Legendary Sydney nightlife icon Cargo reopens

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Almost 24 years since its inception, Sydney’s beloved clubbing hotspot, Cargo, is set to make a grand return to King Street Wharf.

Following an extensive four-month transformation. With a rich legacy spanning over two vibrant decades, this waterfront gem, renowned for its Wharf side beer garden and iconic club nights, will unveil a fresh new aesthetic across its expansive two levels, featuring significant enhancements to the Ground Floor Main Room and Level 1 Lounge.


From dawn to dusk, Cargo promises an unrivalled experience as the premier waterfront destination for indulging in drinks, culinary delights, and dancing against the picturesque backdrop of Darling Harbour. Since its inception in August 2000, Cargo has been a hub for the best party crews in Sydney, hosting live music nights, headline DJ sets, and its legendary annual Halloween extravaganza.

Elevating the Experience

Ground Floor Main Room

Embracing the spirit of Cargo’s legendary dancehall, the Ground Floor Main Room exudes renewed high-octane nightclub energy with a sleek LED-lit bar and a state-of-the-art DJ booth equipped with advanced AV technology and LED screens. The new decor strikes a balance between sophistication and playfulness, with neutral tones and hints of green accentuating the light timber furniture to create an inviting ambiance.

Dynamic LED lighting cascades above the central dance floor, casting a mesmerizing glow over the revellers below, while upgraded sound systems deliver a world-class, immersive 360-degree audio experience. A captivating mural painting by artist Justine McAllister sets the tone as visitors transition to the Level 1 Lounge, capturing the vibrancy and excitement of the Main Room.

Revamped Beer Garden

The iconic Beer Garden has undergone a rejuvenation, now boasting a full awning for year-round al fresco dining and brand-new outdoor furniture, including vibrant high-bars with tiled tops and colourful chairs that infuse a touch of Palm Springs charm. Enhanced with new pavers, planter boxes, and lush greenery, the outdoor dining area offers panoramic views of Darling Harbour, creating the perfect setting for a leisurely lunch or post-work cocktail.

Luxe Level 1 Lounge

Ascend to the newly revamped Level 1, where a sense of mystery and exclusivity permeates the air. A vast bar adorned in emerald-veined marble, complemented by plush emerald-hued carpet and furnishings, sets a sophisticated yet enigmatic atmosphere. The VIP exclusive area, designed as a snug secret drinking den for larger groups, features wooden batten paneling along the entrance and cozy booth-style seating. With a capacity for up to 400 guests, the Level 1 Lounge boasts its top-of-the-line DJ booth and separate sound system, promising unforgettable moments for all who enter.

Culinary Delights and Weekly Specials

Cargo introduces a new all-day menu curated by Executive Chef Jason Roberson, offering an array of delectable dishes ranging from hero snacks to substantial mains. Indulge in crispy chicken wings served in two tantalizing ways, a mouth-watering crumbed chicken schnitzel burger, a Japanese eggplant bowl, and crispy fish tacos, among other delights. For larger groups and post-work nibbles, the sharing board presents a delightful selection of crowd-pleasing favorites, perfect for sharing and savoring.

Sip and Celebrate

The drinks menu at Cargo boasts a diverse selection of classic and inventive cocktails, including the timeless Aperol Spritz, Amaretto Sour, Tommys Margarita, and French Martini, alongside Cargo’s signature shots such as Whamaretto, Skittle Bomb, and Birthday Cake. Whether you’re seeking a classic tipple or a bold concoction, Cargo offers a libation to suit every palate.

Unveiling a New Era

As Cargo reopens its doors on Friday 31 May, be prepared to embark on a bold new chapter filled with excitement and revelry. Join the celebration as Cargo welcomes guests to all levels from 9 pm onwards, promising an unforgettable night of music, dancing, and merriment.

VIVID Extravaganza

Throughout the VIVID festival, Cargo will host a mesmerizing fire and light show every Friday and Saturday from 8 pm to 1 am. Prepare to be dazzled by high-spec productions featuring shooting flames catapulted from the outside awning, creating a spectacle to behold. Additionally, the Cargo Candy Shop returns for another year, offering a delectable array of snacks, sweets, and themed club nights with exciting DJ acts to be revealed soon.

With its illustrious history, unparalleled offerings, and commitment to providing unforgettable experiences, Cargo remains the beating heart of Sydney nightlife, promising endless fun, great food, and unforgettable memories for all who step through its doors. Get ready to immerse yourself