Need a good old belly laugh to get you through the week? A spot of stand-up comedy is a surefire mood booster, no matter how hard those workday blues are bringing you down. And luckily, in this fine city of ours, it’s never too hard to find a few solid chuckles. Prepare to get your giggle on and check out these Sydney bars with weekly comedy nights.
Cheers Comedy Nights
It might be best known as a sports bar, but Cheers also hosts a ripper monthly comedy night, promising a serious laugh-fest on the first Wednesday of each month. Head in from 7pm to catch some great stand-up from acts like Nick Sun and Daniel Muggleton. Tickets are $20 and the bar’s slinging $5.50 beers.
Monkey Magic Comedy Nights
It’s only young, but Monkey Magic’s weekly comedy night has won itself plenty of fans, promising loads of laughs from 7pm each Wednesday. As well as a fresh serve of local stand-up talent, there’s $6 beers on offer throughout the night, plus a $10 dinner-and-drink combo courtesy of Akasha Brewing.
The Friend in Hand Hotel Comedy Nights
A favourite destination for catching emerging comedic talent, is Glebe’s iconic Friend in Hand Hotel. Here, your weekly comedy fix comes in the form of a cracking open mic night, with a bunch of hilarious up-and-comers taking the stage from 8pm each Thursday. Helmed by a couple of the scene’s respected veterans, it also pulls the odd big name act, with Sam Simmons, Arj Barker, and Danny Bhoy just some of the previous drop-ins.
The Comedy Store Comedy Nights
This renowned comedy destination hosts a huge variety of solo shows and weekly comedy showcases, with laughs to suit just about any kind of humour or mood. The onsite Comedy Store Lounge Bar is conveniently located for pre- or post-show boozing, while table service during each event will ensure you don’t miss a single second of the hilarity.
The Harold Park Hotel Comedy Nights
The Harold Park’s monthly comedy showcase is something of a Glebe institution, its stage playing host to a rollcall of beloved Aussie acts and up-and-coming talent. From 8pm on the last Tuesday of each month, a trio of comedians will gift you with an evening of their very best jokes, for the gleefully low price of ten bucks (if you buy tickets online).
The Chippo Hotel Comedy Nights
There’s nothing like a barrel of laughs to improve your week’s outlook, and that’s exactly the situation that awaits you at The Chippo Hotel each Tuesday. Here, the Comedy on Edge crew hosts a weekly stand-up comedy night that’ll have you laughing yourself silly, each session showcasing a swag of local comedic talent and an acclaimed headliner. It kicks off at 7.30pm, with tickets priced at $10.
The Crows Nest Hotel Comedy Nights
The Crows Nest Hotel’s long-running comedy night happens on the first Thursday of every month and it’s a favourite, thanks both to its impressive line-up and the fact that it’s totally free. Head in from 7.30pm to enjoy an evening of chuckles, as guided by a top-notch crew of local and international comedic geniuses, like Joel Ozborn, Ben Darsow and Sam Kissajukian.
The Tudor Hotel Redfern Comedy Nights
If you’re keen to suss out some fresh talent, or perhaps show off your own comedic skills, then The Tudor Hotel’s weekly comedy night will be right up your alley. From 7.30pm each Thursday, the Redfern pub’s comedy stage hosts a mix of established acts, up-and-coming stars, and any other brave folks who’ve signed up on the night. Entry is free and there are plenty of great specials to enjoy alongside the chuckles.