Kings Cross – once the boisterous epicenter of Sydney nightlife – has caused a pounding since the government forced places to close their doors at 1:30 a.m. in 2014, but this staunch favorite is still alive and well. The maze-like, four-story Victorian house serves its signature teapots of cocktails to young Sydneyers seven nights a week and is particularly proud of its no-pokies policy … well, there is a vintage vending machine that only collects coins for charity.
Even Noah’s Ark and all of its animals wouldn’t have been as lively as Sydney’s Arq on a Saturday night, when huge crowds of fashionable partygoers are piling up in this huge LGBTQI mega-club right on Oxford Street, the city’s queer center. The cocktail bar, the entertainment staff, the luxurious lighting and sound system and the two dance floors – on the upper floor for house and trance, on the ground floor for more pop music – make Arq an obligatory nightlife area for gay guests in Sydney.
Just minutes away is Oxford Art Factory, Sydney’s premier boutique live music venue. Inspired by Andy Warhol’s Factory in New York in the 1960s, the venue welcomes a wide range of Australian and international artists who can be seated in two rooms with 500 seats each.The bars in the gallery and Live Art Space are always good for you Drink and dance.