Gay bars, clubs, saunas and events in Sydney

Gay bars and clubs

Stonewall Hotel gay bar

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Stonewall Hotel is Sydney's No 1. Gay & Lesbian bar venue. Entertainment 7 days a week featuring Sydney's Finest DJs, drag performances and male dancers.

It's not a hotel ..

Many bars in Sydney have the word 'Hotel' in their name, which can be confusing if you are a first timer to Australia. In Australia they use the word "hotel" also for pubs. This is because pubs are usually registered for business under the formal name "hotel". Something to do with alcohol licensing. 

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Stonewall Hotel
175, Oxford Street
Sydney
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Arq gay club

One of the largest clubs in Sydney, catering for the Gay and Lesbian community. Loacted in the hub of Sydney nightlife, Taylor Square.

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Arq
16, Flinders Street
Darlinghurst, Sydney
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thu22:00 - 03:30fri - sat21:00 - 05:00sun22:30 - 03:30
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Bank Hotel

Beautiful Newtown venue, frequented by students, artists and the hip and young.

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Bank Hotel
324 King St
Newtown, Sydney
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mon - wed11:00 - 01:00thu11:00 - 02:00fri11:00 - 04:00sat11:00 - 03:00sun10:00 - 00:00
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Palms on Oxford

Palms is the place that nobody admits to going to because of its uncool status, but every Friday and Saturday night the club is full. It Is a laid back gay club with a relaxed atmosphere with no attitude from either the staff or regulars.

Recommended by locals for the Daggy Disco Ambience and music Praises from international visitors to sydney who have enjoy the varied styles of music played like no other on club oxford street. The DJ accepts song requests and is always willing to play what people want within reason .. Thursday / Sunday nights they do not have the dj there , however its a place for a quiet drink with friends. Drag Shows do occur but not on a regular basis Best advice is get in early as the line up to get in can be quite long.

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Palms on Oxford
124 Oxford Street
Darlinghurst, Sydney
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thu20:00 - 00:00fri - sat20:00 - 03:00sun20:00 - 00:00
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The Colombian

Two floors of gay pleasure. The scenery is self-described as chic in South American style. Large screen music videos, with a dance floor on the second floor. Is extremely popular and its a prime location for the Mardi Gras Parade viewing. 

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The Colombian
117-123, Oxford Street
Sydney
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mon - sun09:00 - 06:00
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The Imperial Hotel

World famous venue, featured in Priscilla Queen of the Desert. With many fantastic drag-shows.

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The Imperial Hotel
35 Erskineville Road
Erskineville, Sydney
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mon - thu16:00 - 00:00fri - sat11:30 - 03:00sun11:30 - 00:00
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The Oxford Hotel

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Upon entering the main bar on the ground floor,
you are claimed by a Los Angeles industrial warehouse space, with fantastic volumes and thumping tunes.

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The Oxford Hotel
134, Oxford Street
Darlinghurst, Sydney
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Universal gay bar and club

Universal is a 2 floor bar and club. It's located in the former The Midnight Shift venue.

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Universal
85-91 Oxford Street
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mon - sun15:00 - 03:00
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Gay sauna

357 gay sauna

Gay sauna 357, also known as Sydney City Steam, is Australia's busiest Sauna Bathhouse, serving 2500 guys a week. 357 - Sydney City Steam is over four floors with an internal lift, should you not wish to take the stairs

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357 gay sauna
357, Sussex Street
Sydney
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Bodyline

With 4 floors of steamy adventure to explore, Bodyline is Sydney’s most popular bathhouse for gay and bisexual men. The Lower Ground Floor is the setting for the largest spa in Sydney. The First Floor has a private Retreats, Fantasy Rooms, Maze and Video Room. On the Second Floor, tan on the popular Sundeck.

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Bodyline
10, Taylor Street
Darlinghurst, Sydney
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Sydney Sauna

Sydney Sauna is a gay sauna on Oxford Street. With 23 serviced rooms, 2 levels, plenty of cruise areas, large cinema room, fully serviced cafe and wet area including spa, sauna and steam room.

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Sydney Sauna
Level 1/38-42 Oxford St
Darlinghurst, Sydney
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Cruise bars and clubs

Aarows

Restricted cruise / swingers club catering for all people regardless of sexual preference. See there website when bi/gay men only parties are on.

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Aarows
17 Bridge Street, Rydalmere
Sydney
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Trade Club

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Trade Club is a Cruise Club for men. Cruise Clubs offer a wide range of sexual activities with playrooms, places for public and private sex, with sling rooms, cubicles, lounge areas and refreshment facilities. Guys walk around in their clothes. 

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Trade Club
273 Crown St
Surry Hills, Sydney
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wed - thu19:00 - 06:00fri17:00 - 10:00sat19:00 - 00:00sun24h
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Dance parties

Poof Doof - Ivy Pool Club

Poof Doof organizes weekly gay dance parties.

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Ivy Pool Club
320/330 George St
Sydney
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sat22:30
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Outdoor beaches, parks

Lady Jane Beach

This popular nudist beach is situated on Sydney Harbour and is one of the most accessible nudist beaches in the city.

Due to the modest size of this beach, space is limited on the rocks and sand during busy periods or at high tide. The beach is very popular with local gay men but does attract a mix of straight and female nudists too.

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Lady Jane Beach
Watsons Bay
Sydney
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Obelisk Beach

Obelisk Beach is a favourite of the gay and lesbian sun-lover, Obelisk Beach is on the southern side of the National Park area of Middle Head. Clothing optional, some cruising on the left hand at the rocks and between the road and the beach at the bushes, not on the beach itself.

How to get there: To get to Obelisk Beach from the city cross over the Harbour Bridge and turn off toward Neutral Bay along Military Road (Route 14). Follow this road to Spit Junction. Continue straight ahead at Spit Junction through Mosman Junction and just after Raglan S

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Obelisk Beach
Mosman
Sydney
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Shops

The Pleasure Chest

Adult store - toys, dvds, condoms, etc; private dvd rooms, $2 booths (with glory holes), and cruise lounge.

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The Pleasure Chest
705 George St, Haymarket
Sydney
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Gay events

Mardi Gras Fair Day - Victoria Park

Sydney’s big gay day in the park. Live acts and performances on the main stage. Entertainment, delicious food, a drink, a dance and a browse of the information stalls is what Fair Day is all about. 

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Victoria Park
off Broadway, Camperdown
Sydney
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  • Sun 16 February 2020link icon10:00 - 21:00
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Mardi Gras Parade - Sydney

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Mardi Gras Parade has grown to become a major cultural event and its appeal stretches well beyond Sydney's gay community and its close supporters. 10,000 costumed and flesh-baring participants, spread across 4km and 150 themed floats will parade Oxford Street.Tens of thousands of people line the central Sydney route to watch the parade, many waving rainbow-coloured flags in a symbol of diversity and inclusiveness.

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Sydney
The Parade route begins at Hyde Park, travels up Oxford St and ends at Moore Park Road.
Sydney
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  • Sat 29 February 2020link icon19:00 - 23:00
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Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras

Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras

Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras is one of the biggest and most popular gay events in the world. For many Australia is located on the other side of the world, but guys keep going back here every few years. The whole event is spread out over a few weeks. The opening is the Mardi Gras Fair Day. The main event is the Mardi Gras Parade, which takes place in the evening in the dark. It is summer in Sydney so during the day the temperatures can be very high. There are several big parties during the whole event. One of the highlights is the Harbour Party. This outdoor party taking place at the Royal Botanic Gardens has a great view over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

Hotel for Mardi Gras

The gay scene in Sydney is located around Oxford Street. See our hotel page for some suggestions, or check our interactive hotel map to find a hotel near the gay places.

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