The Best Live Music Venues in Sydney

Ladyhawke, The Metro Theatre | Eva Rinaldi/Flickr
Ladyhawke, The Metro Theatre | Eva Rinaldi/Flickr
With an electric underground scene of artists, DJs, producers, singers and songwriters, it is plain to see why music venues in Sydney come by the dozen. Here are the best places to enjoy live music when in Sydney, Australia.

Oxford Art Factory

Oxford Art Factory is one of Sydney’s most loved music venues. Situated suitably on the buzzy and bustling Oxford Street in Darlinghurst, Oxford Art Factory lines up a steady stream of musicians on a nightly basis. Expect late night dancing, drinking and debauchery in this cult music venue. They also have awesome curated playlists on their website, should the need for inspiration arise.

Oxford Art Factory, 38-46 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney, Australia. +61 (02) 9332 3711

The Lansdowne Hotel

The Lansdowne Hotel is one of Sydney’s most influential underground music venues. Hosting amazing local and international artists throughout week, The Lansdowne is gritty, grungy and prides itself on four elements: music, art, pizza, and party. If that isn’t enough to seduce loyal followers these days, what is?

The Lansdowne Hotel, 2 – 6 City Road, Chippendale, Sydney, Australia. +61 (02) 8218 2333

The Enmore Theatre

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Opening its doors to eager music fans all the way back in 1908, The Enmore Theatre is arguably Sydney’s most noble music venue. It is the longest continually running music venue in New South Wales and boasts an old-world cinematic quality of days gone by. This stunning art deco building impresses inside and out, and features top artists such as The War on Drugs, The Shins, and Foster The People.
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Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House is not only one of the most recognised buildings on Earth, but also an astounding world-class entertainment venue. Experiencing a live band, orchestra, or opera here is bound to be a night to remember forever. Check out the rich and varied events timetable and book in advance – as the venue features mainly major performers, it too often sells out!

Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney, Australia. +61 (02) 9250 7111


This live music venue in Sydney is the premium place to catch some quality jazz, blues and soul. Attracting conscious music lovers and genre geeks, 505 is the ideal place to come for a cocktail or to kick back and soak up the energy. There’s also funk and groove thrown into the mix on a weekly basis, as well as touring artists and local musicians. Essentially, 505 is the quintessential music venue.

Manning Bar

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This university bar is one of the cornerstones of life in college for most Sydney kids. During the week this venue appears as a standard college bar – some food, some drinks, nothing too special. But on weekends this venue comes alive with hundreds of music-thirsty disco-kids dancing to the best local and international acts. Previous artists included Gotye and The Foo Fighters.
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The Metro Theatre

Set in the centre of Sydney on the famous George’s Street, The Metro Theatre is at the heart of it all. This long-standing venue is a key go-to for music lovers in Sydney who can count on a steady, stellar line-up of artists and musicians. Ranging from Big Boi to Morcheeba, The Metro Theatre is a wholehearted music-lovers mecca.

The Metro Theatre, George Street, Sydney, Australia. +61 (02) 9550 3666

This article was originally written by Erin Haywood and published in August 2015.