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 hosted large scale events Astral People’s Outside In Festival, the inaugural OneDayOnly Festival, Heaps Gay Mardi Gras After Party. In 2022, we also introduced our very own festival – Someday Soon, which saw Holy Holy, Middle Kids, Hermitude, Methyl Ethel, Winston Surfshirt, Lastlings, Ruby Fields and heaps more Australian acts grace our stages. It will be back again, 21st of October 2023.
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). This year’s event will take place with heats on September 14/15/16 and the final on 22nd September.
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. For more info on the USU head to https://usu.edu.au/
Manning Bar Capacity 950 Main Room / 1150 Main Room + Level 1 Balcony / 2050 Front & Back Courtyard / 3400 Multi Stage
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
For larger events or sell out shows our kitchen or food trucks will activate and be open from doors. Currently we work with Tacos Muchachos to provide a great Mexican street food experience!
If you thinking of heading down early and want to check if the kitchen will be open, email the venue – [email protected] to check.
For all ticketed event bookings enquiries contact Century Venues via this booking form or call them on 02 9519 9231.
For venue hire contact Moe Shakourof