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recommended pub Basement
the cream of Sydney's live music venues

29 Reiby Place (nr Macquarie Place),

(02) 9251 2792

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Not a square foot of wall is wasted. Almost every inch of this low-ceilinged venue is taken up by posters, signed pictures, records and other musical memorabilia. Still maintaining its reputation as Sydney's premier small music venue, the Basement is also a popular lunch spot for folks from the surrounding office buildings.

The dance floor drops down from bar level, then back up to the stage, giving two tiers for a good view of the on-stage action, and what a lot of action this stage has seen.

On our review visit, we had tickets to see the amazing Bela Fleck and The Flecktones, and let's say it didn't disappoint. The Basement is about the only live music venue in Sydney where you can hear the band clearly from any part of the bar - thanks to a very clear, well planned sound system. The Bar menu is well worth a look pre-gig and when the gig's on, well, the best thing you can do is just watch.

This place has played host to some of the best live acts on the planet, and will continue to do so for some time yet - there's nothing here to challenge it in our view. recommended.
review by: Jason

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kllair from city
if your going to the basement for the drinks you have it all wrong.its all about the music my if its a cheap beer u want, go to your local rsl.
8 Dec 2003

Chris from Gladesville
Great venue and atmosphere but the beer prices are ridiculous
3 Sep 2003

Peter from Ultimo
ok, it attracts some excellent bands - but the PRICE OF DRINKS is CRAZY - The most expensive drink in sydney (considering the decor), have a few and one for luck before you see a band.
10 Jul 2003

kim from sydney
cozy & atmospheric. a great small venue! get in early for the best spots.
26 May 2003

Jim from Australia
Gayer than a fistful of homo's, full of yuppie wanks
date unknown

jeremy from sydney
I love this place although it's very pricey
date unknown

Matt from Pennsylvania, USA
Never been to this Club yet but sounds like id have a hell of a time!!!
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Live Music: Live Music most nightsFood: food through the dayComedy and/or theatre: Occassionaly comedy some nights
Pool: there's a single pool table at the back of the venue
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Jason says:

the smoking area is decreasing every time we visit. Maybe the non-smokers are trying to tell us something?

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