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SYDNEY: Bars, Cabarets, Clubs, Discos & Karaoke

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SYDNEY (New South Wales) -- area code +61-2

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    • Bear Bar UTOPIA VERIFIED NOV 2020
        2 Oxford St (enter at the rear in Liverpool St), Darlinghurst

        Small gay bar located at the city end of Oxford St. Designed for bears plus their friends and admirers, it's the place to be for entertainment and great music, with DJs from 9pm. Open Thu-Sat, 5pm-2am.
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    • The Bearded Tit UTOPIAN VERIFIED APR 2018
        183 Regent St, Redfern
        8283-4082, email

        Located just minutes from Redfern Station, this happy place and creative space offers drinks and food along with exhibitions, music, and performances. Drink, dine and chat inside, or out back in the Caravan of Love.
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    • Beauchamp Hotel
        267 Oxford St, Darlinghurst

        Popular pub gets crowded on the weekends. Once an older style Sydney bar, it's now been renovated into a trendy cocktail bar and serves great food.
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    • The Beresford Hotel UTOPIA VERIFIED NOV 2020
        354 Bourke St, Darlinghurst

        A short walk from Oxford St is the Beresford, which is a popular mixed venue throughout the week, but becomes the go-to spot for gay locals on Sun afternoon when the large beer garden out the back heaves with people from 5pm onwards. The Beresford also hosts the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Business Association and several LGBTQI special events at various times of year.
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    • Cleveland
        Corner of Bourke and Cleveland St, Surry Hills

        Two rooms with wood floor, cushy chairs and pool tables. Open late on weekends and attracts a younger crowd taking a break from the larger clubs.
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    • The Colombian
        117 Oxford St (at the intersection of Crown St), The Columbian Hotel
        9360-2151, email

        Two floors of fun with two bars serving premium and imported beers and signature cocktails. Decor is self-described as "South American chic". Large screen music videos, upstairs dance floor. Has become extremely popular and its a prime location for parade viewing.
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    • The Dolphin UTOPIA VERIFIED MAR 2020
        412 Crown St, Surry Hills

        A favourite of Surry Hills creatives and lovers of quality food and drink. It's multi-zoned funland of wine, cocktails, handmade pizzas and ce-cold beer. The terrace is the place to be in summer, underneath black-and-white-striped umbrellas with locally-made mortadella in one hand and a pre-batched Delfino Negroni in the other. Try the Dining Room for a dinner worthy of writing home about, or head to the Wine Room to sip over 300 wines by the bottle and 100 by the glass.
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    • Gilligan's and Ginger's
        Oxford Hotel, 134 Oxford St, Darlinghurst

        First floor bar, cocktails at Gilligan's on the 2nd floor, or private booths at Ginger's on the 3rd floor. Take in the view of Oxford Street and the city skyline. DJs spinning the latest sounds.
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    • Harpoon Harry UTOPIA VERIFIED NOV 2020
        40-44 Wentworth Ave, Surry Hills

        At the bottom of Oxford St, just a block away from Hyde Park. A charismatic, two-level venue with an upstairs boogie lounge and open-air oasis. Seriously great food. Best on Fri and Sat evenings just as it warms up.
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    • Kinselas UTOPIA VERIFIED JUL 2020
        383 Bourke St (in Taylor Square), Darlinghurst

        Next to Taylor Square's weird spurting water fountains. It has a long history with the local queer communities. It hosts trivia nights and is currently home to the Harbour City Bears Fri evening drink sessions.
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    • Landsdowne Hotel

    • Leichhardt Hotel
        126 Balmain Rd (at Short St), Leichhardt

        Lesbian-managed pub with games, pool tables, beer garden, and a chance to meet some of the local Dykes on Bikes who kick back here.
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    • The Martini
        Pier One Parkroyal, 11 Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay
        8298-9999, email

        Stylish modern bar with great location on the Walsh Bay wharves with harbour views. As the name suggests, martinis are the specialty here, in more than a dozen styles, as well as other scrumptious cocktails. Sit outdoors in the warm weather to take in the fresh air and cruising (on the water, of course).
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    • Middlebar
        383-387 Bourke St (above Kinselas), Darlinghurst

        Models, fashionistas, and glam wanna-bes (plus handsome staff!). Have a Death by Chocolate or Melon Matrix cocktail on the balcony overlooking Taylor Square. But, grab a choice seat early because this place starts packing them in after 10:30pm. The friendly owner knows many spots in the city.
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    • The Oxford
        Oxford Hotel, 134 Oxford St (at the corner of Bourke St, on Taylor Square), Darlinghurst

        Recently refurbished. It still attracts the bear/leather crowd but it's become more trendy now.
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    • Palms
        124 Oxford St

        Another good gay bar with a relaxed and unpretentious atmosphere (if you're the type of person who gets sick of places where guys just go to show off their chests).
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    • Slide

    • The Slip Inn
        111 Sussex St (at the corner of King St)
        9299-4777, 8297-7000, email

        A short walk from Town Hall Station or Wynyard Station. This celeb magnet has four bars and two club areas. The Slip Bar has pool tables and Thai food, and the Sand Bar offers more privacy for chilling out. The garden overlooks Darling Harbour. The music is lush, the staff are brilliant and clearly enjoy their jobs. Plus, the food is great and the crowd worth oogling.
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    • The Sly Fox

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Cabaret Shows

    • Imperial Hotel
        35 Erskineville Rd, Erskineville

        A recent face lift and new lighting has only accentuated the dazzle at this famous Sydney drag bar, the location of club scenes in "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert". Catch one of the all-pro shows in Priscilla's Bar, their cabaret. Five a night on weekends! Downstairs dance space. Open late. Attracts every kind of being around so it's also dished as being like the cantina from Star Wars (bitch!).
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    • ARQ
        16 Flinders St, Taylor Square, Darlinghurst

        Shirts off! This hugely popular dance club has Dj spinning the latest beats and gogo boys on podiums, but the party crowd is the real show as they "gyre and gimble in the wabe". Hot men from all over the planet converge here on Friday night and shootin' off menergy all weekend long.
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    • Heaps Gay UTOPIA VERIFIED NOV 2020

        Regular series of parties for LGBTIQ+ folks and their friends has become one of the city's most popular queer events, involving an eclectic mix of DJs, performers, and artists. Heaps Gay parties happen in all manner of locations around the city each month, including carparks, warehouses, and laneways. Check their Facebook page for details.
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        Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Harbour

        A massive club with various party rooms and a dance for for thousands, but only an occasional gay party - called Homesexual! - every few months. Pricy entry and drinks.
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