The power of live music to make folks feel good is on full display at a host of Sydney night clubs. If listening to bands and vocalists show off their skills is how you like to spend an evening, you'll find that Sydney does things right. Multiple options let you tap into the venues that 10Best readers favor, like Lansdowne Hotel, or you can get a taste of the city's offerings by visiting places like Orient Hotel, which is known for its Rock music. While many venues on the local music scene are clustered in the Central Business District area, know that terrific places to hear live music can be found throughout Sydney.

The Lansdowne is an iconic venue known for showcasing live music from all around Australia. It's frequented primarily by university students and people from the local arts and gay communities. Upstairs, there's a bistro serving reasonably priced...  Read More

Candy's Apartment

A super-trendy music venue hangout housed underground in the dark recesses of an alleged 1800s sewer pit. It's dark and red down there, with two bars, antique-style furniture and a VIP room with a black and white chequered floor featured in...  Read More

Situated right on the beach, this huge place has several components, including a live music venue and a nightclub called Selina's. Local celebrities and university students are constant patrons, but the most prominent clientele are backpackers...  Read More

Greenwood Hotel

Comprised of four bars and a restaurant, this complex can accommodate most any need. Whether you want a bite to eat, a well-mixed drink, or to hear a local band, you'll feel welcomed and at ease. The historic sandstone building has beautiful...  Read More

The Rocks

Recognized as the oldest pub in The Rocks area, the Orient has Old World charm and a convivial ambience. Three levels, including a nightclub, cater to all needs. Live bands and DJ's play regularly - check the website for details. The place is...  Read More

Marble Bar

Saved from demolition, this circa-1893 bar was relocated from the Tattersalls building down the street in 1973 to become part of the Hilton Hotel. It features Italian, Belgian, and African marble, along with $1.6 million worth of art, Italian...  Read More


For more than 25 years, this club has provided Sydney with the best artists music has to offer. Recognized as the country's number one jazz venue, it delivers a range of styles, including acoustic, folk, acid jazz, soul, funk, R&B, and blues....  Read More

Inspired by the vibrant haunts of New Orleans, The Vanguard is a friendly live jazz, blues, rock music and cabaret venue with a pre-show bar and opulent 20s-era surrounds. It's a favourite for Australian artists releasing their first CDs. A...  Read More

Oxford Art Factory

This multi-functional venue has re-shaped entertainment in Sydney. Inspired by Andy Warhol's Factory in New York during the 60's, the venue creates a cultural focal point for international and local artists, providing them with a world-class...  Read More

Surry Hills
Hotel Hollywood

Gather here for a slice of genuine kitsch and shabby-retro grandeur, cool DJ music, funky crowds and cheap beers. What more could you ask for in a pub? Licensee Doris Goddard was a bona-fide Hollywood movie star back in the day, acting with the...  Read More

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