Oxford Art Factory is one of Sydney’s longest-standing live music venues. Slightly smaller than the Metro Theatre but bigger than its sibling, Lansdowne Hotel, it was opened by industry veteran Mark Gerber in 2007 and inspired by Andy Warhol’s New York warehouse in the ’60s. To that end, it’s still the place in Sydney to catch local or up-and-coming artists before they break the big time.

Descend the stairs and head right if you’re looking for the gallery bar. It feels more like a classic inner-city drinking den down here, with cosy booths and more of an intimate vibe. But most of the action happens next door on the underground main stage and dance floor. Complete with its own fully stocked bar, it’s been known to get sweaty and free down there, with everything from punk rock gigs to raves taking over the cavernous space.

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Updated: October 30th, 2023

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