SYDNEY Gay Bars & Clubs 2021

Nightlife ignites on Friday, when the after-work crowd fills the bars along Oxford Street, and simmers on Saturday with numerous gay parties. But things really explode on Sunday, when the Green Park and Bank hotels are filled with boys engaged in afternoon debauchery.


The Stonewall Hotel, Great happy hours and always busy at weekends.

Daywash Sydney

Lock in laws have changed the scene, afternoon events and parties are popular!

Our guide to gay bars in Sydney.

ARQ in Darlinghurst continues to be the big dance nightspot in town. The club on two-and-a-half levels has great lights, sound, and mix of both straight and gay party people. Special and theme nights include FOMO foam parties. ARQ Sydney is open on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The Beauchamp Hotel & Velvet Cocktail Lounge in Darlinghurst offers spacious terrace bar, courtyard; canapes, platters and casual dining.

The Beresford Hotel remains a big gay attraction, especially upstairs on Sunday nights, with men/women mix, live music and theme events. Free summer movies, Mondays in the courtyard.

Chinese Laundry located below Slip Inn is a long running dance club, playing everything from House, Electro, Prog, Tech, Hip-Hop, D&B; and host occassionaly gay special events. Check local press and flyers.

The Colombian is a slick, modern gay pub and lounge on very gay corner in Oxford street, straight friendly too. On two levels, boasting the largest rotation of DJs in Sydney, lively dance crowd, drag diva emcees.

The Ivy describes itself as a glamorous urban oasis, ivy offers eight bars, including Sydneys only rooftop pool bar, 3 award winning restaurants and 4 unique meetings & events spaces. It is the home of famous gay summer pool parties, special events and irregular gay/lesbian-specific nights.

Kinselas on Bourke St was a funeral home in a previous life and plays host to Friday drag competitions, Wednesday Tranny Trivia nights has beautiful ornate art deco ceilings and attracts a mixed crowd from early evening.

The Oxford Hotel is a stunning location with four bars. The venue has been a gay destination for many years, but has become more mixed over the past few years. Gingers on the first floor is popular with LGBT visitors, especially on Monday nights With luxurious finishes, intimate booths, mezzanine level seating and a state of the art sound and lighting system; Gingers offers an alluring, contemporary and decadent experience. The Oxford is a proud supporter of the LGBT community; the club house of The Harbour City Bears, Sydney Leather Pride, and is the Official Sydney Mardi Gras Bar.

Palms On Oxford is a basement level piano and drag entertainment nightclub, attitude free, draws many locals for “retro” evenings. Palms is open 8pm-3am (Thursday through to Sunday).

Shift Club (91 Oxford St, Darlinghurst), guys of all kinds/ages video bar, drag cabaret Transisters shows, movie nights, karaoke, bingo, trivia games, “bun/bum boy” waiters serve pub menu food.

Slide is a nightclub, supper club, lounge, restaurant all-in-one and is open Tuesday through Sunday with cabaret shows. 10 years+ and still going strong. Slide remains one of the hippest gay venues, located in an art deco former bank building.

The Stonewall Hotel is a three-story entertainment complex, open daily from noon; top Sydney DJs and entertainers, big generally young crowds, weekend dancing and drag shows, Wednesday Male Box pickup night, karaoke, Thursday dancing boys on the bar. Great happy hours and always busy at weekends.

The Green Park hotel is not a gay bar but even early on a Saturday evening you’ll find the place heaving with the handsome boys of Darlinghurst sporting expensive shoes and imported denim. This is where hotel guests mingle with locals, gays, straights and curious!

Here are the hotels we recommend that have good reviews and keep you close to all the action

Meriton Suites,   Pullman Sydney,   Hotel Stellar,   Rydges Sydney

  • When to go out?

    Friday and Saturdays are the big nights out for “Sydneysiders”, although during hot summer months most gay bars attract a good crowd most nights of the week.

    The bars tend to get busy after 11pm.. “lockout” rules mean you won’t be able to enter a bar after 1:30am, and sales of alcohol are restricted between 3am and 5am (these rules only apply in certain districts).

    The nature of going out in Sydney has changed. Many parties have shifted from night time to day parties; Apart from ARQ, clubs are no longer the go-to venues for gigs and DJs; and alternatives – pubs, warehouses, beaches, galleries – are being used.

  • Where to Stay

    Hotels in the CBD – Central Business District, are the closest to all of the main gay bars, clubs and tourist attractions. They tend to be more expensive, but offer the best views and most convenient locations. Book early to get the best price, especially during key events.

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Other Venues

The Beresford Sundays takes place in the very popular bar & restaurant at The Beresford Hotel in Surry Hills.It is the place to see and be seen. Always busy and draws a large gay crowd on Sundays. You can have a few drinks outside in the courtyard first, then head upstairs later for a dance – with two floors of music.

Coopers Hotel in Newton is a traditional Aussie pub, with games, bistro deck, beer garden, extensive tapas to full meals menu, wine and cocktails. Their tranny Bingo nights are also worth a visit.

Opera Bar (2 Macquarie St), Sydney Opera House bar, Harbour Bridge views, lunch and dinner, weekend live jazz bands, DJ nights, famous NYE dance party.

If you want to see Sydney at her absolute best, go for a drink at Redfern’s neighbourhood art bar, the Bearded Tit. Inside this cosy establishment you get a glimpse of what it could be like if we all just got along. The weird and wonderful are welcomed here; there is a mix of punters that properly reflects the Sydney rainbow, and nobody gives it a second thought.

Periodic events include: Club Exile men-only parties; Flaunt; The Series with dance parties at Home Nightclub, Swagger LGBTQ RnB/Hip Hop parties; and

Party nights

Trough is Sydney’s men-only dance and cruise theme nights.Trough is Sydney’s fetish-oriented gay dance party that takes place on special occasions such as Mardi Gras. The party is usually held at the Oxford Art Factory in Darlinghurst.

Club Exile another popular cruise party takes place usually on the 3rd Saturday of the month including special holiday weekends – Labour Day, Easter, Mardi Gras, etc. There are no strict dress codes, but leather, denim, jocks, trainers, rugby, lycra, boxing, swim, cycling, etc. are encouraged.

Gush! features sexy guys, laid-back house music by an excellent DJ lineup, plus shows and special guests. Gush! party takes place throughout the year at various venues.

Swagger is a Hip-hop and R&B party for gays, lesbians and friends. Produced by In The Dark, Swagger is held in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide.

Heaps Gay started three years ago as a series of regular all inclusive monthly parties at the Gladstone Hotel which then evolved into charity events, art exhibitions and lots of big collabs with festivals like Vivid Sydney, Mardi Gras and Lost Paradise.


HeadQuarters is the largest gay cruise club in Sydney. HeadQuarters offers a wide range of activities with playrooms, cruise areas, video lounge, private rooms, cubicles and refreshment facilities. The club is is always a good place for a quick fun. Plenty of guys for every taste even during the day.

Signal on oxford street is a popular gay cruise club with 30 rooms, 2 movie lounges and a “hole” lot more. No spa or sauna available. Signal attracts younger guys.

Gay Bars in SYDNEY

Check out the most popular gay bars and clubs in Sydney.

Universal Sydney

Universal Sydney

Green Park Hotel

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Slide Sydney

The Beresford


Signal gay cruise club sydney

Signal cruise club THIS BAR HAS CLOSED

Signal is a cruise club offering 30 rooms in all, some large with mirrors, some medium sized with half beds,
HeadQuarters on Crown gay sex bar Sydney

HeadQuarters on Crown

At HeadQuarters on Crown gay sex bar you will find there are four floors to explore
Aarows gay sex bar Sydney


Aarows provides a secure, relaxed environment where gay and bi people can meet and socialise together 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Oxford Hotel gay bar & club

The Oxford Hotel

This famous gay night club and bar offers cocktails and pub grub, plus live bands and DJs, in a stylish hangout with 3 bars and a lounge.
The Imperial Hotel gay bar Sydney

The Imperial Hotel

The Imperial Hotel gay bar Erskineville featured in the hit movie, Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
The Colombian gay bar Sydney

The Colombian

The Columbian gay bar is a large venue at the start of the gay scene on Oxford Street offering a large bar on ground level with a lounge bar upstairs
Palms on Oxford gay club Sydney

Palms on Oxford

This gay club is laid back and relaxed and the staff are friendly, popular with all ages
Stonewall Hotel gay bar Sydney

Stonewall Hotel

The Stonewall hotel gay bar is a bit of an icon in Oxford Street and a favorite of locals and tourists alike
ARQ Sydney gay club & bar

ARQ Sydney

This gay club Arena and gay bar Vortex combined is properly one of the biggest in Sydney hosting gay night on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday


The busiest gay bars in Sydney are located along Oxford Street.


Recommended Hotels in Sydney

For clubbing and nightlife, Oxford Street, Darlinghurst/Surry Hills is still the heart of gay Sydney. Most of the hotels we have selected are close to these districts. Newtown, Erskineville and Glebe are worthy of a visit. These villages have great communities, cafes, pubs and eateries. Kings Cross/Potts Point area aslo offers great gay-friendly dining options.

Meriton Suites
5 Star, Luxury

Meriton Suites

Sydney’s World Tower, floor 61 & above, Luxury suites offering floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic city views

Pullman Sydney
5 Star, Great Pool

Located on Hyde Park in the Sydney CBD featuring 2 restaurants and a rooftop pool and patio with spacious rooms.

Hotel Stellar, 4 Star
Readers Choice

Located in the heart of Sydney, just 80 m from Hyde Park & Oxford Street,spacious apartments with kitchen.

Rydges Sydney Central
4 Star, Great Location

Rydges Sydney

Located on the edge of the Sydney CBD featuring a 15 m indoor pool, a spa, 2 bars, 2 restaurants and a cafe.

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