Side Bar, Haymarket NSW

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Side Bar, Haymarket NSW

The Side Bar is a bar located in Haymarket, New South Wales.
They have an average rating of 3.8 out of 2040 reviews, with the latest ratings ranging from 1 to 5.
Side Bar is in Sydney so why not stop by when you are there next.
had a great time tonight in side bar for the beer pong tournament! George Alex and Jamie were great! Always love the vibe down here. Also DOD was great last night!
509 Pitt St, Haymarket NSW 2000

Opening hours

Monday: 04:00 PM - 03:00 AM
Tuesday: 04:00 PM - 03:00 AM
Wednesday: 04:00 PM - 03:00 AM
Thursday: 04:00 PM - 03:00 AM
Friday: 04:00 PM - 03:00 AM
Saturday: 04:00 PM - 03:00 AM
Sunday: 04:00 PM - 03:00 AM

Opening hours

Monday: 04:00 PM - 03:00 AM
Tuesday: 04:00 PM - 03:00 AM
Wednesday: 04:00 PM - 03:00 AM
Thursday: 04:00 PM - 03:00 AM
Friday: 04:00 PM - 03:00 AM
Saturday: 04:00 PM - 03:00 AM
Sunday: 04:00 PM - 03:00 AM

Latest reviews for Side Bar, Haymarket NSW

Colette Gage
12/04/2024
Sidebar is a destination guaranteed for a good night out. My girl and I went for Coachella night and it was perfection!
Samantha
08/04/2024
Do not go here. This establishment is homophobic and the security are on a power trip and are incredibly rude and aggressive. They assaulted my friend and kicked me out for "being too intoxicated" but I'm pretty sure it was because I was involved with someone the same gender as me. Hope this place gets shut down and the security never get hired again.
Anneliese
20/03/2024
I was staying at the Wake-Up Sydney hostel so this was the right below the rooms and the spot where everyone went for a drink and dance. The music was pretty good and they had themed nights. We went to the cowboy/rodeo themed night where we got cowboy hats for free. If you stay at the hostel you usually get free entry with a ristband and a free drink which is great!
Felix List
09/03/2024
had a great time tonight in side bar for the beer pong tournament! George Alex and Jamie were great! Always love the vibe down here. Also DOD was great last night!
Madlen Platzgummer
26/11/2023
Really good club to dance and to gang with chill people all over the world. Wiukd recommend 10/10 to all peopke who are coming to Sydney.????
Official AntManGamer
21/09/2023
Did not try the food. No opinion on that yet.

509 Pitt St, formerly a Marcus Clark department store, and rumour has it, that it was once a newspaper.
Pitt St was once Pitt Row and this Builfing stands tall right there, with its beautiful architecture.
Now has over 600 beds for backpackers upstairs.
And downstairs contains a very nicely laid out nightclub. Central Bar operates both sides, layout could be changed to utilise the bar better if it was moved more towards a central position.
No microphone for the DJ which makes announcements and things impossible.

Did have a wonderful night, atmosphere was very nice, quite a young crowd, mostly backpackers, but still very fun to meet people from all around the world all in one place.

Bouncers were fairly rude, understandable that they have a job to do, but to keep tensions down, they could be a bit less confronting and rude to patrons.
Jiann Mobbs
13/09/2023
It was a good time, the dj wasn't the best but the service was good. Also, as other posts have said, I didn't have an issue getting in and found all staff friendly.
Maya A
04/09/2023
I usually have a really good time at the Side Bar but my recent visit there with a group of friends really ruined it for me. Security there is incredibly homophobic and kicked me and my friend out while we were sitting and chatting. They made us drink an entire waterbottle each even though we were both sober - it's evident what these "random" checks are based on. I raised this issue to the guy at the front but he brushed it off by saying that the staff aren't "like that".

Staff and security are incredibly discriminatory and for this reason, I definitely won't be coming back.
August
14/08/2023
the music vibe is better than most of pubs but the bouncer are useless. one of my friends was uncomfortable with Indian guy who being touchy, I reported it to black guy bouncer but he didn't do anything. she was traumatize and couldn't report it by herself.
Sagar Kunjyang Tamang
07/08/2023
Worst experience i ve ever got in my whole life. Treated like a ********. Just went for a couple of drink and to have a good time and came back with a disrespect. Wouldn't recommend this bar. If you have a good time and want to have bad experience, please go ahead, otherwise i would recommend other bar. Cheers guys.????
Nicholas Fenech
05/07/2023
Didn't try any food as we came after having dinner so we just came for drinks and some music. Music was actually extremely loud where if you wanted to talk to someone you had to yell in their ear. But then again I like my music loud ?.

Also, we need to make space for somewhere to dance as it just seemed to be people dancing at their tables and next to the bar.

$20 for a shot and redbull was a bit expensive I feel but it's not the worst I guess but I'm used to paying at most $15.
Izzet Aygun
17/06/2023
Terrible place with terrible staff. They make you feel unwelcomed and make an effort to fabricate your exit so they can prey on your personal items. Avoid at all costs
flip side
03/05/2023
The music was fun, mostly 2010's pop songs. The staff at the door is not so friendly unless you are a female. Also, they don't serve shots after 22:00 which is weird.
Lucie Jacquemin
22/03/2023
Front guys with very stupid rules about how to allow customers. Drinking a whole bottle of water randomly before getting in. Felt like i had to do a blood donation. Very ridiculous. So disappointed they have ruin my whole night because of the that. I will never go back. Thanks for the front guy who had such a poor understanding.
Danielle Gedz
13/03/2023
The same DJ (Dollar Bear)! was there both nights my friends and I have been. He played great music and gave the dance floor such a fun atmosphere, even taking our suggestions after we pleaded for Cotton Eye Joe
Lucas Mandotti
12/03/2023
The staff was lovely, except for one guy going around cleaning tables who pretty much sprayed us to wipe the table we were sitting on. Good choices of beer, but would love to see a tapped cider.
Dimitri Henriques
03/02/2023
Rude and xenophobic security guard. We were in 3. We 3 wearing shorts. Just one of us wasn't allowed to get in because he wasn't in accord with the dress code. When I asked the security why he wasn't aligned with the house rules, he just said "shorts". But I claim saying that we 3 was wearing short and what would be the difference. He again was rude and aggressive. Follow the picture of 3 of us wearing shorts. Obs the one on the right of the pic is the one with the not appropriate short. And I who was taking the self picture and was allowed to get in, was wearing a mini short.
Rina Shin
25/01/2023
Very spacious and great selection of creative delicious drinks. As a bar this place is great, but if you're looking for a nice club, the dance floor is small and no shots past 10pm
Kevin Malana
29/12/2022
I recently visited Sidebar, a dive bar located in the city, and I was extremely disappointed with my experience.

To begin with, the atmosphere of the bar was dingy and poorly maintained. The furniture was old and worn, and the decor was unappealing. The bar itself was cluttered and dirty, and it seemed as if the staff didn't care about keeping the place clean. The restrooms were particularly disgusting, with dirty floors and faulty fixtures. It was clear that the management of Sidebar was not prioritizing cleanliness or maintenance.

The drinks at Sidebar were overpriced and of poor quality. I ordered a cocktail and was disappointed to find that it was weak and poorly made. The ingredients were cheap and the presentation was sloppy. The beer selection was also limited and unappealing, with mostly mass-produced options rather than any craft or specialty beers. It was clear that the focus at Sidebar was on making a profit rather than providing good drinks.

But the worst part of my experience at Sidebar was the rude and disrespectful behavior of the staff. On multiple occasions, I witnessed them treating customers with disdain and disrespect. This included rude comments and eye rolling when customers asked for something as simple as a glass of water. The bartenders seemed annoyed and inconvenienced by any requests, and they made it clear that they did not want to be there. As a result, I felt uncomfortable and unwelcome during my time at Sidebar.

To make matters worse, the music selection at Sidebar was terrible. It was mostly played at a volume that was too loud, making it difficult to carry on a conversation. The playlist was also uninspired and repetitive, with a mix of overplayed pop hits and generic electronic dance music. It seemed as if no effort had been put into creating a cohesive or enjoyable atmosphere.

Overall, my experience at Sidebar was extremely disappointing. The dirty and poorly maintained atmosphere, subpar drinks, rude staff, and terrible music selection made for a terrible experience that I will not be repeating. It's a shame because the concept of a fancy dive bar has a lot of potential, but Sidebar fails to deliver on any level. There are so many other bars in the city that offer a better atmosphere, better drinks, and better service at more reasonable prices. Do yourself a favor and steer clear of Sidebar. It's not worth your time or money.
Julia Dostaler
15/11/2022
I got turned away at the door for wearing Crocs. A few other girls got turned away for wearing a fanny pack, draw string shorts, or sandals. We're all backpacking and staying at the Wake Up! hostel in this building so we were able to change into something different... The only reason we went to Side Bar was for the free pizza our hostel was promoting. How anyone expects backpackers to show up in fancy attire is beyond me. The bouncer at the door needs an ego check for real. The free pizza was just OK (and I only got 3 tiny slices).
James Marshall
07/11/2022
My mate and I recently arrived in Sydney and were looking for a good night out. But unfortunately we were refused entry when my mate showed the security guard his Id and said that he was banned because of a recent incident involving a club. This was one of my friends first times going out as he turned 18 a few weeks ago. We've been to the police and they have no record of any incidents involving being barred at apparently every club in New South Wales. Do not attend this club if you want to be humiliated and your night absolutely ruined.
Ben Kriegel
04/11/2022
I'm a WakeUp hostel guest, and the fat tub of lard bouncer denied me entry under a false pretense that I was intoxicated when I had not had a drink. He called the manager of the facility on me and I was absolutely humiliated. It almost ruined my trip to Sydney. How dare both of them. I would highly advise against going to this bar, hostel guest or not, because this bouncer and his so-called manager are the most awful people, and I genuinely hope they read this.
Roschelle Eloff
16/10/2022
Loved the bucket cocktails.
The vibe was great. Check out their website to see what type of music is playing which night.

The like goes quick and bathrooms are clean.

Bartenders were all super quick and great drinks!
Andrea Velechovsky
14/10/2022
If I could rate less than a star I would. I had a horrific experience here- it was my first time visiting and the bouncer looked at my ID and said I couldn't come in. The manager came out and started looking through my Service NSW app, when I mentioned I was uncomfortable with him looking through all of my personal information he said I couldn't come in. I asked why and he said I looked like someone who had been there before and was kicked out (I have never been). I had my Medicare card, credit card and everything to prove who I was. Finally they let me in but after that ordeal I was mortified and the bar was definitely not worth the hassle. Management and security is absolutely awful and I definitely won't be coming back. Would not recommend.
Ebony March
04/08/2022
Went out to this club with only a few previous clubbing experiences. Saw all the recent negative reviews but decided to give it a shot as it was a Wednesday and everywhere else was too quiet to get that nightclub vibe we were after. We had a great night!

The door security were prompt and quick and even had a small laugh with us as we remained really polite, and downstairs the bar staff were stern but not rude at all. It started off quiet, and the music was slow and too boring for my taste, but it did pick up a lot and ended up pretty alright. For me, that was the only negative; the music wasn't quite to my taste, but everyone else still seemed to have fun.

There was a small event with people being splattered with UV paint that was fun and gave the club a cool vibe, and the crowd there was generally fun, open, and very respectful of each other.

Overall, we had a great night, and would definitely attend again!
lilia hudak
20/06/2022
Side bar used to be so fun. I think the new management is disgusting. Went there last night to have a boogie and spend some money supporting the business - due to past fun experiences there. This time a friend went behind the DJ deck because it was super dead - meant no harm, was just seeing the view and got kicked out immediately with no warning. The manager treated us like garbage and could see that it is now no place for fun anymore and it isn't the first story I've heard lately about unnecessary behaviour. Trouble for no reason. Don't waste your time.
Edwin Valle
20/06/2021
Vibrant environment, however the music they play isn't the greatest. It's just a mix and match of top pop 50's, you can't even taste the alcohol in some of the drinks, you're just drinking 90% water half the time.
saket jagdale
18/06/2021
Just because our skin colour shows our nationality which doesn't mean your security people can tell us you can't go.

Me and my friend arrive at side bar around 11:42 pm on Friday 18th June, security guards told us that due to capacity reason we can't go inside so we said OK and then we was waiting for my other friends to arrive near side bar.
But after some time what we notice is they are allowing other people to join the line, just for curiosity we go and ask other group members that have you already booked online and they said no.
Noura Hassan
12/06/2021
Drinks were very sweet and it was way too hot inside. But nice place to go to
Zekken Blank
03/06/2021
. Vibrant but drinks need improvement specially buckets NO GARNISH AS SHOWN IN THE PICTURES! Too much taste of juice and less taste of alcohol. COCKTAILS TASTES MORE LIKE MOCKTAILS 😅😅😅😅 CAMERON WILSON(MANAGER) amazing bartender!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And awesome customer service

Bartenders racist????? Felt that way. Would be a star if not for the vibrant atmosphere. Too much treble in the music needs more base its like constantly listening to snares!
Nick Collins
17/05/2021
Bryan was so friendly and accomodating along with the rest of the staff. Highly recommend the cocktail buckets especially the side bar slammer. Only problem was not enough Pop Smoke 😂
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