Sydney Electronic Dance Music (EDM), Techno and House Clubs

Sydney is a superbly vibrant city. Many people may wonder when the best time to visit this place is, but the answer is fairly simple. It all depends on your schedule. This city is always bursting with a plethora of exciting events, which never leave the tourists bored. Even lockout laws can’t prevent Sydney from keeping the party going till dawn. In May of 2015 alone, some tourists were lucky to find themselves in Sydney, after Something Else at Burdekin on Oxford St gathered the best to keep the fun going. They brought in Basic Soul Unit, Jordan Peters vs Methodix and many others who gave mind-blowing performances. So, here are a few best suggestions for 2016 from hundreds of choices Sydney has to offer.

Chinese Laundry

If you’ve been dreaming about dancing to some of the best DJ tunes out there, make sure to check out this vibrant place on 1 Slip Street, Sydney Aust. Chinese Laundry is one of the most superb underground clubs in Sydney, which recently introduced a brand new music repertoire. The club’s new partners are the Ministry of Sounds and Soapbox Events, which adds to the quality and the excitement of the nightlife experience. Throughout the week the Laundry hosts BASSIC and LNDRY nights, while KLPARTY and BOSS BASS are monthly events. The club is also well known for its awesome-quality sound system that lures in locals, tourists and famous artists like Motez, Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Mercer and Anklepants. Besides the exquisite atmosphere, this club has some of the best drinks you can get in town. So, for a super awesome time with friends make sure to check out the Chinese Laundry at the Slip Inn Hotel Cnr King and Sussex Streets, Sydney also at

Jackson's on George

Do not miss out on all the fun you can have at Jackson’s on George! This place has been rated as one of Sydney’s most affluent, fun yet classy bars, restaurants and nightclubs.  It is located on 176 George St, Sydney NSW 2000, which makes it really convenient to find. Jackson’s is open 24 hours a day, which means a good time is guaranteed every single hour. Locals as well as tourists praise it for the outstanding types of Whiskey, a range of exotic cocktails, beers and ciders. It showcases a modern and vibrant three-level bar with mesmerizing decorative details, and of course, a DJ, who provides the awesome tunes. If you want to grab a bite, the polite kitchen staff at Jackson’s will make sure to exceed your expectations. One can choose from a variety of exquisite Aussie foods, like various luscious salads or everyone’s favorite—THE steak. Another special feature of Jackson’s is the weekly pool competition and a pro psychic. That’s right, only at Jackson’s you can find out what the future has in store for you!

Candy's Apartment

Are you into dark, gloomy yet exciting and unique underground places? If yes, Candy’s Apartment is a definite must. Located on 22 Bayswater Road Kings Cross, this place bursts with energy all night long. The dominating interior colors are red and various hues of dark that set the zealous atmosphere of this joint. The tunes pro DJs provide vary between house, hip-hop and electro, especially on the weekends. So, needless to say, if you want to spend your Saturdays and Sundays surrounded by an energetic crowd and dancing to some of the best electro tunes all night, Candy's Apartment is Sydney’s haven for you. On a beverage related note; Candy’s Apartment will not disappoint. Like many of other Sydney’s finest, this unique place provides all the favorite Aussie beers, cocktails and other beverages that will spruce up your night.

The World Bar

Want to have the time of your life at Sydney’s most-talked about hot spot? Then make sure to check out The World Bar. Located on 24 Bayswater Rd, Kings Cross 2011, this place is definitely going to rock your world. Besides the awesome atmosphere, great food and extraordinary drinks this fun place is famous for its versatile music and exuberant crowd. Throughout the week the genres range from Indi to Jazz, but on Friday and Saturday nights things look up for the Techno lovers. Yes! Those special nights are reserved for pro DJs, and that is when the party really begins. However, note that the entrance fee varies on those days; Friday night entrance fee costs $10 starting at 8pm, and Saturday night fee goes for $15 from 8pm. On all other days of the week, the entrance fee is free of charge. or

The Ivy

Pool parties, cocktails, world-renowned DJs, delicious food and dancing till dawn are only some of the main details that apply to this lively place. Ivy is situated on 1/330 George St, Sydney NSW 2000, and is many young people’s favorite joint. Besides its luxurious lounges, where visitors can have some privacy, the Ivy boasts of its deluxe restaurant where you can get the best-quality meals and drinks. The one special night of the week for Ivy is Saturday, when people gather to dance the night away. This is the night when Ivy hosts the Pacha Sydney, featuring famous DJs like Felix Jaehn and Thomas Jack. The night also includes fire dancing and other exciting entertainment. Tickets for Saturday nights usually start at $32.80.  If you find yourself needing a break from all the excitement, you can always opt to go and relax on one of the top floors with a delish Aussie cocktail in your hand. Incidently Ivy and Chinese Laundry above are both run by Merivale which is owned by the Hemmes family dynasty of bar and club owners in Sydney. For more info see or

Civic Hotel / Underground

The Civic Hotel has a little bit of everything. This stylish spot in Sydney is located on 388 Pitt St and features three versatile levels. Tourists who prefer gourmet food and posh drinks can settle on the top floor and bask in the beauty and style of the Mediterranean restaurant, while those who fancy sitting behind a bar can enjoy a few glasses on the middle floor. However, Civic’s most exciting feature is definitely the basement. This is the place that the party-people want to go to. Saturday nights are pretty special at this joint; pro DJs gather to provide unforgettable techno beat that keeps the party going all night long. The Underground (as the locals refer to it) also features a red light show, which  only adds to the overall laid-back, yet fun and exciting atmosphere. Needless to say, if you are into style, great food and awesome underground music, make sure to check out The Civic!

Oxford Art Factory

Located on 38-46 Oxford St, this place is unique in every sense of the word. It is not just some bar or a club… No, it is also an art space AND of course a live music venue. The entertainment at Oxford Art Factory is hands down top-notch. Not only can you dance your night away to outstanding DJs, but you can chill in a private corner on a comfy couch and sip on your cocktail, just a few inches from the awesome party. Most night clubs have that one special day of the week… And so does the Factory. The most exciting night of the week is Saturday; however, all other nights also have something special to offer. Performers like GOLDLINK and Extra Dirty make a special appearance on a regular basis at the Factory.

Home Nightclub

Home Nightclub is Darling Harbor’s most visited club that will take your breath away. Its stylish and modern outer design will instantly pique your interest, and you will be super curious to check out its wood-meets-metal interior. The three-story, futuristic Home provides world-class entertainment, standard-price delicious drinks and above all, great techno music and an enchanting view of Australia’s deep blue. An amazing feature of the Home is that they have separate rooms for different music genres. This way, if you prefer hip hop over techno, you can always opt to join the peeps in the room of your choice and have the time of your life.  The entry costs between $20 and $25. So, go ahead and headHome!

The Pump House

Modest AND stylish at the same time, this is the place where you can really have the best night while in Sydney - Pump House! It is located on 17 Little Pier St, and has a special feature that dates back to the 1890s—it was originally a station for the Sydney and Suburban's Hydraulic Power Company. The structure was converted into the Pumphouse Tavern and shortly after, became the main supplier of boutique beers. After a number of renovations, the Pump House we know today is Darling Harbor’s special and beloved place, which many revere for its outstanding drinks, pizza and awesome techno. Whether you want to enjoy a chill evening with the love of your life, or dance your heart out, the Pump House and its high-class DJs are here to provide the time of your life.

Pontoon Bar

The Pontoon Bar sits in the heart of Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Harbor. It is one of Sydney’s best by far. This is the type of a bar that won’t stop haunting you until you actually enter it and let its magic take over. The inviting laughter, tantalizing smells wafting through the air and awesome music are just some of the little things that will make you want to explore everything this place has to offer. The main floor is usually where the excitement of the weekdays takes place, while the top floor is reserved for special occasions. The entry fee usually starts at $20 and goes up to $25 on special (Saturday) nights. The staff is very polite and is highly trained in dealing with big crowds. A special feature of the Pontoon is its dance floor, which is connected to the terrace. So, if you feel like catching a breath in the middle of a song, you can simply dance your way out to the fresh ocean-side air. When you get thirsty, do not worry about waiting in a long line for a drink. No, the Pontoon is efficient—in other words, the L-shaped bar provides delicious refreshments in no time. And last but not least, music! Genres vary from R&B to Electronic and Techno, and well-known DJs certainly make sure to heat the atmosphere at the Pontoon.

Lockout Laws

After the deaths of two young men in 2012 and 2013 on Kings Cross Street in Sydney, Barry O'Farrell & the Liberal Government invoked a new rule on the city’s nightlife. The Lockout Law was instilled to provide enhanced protection to Sydney’s citizens. The two aforementioned deaths were alcohol related and after the second assault the government had no choice but to implement a new rule. Sydney’s new lockout law was officially set in motion on January 21st, 2014.

Some of the primary bans of the new law include the prohibition of new patrons after 1:30 a.m. and serving of alcohol after 3 a.m. These rules apply to Sydney’s Central Business District and Kings Cross venues. Furthermore, liquor stores across NSW are forced to close at 10pm

Even though the assaults were alcohol related, the majority of citizens feel that Sydney’s night clubs and bars had little, or better yet, nothing to do with the deaths of the two men. Purportedly, the attackers had too much to drink at home, which led to disorderly behavior once they got out on the streets.

Various petitions have been written, which suggest the withdrawal of the lockout law. The reason behind the plea is the various negative effects that can easily immerge due to the new regulations. Many deem the situation unfair; however, attempts to lift the restraints were to no avail so far. Nonetheless, it is important to mention that there are a few bars and areas that remain exempt from the Lockout Law (under certain conditions). These are the inner west suburb of Newtown and the Bourbon and the Vegas Hotel on Kings Cross and the V Bar among a few others.

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