There's an extra reason to celebrate Mardi Gras this year: the state government has temporarily lifted lockout laws along Oxford Street for the Parade. Businesses on the strip will be able to trade all night long.

The Parade runs from 7pm to 11pm on Saturday March 2. If you're heading down, make sure to choose your side of Oxford Street carefully – once the Parade starts, it's a long walk to cross over.

Bartolo

All-day Italian dining from Jared Merlino, the man behind some of Sydney's best bars.

359 Crown Street, Surry Hills

Brix Distillers

Sydney’s only rum distiller. And the whole process is on show.

352 Bourke Street, Surry Hills

Rey’s Place

Crisp-skin suckling pig, plantain banana fritters and a rum aperitif from Negros Island.

163 Crown Street, Darlinghurst

The Taphouse

The pub is opening all three levels for patrons to watch the Parade, including the rooftop. There will also be a bubble cannon and rainbow cocktails. Best of all: no tickets or bookings required. Just walk in.

122 Flinders Street, Darlinghurst

The Cliff Dive

The tiki-themed club is throwing a rather large party. Entry is free before 10pm, $10 after. Happy hour runs from 8–10pm, with $5 drinks.

16-18 Oxford Square, Darlinghurst

The Soda Factory

The festivities here kick off at 6pm and include Golden Gaytime cocktails; $5 drinks for the first hour; and "Sassy-Fab" DJs. Free entry before 10pm.

16 Wentworth Avenue, Surry Hills

The Beresford Hotel

DJs from 3pm, and upstairs open from 7pm. The Merivale-owned pub is also hosting a recovery brunch on March 4 from midday to 3pm.

354 Bourke Street, Surry Hills

Della Hyde

The bar has put together a special Mardi Gras cocktail menu, featuring six colourful, fruity, vodka-based drinks.

34 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Goodbar

This one's right on Oxford Street, with DJs, toasties and plenty of good drinks.

11a Oxford Street, Paddington

The Unicorn Hotel

Get into the festive spirit with classic pub food and Young Henrys beer, courtesy of the folks from Marys and Porteño.

106 Oxford Street, Paddington

Big Poppa’s

Italian food, drinks and hip-hop served until 3am. Yes.

96 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Shady Pines Saloon

A taxidermy-filled den that's equally about well-made cocktails and straight spirits, bourbon particularly.

Shop 4 256 Crown Street, Darlinghurst

Vacanza Surry Hills

Pizza. Always good fuel for a long night.

414 Bourke Street, Surry Hills

BL Burgers Darlinghurst

Same goes for burgers, especially these monstrous, calorific stacks.

1/151 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Rosie Campbell's

Hearty Caribbean food and plenty of rums to drink with it.

320 Crown Street, Surry Hills

The Dolphin Hotel Dining Room and Wine Room

Ditto for this pizza- and wine-loving pub from the team at Icebergs.

412 Crown Street, Surry Hills

Dead Ringer

A sharp restaurant and bar from the team at Bulletin Place. Naturally, it serves great cocktails.

413 Bourke Street, Surry Hills

Surly's

A low-down, boozy affair with Southern barbeque.

182 Campbell Street, Surry Hills

Casoni

A new pasta dish, every single week, plus Negronis and Aperol Spritzes on tap.

371-373 Bourke Street, Darlinghurst

Chaco Bar

Adventurous yakitori, inspired by the laneway restauraunts of Fukuoka. You can even order chicken hearts, if you love a challenge.

186-188 Victoria Street, Potts Point

Low 302

A comfy cocktail bar that nails drinks, music and service in equal measures.

302 Crown Street, Darlinghurst
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