Few pursuits tap into the pleasures of nightlife more than dancing. Giving yourself over to the rhythms, the lights, and the energy can be a total release. When you want that feeling, we'll introduce you to the best dance clubs in Sydney. Top DJs get things moving, and other patrons ensure that there's plenty to see along the way. To follow the crowds, head to ARQ and see what lies in store; for a more subdued experience, give Soho Bar & Lounge a try. Either way, 10Best will make sure you know the best places to dance in Sydney. Kick up those heels, and the feel that party vibe happening all across Sydney every weekend and get a taste of how those Sydney locals like to have fun.
Whether you want to dance the night away, listen to some cool local beats or have fun with friends, Sydney has plenty of nightclub options worth your time. 10 best takes a look at some of the most popular nightclubs in the city to help you decide your next big night out. When you just need to let loose for the night and give yourself to the music we will introduce you to the best the city has to offer.
Jacksons on George
Jackson's on George does it all, bar, nightclub, restaurant perfect for any mood. It is located in the heart of the city which is always nice making it easy to drop in. Known for carrying more than 100 local and imported beers, Jackson's attracts a diverse and very friendly clientele of Sydney locals. The multi-level space contains six bars, pool tables, DJs and a restaurant serving great contemporary Australian dishes. Check out the weekly pool competition, have your future told by a professional psychic, or celebrate island living with Thursday's Caribbean Night. The place is frequently crowded and can be high-spirited to say the least, it's safe, friendly, and a guaranteed good time. (+61 2-8488-2450)
Consisting of three levels, each with their own atmosphere, the Civic Hotel is perfect for any mood. The top level is a Mediterranean style restaurant, the middle level is a pub and the lower level is a nightclub. A perfect spot for unwinding after a long at work, the pub attracts mainly young professionals during the week and a more funky clientele on the weekends. DJ's and bands regularly play a range of music, from jazz and lounge to house and techno. On Saturdays, drag shows will often hold your attention; otherwise, the attractive patrons and the Art Deco architecture will serve that purpose. (2-8080-7000)
Soho Bar & Lounge
Chic and relaxed, this club attracts a sophisticated crowd of young Sydney Locals. Its Art Deco decor features gleaming wood, chrome accents, blue walls, and porthole-style lighting on the walls. A cocktail bar and dance floor are at your disposal. The dance floor even features individual podiums if your feeling like showing off your moves during the night. Music shifts from house to backbeat and groove, inviting patrons to demonstrate their best moves. Soho Bar is also a celebrity hot-spot for visiting actors and musicians. Located just a short walk from Kings Cross Soho Bar makes for a memorable night, just make sure to dress to impress, and you'll fit right in. (2-9358-6511)
Stylish and multipurpose, Slip Inn offers an escape for the hustle and bustle of the inner city, creating a chilled out haven in the heart of Sydney. From suit toting businessmen to exercise attire, the Slip Inn accommodates any crowd. Spanning across three different sections, the Slip Inn lets you decide how to party. With a choice of bars, a lounge, a club area and stand out cuisine you can put your feet up one minute and be dancing the night away the next.
Slip Inn is a welcome getaway from the inner city bustle featuring a menu with some outstanding contemporary Australian dishes to delicious Thai. Whether you want to play pool, rest in the Tuscan style courtyard or have a dance to some live DJ's, the Slip Inn has you covered. (2-8295-9999)
With a mix of bars, dance floors and a number of pool tables, Q Bar lets you enjoy your night your own way. Video games and pinball machines provide distraction when you take a break from dancing, and there's even an area to relax in when you just want to chill out and relax with friends for a moment. Q Bar has a strong following with Sydney locals, with a comfortable party atmosphere every night. It's something of a stand-by in Sydney, never cutting-edge but always reliable. Q Bar has a 24 hour license, so hours vary depending on the crowd. (2-9360-1375)
The Ivy Bar's beautiful and bright decor matched with it's happening and beautiful patrons and staff has made it a Sydney favorite. The Ivy is a sophisticated urban playground for grown ups, ivy bar is purpose-built to entertain for all moods. It features intimate corners and lounges for private chats with friends, relaxed lounging areas and plenty of space for dancing the night away. If you plan on eating the night away the Ivy also has a stunning bar menu and a number of in-house restaurant options. The Ivy lets you choose how you enjoy your night, with plenty of space to chill or kick your heels up with the local DJ's. Its world-class design, impeccable service and great food ensure a great night out for everyone. (61 2 9254 8100)
ARQ, also known as Sydney's superclub. This venue is known for its state-of-the-art sound, lighting, and broadcasting equipment. A gorgeous fish tank provides the central focal point in the space, includeing comfortable seating alongside the dance floors. Upstairs, the music is trance, tribal, and house, but on the ground floor, you can groove to more commercial dance tunes. High-energy is in the atmosphere, and it's definitely a place to sweat off your worries and prove your dancing skills. Located only a short walk up Oxford St, ARQ is easy to get to while its closing times can vary considerably and depend on the crowd. (2-9380-8700)
With it's dark mood-lighting, wooden architecture and beautiful decor, the Argyle truly creates a relaxed party atmosphere perfect for any party style. The Argyle features six unique spaces all blended under one roof. The Argyle has been stylishly designed to provide the perfect night out for everyone. Whether you want to sip cocktails in the stylish Belvedere Bar, have a quiet drink in the Reibey Room, relax in the sandstone Courtyard with a beer or prepare for some all-night dancing in the Gallery, the Argyle does it all. The Argyle is where local and international DJ's show of their skills and give you a night to remember. Located in the Rocks district, The Argyle is chilled, sexy and lively all at the same time, making it one of Sydney's favorite venues to relax. (612 9247 5500)
Home The Venue
This huge venue, capable of sheltering 2100 patrons, is one of Sydney's largest; the main room alone can accommodate 800 party-goers. There are eight distinct spaces in the venue, including several rooms dedicated to dance with different music genres. The Tokyo Hotel is a separate bar on the waterfront, with live music Tuesday through Friday. You'll also find three outdoor areas where you can catch your breath and take a break from the action. Music varies depending on the night, from lives bands to trance, and the clientele ranges in age depending on the night. Guest DJs from all around the world regularly appear, especially on Friday nights. The venue is one of the city's most happening nightspots. The door staff aren't afraid to turn people away, though, so come early and dress to impress. (2-9266-0600)
An underground hideaway, an 1800's sewer pit and a mix of local bands and zany lights, what could be better. If partying until you drop is how you picture a great night out then Candy's Apartment is the place to be. This club is one of the pioneers of Sydney's nightlife so if this is your scene, make sure not to skip this one.
It's dark, red and funky down there, with two bars, antique-style furniture and laid back atmosphere full of happening young party goers. The music is often what draws people here, with a mix of house, hip-hop and electro every weekend, the club also shows strong support to many local bands and DJs to help make a name for themselves in the Sydney scene. (2-9380-5600)
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