Destination / In Residence

Out of office: our favourite late night venues in Sydney

Following NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s announcement that Sydney’s lockout laws will be lifted across the CBD, we’re in the mood to dance. Often regarded as a city of hidden gems, Sydney’s nightlife has a place for everyone. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite end-of-night destinations in town, for when you’re not quite ready to call it a day.

Pamela’s at Prince of York

18 York St, Sydney CBD

If you like disco balls and dancing on tables, Pamela’s at Prince of York will be your new go-to. A fresh space for almost everyone looks like swanky pink velvet and Stephen Dupont photography, with a certain unpredictability à la Studio 54. With lockers to stash your belongings, it’ll just be you and the music, and your tequila of course.

Pamela’s at Prince of York

18 York St, Sydney CBD

The newly opened Pamela’s is already making a name for itself. Hidden beneath Prince of York, this basement bar is inspired by Studio 54’s riotous unpredictability, with pink velvet couches and (thoughtfully installed) lockers for guests to store personal items while they dance on the table tops (management approved). Tequila and Mezcal is yours by the bottle, and drink trolleys laden with punch bowls further enhance the venue’s nod to the parties of yesteryear.

Freda’s

107-109 Regent St, Chippendale

An all-in-one establishment in Chippendale, Fredas’ refurbished NY warehouse feel is the perfect backdrop for its grungy avant-garde patrons. Catch it early in the night for its left-of-centre bar food, and hang around if you’re ready for some strong acid house, and gritty psychedelic synths that will have you believing you’re in Berlin.

Frankie’s Pizza

50 Hunter St, Sydney

If you’re stuck for options, Frankie’s will keep you fed and partying all through the week. It doesn’t get much better than by-the-slice pizza and classic rock tunes, with a gig-poster interior and pinball machines to complete the fantasy. Their house band will also keep you entertained if you’re in need of a kick-on. Notable mentions: frozen margarita Mondays, karaoke Tuesdays and a secret concealed whiskey room.

Oxford Art Factory

38-46 Oxford St, Darlinghurst

Often regarded as the live music capital of Sydney, OAF is renowned for housing stellar live acts in a grungy space and staying true to its roots. We can always rely on it for a memorable night of impressive local newcomers and indie electronic DJ’s, with a festive cocktail on the gallery level, or on the notoriously intimate dance floor.

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