Our Story

Knox St Bar is a cocktail bar and performance venue located in the educational precinct of Chippendale. Featuring an extensive cocktail and highball menu, Knox St supports and showcases a wide range of time-based media including animation, video, audio, computer/web-based media, performance & music.

Founded by Bjorn Godwin in 2014 in his basement garage, Knox St has and continues to host some of Sydney's most exciting and unique projects: Read to Me, Oyster Club, loopdeloop, Uplate & Uncut, Knox St Bizarre, Little Fictions, Cherch, Hot Chips, Bang Bang Bandit Variety Show, and Animation Scrum. 


Knox St features emerging artists to those at the leading edge of their art. We encourage applications and pitches for innovative and thought-provoking projects from contemporary storytellers and event producers. 


The venue comprises 3 different yet separate spaces full of raw and genuine atmosphere.


The main bar area with a long counter, booth seating, large metal workbench and free-standing tables has been described as like a scene from the Star Wars Cantina, attracting a range of different and exotic guests under its low concrete ceiling.

The Drum Room is the performance stage and LIVE streaming studio for on-demand content for online and mobile audiences. It's equipped with Wirecast Pro, PTZ cameras, stage with lighting, and a 16 track audio mixer with high end sound system. This delivers a powerful cross-platform ideal for live video production and streaming to multiple destinations with a live audience of up to 60.

The Grotto, also known as Sydney's smallest nightclub, is a sunken cave-like cushion room with party laser lights, and ideal for 6-12 get-togethers.     

What people are saying

The Bar

'The coolest bar around Chippendale. Lovely cocktails, music and vibes'

Lachlan R. Dale

'One of the most interesting and unusual bars I've ever been to. Very lovely, fantastic drink choices'

Emma Smith

'Funky place that's good for low key drinks with a group of friends or pre drinks prior to going out; interesting and varied selection of drinks. Paid just under 20 for a honey cocktail'

Louise Ereve

'Really nice cocktails and love the truffle chips'

Jan Paulech


'Such a cosy place with awesome spaces, friendly staff, great bar, good snack kitchen for hot, fresh food… onion rings are delicious. Brilliant space for events'

Brian Holland

'Great decoration and cool atmosphere. Love the low ceiling! Will go back'

Maggie Liuzzi

'love this joint...so different from everything else around that area...great drinks and the gourmet hot dogs kick ass :)'

Hermant Samtani

'Awesome local full of character and charm. A must for any Friday night'

Sean Danger Vanderfiled


'Love this place!! Amazing food + cocktails plus the most friendly, welcoming staff. Had my 30th birthday here with 80 people and Bjorn went out of his way to accommodate every request and make it an epic night. Would highly recommend for functions or a quiet drink! :) :)'

Amy O'Connor

'Took a mate for their birthday and we loved it great atmosphere and lovely staff''

Tanya Smiffy H Smithy

'A woman, on the verge of death, asked the ambulance driver to take her to the shore so she could see the ocean one last time. When in this situation, I will direct said driver to Knox St bar. I only hope they'll be open'

Edwin Montoya Zorilla

'Haven't been here before... what a find tucked away... funky little bar with lots of great aspects and nuances... spin the wheel to decide on the next cocktail to try... brilliant bar/cocktail expert and great host... tell your bar person what your fave spirit is and she will whip up the best cocktail... brilliant little nooks and crannies to enjoy your drinks privately or stay at the main bar and socialise'

Peter Birks



'Great performance space with amazing artists'

Helen Smith

'Great evening with "Read to me" event. Great venue'

Alberto Solfrini

'Loved the atmosphere & comedy show'

Reet Nicholl

'Quirky joint with nice vibes, people, music and bar staff! Plus the food is pretty solid'

Nathan Polous

'Really cool, underrated trendy bar. Really solid food and drinks options, nice staff, incredible decor/funky sculptures around. Also a great venue for small shows, like stand-up/sketch comedy'

Theo Murray

'Funky and cozy decor. Great life drawing venue and gig venue'

Carmen M

'Incredible atmosphere to hear independent artists'

Naomi Deck

'This little bar looks amazing! Food is delicious. Drinks are great. Service is top notch. Also they have great regular events here such as The Oyster Club, which I frequent. Highly recommend checking this gorgeous place out'

Stephanie Franceschini

Knox St Bar acknowledges the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation, upon whose ancestral lands our events take place. We also acknowledge all the Traditional Custodians of the land and waters of Australia, and pay respect to all Elders both past, present and emerging – acknowledging them as the traditional custodians of knowledge for these lands.


Pitches & Proposals - bjorn@knoxstreetbar.com

Music - elina@knoxstreetbar.com


Functions & Parties - bookings@knoxstreetbar.com


Wed/Thur 5pm - Late,  Fri/Sat  5pm - Midnight,   Sun/Mon/Tues Closed (available for exclusive bookings & events)



Knox St Bar, Garage Corner Knox & Shepherd Sts, Chippendale NSW 2008

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