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This little jazz venue started out in a tiny warehouse space, with bums on pillows instead of seats. Since then, 505 have been decked out in a cosy ex-club space, with mood lighting, cheese-boards to nibble on and a fully licensed bar. You’ll catch bands you can wear a beret to – that is jazz, ska, afro-beat, instrumental, world music and more.

Where: 280 Cleveland St, Surry Hills, NSW 2010

Phone: 0422 583 190

Website: http://www.venue505.com/

Venue 505 image © Venue 505

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Cambridge Hotel

High ceilings, walls painted black and the occasional installation art piece playing out in a glass room – this trendy Oxford St venue is often packed to the brim with punters. Drink lines are long, but the music is loud and plays late into the night. Genres are varied – you might catch a US rapper, an indie band or an electro-folk hybrid. Gigs here are mostly ticketed so plan ahead.

Where: Basement, 38-46 Oxford St Darlinghurst, NSW 2010

Phone: (02) 9332 3711

Website: http://www.oxfordartfactory.com/

Oxford Art Factory image © Oxford Art Factory

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Cambridge Hotel

A cosy, atmospheric eatery/live music venue with a bluesy feel. During the week, patrons will be mostly seated but when things heat up of a weekend, this place can get packed to the brim with chatty visitors milling about drink in hand. There’s a beer and wine list that rivals most and freshly made cocktails. You’ll hear quality blues, soul, rock’n’roll and jazz – with friendly frontmen to boot.

Where: 302 Crown St, Darlinghurst, NSW 2010

Phone: (02) 9368 1548

Website: http://low302.com.au/

Low 302 image © Low 302

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Cambridge Hotel

With queues occasionally lingering down the street, this popular late-night music venue is a cut above the rest. The spacious back area is filled with lush lounge chairs, decadent décor and a cocktail bar – and is just a couple of steps from a packed out dance floor with state of the art sound. Depending on what time you go, you may encounter an indie band, a house DJ or something completely different.

Where: Level 1, The Beresford Hotel – 354 Bourke St, Surry Hills, NSW 2010

Phone: (02) 8313 5000

Website: http://merivale.com.au/upstairsberesford

Upstairs at the Beresford image © The Beresford Hotel

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Cambridge Hotel

Held in the heart of Darlinghurst, The Oxford Hotel is a multi-faceted venue boasting four unique floors. There is The Underground, The Main Bar, The upscale Polo Lounge and Ginger’s (where the weekly Acoustic Jam is held). Don’t miss out on the Acoustic Jam night – take a turn up the stairs to Ginger’s and be greeted by a red velvet affair with an old-school feel, classy yet casual décor and great bar staff. It also gets bonus conviviality points for having classic round leather booths to sit in, making conversation optimal as you enjoy the talented live acts.

Where: 134 Oxford StDarlinghurst, NSW 2010

Phone: (02) 8324 5200

Website: http://www.theoxfordhotel.com.au/

Oxford Hotel image © Oxford Hotel

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Cambridge Hotel