Home to the iconic annual Gay and Lesbian Mardis Gras and renowned for its vibrant, LGBTQI nightlife, Sydney’s long been considered the gay and lesbian capital of the Southern Hemisphere. Here, you’ll find all manner of inclusive, late-night party destinations, from sprawling clubs, to colourful neighbourhood haunts. Find your favourites, with our pick of Sydney’s best gay bars.
ARQ Gay Bars
One of Sydney’s best-loved gay clubs since opening its doors back in 1999, ARQ is synonymous with big nights and high-energy crowds. The sprawling upper dance floor, with its world-class sound and light displays, proves a favourite for late-night music lovers, while the downstairs stage plays host to a vibrant array of weekly resident performers.
The Oxford Hotel
The Oxford Hotel Gay Bars
A long-time favourite among Sydney’s LGBTQI+ community, The Oxford Hotel sure knows how to party. With four huge levels and a broad program of events, you’re guaranteed to find fun to suit your style. Test your brains at Wednesday night trivia, have a blast at Tuesday’s Naughty Numbers bingo, or get in some dance floor action at legendary ‘men’s only’ night, Club Exile.
Green Park Hotel Gay Bars
A laidback pub where everyone’s welcome, The Green Park Hotel is an easy one to love. It’s a gay-friendly spot for chilled-out pub hangs, lively dance floor sessions and everything in between. Join the mixed crowd of happy locals sinking after-work beers, playing midweek pool, or grooving to DJ tunes of a Sunday afternoon.
Slyfox Gay Bars
Cruising easily from chilled-out midweek haunt, to music-fuelled party spot at the weekends, Slyfox has a little something for every occasion. And on Wednesdays, it’s all about LGBTIQ+-friendly club night, Birdcage. Head in for some hump day kicks, in the form of budget-friendly drinks, DJ tunes and a thumping dance floor.
The Colombian Hotel
The Colombian Hotel Gay Bars
It might be a gay bar at heart, but The Columbian pulls punters of all persuasions, thanks to its inclusive vibe, wide-ranging entertainment program and willingness to party hard, well into the night. It’s a vibrant joint, with a cheeky sort of charm, offering everything from karaoke, to retro-themed dance parties, to pumping weekend DJ sets.
Daywash @ various venues Gay Bars
A roving gay party that lands itself at some of Sydney’s best-loved venues throughout the year, Daywash guarantees a big night out. It plays host to a swag of great themed events, each one promising heaving dance floors and a party-ready crowd. Recent iterations have included an epic ‘Touch’n’Tackle’ Grand Final weekend bash and an Australia Day pool party headlined by Freemasons.
The Stonewall Hotel
The Stonewall Hotel Gay Bars
This iconic Darlinghurst gay bar embraces both the future and the past, championing equality through an inclusive vibe and a line-up of entertainment that’s about as broad as they come. Visit and you’ll find a huge, three-level space that’s home to trivia nights, drag shows, karaoke, themed parties and a whole lot of other fun in between.