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The nightclubs in Sydney are some of the best in the world, attracting big name DJs and boasting some of the most high tech sound and light systems in the world. If you are planning on a night out in Australia's largest city, you have many choices. Nightclubs can be small or large and either stand as separate establishments, or be part of a larger venue, such as a pub or club. Your choice of nightclub depends on what kind of night you are after, your preference in music and if you are seeking a notable DJ or band, or simply some cool tunes to dance to.

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There are various nightclub districts in Sydney and a night out can even mean travelling between several within the one area, or across the city, depending on your own preferences. Darling Harbour, Kings Cross, The Rocks and Oxford Street are all nightclub hubs.

Remember though, there can be long queues and expensive entry fees for the more popular locations, especially if a reputable DJ is on the cards. Many nightclubs have a lesser known DJs or cover bands as free entertainment for patrons.

If you are seeking a certain style of music, pick up one of the free music street mags and check out the gig guide. This will help you know who's on, where and when, and stop you getting stuck at the back of a queue.


ARQ has an informal reputation of being the superclub of Sydney. The décor is such that walking around you will feel like you are living in a fishbowl. Upstairs you’ll find the trance music and downstairs is the more commercial scene. ARQ is gay and straight friendly. Taylor Square.

Beach Road Hotel
71 Beach Road, Bondi Beach (02 9130 7247)

Candy's Apartment

For a bar with a difference, try Candy’s Apartment at the Establishment Hotel, which is apparently housed in what was once a sewer pit. Candy’s features progressive DJs from all over the world.

Chinese Laundry
111 Sussex Street (02 8295 9950)

Civic Underground
388 Pitt Street, (02 8080 7000)

1 Earl Street, Potts Point (02 9356 2666)

Exchange Hotel
34 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst (02 9360 1375)

Home in Cockle Bay Warf is a good choice if you want to show off your dance moves. This is one of the biggest and best in Sydney, located in a purpose built complex with ultra modern designs. There are eight separate rooms, tailoring to different musical styles. Darling Harbour (02 9266 0600)

330 George Street (02 9240 3000)

Lady Lux
2 Roslyn Street, Potts Point (02 9361 5000)

Moulin Rouge
39 Darlinghurst Road (02 8345 1711)

Ruby Rabbit
231 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst (02 9326 0044)

Suzie Q's
169 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst (02 9331 7729)

Establishment Hotel, 3 Bridge Lane,Sydney (02 8295 9966)

Tonic Lounge
62- 64 Kellett Street (02 8354 1544)

The Spice Cellar
58 Elizabeth Street.


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