QVB After Dark
The heritage-listed Queen Victoria Building, or QVB as most people would know it, has been an iconic feature of Sydney’s CBD since the late-19th century.
Filling an entire city block, its domes, pillars, tiled floors and stained-glass windows make it worth a visit for the Romanesque architecture alone, even without stopping by the shops and restaurants inside.
Throughout August, QVB is opening late and giving the public access to many of the usually off-limits spaces inside.
Every Thursday in August, visitors can take an after-dark tour of the historic building and learn a little of its spooky past, including the tale of Mei Quong Tart, the resident ghost. The one-hour tour, from 8pm, will go behind the scenes into hidden places and passageways, and even upstairs to the open-air rooftop garden.
On Thursday August 22, the building’s many levels will also come to life for QVB After Dark Live, an immersive evening of performance art, live music and storytelling – with cocktails from a pop-up Archie Rose Distillery Co bar. Keep an eye out for performer Missy Gilbert, who’s recently returned from Dark Mofo in Hobart.
Tickets are $50 per person for 45-minute tour including drink at Esquire to finish. Tickets available here.