NileGuide Expert Says:
A complex more than a bar. There's Spectrum, a fine small live music venue, the Vegas bar, a happening indie club, and the more mainstream Q bar itself, and downstairs, all kinds of debauchery till the wee hours in Phoenix. Thousands out to party pass through these doors every weekend.
44 Oxford St, Darlinghurst NSW, Australia
(02) 9360 1375
The Exchange Hotel in Oxford Street is an institution. And Q-Bar, one of its many offerings (see also Spectrum and 34B) has almost reached icon status too, but in the sense of having attracted a mainly young, party hungry crowd (and surprising hetero given this is gay Sydney central) for almost 20 years.
You can talk, dance (live bands or DJs), drink, play pinball or pool, mingle amid cave-like spaces and generally just 'hang' in a laid-back atmosphere without too many hassles. And there's not a million dollar makeover in sight. The Hot Damn punk/party on Thursdays is one of the more popular nights.
Plenty of celebs have apparently visited over the years; from Boy George to Bono; Kylie to Elle. Maybe it was the cheap spirits and attitude-free zone that attracted them? Or maybe it was the private VIP lounge; members only, with darkened booths, a large sunken lounge, and giant AV screen.
A review from 'jd' on Barfinder probably says it best (typos and all): "… one of my fave places. undergound naughty vibe. good crowd, great music (my opinion) drinks are steep. dark loud hot and sleazy."