & Drink

    El Topo

    With atmosphere aplenty, character-filled food and an authentic tequila fort, El Topo comes highly recommended.

  • Food & Drink

    Frankie's

    Part dive bar, part New York-style pizza parlour, part blast from the past in the form of 80s metal.

  • Food & Drink

    The Bourbon

    The Bourbon is all about New Orleans Creole.

  • Food & Drink

    The Soda Factory

    Venture beyond the Bobby's storefront for boozy spiders, $1 hot dogs and 50s tunes.

  • Food & Drink

    The Ivanhoe Hotel

    A revamped Ivanhoe goes gangbusters on The Corso.

  • Food & Drink

    The Lobo

    The moment you step up to the bar, you're made to feel like a real regular at this relaxed yet refined slice of old Cuba.

  • Food & Drink

    The Cliff Dive

    The Tio's boys have done it again. And this time things are tropical.

  • Food & Drink

    Ramblin' Rascal Tavern

    Head to this basement bar for a booze-slingin' good time.

  • Food & Drink

    Keg and Brew

    An old school pub filling your schooner with something a little bit different.

  • Food & Drink

    The Oxford Tavern

    This Petersham pub has reopened with a leafy beer garden and focus on craft beer.

  • Food & Drink

    Hotel Harry

    The century-old Macquarie Hotel building gets a Cuban revolution, complete with traditional barbacoa.

  • Food & Drink

    Taylor's Rooftop

    A CBD rooftop bar with a vertical garden, tacos and live tunes.

  • Food & Drink

    The Collaroy

    The northern beaches boozer was acquired by Merivale and reopened all shiny and new.

  • Food & Drink

    Hotel Steyne

    Manly's lively beachfront go-to pub.

  • Food & Drink

    Big Poppa's

    A late-night cheese, wine and hip hop bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Ivy Pool Club

    Sydney's super glitzy rooftop pool bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Botany View Hotel

    An iconic south King Street watering hole.

  • Food & Drink

    The Lansdowne Hotel

    The resurrected Chippendale pub has an entire floor dedicated to gigs, plus a Mary's burger pizza.

  • Food & Drink

    George Hotel Waterloo

    This neighbourhood pub has reopened as a taqueria and natural wine bar.

  • Food & Drink

    The Orient Hotel

    Yet another longstanding pub in The Rocks that's had a makeover in recent years.

  • Food & Drink

    Kings Cross Hotel

    This pub hosts indie bands, jam sessions and DJs, plus there’s a sunny rooftop to boot.

  • Food & Drink

    Golden Barley Hotel

    A family-owned pub with a leafy beer garden.

  • Food & Drink

    K1 Karaoke Lounge

    A LED-lit karaoke haven above Chinatown.

  • Food & Drink

    The Duke of Clarence

    An 1800s-inspired pub with over 500 spirits and a solid menu.

  • Food & Drink

    Cargo

    This King Street Wharf haunt knows how to get the party started — and keep it going.

  • Food & Drink

    Mercantile Hotel

    A little slice of Ireland in the Rocks, serving unbridled warmth and hospitality.

  • Food & Drink

    Stonewall Hotel

    Party till the wee hours in this legendary three-storey bar.

  • Food & Drink

    The Imperial Erskineville

    It's all about drag and drinks, darling.

  • Food & Drink

    The Vic On The Park

    This old Marrickville gem has been given the full Merivale treatment and it's totally working it.

  • Food & Drink

    Old Mate's Place

    Creative cocktails, Philly cheesesteaks and old-school library vibes tucked away in a Clarence Street office building.

  • Food & Drink

    Universal Sydney

    Darlinghurst's legendary gay bar Midnight Shift has been resurrected.

  • Food & Drink

    Employees Only

    Visit NYC's world-class cocktail bar's first late-night Australian outpost for cocktails and cabaret.

  • Food & Drink

    The Burwood Hotel

    This longtime Burwood stalwart is now slinging alcoholic bubble teas.

  • Food & Drink

    Mary's Underground

    As well as a full French-style bistro menu, this CBD restaurant from the Mary's crew has a seafood bar and jazz running six night a week.

  • Food & Drink

    Prince of York

    At this multi-level CBD venue you can start with bone marrow toasties and naturally fermented prosecco for dinner, then head downstairs to dance on tables under a disco ball.

  • Food & Drink

    Dynasty Karaoke

    Live out your popstar fantasies at this expansive karaoke joint in Dixon Mall.

  • Food & Drink

    Marrickville Bowling & Recreation Club

    An inner west institution for live music and lawn bowls.

  • Food & Drink

    Bungalow 8

    A harbourside bar with views from the beer garden, tropical vibes and a buzzing dance floor.

  • Food & Drink

    The Commercial Hotel

    You can always count on this joint for kick-ons — it's open until 6am on Fridays.

  • Food & Drink

    Albion Hotel

    Parramatta's late-night, dog-friendly pub.

  • Food & Drink

    Dean's Lounge

    This Potts Point bar has retro arcade games, a vintage jukebox and mac 'n' cheese jaffles.

  • Food & Drink

    Ivy

    A key player in Merivale's massive CBD precinct, this bar throws one helluva party.

  • Food & Drink

    Odd Culture Newtown

    An exciting Newtown wine bar with cracking French-meets-Japanese fare from the team behind the Old Fitz.

  • Food & Drink

    The Marlborough Hotel

    This three-level Newtown favourite has been a King Street mainstay since 1860.

  • Food & Drink

    Uncanny

    This family-run King Street bar is serving up za'atar margaritas, lamb mince hummus and an array of Mediterranean eats.

  • Food & Drink

    The Bridge Hotel

    Catch live shows from a wide variety of artists at this Inner West mainstay.

  • Food & Drink

    Bar Planet

    Martinis are the name of the game at this psychedelic Enmore Road cocktail bar from the Cantina OK! team.

  • Food & Drink

    KISSUU

    Find a Japanese restaurant with eats from an ex-Nobu chef downstairs and a disco-heavy party bar upstairs.

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