Prepare your tune rags ‘cause we’re hitting Sydney’s live music scene. From the finest of triple j at Oxford Art Factory to the best house bands this side of senior prom at Soda Factory, we’ve got it all. We can’t guarantee you’ll kick up a fling with the drummer, but we can promise a ringing in your ears and Cheshire Cat grin.
Here are the best places you can still watch live music in Sydney.
Pairing some classic rock n’ roll with pizza, what could be better? Hit up Frankie’s Pizza for your after-party fix with some epic live music and slice of Nutella pizza. Each Monday sees their house band rocking out the place, but check out their Facebook page for the weekly line up of bands every other day.
The legends over at Foundry 616 are bringing the heat with their live jazz artists each week. See local talents grace their stage while you sit back, sipping an Amaretto Sour. If you’re passionate about keeping jazz alive, this place has to be on your hit list.
Head over to the other side of the harbour to Pyrmont where Rock Lily has live acts performing every Thursday to Sunday. Grab a drink at the bar and settle in for an up-close-and-personal gig.
Endeavour Tap Rooms
Every Saturday arvo, Endeavour Tap Rooms down at The Rocks is giving us live music from local artists as well. You can check out their website for their rundown of monthly acts. And why not hit up the brewery for a refreshing summer ale.
Our old fave World Bar has been reopened as Cali Club, and don’t worry they’re still keeping their 4am licence (phew). With big name DJs hitting this place up every Saturday, we know where we’re spending our weekends.
We’re all for a good live jazz music club and Venue 505 is bringing the heat with their jazz jam nights. Featuring live musicians every Tuesday and Wednesday, we’re more than blessed for this Surry Hills hot spot.
The Chippo Hotel
In the back streets of Chippendale, you’ll find aptly named Chippo Hotel. Grab a glass of pinot, sit back and listen to their live gigs each week.
Located within The Hilton Sydney, drink and dance in this opulent underground speakeasy that is, as its name suggests, made up of glossy marble archways. DJs, duets and bands take the stage each week, so we suggest rocking up to watch the acts bring down the house.
One of Sydney’s boutique entertainment venues, these guys have live acts every Friday and Saturday nights. With a sunken dance floor, look up to the DJ and get down.
Our fave Chippendale bar holds live music acts every week, but the best part is that Mary’s Pizza is available, so grab a slice and kick on all night to the best musos around.
This classic venue plays host to some of the world's best touring artists. It used to be a cinema, and the foyer slash font bar features an enormous chandelier and towering red velvet curtains. With plenty of standing-room-only space, The Metro is always a good place for a dance.
Harbord Beach Hotel
With live music every Sunday, the Harbord Beach Hotel has got us hooked.Hit us the shores along Freshwater to listen to some awesome duo acts smooth the mood.
On Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons, SoCal is bringing us their unplugged sessions for some epic live music. Head upstairs to their rooftop to enjoy the view, the eats and the tunes.
Spring Street Social
This Bondi Junction jazz institution never lets us down with their live music nights. From Wednesday to Saturday experience the classic sounds of local jazz artists at the Spring Street Social, while munching on some all you can eat dumplings.
Little Jack Horner
At Little Jack Horner you can expect to see some beachy vibes with their live musos. Every Wednesday to Sunday, come to this bar after your dip in Coogee beach for an arvo of soulful music and some Sangria jugs.
Robin Hood Hotel
This Waverley establishment gives its patrons some live powerhouses to spice up their bar scene. With Young Henrys on tap and a massive menu of delish eats, you won’t go wrong by spending a night here.
Another Bondi location obsessed with Jazz, so of course we have to put it on the list. With live jazz bands hopping on stage every Wednesday, your search is over for a place to cure those mid-week blues.
Tokyo Sing Song
Located in the Marlborough Hotel, these guys are whipping out all the genres to rock out too. Everything from house and techno to Italo and grime.
The Imperial Hotel
One of our hands down favourites, The Imperial Hotel is a brilliant champion of the LGBTQI community—and a champion of Sydney’s late night music scene too. Yep, their live music nights rage on, with Drag n’ Dine being their most popular night. Check out the ladies in drag sing their souls out.
Marrickville Bowling Club
Listen to some quality live music and play a round of barefoot bowls while you’re at Marrickville Bowling Club. With local artists hitting their stage for a groove, you’re in for a decent time indeed.
The Enmore Theatre
A staple in the Inner West community, Enmore Theatre is home to acts from all around Australia and the world. Check out the powerhouses that’ll be performing in the coming months.
The Red Rattler
If you’re up for some new acts to hit the Sydney stages, The Red Rattler is a ‘creative playground’ for locals to showcase their talents. We’re all for it.
Botany View Hotel
One of the quality pubs in Newtown, the Botany View Hotel holds live music nights several nights a week. Expect to see local musos get up and jam out while eating the best nachos in Sydney.
We all love us a PJ’s Pub, and at the Parramatta location they’re giving us live bands and retro DJs every Saturday night. Book a table and order a glass of cab sav for the night.
At the Albion Hotel every Friday night, acoustic musos will grace the stage and bring some chilled vibes to the room. If you’re keen for a Sunday session, no worries because they’ve got you covered. With live music from 1pm including $4 sliders and $5 ciders. We love a rhyming special.
The Brass Monkey
The legends over at The Brass Monkey, bring the people every single genre of music possible each week. From tribute groups to straight rock n’ roll bands, your preference is covered. Just order a daiquiri and settle in.
Every Saturday night is acoustic night at Rocksalt Tapas. Enjoy live local artists each week grace the stage while you go grab a Golden Gaytime cocktail to kick back with.
Ok, we’re sending you REALLY far down south for this one, but we promise it’s worth it. Their nightclub has weekly live entertainment and a dance floor massive enough for you to bust out your best moves (don’t worry no one’s judging). And, according to our DJ mates, the sound system is next-level.
And this is where you can go dancing in Sydney.
Image credit: Flex Mami at The Metro Theatre shot by Dominique Berns-Blackwell.