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Sydney’s best nightclubs to dance the night away

Between lockdowns and lockdowns and a literal no-dancing rule in our COVID era, dancing feels like a hard-earned pastime in Sydney, which makes a good night out on the dance floor all the sweeter. Thanks to groovy planning around the city’s nighttime economy and lots of energy and resilience from our nighttime industries, Sydney Free from all ties the days are really behind us.

Forgot how to stop a move? Don’t worry, there’s really no right or wrong when it comes to waving your freaky flag over the DF, and honestly, a good dance is pretty much precisely what we all need once in a while, especially after a long week. So get out those dusty dancing shoes, channel Beyonce (or HAIM?) and head to these Sydney spots for the The time of your life.

Here are the best nightclubs and dancefloors in Sydney right now.

Frankie’s Pizza

CBD

Frankie’s Pizza is one of Sydney’s best places for a bit of rock n roll and a crazy night out. Head down the stairs and settle in for tasty pizza by the slice, pinball machines and local bands playing live and loud. If you hang around a bit longer, you might come to Frankie’s secret bar, an underground location hidden behind the stage (where many night dances take place). Plus, you’ve only got a few months left to dance the night away in this underground wonderland, with Frankie’s about to close to make way for Sydney’s new underground line. Hop to her.

Club 77

Darlinghurst

There’s something about Club 77. This dark, grubby bar has evolved over the years, but its cherry-red walls and sticky floor were once the beating heart of Sydney’s alternative electronic and house music scene, with legends like AJAX, the Bang Gang and the DJ Starfuckers who dominate the decks and the dance floor. The club celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2022, relaunching with a little makeover inspired by NYC-style dive bars. The relaunch included new acoustic treatment and a pumping KV2 audio system specially tuned by Translate Sound (7RANSLA7E). He also scored a 4am seven-day-a-week license – huge news for Sydney’s often lackluster midweek options after 9pm. There’s even a late-night happy hour from 2:30 to 3:30. The best part? the dance floor is heaving like in the good old days.

LABEL.

Brookvale

LABEL. is a multipurpose warehouse-style venue that’s part club, part bar and part art space, with an in-house recording studio and an extravagant, festival-style sound system unseen anywhere else in Sydney. Inside, there’s a sunny, Miami Vice-style cocktail bar that serves really good Mandarin Tommy margaritas and rhubarb gin sours alongside craft beers from the club’s neighboring Northern Beaches breweries.

Beyond the two recording studios, set up for touring artists to record and collaborate on, the space gives way to a jaw-dropping dance floor. Drenched in lasers and lined with moving booths, the space is dominated by a state-of-the-art VOID Air Motion system. The downstairs pizza is available from opening to closing (i.e. 3am), ensuring no one goes hungry on the dance floor.

Ivy

CBD

A list of Sydney’s best dance spots wouldn’t be complete without the juggernaut that is Ivy. The Ivy District brings together the best of Sydney under one roof (and umbrellas, in the case of the rooftop Ivy Pool Club). It also happens to have very many dance parties, including popular events such as POOF DOOF and Lost Sundays. It’s known for a party, so what are you waiting for?

maali

Potts Point

The cavernous basement in Bayswater Road that was once Candy’s flat is now Maali, a Moroccan-inspired nightclub, run by the same team that also opened Eros across the street. The venue’s brick walls and archways have been painted soda orange, and new sunken lounges, a VIP room, and private areas with curtains line the walls. Maali’s inspiration is “Arabian Nights,” and belly dancers, snake charmers, and tarot readers join resident DJs and special guests on the entertainment lineup. The dance floor was also brightened up with a new state-of-the-art light and sound system.

Universal

Darlinghurst

This two-level bar is where you want to head to for drag performances and DJ sets. Thanks to its prime position on Oxford Street, just down from Taylor Square, there’s usually a buzz at the weekends, with tunes ranging from disco to techno. There’s also a bunch of Mardi Gras celebrations going on, so get on your platforms and get ready to dance the night away.

Taylor’s roof

CBD

If this is a rooftop you’re hoping to dance on this summer, head up the stairs to the fourth floor of the Hotel Republic. With a vertical garden and a retractable roof, taylors is a small city oasis, with views over the glittering rooftops of the city. House music is the vibe here, with local and international DJs on the decks on the weekends.

glass island

sydney harbor

Sydney is no stranger to floating parties. Being home to one of the most beautiful harbors in the world means plenty of party boats are regularly dotted across our sparkling waters. In fact, summer in Sydney isn’t quite complete without a sort of sunset at sea, complete with champagne, balmy airs and breathtaking views. Enter: The Glass Island. Since launch, Glass Island has hosted Nicky Night Time, Sneaky Sound System’s Sneaky Sundays, Poolclvb and The One Hit Agency team. It’s a good time, so book your tickets here.

Glass Island’s current season ends on Sunday, June 12 and will reopen the first weekend in September.

The Lansdowne

Chippendale

When Mary’s boys took over The Lansdowne, they promised to keep the live music roots of the iconic pub intact. Over the years they’ve done more than that, making Lansdowne one of Sydney’s liveliest places to see a concert. Sadly, Jake Smyth and Kenny Graham’s reign over the multi-storey pub has come to an end. For a moment it looked like the location would be lost to the developers, but Oxford Art Factory (OAF) boss Mark Gerber stepped in to save the show. Refurbishments (including an upgraded sound system) and a new restaurant concept are underway under the OAF team, but for now the pub remains open.

Imperial

Erskineville

If your idea of ​​a good dance party involves a basement club vibe, look no further than The Imperial in Erskineville. This proud LGBTQIA+ mega-pub is a place to watch a dazzling drag show, do a vegan tasting, and yes, hit the fucking dance floor like no one else. The basement is basically an underground rave and the front bar is all disco beat.

Goros

Surry Hills

You might know Goros for its 20-person karaoke rooms, Japanese food and retro arcade games, but this Surry Hills spot also offers its dance floor with hip-hop beats and maximum vibes on the weekends. -end. Kick off your ’90s dance party with Goros’ sake shots, and you’re sure to have a good one.

Harry Hotel

Surry Hills

This corner pub in Surry Hills is open for lunch, dinner and drinks seven days a week. Come on the weekend, however, by Harry the upper level turns up the volume with DJs and dances into the wee hours of the morning. You can check who is ready to play via their website– or roll the dice and go for a night of cutting shapes on the DF.

Marrickville Bowling Club

Marrickville

From afternoons on the green to nights spent attending a live concert, Marrickville Bowlo is one hell of a place to hang out. You can relax in the sun and play bocce, feed and dance the night away in a day here. For its live music programming, go to website– then get ready to hit the air.

The soda factory

Surry Hills

Sydney bar The Soda Factory is always a good idea. The door is a veritable retro vending machine and everyone inside is in such good spirits that the low-key “Let’s just get merry” atmosphere means your toes will be tapping away to local concerts and DJs. The queue has a reason, so get in quick or get stuck outside in the heat.

Pamela is at the Prince of York

CBD

Inspired by the nightlife culture of the 70s and 80s in Berlin, Prince of York offers everything electric and full of surprises. Located inside the former John Solomon Building of the CBD (the buzzing, heritage-listed warehouse on York Street), this bar gives a whole new meaning to “business in the front, party in the back.” “. And if you’re looking for the party, you’ll want to head to the underground nightclub that is Pamela. Here you can expect champagne, a mezcal bar and nothing less than dancing on disco tables and ordering tequila by the bottle.

The cliff dive

Darlinghurst

One of Sydney’s best bars for dancing into the wee hours, The Cliff Dive is a former nightclub-turned-Papua New Guinean dance hall and tiki bar. With DJs most nights of the week, the dance floor heats up, so get tropical and dive in.

Oxford Art Factory

Darlinghurst

Someone fun is still playing Oxford Art, so you can’t really go wrong here. Attracting anyone and everyone from all over Sydney to see some of the best live entertainment means there’s always a big crowd and a lively dance floor to match. Check out this concerts are on the horizongrab a ticket and head over there to listen to some catchy tunes.

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Image credit: Pat Stevenson, Frankie’s, Pat Stevenson, LABEL., Merivale, Pat Stevenson, Glass Island, Goros, The Soda Factory, Prince of York, The Cliff Dive, Oxford Art Factory

Richard Dement

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