Top 5 Live Music and Dining Destinations

Drinks Guide, Music & Tech, Play, Sydney / 8 July 2015

If you are tired of wincing into your sirloin steak while your local pub’s rostered band yells its way through House of the Rising Sun, it might be time to get yourself to one of Sydney’s top live music and dining destinations.
We have narrowed down Sydney’s top 5 venues for a great night of music and food.

The Basement

A Sydney icon, The Basement is your one stop shop for all things jazz, blues, funk and soul. Having hosted both local and international musics legends, a night at The Basement will guarantee you a stunning showcase of talent. They have an experienced kitchen serving up modern interpretations of classic meals and crowd favourites and their extensive wine list won’t leave you wanting.
Up coming shows:
Thur 9th July: Mike McClellan + special guest Imogen Clark
Sat 18th July: Vince Jones
29 Reiby Place, Sydney, 9251 2797


Walk down the red carpet and enter the decadent cabaret space that is Slide. With a large stage, floor and mezzanine dining sections and a diverse roster of live shows, Slide is a great place to go for a special occasions. This venue offers both a delicious culinary experience and tantalising performances. Great for functions or just a romantic night out, Slide is a world of its own.
Up coming shows:
Select Fridays and every Saturday: El’ Circo
Sun 19th July: Voyer, a male burlesque show
41 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, 8915 1899

Camelot Lounge

Hidden in a warehouse tucked into the back streets of industrial Marrickville is where you’ll find Camelot Lounge. Known for its quirky aesthetic and fabulous roster of national and international artists, Camelot Lounge is a hidden gem. Originally Quirkz, this venue now has two stages offering everything from burlesque and life drawing to internationally renowned musicians from every genre. Their small kitchen manages to dish out good food at very reasonable prices and their bar and waitstaff are always warm and accommodating. For something a little off the beaten track head to Camelot Lounge and soak up the fun.
Up coming shows:
Thur 16th July: Rolling Stoned
Fri 31st July: George Washingmachine presents Feel the Manouche
Corner of 103 Railway Parade & 19 Marrickville Road, Marrickville, 9550 3777

The Vanguard

The Vanguard is home to everything alternative and extraordinary. With frequent burlesque shows, movie screenings and live music events this well loved venue has something for everyone. This intimate vintage space is equipped with a full kitchen that serves up a mix of soul food and modern Australian cooking. The luxurious yet unpretentious 1920s fit out makes for a memorable night out, and the intimate space allows you to get up close and personal with some of your favourite performers.
Up Coming Shows:
Thur 9th July: Josue EP Launch
Sun 12th July: Julia Messenger
42 King St, Newtown, 9557 9409


This artist run performance space features great musical and theatrical acts and runs from Monday to Saturday. Showcasing a wide range of musical genres from reggae and soul to swing – all are welcome here. Great for a low key night in a venue with an underground feel and ample dance space. The restaurant serves a wide range of share style bar food from Monday to Saturday and extends their menu to include mains on the weekend.
Up coming shows:
Fri 17th July: Afrobeat Wonderland ft. Lamine Sanoko and The African Intelligence
Sat 25th July: Barney McAll ASIO Album Launch
Corner of Cleveland and Perry Streets 280 Cleveland St, Surry Hills,