Here's where to get your groove on in Sydney now that dancefloors are back!
24 March 2021
From Monday 29 March, Sydneysiders can once again cut shapes on the d-floor and dance to live music at their favourite pubs and bars.
Solotel Group is thrilled to announce it will host Sydney’s first dancefloor post restrictions easing – as the clock strikes 12.01am on Monday morning and the NSW Government updates come into action, nightlife icon Kings Cross Hotel cranks the tunes and the dancefloor is ON until late.
That kicks off a surge of dancefloors re-opening across 10 of Solotel’s venues through the week. Live music pumping once again with huge line ups planned for the long weekend. Kings Cross Hotel, The Golden Sheaf, Goros, and the Clock Hotel in the east and inner city; Smoke at Barangaroo House and Opera Bar in the city; Marly, Bank, and Erko in the inner west; and The Albion in the west are all firing up the dancefloors from next week.
“Dancefloors coming back is a significant moment for reviving the beating pulse of Sydney’s nightlife and live music scene,” explains Elliot Solomon, CEO of Solotel Group. “We can’t wait a second longer and so we will turn the DJ decks on at Kings Cross Hotel the second we’re allowed to at 12.01am so our guests, who we know have been so excited to get back onto a dancefloor, can dance once again right away. Importantly, the resurgence of live music and dancing also means many more jobs – both for performing artists, industry crew and in our venues. It’s been a long and challenging wait, but we are so ready to welcome people back to our venues that are thriving with live entertainment.”
There’s a dancefloor with your name on it every night of the week – here’s 10 that are ready and warmed up to welcome their first groovers from next week:
Kings Cross Hotel
In the heart of the city’s most renowned nightlife precinct, the Kings Cross Hotel is a Sydney institution and an enduring icon. It’s set to be the location for Sydney’s first dancefloor post restrictions easing at 12.01am on Monday 29 March with DJs till the early hours. From there, Friday, Saturdays, and Sundays will once again see DJs and dancefloors return to this multi-level entertainment destination. (DJs and dancefloors Fridays and Saturdays from 8pm; Sundays from 6pm. Note: venue closes at 10pm on Good Friday)
Opera Bar’s daily live music is turning up the vibe a few notches with dancing now allowed against that stunning harbourside backdrop. A weekly changing roster of local DJs and vocalists mean every night can be a dancefloor at Opera Bar. Get your dose of our city’s most loved, emerging and established live acts and DJs every Sunday with an epic new arts and entertainment program, supported by the City of Sydney. Sydney tastemakers, Picnic touring and events, re-ignite its much-loved Picnic Social sessions every Sunday at Opera Bar until May. (Daily live music, DJs and dancing Monday – Friday from 6pm; Saturday from 2pm; Sunday from 3pm. Note: venue is closed on Good Friday)
The Golden Sheaf
The Golden Sheaf in Double Bay gets its dancefloors going once again every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday night from next week. A roster of the best tunes by Australian DJs is set to get dancefloors in the Beer Garden, Canopy Bar and Rooftop jumping every week.
For the long weekend, live music is extended for a full five days as the Sheaf transforms into an epic retro disco party. Singer Gemma Lyon performs on Thursday, DJs UNDR CNTRL on Friday and then Sydney touring and events tastemakers, Picnic present a huge live music line up headlined by Touch Sensitive (DJ set) with Harvey Sutherland (DJ set), JNETT (Melb), Lazywax (Live), and Hazxx on Saturday. The beer garden lights up with disco balls and neon lights. Sip themed cocktails with names like ‘Disco Biscuit’ (spiced rum, mango, coconut, lime adorned with a disco ball). There’s also a special retro snack menu that includes deviled eggs; vol au vents; and a disco biscuit ice-cream sandwich. On Sunday, singer songwriter Melinda Jackson performs upbeat disco vibes.
(Weekly live music, DJs and dancefloors Wednesdays from 5pm, Fridays from 7pm; Saturdays from 6pm. Long weekend – Wednesday from 5pm, Thursday from 6pm, Friday from midday, Saturday from 3pm, Sunday from 2pm. Note: venue closes at 10pm on Good Friday)
Dancing at The Marlborough ‘Marly’ Hotel is back next week, baby! Every Wednesday, the ground floor jumps with local DJs pumping up the crowd. Come Friday and Saturday nights, all three levels get their groove on. In Tokyo Singson, the Marly’s underground music cave, Picnic touring presents an electric line up of DJs every Friday and Saturday. Upstairs in Cuckoo, it’s time to get weird again with Friday and Saturday live music event, YAH! (Weekly DJs and dancefloors Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays from 9pm till late. Note: venue closes at 10pm on Good Friday)
Newtown live music institution, The Bank Hotel, is giving the green light to getting down on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from next week. LGBTIQA+ night Birdcage returns to the Waywards stage upstairs every Wednesday where the entire main space is a dancefloor. Live music is back to full throttle with dancing at live shows in Waywards on Thursdays and Fridays. Saturday nights bring dancing to the public bar on street level. (Live music, DJs and dancefloors Wednesdays from 8pm till late; Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm till late. Note: venue closes at 10pm on Good Friday)
Thursday 1 April is the first of a monthly series of Lust Song Dedications nights at The Clock Hotel in Surry Hills. DJ Levins is your host and overall cupid for the night, so pass your love notes over and he’ll spin all your dedications – all night long. No judgments here, Boys II Men – ‘I'll make love to you’, Cher – ‘Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!’, Whitney Houston – ‘I will always love you’ – you dedicate it, they play it. Then, Friday and Saturday sees the re-launch of weekly local DJs + dancing. (Lust Song Dedications - first Thursday of month from 8pm, DJs Fridays and Saturdays 7pm – 12am. Note: venue closes at 10pm on Good Friday)
Channel NYC rooftop vibes with Sydney Harbour views and a side of dancing at Smoke rooftop cocktail bar at Barangaroo House. Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from this week, you’ll find a DJ AND a dancefloor at rooftop cocktail bar Smoke. See the weekly line up of artists here. (DJs and dancing Thursdays from 8pm, Saturdays from 3pm, and Sundays from 2pm. Note: venue closes at 10pm on Good Friday)
In Parramatta, The Albion Hotel’s nightclub space finally reopens to once again host a dancefloor every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Kicking off with RnB and hip hop for Albion Fridays – just for Easter weekend, this will happen on Thursday. Then, big club and dance nights are back with Vibe Saturdays – DJs, percussion, big beats. Finally, get a taste of Latin/Afro music at Tropical Sundays with DJs + guests on rotation every week and if you're feeling adventurous, kick back in the Shisha Pavilion and enjoy the smooth, tropical flavours from Oh It's Shisha whilst the sun sets. There’s free entry for next week to celebrate dancing coming back. Following weeks incur a cover charge. (DJs, live music and dancefloors Fridays from 8pm, Saturdays from 9pm, Sundays from 4pm. Note: venue closes at 10pm on Good Friday)
Surry Hills’ Goros is so ready to fire up the dance floor from this week. Come shake that cake and get litty every Friday and Saturday night. Bringing the bangs this Saturday is a line-up of DJs including Teriyaki Mami and Caitlin Medcalf. (DJs and dancing Fridays and Saturdays from 9pm. Note: venue closed on Good Friday)
The Erko in Erskinville is launching local DJs every Friday and Saturday night – and that means a dancefloor in the main bar too! (DJs and dancing Fridays and Saturdays from 9.30pm. Note: venue closes at 10pm on Good Friday)
Solotel Group is committed to its patrons having a great experience at each of its venues and that’s why it’s committed to upholding the standards of a COVID Safe certified venue. Each venue has implemented several measures to maintain hygiene and sanitation including check-in, plenty of hand sanitiser, and a dedicated Hygiene Marshall during opening hours.