Sydney’s ‘lockout laws’ might have poured bucketloads of cold water on the Harbour City’s nightlife, but there are still cracking club nights to be found around town every night of the week. Whether you’re looking for live music, backpacker bars, uni nights or LGBTQI venues, you’ll spot a night out for you in this list of Sydney’s best club nights.
This Oxford St institution has been one of the jewels in the crown of Sydney’s vibrant LGBTQI scene for two decades, delivering live entertainment seven nights a week. But the highlights of Stonewall’s weekly calendar are the legendary drag shows on Friday and Saturday nights, when all three levels are routinely packed to the rafters.
When it comes to dancing until the wee hours on a Saturday night in Sydney, as the cliche goes, there’s no place like Home. Homemade Saturdays brings a diverse lineup of DJs to an even more diverse crowd of tourists and locals that flock to this Darling Harbour super-club, with techno, trance and house tunes spread out over three levels and eight rooms.
Enmore’s favourite late-night venue hosts Sydney’s favourite lesbian night each Wednesday, serving great-value drinks specials and local DJs until 3am. Sly Fox enjoyed a redesign in 2015 that injected the inner-west institution with a retro 1970s ‘key party’ vibe but the commitment to quality live music hasn’t wavered, especially on Birdcage Wednesdays.
199 Enmore Rd, Enmore NSW, +61 2 9557 2917
Those same backpackers make a beeline to this inner-city Kent St venue on Wednesdays for a club night that’s every bit as rowdy as it sounds. Scary Canary delivers cheap drinks, foam machines, a huge dance floor and a crowd of international party-goers who aren’t fazed its a school night.