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Finally, the strip club article that puts the "ass" in "comprehensive assessment"

Sydney is, let's not be coy, a damn sexy town. And there's no greater example of that than in our city's strip clubs. We’ve collected some of the city’s favourite strip joints for your pole-dancing pleasure. It’s not a comprehensive list – and feel free to add any favourites or recommendations in the comments (from a friend-of-a-friend, of course), but here’s our picks for a stimulating night out.

Unless otherwise specified, it’s worth noting that there are no restrictions on keeping things demure in Sydney either: strippers in S-town bare it all.

Sefton Playhouse

This suburban favourite boasts shower shows and a daily roster of literally dozens of girls from midday on. It’s an old-school beer barn of a place, where “gaudy” and “glitzy” is very much the decorative motif, but the friendly atmosphere and cheeky sense of humour has made it one of Sydney’s most successful strip clubs.

Pure Platinum

It’s a smaller venue and we’re not sure how we feel about the in-house exchange of “PP dollars” rather than just using cash. But the official home of the annual Miss Nude Sydney competition offers top dancers on their exclusive roster and higher-than-usual production values, and aren’t above spoiling their members.

Porkys Nite Spot

Now this is what you think of when you think “strip joint”. Let other venues offer classy erotic entertainment, fine dining or the slightest patina of sophistication: Porkys revels in its sleazy, seedy charm. You know what they offer? Naked ladies, that’s what.


Showgirls has long been a Darlinghurst Road landmark with a huge stage, well-appointed private rooms and a well-tuned sound system (well, those places can get loud). They also have regular themed events and a very friendly reputation.

Men's Gallery

It’s the sister to Pure Platinum and Dancer’s Cabaret, and is very much an old-style Gentlemen’s Club with themed private rooms (including a shower room) and ala carte dining – though, like Pure Platinum, it’s not full nude on Friday and Saturday nights.


Catering to the sophisticated corporate clientele more than the rowdy bucks night crowd, Minx is only open to the public Tuesday to Friday (Sat-Mon are reserved for private events), which only enhances its reputation as an exclusive enclave of sophisticated sexiness.

Twin Peeks

What’s perhaps most unusual about this venue is that the food is given as much attention as the entertainment with a strong menu and an impressive wine list, as well as extraordinarily hot women. There’s also an – ahem – dessert option that might be to your liking…

Bada Bing

Another venue that goes for American nightclub vibe charm– pole dancers, private shows, a nicely-appointed stage, strong cocktails – with a regular calendar of theme nights and special events.

Dancer's Cabaret

Like big sisters Men’s Gallery and Pure Platinum, Dancer’s Cabaret goes for a glam vibe, though its hours are a little more restricted. Four days a week the venue is the Illinois Hotel, but Thursday to Saturday the tables become stages.

Updated on 18 Jun 2015.

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