This October, Darlinghurst restaurants, pubs, bars and retailers are uniting to open for Meet Me in Darlo – a day-to-night festival established to counteract the effects of the lockout laws.

Keep Sydney Open has curated a range of ticketed and free events across the neighbourhood as well as one-off markets, outdoor activations, live music and DJs. Its mission is to bring energy and vitality back to cultural hubs around the city.

Hop between Oxford Art Factory, The Cliff Dive, Harpoon Harry, The Colombian, The Oxford Hotel, Brighton Up Bar, Oxford Circus, Low 302, Shady Pines, The Flinders Hotel, The Beauchamp, Golden Age Cinema & Bar, Hotel Hollywood, Cafe Lounge, The Unicorn and Stonewall, plus more venues to be announced.

“I love Oxford Street. I’ve had some cracking nights there and it’s where I met so many people I now call my best mates,” says Keep Sydney Open director, Tyson Koh. “A report conducted by the Darlinghurst Business Partnership found that bars and clubs took a 33 per cent hit to their turnover after the lockouts, but perhaps more interestingly, daytime business fell by 25 per cent. It shows how far-reaching the effects of lockouts have been on all aspects of the city’s vitality,” he says.

Met Me in Darlo will take place on Saturday October 21 from 3pm to 3.30am. Full line-up coming soon. Get tickets here.