The Midnight Shift (Closed Permanently)

97% love it
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Sydney’s longest running Oxford Street Hotel
The Midnight Shift is known both locally and internationally as an accepting, fun and inclusive venue. With a myriad of entertainment most nights of the week, the Midnight Shift offers everybody a little something. different. With friendly staff, reasonable bar pricing and comfortable areas to relax or dance, the Midnight Shift Hotel should be your first stop...


    • cooperpete
      cooperpete Over a year ago
      Loves it

      great place to meet friends for drinks but there is a lockout so get in before 1am

    • ChrisWilli
      ChrisWilli Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Great bar!
      Great place, good mixed crowd, good music and shows and somewhere good times can happen ...!

    • Surryguys
      Surryguys Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Good pub friendly staff
      Good pub open street facing . Happy hour 5-7pm. Recently add pool table and removed drinking tables. Not enough tables for patrons more booth style which limits meeting people. Upstairs has shows and good dance area.

    • Tigerco
      Tigerco Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Great Bar.
      Great entertainment and great staff

    • Deekayoz
      Deekayoz Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Friendly and great vibe
      The Shift would be my favourite place to drink on Oxford St. It's been around for years and quite popular with GAM and the older crowd. The drag shows are a high quality with free entry to the downstairs bar. Upstairs is a regular venue for many a dance party and always popular. Great place to visit.

    • chris1a1
      chris1a1 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      My Favorite Bar
      The Shift would be my favorite Bar on Oxford Street. It has reasonably priced drinks great Music and live shows..... The has a majority of GAM's but still gets a very dirverse crowd of people.

    • AussieThunder
      AussieThunder Over a year ago
      Hates it

      A Sydney Institution
      The Shift has been around for a long time and like any venue, some nights the crowd is great others not - it's true that it is popular with GAMs and mature guys but it does attract a varying mix of guys. There are 3 pool tables at the back of the downstairs bar, which is great to hang with friends and possibly meet new people. It is a cruisier bar than most, however cruisy by Sydney standards is pretty conservative compared to other major international cities. The upstairs club can be pumping depending on what's on and has varied in popularity over the years and crowd. The bouncers for the shift can be quite surly. The big older islander guy is really friendly, though the Eastern European guy who has been there for years is a bit of a hard ass.

    • Kevaroo
      Kevaroo Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Disgusting security, beware.
      I heard before how a friend of mine was thrown out of the bar because he tripped up the stairs. Regardless of being the designated driver and sober, he was thrown out by a security guard because that is his prerogative. Last night I went out and my other half and I were thrown out. Not because of drunkenness or causing a scene or problem. A security approached us and said we had too much expression on our face and he deemed that we were not fit to be in the bar. We asked to speak to the manager to get some common sense injected into the situation. Alas, he sides with the security and said it is their right to throw anyone out for whatever reason. Absolutely crazy. We will never go back again and implore others to avoid to perhaps send a message that this kind of treatment by these foreign, straight security guards will not be tolerated.

    • axle_man
      axle_man Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Midnight shift is good fun
      If your looking to start your night off with a fun beginning shift is the place good mixed crowd good music and shows and good times happen there ;-p

    • Texasfruit
      Texasfruit Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Every night is 80's night
      'Cause it's full of people that old. Not too impressed with this place. It's big, and the 12 people in the place just don't fill it up. The drag show usually keeps me interested, but I was up to the bar in minutes just to get away. The drinks were fast, because there wasn't a crowd, but that's about the best I can say. Go here if you want to get away from the busier bars, maybe?

    • blondofborg
      blondofborg Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Come as you are for a fun night with a touch of sleaze
      There's no denying it. The Shift has a reputation. Guys are here to pick up, and a good half of those guys are Asian, or sliding towards 60. But the bar attracts all types, helped by its constant evolution (upstairs in particular, seems to have a hard time choosing a theme and sticking with it) and no-attitude atmosphere. Probably Oxford Street's sleaziest non-SOP venue, but really, what's wrong with that? Security are tough, but polite and fair, and the drag shows are among the best on the strip.

    • jase47
      jase47 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      The last honest gay club?
      As the locals will tell you, The Shift has a rep for a clientele of "Chopsticks and Walking Sticks." Like all generalisations, that's only partly true. Certainly in the past, it has catered to an Asian and older crowd, as well as (as one friend puts it) the aesthetically challenged. But now it has a much broader clientele and is a much better representation of gay Sydney. Why? Because it has remained gay. While other bars and clubs on the strip have had to contend with growing straight patrons, the Shift has stayed a thoroughly gay space. But more than that, on the weekends, the crowds are large, loud and friendly; the music a slightly dull, but fun collection of House favourites. One of the best bars on the strip.

    • freestyler1
      freestyler1 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      The Shift :P
      The place is usually packed & teaming with boys on a friday & saturday night, the later the better. Not restricted to one genre, a top spot for all the hang out - try the saddle bar upstairs.

    • stevek16
      stevek16 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Excellent bar
      In my opinion Midnight Shift is the best bar on Oxford St. Great music, fun drag shows, friendly crowds, especially if you like the asian boys. Friday and Saturday nights are packed. A new leather bar just opened upstairs that's dark and fun (with free peanuts!). HIGHLY recommend by this Yank!

    • sydneytenor
      sydneytenor Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Great bar
      Shift is great, and there is a leather bad upstairs...