Halfway through that glorious weekend, Saturday night is full of potential. Maybe you’ll embark on some foodie adventure, with a friendly feast of dinner and drinks. Perhaps you’ll kick back with your nearest and dearest, sipping cocktails at your favourite neighbourhood haunt. Or maybe you’ll embrace those party vibes wholeheartedly, ripping up a dance floor until dawn! Whatever your style, this city of ours has a bar, pub, or club to suit. Here’s where to go out on a Saturday night in Sydney.
Marlborough Hotel Saturday Night
Live tunes and laidback pub hangs are what awaits you on a Saturday night at The Marlborough Hotel. This cheery Newtown haunt serves up gigs three nights a week, with Saturday’s band usually jumping on stage at 11pm. Venture in early to kick-start your evening with a few pre-show beers and a burger.
Cargo Bar & Lounge Saturday Night
The newly revamped Cargo Bar is your go-to for harbourside fun on a Saturday. Here, you’ll find yourself tucking into modern street eats or pizza by the slice, before a solid line-up of DJ’s carry you on into the night. There’s both an upstairs and downstairs dance floor, and the crowd is always keen to party.
Hacienda Sydney Saturday Night
If the twinkling lights of Sydney Harbour sound like the perfect backdrop for your Saturday night celebrations, do yourself a favour and head along to Hacienda Bar. Not only does this waterfront haunt boast a cracking location, it’s got luxe looks, a menu of tasty Cuban-inspired eats and a cocktail list worth writing home about. Settle in for an evening of sophisticated sips by the water.
Cake Wines
Redfern
Cake Wines Saturday Night
For a Saturday night filled with great wine, great tunes and cruisy feels, head on down to Cake Wines’ Redfern cellar door. Here, afternoons slip easily into evenings, with wine tastings on offer from 1.30-3pm, great pizzas flying from the kitchen all day, and then DJ sets to see you through to midnight.
Frankie's Pizza By The Slice Saturday Night
For a Saturday night serve of rock’n’roll good times, Frankie’s always delivers. This popular CBD joint will have you ripping up the dance floor to thumping DJ mixes, right through until 3am the next morning. To keep you going strong, there’s that legendary pizza by the slice and a tidy line-up of crafty brews from the bar.
Daniel San Saturday Night
At this Manly hot-spot, a buzzy atmosphere, funky drinks list and high-energy DJ sessions combine to make one very lively Saturday night destination. Here, you can chow down on snappy, mod-Japanese fusion dishes and sip Asian-inspired cocktails, before burning off some energy on the dance floor.
El Topo Mexican
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El Topo Mexican Saturday Night
For a weekend Mexican feast teamed with lots of Margaritas and rooftop vibes, head on up to El Topo Mexican. This colourful, sky-high spot proves a top-notch setting for any Saturday night shenanigans, promising authentic eats and tequila cocktails aplenty. Bring the crew for a lively little session.
Earl's Juke Joint Saturday Night
At Earl’s Juke Joint, Saturday night good times are pretty much a given, what with the bounding energy, the considered drinks selection and the beats that are guaranteed to get you up and grooving. Taking its cues from the bars of New Orleans, the buzzy Newtown venue has atmosphere aplenty, and some pretty special cocktails.
Cantina Bar Balmain Saturday Night
A Mexican fiesta is a guaranteed way to fire up your Saturday night, especially when it involves a few of Cantina Bar’s cheeky $10 Margaritas (noon-5pm). Round up the crew, hightail it to this buzzing Balmain haunt and kick-start the party times with tequila cocktails, reggae tunes and plenty of lively, Mexican street eats.
Kings Cross Hotel Saturday Night
If a thumping dance floor is your favourite kind of Saturday night stomping ground, consider The Kings Cross Hotel your weekend paradise. Here, you’ll find a guaranteed party vibe, with each of the three sprawling levels playing host to a different style of music. Choose whatever sounds suit your current mood, and enjoy some disco magic until the wee hours.
The Smoking Panda Saturday Night
The pairing of LA cool and retro Chinese charm proves an unlikely winner at the ever-lively Smoking Panda. This late-night, CBD joint rocks a healthy dose of velvet, a soundtrack of funky tunes and a drinks list you won’t forget in a hurry. Visit for an indulgent evening of dumplings, sublime cocktails and wines sourced from across the globe.
Leadbelly
Newtown
Leadbelly Saturday Night
This well-loved Newtown bar and live music venue is where grunge meets glam in perfect measure, working as the ultimate backdrop for a broad program of free gigs and performances. Saturday night here will likely kick off with a few cheeky booze specials, followed by live tunes, stand-out cocktails and a delectable late-night feed.
Goodbar
Paddington
Goodbar Saturday Night
From day one, this Paddington spot has marked itself as a go-to for weekend dance floor sessions. You’ll forget all about those lockout laws when you’re throwing shapes here on a Saturday night, indulging in hard-hitting DJ tunes until the wee hours. Expect a high-energy crowd and good times aplenty.
Hotel Steyne Saturday Night
There’s all kinds of Saturday night revelry on offer at Manly’s multi-faceted Hotel Steyne. You could find yourself camped out with pints and some big screen footy action in the sports bar; indulging in some cocktails and seafood in the gin & tonic bar, Glasshouse; or venturing upstairs to the edgier surrounds of Moonshine Bar, for a rollicking evening of rum and live music.
Darlo Bar
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Darlo Bar Saturday Night
A well-loved local with bags of personality, Darlo Bar has a whole lotta fun in store for your Saturday night. Keep things cruisy downstairs in the retro-tastic public bar, with jugs and a few friendly games of pool; or head on up to the rooftop, where resident DJ’s will have you grooving under the stars from 8pm.