The A to Z of Dress Codes for Sydney clubs

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There are no hard and fast rules! This means that if you’re super-cool, you can get in just about anywhere wearing just about anything. But if you’re like the rest of us, it may take a little bit more effort! Read on for the A to Z listing of Sydney clubs with some tips about what works and what doesn’t.


ARQ Sydney

Despite the fact that ARQ has been pulling huge crowds, they’ve still maintained a very open and fair door policy. I spent some time out the front of ARQ one (very busy) Friday night just to see what sort of people were turned away. I was very surprised to note that not one single person was turned away. More than that, everyone was greeted with a welcoming smile and at least a few friendly words. Very refreshing. I saw denim, shorts, trainers, singlets, caps, open toe shoes, polo shirts, t-shirts, spandex, Blundstones, the works! Great to see that sort of diversity. (The funny thing is though, once you get in there, everyone seems to think they look beautiful!)

Byblos

Byblos is “Oxford Street’s exclusive club of sexiness” (their words not mine!). What that means from the clubber’s perspective is a very selective and “super-stylish” door policy. If you want to get in to Byblos, you’ll have to look good. That’s pretty hard to define, but you’ll have to arrive with confidence in the way you look and the way you feel. If you’re not feeling too confident wear black and make sure it’s all new! Stay away from jeans, trainers, caps and street wear generally.

The Cauldron

One of Sydney’s oldest clubs, The Cauldron wants its patrons to make a bit of an effort. Its official line is smart casual, but like many clubs, the lines can be blurred. If you’ve got a look and the confidence to carry it off, you’ll probably make it through the door. Things to avoid are caps, trainers, shorts and ripped or tatty clothing. If you’re a bit unsure about how you’ll go, stick to black for an express ticket in!

Chinese Laundry at Slip Inn

Chinese Laundry is an intimate little club under the very popular Slip Inn. Most of the people that visit Slip Inn through the week wear suits, which is one of the reasons why Chinese Laundry has a no suit and no tie policy. That’s pretty much the extent of their dress code. The rest is more about attitude. This place has a loyal regular following who come for the music. If you’re not a regular and you want to be one of the 400 or so people who squeeze in each Friday and Saturday, here’s what you should do: Have a nice attitude; Arrive early, the club opens at about 11pm and is usually full by 12.30am; Make a bit of an effort to look ‘cool’, probably lean on the street wear side for Chinese Laundry. If you’ve got square horn rimmed glasses, you’ll fit in nicely!

Club 77

No dress code here. Just be neat and groovy and have a great night.<

Gas

Gas is all about dancing. They’ve spent a lot of time and money on the dance floor, the lighting and the sound system. It’s actually quite a treat to enjoy them all. Its dress code is not about what you wear, it’s how you wear it. Come wearing a funky attitude! Having said that, if you ain’t got a funky attitude, here’s what you should do: be patient because you might have to wait a little while in the queue; show that you’re meant to be there; wear black; wear a funky t-shirt rather than a conservative collared shirt; and remember that Royals are a sponsor of Gas!

Gang Bang at Gas

Anything goes at ‘Gang Bang’ on a Sunday night. It’s a great night for anyone that’s up for it. Bring your funky attitude and if you have any trouble getting in, refer to the info on Gas for other nights.

The Globe (city)

There is no strict dress code at the Globe, just be neat and tidy. You can’t wear thongs or sandals, but shorts and other street wear is OK as long as it’s clean and tidy. You shouldn’t have any trouble getting in unless you’re drunk or obnoxious.<

Goodbar

There’s no dress code at Goodbar on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays so be as free and easy as you want. Fridays and Saturdays are a lot busier so it’s a slightly different story. The feel for the end of the week is more fashionable with less of a street wear tinge. You should still be OK in trainers if they’re ‘fashionable’, but if in doubt, wear black again! Royals and Acupuncture trainers appreciated!

Home

Home is a bit of a glamour club as well as being a dance club. It’s a bitch to try and get into. I know a lot of people that refuse to go because of two-hour horror queues. One girl I know has been quizzed on a range of lifestyle issues before they let her in on more than one occasion. Poor form.

In theory you should be able to cruise in wearing most fashionable combinations including shorts and rave gear, but if in doubt about your chances on a big night, play it safe and wear cargos and runners (for girls and guys) I have heard reports that bouncers have advised people to “wear cargos and trainers next time”.. Home has a no suit policy, so be good and don’t go pulling out that special occasion suit for Home.

If you’re worried about getting into Home, you can buy pre-sale tickets to some nights from The Shop at Home, although not always. Try calling first – if you can get through!

Plastic

The rule for Plastic is there are no rules. For your own personal comfort though, dress cool because it gets kind of hot in The Palladium. Rumour has it Plastic will soon be moving to a bigger, better, cooler venue soon. And REMEMBER to bring your ID because they won’t even let you in if you’re 29 and haggard (Who said that?!) unless you’ve got photo ID.

Q Bar

While Q Bar doesn’t have a specific dress code, it can be a tough place to get into on a busy night. So unless you’re super-fly, play it safe and dress up a little. You’ll see plenty of people looking casual in jeans and t-shirts, but shorts, t-shirts, sandshoes and tracksuits are not going to help your cause. According to Q Bar, the best way to get in is to either be a member, or be a nice person! Don’t even think about showing up when you’re drunk, and don’t expect to get in if you’re a bloke with half a dozen of your favourite mates it won’t happen. There aren’t really any dress code restrictions for women.

Rogues

Smart, fashionable dress standards are the go at Rogues, but don’t go getting too fashionable! Rogues pitches itself as an up market nightclub and to ensure patrons get what they’re expecting out of their night, they want everyone to have made a bit of an effort. Once again, if you’re super-cool, you’d probably get away with a little more, but the safe option would be anything in black – pants, shoes, collared shirt for guys. For girls, if you’ve made an effort to dress up, you should be OK.

There are a few things you should avoid if you want to play it safe stay away from denim, shorts, cargos, sportswear, singlets (although sleeveless is OK), and industrial boots. Girls have a bit more freedom with no specific restrictions – just make an effort to look good. Rogues also has a cafe section upstairs where the dress code is a lot more casual.

Soho Bar

Soho’s dress code is pretty simple no denim, no trainers, no shorts, no exceptions! Dress up or go home!

Stonewall

About the only time I’ve heard of anyone having trouble getting into Stonewall is when he or she was wearing open toe shoes. Why you might ask yourself? Stonewall has been sued not once, but twice by people who have been injured on the premises while wearing open toed shoes! Bottom line here girls, don’t wear sandals and you’ll be fine boys anything goes.

Sublime

Sublime opens its doors to all dance music lovers no matter what they’re wearing. The emphasis is on being happy and enjoying the music and dancing. Wear something you feel comfortable and funky in and have a great time. To avoid hassles getting in don’t be drunk, don’t bring a bad attitude and don’t try and come in as a group of blokes.

The Underground Cafe

Stop press. CLOSED INDEFINITELY – yes drug related!

No dress code for The Underground Cafe. It’s truly about dance and you should get in wearing just about anything you’d like. On a typical Friday night at the Underground you could expect to see people ranging from the Oxford Street glamour crowd right through the fashion spectrum to people wearing shorts and t-shirts. No one seems to mind too much what anyone else is wearing.

Most of the nights that were at The Underground have now moved across the road to the newly renovated Bay 33. I haven’t checked it yet, but the hype is good.