Manning Bar is a purpose built live entertainment venue attracting the best local and international acts for many years.
The bar’s countless live music events have included artists such as Gotye, The Foo Fighters, Billy Bragg, Cloud Control, Thundamentals, Violent Soho, The Smith Street Band, The Kite String Tangle, sleepmakeswaves, Hoodoo Gurus, Sepultura, Radio Birdman, Ratatat, Alexisonfire, Motion City Soundtrack, Midnight Juggernauts, Dashboard Confessional, Regurgitator, Propaghandi and Wolfmother. We are also home to Astral People's OutsideIn Festival, the inaugural OneDayOnly Festival, and the bi-monthly Rock 'n' Roll and Alternative Markets.
Manning Bar also hosts the infamous Sydney Uni Band Comp, which has helped launched the careers of some of Australia’s most well-known and loved bands including The Laurels (Winners 2007), The Jezabels (Finalist 2007) and Cloud Control (Winners 2006). See below for more information.
During semester Manning Bar is a popular student venue, providing food and drinks Monday to Friday and regular events every week.
Manning Bar is an independent venue owned and run by the University of Sydney Union (USU). Australia’s oldest and largest student union, USU provides student services and programs at the University of Sydney. USU is a non-profit organisation that invests all profits back into the student community to deliver the best student experience in Australia.
Manning Bar Capacity 950
Monday - Saturday: Midday - 3am
Sunday: 10am - 12am
The licensed venue area (Level 2) also has a balcony and two smaller rooms that can be used in a variety of venue set ups.
Manning Bar is located on Level 2 of Manning House, Manning Rd within the grounds of the University of Sydney and is easily accessible by public transport, taxi and car. It is close to Newtown, Glebe and Chippendale. See Getting Here
Make a Booking
For band bookings contact Dave Batty.
For function bookings contact David Sullivan
Download our Function Menu.
Sydney Uni DJ Comp
Running annually in Semester 1 the Sydney Uni DJ Comp sees competitors battle it out around campus to be named the DJ Comp Winner! The person who takes 1st place goes on to compete against other Universities around the country.
DJ Comp 2015
DJ Comp 2014
Sydney Uni Band Comp
The Sydney Uni Band Comp has been running since 1985 and is the biggest University Band Competition in the country. Past entrants include The Vines, Cloud Control, Josh Pyke, Frenzal Rhomb, Youth Group, The Jezabels and many more.
Band Comp 2015
Band Comp 2014
Band Comp 2013
Band Comp 2012