Venues For MAGs Oxford Street | Gay Oxford Street Directory

Gay Venue Directory Oxford Street | Oxford Street Gay Sydney


Predominately the gay community in Sydney is centred on Oxford Street, Darling Hurst, NSW. No longer are the L.G.B.T. community confined to one geographical location but gay friendly businesses and venues are popping up everywhere alongside straight venues and clubs. Other gay friendly suburbs in Sydney include Newtown, Paddington and Kings Cross. Oxford Street is a major street in Sydney Australia, primarily known for its nightlife and gay atmosphere. The western section of the street directly goes though the suburb of Darlinghurst which is known as Sydney’s gay friendly suburb. The annual Mardi Gras Gay Pride Celebration is held on Oxford Street once a year in early March. During the weeknights and especially the weekend this busy street is lined with both gay and straight partiers ready to dance the night away. There is never a dull moment on Oxford Street and you may find some of Sydney’s friendliest residents on this street. Always there is something to be seen on this street.

 

Sydney

 

The city of Sydney has a club lockout/exclusion rule which affects venues and clubs along Oxford Street. Venues are not allowed to accept revellers after 1:30, so if your goal is to party, you must be inside the venue before 1:30am. Last drinks will be served at 3:00am. Sydney has numerous gay bars/hotels which are extremely popular and unique and worth frequenting if you are in the Sydney region:

The Midnight Shift: Now Shift Club


The Midnight Shift: Now Shift Club

The Midnight Shift: Now Shift Club

85 Oxford St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Phone: (02) 9358 3848

This two floor venue is known both locally and internationally as an accepting, fun and inclusive venue that’s usually packed with people on a nightly basis. They've recently undergone some changes with a venue upgrade, including some almost daily events. That's right, with a wide selection of entertainment most nights of the week, the Midnight Shift offers everybody a little something different. This venue has reasonable bar pricing with comfortable areas to relax or dance too. This club is mostly all men with a wide variety of Asians, and mature aged gays. There is a spacious dance floor with comfortable seating around with great views of the dance floor and lounge. The shift is not just a gay bar that serves drinks, and the shift prides itself on this. It doubles as a relaxing social venue and they have great activities on almost every night, with some pool tables and GoGo Dancers. They have been a proud fixture on Oxford Street for 35 years, and it's continuing to be one of the brightest lights on the strip.

 

Current Daily Events:

Mondays - Poker and Pool Night

Tuesdays - Trivia night from 8:30pm

Wednesdays - Cash for Queens - Amateur and Professional Queens

Thursdays - Lay'd Girls (Limited Run) Showcasing Dancing Queens from the Les Girls Era

Fridays - Sweetly Censored Dancing GoGoBoys

Saturdays - More Dancing GoGo Boys (Hot and bothered)

Sundays - So You Think you've got Talent -

Gay Friendly Adult Shop


Gay Friendly Adult Shop

Gay Friendly Adult Shop

Park Street Books AKA Gay Exchange

Levels 1 & 2 Park St, Sydney  NSW 2000

Phone: (02) 9267 6812

Part of the well-known Oh Zone chain – Park Street Books is an amazing experience that you’re not going to forget anytime soon. Once you walk up the stairs and onto the first floor, you will be welcomed with dazzling displays featuring the newest and most sought after adult toys. Take your time to walk around and discover what’s in store and all the amazing products on offer. You will not believe the variety and product range compared to other inner city adult locations. Park Street Books also known as the Gay Exchange is a GLBTIQS Safe Place and has been providing service to the Gay Community for over 20 years. There is a large fetish section catering to both novices attempting to spice up their relationship and the BDSM community featuring; leather whips, paddles, hand cuffs and more kinds of restraints imaginable. There are also a large number of glass displays featuring leading brands such Hell's Couture Stainless Steel. The Park Street location stocks an impressive selection of dildos and dongs of vastly different sizes and girths. You are guaranteed to find one that suits your personal needs. Come in and let the professional staff serve you today.

ARQ


ARQ

ARQ:

16 Flinders St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Phone: (02) 9380 8700

The biggest gay venue and club in Sydney, ARQ is busting from its seams during the weekend. ARQ has two dedicated spaces to serving up fun and entertainment. They have the upstairs arena, which has been on the forefront of entertainment for over 16 years. The arena was developed over several years of research into sound and acoustics and the room has been designed to give an impressive aural performance combined with euphoric lighting displays complete with some of the biggest, and hottest performers and acts in the country. The arena is boasting a huge dance floor with an upper floor where one can sit back on leather couches and watch your fellow revellers enjoy the beats. With multiple nights a week hosting some of Sydney’s largest parties and most exquisite drag shows, this venue has it all. ARQ also have famous underwear parties, so you might need to get a new underwear outfit so that you can showcase your best assets at their foam parties, and underwear parties. You can also head downstairs into the vortex which was designed as an intimate performance space complete with all the facilities of a performance space including a back stage and dressing rooms. There are the frequent women’s nights and bear parties. There is also an outdoor smoking area attached to the property so smokers may enjoy going out for smoke breaks between dancing to great music past 1:30am, and it's open to 7am in the morning on Saturday. Many mature aged gay men enjoy picking up at this venue and it's a haven for both young and old alike.

The Colombian


The Colombian

The Colombian:

117-125 Oxford St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Phone: (02) 9360 2151

The Colombian is a beautifully renovated triangular building with two floors. The first floor is more of a versatile lounge where you could sip your drinks away and have a conversation before making your way upstairs to the popular dance floor. The pricing is moderate and has a mixed crowd of older, younger, gay/lesbian and straight and gay. The Colombian is well renowned for its exotic flavours and frequently has guests visiting from all over the world which form an intrinsic part of the clubs clientele.        

Stonewall Hotel


Stonewall Hotel

Stonewall Hotel:

75 Oxford St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Phone: (02) 9360 1963

This three floor mega-club has nightly entertainment and plenty of special themed events and activities to make everyone feel included. Hosting some of the most diverse crowd on Oxford Street, this is where you will find an amazing cross section of the scene. There are plenty of drag shows and live events that will make you want to come back again. Recently, there has been the addition of a wine bar in a more intimate setting. Stonewall Dance Parties specialises in the younger crowd, though there is always a diverse and amazing mix in the lower levels of the venue.

Palms On Oxford


Palms On Oxford

Palms On Oxford:

124 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Phone: (02) 9357 4166

This downstairs venue is full of unpretentious fun just waiting to be discovered. Its low key atmosphere is very relaxed and you will find more mature aged men sitting back and enjoying their night out. There is a large dance floor accompanied with a large projection TV playing the music videos of what song is on the decks. The dance floor is really busy with the weekend night crowds. This mostly men venue is well designed with enough seating to have a conversation until the early hours of the morning with the new people you shall meet that night.

The Imperial Hotel


The Imperial Hotel

The Imperial Hotel:

35 Erskineville Road Newtown, NSW 2043

Phone: (02)9519 9899

This gay bar is located in Newtown, away from the Oxford Street action. The Imperial has been fully renovated inside while keeping its heritage look on the exterior.. One might notice this bar from the opening scenes of the movie “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”. This venue features three distinct bar types- cabaret, cellar, and Priscilla (main bar). This venue has plenty of open space designed to let people mix and mingle and socialize as the night goes on. This venue is very popular with all queer people both male and female.

The Oxford Hotel - Underground Bar Formerly: Gilligans


The Oxford Hotel - Underground Bar Formerly: Gilligans

The Oxford Hotel - Underground Bar Formerly: Gilligans

134 Oxford St, Darlinghurst, NSW

Phone: (02) 9331 3467

This famous basement nightclub features notable DJs, drag queens and an eccentric crowd. Located in the basement of the Oxford Hotel, this intimate venue is great for late night dancing, eating and drinking. The Oxford has a diverse and mixed crowd but commonly features mature men and bears, and the Sydney Bears will often hold functions here. Featuring cheap standard pub fare, this is a great venue to consider for a comfortable, and relaxing date.  It hosts a mixed crowd of gay and straight members of the community, so you never know who you might be talking too. The Underground bar is accessible by the Oxford Hotel and has been strongly serving the community for over 30 years.

The Green Park Hotel


The Green Park Hotel

The Green Park Hotel:

360 Victoria St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Phone: (02) 9380 5311

This neighbourhood bar located in Darlinghurst is normally a mixed crowd of gay/straight people, but a good time is enjoyed by all. The bar goes gay on Sundays attracting a wide variety of people to have a laid back Sunday (recovery) session. The newest addition to this pub is their Cantinos Mexican pop up bar, which serves Mexican themed drinks such as margaritas, mojitos and Bloody Mary’s. This pub is a hit with the locals and has plenty of seating. Smokers will rejoice with their indoor/outdoor smoking section located directly inside the pub. This is a great venue to enjoy Sunday drinks at.

Slide Lounge


Slide Lounge

Slide Lounge:

41 Oxford St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Phone: (02) 8915 1899

This camp yet classy venue located right off Oxford Street has a creative bill of drag shows and cabaret shows complete with in-house dining. They don't make them like this anymore and that's an absolute shame, because slide is one of the Crown Jewels of Oxford Street. This up-scale venue offers a unique and exceptional dining experience in the earlier hours of the night and turns into a busy disco like environment after dark. This venue is a big hit with the international crowd and hosts many themed events. This converted art deco building has become a big hit with both gays and lesbians. Have a great meal and strap on dancing shoes after for a memorable night out on the town.

Beresford Hotel


Beresford Hotel

Beresford Hotel:

354 Bourke St, Surry Hills NSW 2010

Phone: (02) 8313 5000

This Surry Hills destination bar is where you can either enjoy a quite drink out or a full blown night out on the town. With multiple bars inside and a bistro in the back, this venue has all your bases covered. Great indoor and outdoor spaces wait, but it tends to get full on Thursday- Sunday nights. You’ll find that upstairs is a large dance floor that is open weekends and it can get very busy.

Bank Hotel: Velvet Room


Bank Hotel: Velvet Room

Bank Hotel: Velvet Room:

324 King St, Newtown NSW 2042

Phone: (02) 8568 1900

This hipster Newtown venue is filled with a mixed straight, gay and lesbian crowd. Expect live music and Djs to help create a good vibe. The front of the venue is a more traditional bar atmosphere, so don’t be put off when you walk in, the action is more in the back. Downstairs there is a Thai restaurant with open courtyard patio.

Beauchamp


Beauchamp

Beauchamp:

267 Oxford St, Sydney NSW 2010

Phone: (02) 9331 2575

Pronounced “Beech'um” This basement bar located in Paddington is a great alternative to the dance bars you will find on Oxford Street. They have an impressive cocktail offering, sure to satisfy the pickiest of drinkers. There are a few different bars inside, with the Velvet cocktail lounge being the drawing attraction for the gay community. This lounge has plenty of seating, pool tables and a massive upstairs terrace bar. This lounge is a popular destination for people looking for something different than the dance clubs you find down the road on Oxford Street.