The beloved Oxford Street warhorse just got a new lease on life – have you popped by lately?

She's an old gal, but looks great for her age. One of the oldest gay palaces in Sydney, the Shift is the queen of the Oxford strip, with six bars, two dance floors and two levels over which to get wild. Check out the relaxed bar upstairs or head downstairs to the narrow club where things get very sweaty and very fun – though less trashy than elsewhere – into the wee hours. And we hear big things are ahead: now that the Shift is off the market, they're teasing plans to overhaul their programming to bring the place back to fabulous life.

The weekend lineup is jam-packed with award-winning full productions. Kick things off on Thursdays and boogie on at Disco Bingay, ACON's weekly retro-disco-bingo fundraiser for $20. On Fridays, entry is free so you have more money to spend on...well, we're not gonna ask. Get in on a competitive game of pool downstairs, or see who's on the mic upstairs at their new Unplugged night. Saturdays are always jam-packed, with big drag productions throwing glitter all over the place upstairs on the main stage, and a karaoke competition is the place to be on Sundays – if you're good enough with a tune, you could walk away with $250 cash in hand.

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The Midnight Shift details

85 Oxford St

Darlinghurst 2010

Telephone 02 9358 3848

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