Known as one of the hottest nightlife capitals in the world, Sydney is home to hundreds of exciting bars and nightclubs. Whether you’re into drum and bass or disco, emo or electronica, your next big night out is probably only a short walk away – even if you are wearing killer heels. Here’s a guide to some of Sydney’s most exciting hotspots.
At the heart of Sydney’s nightlife scene is the infamous King’s Cross. Beautiful drag queens swap makeup tips with leggy blondes as traffic whizzes by on Oxford Street, the epicentre of this fast-paced and fabulous scene.
At Candy’s Apartment, you’ll find a vibrant mix of both live music and some of the hottest local and international DJs on the scene. A typical night at Candy’s kicks off with live bands early in the evening, followed by a few sets from a buzzed-about local DJ, and rounded off with a killer set of tunes from an international music producer.
The club’s laid-back vibe as well as its various hidden hallways and quiet corners make for an unforgettable night out.
Head next door to Le Panic and you’ll find a distinctly funky vibe, replete with plush couches to lounge on and quirky cocktails to drink. The music ranges from electro to hip-hop, with soulful house music also bouncing off the psychedelic wallpaper. More intimate than Candy’s, Le Panic is the perfect place to take someone you met on a dating website such as Jazzed Australia on a first date.
Sydney CBD/Darling Harbour
Sydney’s main business drag is awash with bars and nightclubs that turn the mood from professional to pumping as soon as evening falls on a Friday night. Overlooking the world famous Darling Harbour, Home the Venue is one of Sydney’s biggest and most unique nightclubs.
Featuring three levels, with a capacity of 2,100 people, this extraordinary venue is home to some of Sydney’s largest music events. Its state-of-the-art sound system delivers a truly awesome music experience, and whether you’re at a gig with a thousand other revellers or at an intimate cocktail event, you’re sure to enjoy a killer night out.
If you’re looking for something with more of an underground feel, look no further than Chinese Laundry, situated in the heart of the CBD. Worried about spilling a fancy cocktail on your best shirt? Fear not – there’s a washing machine in the main area of the bar.
Begin the evening with a drink on the terrace at Garden Bar before heading down to the Laundry for a night that promises to be anything other than squeaky clean.
If you’re into star-spotting and dressing up, you simply can’t go past the exclusive Ivy. Decked out like a playground, complete with fake grass and lounge chairs, this sophisticated venue is most certainly NOT for the kids. Come dressed in your finest threads to ensure entry, or better yet, arrive on the arm of one of the many celebs that frequent this expensive but always exciting hotspot.