If you’ve gone for a night out in Sydney over the past two decades, there’s a good chance you would have ended up at The World Bar.
The Kings Cross institution is now old enough to drink its own boozy teapots – it’s been pumping for 18 years, and in that time has fostered talents on stage and behind the DJ decks. The club has played an important role in Sydney’s nightlife scene, with regular DJ sets weaving between indie rock hits from the Strokes, Phoenix, and the Wombats, to classic dance-floor fillers from Daft Punk, LCD Soundsystem and MGMT.
Now, it’s starting a fresh chapter with a new weekly roster of party purveyors Friday and Saturday nights – Otto’s House Party and Ricardo’s respectively. Director Steve Ward has been with The World Bar since day dot back in 2000 and says: “Safe, welcoming and respectful nights out with great line-ups and a solid vibe is exactly what Sydney needs right now.”
Otto’s House Party will take a nostalgic trip to the late 2000s, while keeping a foot firmly in the here and now by showcasing fresh live talent each Friday. The backroom will host live sets that traverse DIY punk, indie folk, jangling pop and experimental jams. In July you’ll hear from the likes of Scabz, the Dandelion, Rosa Maria, Party Duo and Space Carbonara, with fresh line-ups announced monthly.
Saturday nights will see a new home for Sydney party instalment Ricardo’s. It started life at the Portugal Madeira Club in Marrickville, and has had residences across the inner west, where it carved out a reputation for throwing boisterous underground techno parties and for hosting emerging and exciting electronic talent.
Delving into the darker side of the dance floor, the late-night shindig will continue to showcase choice selections across techno, deep house, disco and tech. The LGBTQI-friendly night is all about dedicating decent chunks of time to local selectors, so they can take you through immersive, explorative multi-genre sets.
Now that The World Bar’s DJ and live music alumni, such as Alison Wonderland, Flume, DZ Deathrays and Gang Of Youths, are tearing up festival stages across the globe, it’s easy to forget they too were the unknown talents that played at this Bayswater Road terrace. “It’s something we’ve always been passionate about,” Ward says. “There’s been some amazing acts get a start here and we’re looking to keep that rolling.”
Otto’s House Party is on every Friday night and Ricardo’s every Saturday night at The World Bar, 24 Bayswater Road, Potts Point.