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The Best Bars and Restaurants in Sydney Celebrating WorldPride

Wondering where to head around Sydney during WorldPride? Here's our guide to the venues radiating queer joy with dance floors, drag and bottomless brunches.
By Ben Hansen
February 24, 2023
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By Ben Hansen
February 24, 2023
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  • Food & Drink

    ARQ Sydney

    A staple of Oxford Street for more than two decades.

  • Food & Drink

    The Abercrombie Hotel

    Dance the night away at this massive Chippendale venue, which boasts multiple dance floors, a rooftop bar and a bottle shop.

  • Food & Drink

    Stonewall Hotel

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

  • Food & Drink

    The Bank Hotel Beer Garden

    A local favourite serving brews, pub grub and eats from the outdoor barbecue.

  • Food & Drink

    The Clock Hotel

    Crown Street's revamped pub sports hidden whisky bars and balcony gin bars to ditch the crusty ol' pub stigma.

  • Food & Drink

    Goros

    A kitsch Japanese dive bar with a late night DJ, arcade games and three karaoke rooms.

  • Food & Drink

    Darlo Bar

    Darlo Bar has long been the inner city lounge room of Darlinghurst locals.

  • Food & Drink

    Kings Cross Hotel

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

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Pleasures Playhouse

    This music and arts festival has taken over an abandoned Chinatown cinema.

  • Food & Drink

    The Marlborough Hotel

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

  • Food & Drink

    The Courthouse Hotel

    The unpretentious, grungy gem of Newtown with one of the finest outdoor courtyards in Sydney.

  • Food & Drink

    Barangaroo House

    The jewel in Barangaroo's ever-growing crown, Barangaroo House is made up of three levels — we reviewed them all.

  • Food & Drink

    Opera Bar

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

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    The Paddo Inn

    Expect casual drinks and burgers in the front bar, and Matt Moran-created grill in the dining room.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Darlinghurst Theatre Company

    At home in a heritage-listed building, the company aims to collaborate and support artists' visions.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Art Gallery of NSW

    Soak up some contemporary art and earn serious culture cred at this Sydney institution.

  • Food & Drink

    Backyard at The Alex

    This iconic Sydney pub returns with an expansive beer garden.

  • Food & Drink

    Red Rattler

    A community-based live music venue and innovative arts space.

  • Food & Drink

    Shady Pines Saloon

    The Darlinghurst original that spawned an empire.

  • Food & Drink

    The Oxford Hotel

    From mellow solo acts and laid-back duos to live bands and DJs.

  • Food & Drink

    Forrester's

    The Surry Hills stalwart has undergone a $1.5-million makeover.

  • Food & Drink

    Ivy

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

  • Food & Drink

    The Winery

    Drinking classy means having a 'champagne bell' alert the waitstaff when your glass gets empty.

  • Food & Drink

    Archie Rose Distillery

    If you're looking to lift your spirits, this gin distillery is the place to be.

  • Food & Drink

    Ezra

    This Tel Aviv-inspired restaurant in Kings Cross is run by three Sydney hospitality legends.

  • Food & Drink

    KISSUU

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

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Powerhouse Museum

    Pay a visit to one of Sydney's most interactive museums.

  • Food & Drink

    Hotel Harry

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

  • Food & Drink

    North Bondi Fish

    North Bondi Italian's old home takes on a casual vibe and a fresh, coast-inspired menu.

  • Food & Drink

    The Duke of Enmore

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

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Carriageworks

    Set within historic Eveleigh rail yards, this arts venue plays host to world-class exhibitions, performances and festivals.

  • 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

    The Beresford Hotel

    A Surry Hills pub with one of the best courtyards in town.

  • 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

    Universal Sydney

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

  • Food & Drink

    The Flinders

    Picklebacks all round, the Flindies is back.

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