On Saturday March 7, Oxford Street will transform for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade. Every year, spectators from across the globe bring Sydney city to a standstill as they cheer displays of love, satire and joy in the name of pride. Where to for drinks? We’ve curated a list of new and old favourites at which to enjoy the celebrations.
This Art Deco pub in Surry Hills has historically brimmed with Mardi Gras revellers. With a festive atmosphere and a courtyard, the Beresford is a natural choice for a daytime or pre-parade drink. There are events before, afterward and the next day.
Lo-Fi is centre stage to all the Oxford Street action, with an enviable balcony and a view to match. Sitting between Johnny Wong’s Dumpling Bar and the Standard Bowl, Lo-Fi’s large space has high tables, stools, and nooks and crannies to hide in. It attracts a crowd and if you land yourself a spot on the balcony, you should stay put.
Pocket Bar offers old-school cocktails, plush sofas and a mean wine list. Just 100 meters back from Oxford Street on the Darlinghurst side, this popular bar will fill up fast during Mardi Gras, so we recommend getting in early.
Darlo Bar is a terrific corner pub. With pool tables, fairy lights, draft beer and a terrace upstairs, it's worth a visit over the Mardi Gras weekend. Its laid back, eclectic charm gives it broad appeal and it gets busy very quickly. Beware, it does close at midnight.
Sailors and Mardi Gras? Hello! This nautical-themed bar and eatery is in a prime spot. The eatery is serving more than just fish and chips at street level, and with an intimate, cocktail-winning basement bar below, Hello Sailor is shore worth a visit.
Home to one of Australia’s most extensive beer lists, a charming atmosphere and roof garden, the Local Taphouse is definitely worth a whirl over Mardi Gras weekend. With a cosy feel, replete with vintage books and empty birdcages and a bar menu of gourmet burgers and pizza, this boutique beerhouse will be buzzing.
With a sense of nostalgia and all the elements that mark a classic pub, the Cricketers Arms is sure to draw a crowd for Mardi Gras. With a colourful collection of ephemera and graffitied toilets, stop by before sundown to secure your spot in the indoor / outdoor courtyard.
Cliff Dive is a whole heap of silly, late-night fun and what better night to visit than Mardi Gras. With excellent proximity to Oxford Street (Darlinghurst side), Cliff Dive has cans of beer and tropical cocktails bundled into a Pacific kitsch vibe. Open late, Cliff Dive’s tropical dance floor will be cheering Mardi Gras crowds all through the weekend.