Sydney has begun the clawback of its nightlife with the Lansdowne Hotel being granted an extended license, allowing the venue to stay open until 5am. The return to pre-lockout law hours over weekends will mean that you’ll have somewhere to continue the night past 1.30am, pushing out the hours of party through to the first light once again.

Considering the lockout laws are being blamed for the huge decline in young folk heading to Sydney since the laws were introduced back in 2014, it’s good to know that we’ve got somewhere to go after the CBD closes its doors to anyone wanting to get in after 1.30am.

The Lansdowne joins Fredas as the second venue in Chippendale to cop a license extension, so maybe we’re now going to see Chippo as the place to be for a good late-night boogie? I’m pretty heartily on board for that.

To celebrate the Lansdowne’s release from the restrictive laws, the team’s throwing a massive party with a bit of help from the team behind famed Los Angeles parties, A Club Called Rhonda.

Curating spaces in the US, Canada, UK, and across Europe that are overwhelmingly inclusive and accepting, A Club Called Rhonda will hit Australia for the first time, transforming the Lansdowne into a heaving, salacious, expressive event on Saturday, August 24.

Expect local and international DJs and performances, and plenty of sweat, skin, sparkles, and seriously stunning outfits. Sydney might not be the same after this one.

An LA institution revered for its hedonism-heavy and downright debaucherous club nights, the iconic “pansexual pleasure cult” will turn it out over both levels of the Lansdowne, likely embedding glitter into every nook and cranny the pub has.

Tickets are going for $40, and are available now through the Lansdowne website.

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