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Sydney’s pop-up Bear Bar is finally here! Here's the full line-up
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Sydney’s pop-up Bear Bar is finally here! Here's the full line-up

CREATED ON // Tuesday, 21 February 2017 Author // SX Team

Sydney’s pop-up Bear Bar re-opens its doors this Friday for another action packed nine days of fun events.

As well as the pub style nights the entertainment line-up this Mardi Gras includes some special events geared to visitors to Sydney, including an Australian wine tasting run by United Cellars and a walking tour exploring Sydney’s secret gay history.

 

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Organiser Jonny Bastin from Honey Productions told SX: “It very exciting to be running our fourth pop-up up Bear Bar, the second on top of the Burdekin Hotel. We really enjoy celebrating bear culture during Mardi Gras. This year we expect lots of interstate and overseas visitors too.

“Our entertainment line-up includes US DJ Barney Philly and queer rapper Rica Shay from LA; plus we have DJ Grant Cook and comedian Dean Arcuri from Melbourne and DJ Roski from Perth.

 

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“We’re proud that the bar has established itself as a focal point of the Australian bear community during the Mardi Gras celebration; this year we have barmen flying in from Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane as well to work alongside our local Sydney guys,” Bastin added.

Festivities wrap up with a massive Mardi Gars Parade Party on March 4, overlooking Oxford Street with great views of the parade.

Bastin says: “Come and join us to celebrate Mardi Gras with the bears!”

 

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Bear Bar is on Febaruary 24 to March 4 The Burdekin Hotel (top floor), 2 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst. For more details, visit the Bear Bar website here

 

What’s on at Bear Bar!

 

Friday 24 February 

 

Corpus Rex Gallery 
5pm
Sydney-based arts duo Corpus Rex launch their first solo show at 5pm. Expect cool pop-art, comic book artworks and lots of inspiration. The works will be on display for the full 9 days. FREE entry

 

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Above: Corpus Rex 

 

Kick Off Party 
7pm
Bear Bar’s Mardi Gras celebrations start in style with this massive opening night party presented by Red Bull. Enjoy special cocktail, plus fun tunes from two of the best party DJs around: Mike Kelly and Colin Gaff. FREE entry.

 

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Above: Colin Gaff

 

Saturday 25 February

 

Oxtravaganza 
12pm
Bear Bar moves to the ground floor of the Burdekin for an afternoon of fun as Oxtravaganza takes over Oxford Street. The doors open early for this charity fundraising event for the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation. Enjoy a "beer bust", buy a raffle ticket and have a spin on the "Chocolate Wheel" with tunes from Josh Kirkby. Entry by gold coin donation

 

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Bear Box 
5pm
It’s Saturday night so get off the apps and get to Bear Bar; you could meet the bear or cub of your dreams. Pop them a message in Bear Bar’s special post box and let things develop! With fun tunes by DJ Hamo. FREE entry

 

Sunday 26 February 

 

Cubby Hole 
5pm
Direct from Los Angeles to Sydney to celebrate Mardi Gras, join queer rapper, hip-hop artist and dancer Rica Shay for a sexy night of glamourous performance and mayhem. Self-described as the “love child of Boy George and Eminen”, this CUBBY HOLE is worth exploring. Plus Perth DJ Roski on the decks with shows from 7pm. FREE entry

 

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Above: Rica Shay 

 

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Above: DJ Roski

 

Monday 27 February

 

Pool Comp 
5pm
Grab a beer and sink some balls with the bears in this popular pool competition. Australian pool rules apply with cool prizes for hot shots! Register to play from 6pm. FREE entry

 

Tuesday 28 February

 

Forbidden – Gay History Walking Tour 
4pm
Uncover gay Sydney’s hidden secrets and dark past in this 2 hour walking tour with the bears and cubs. Starting at Hyde Park and ending up at Bear Bar with a refreshing complimentary beer. And free pizza. Everyone is welcome! Tickets $25 + booking fee; meet 4pm at Hyde Park Barracks

Fat Tuesday 
5pm
Bears love pizza! It’s Mardi Gras (or Fat Tuesday) so enjoy a complimentary slice or two at Bear Bar! Pizza, beers and bears make for a perfect night out! FREE entry & free pizza

 

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Wednesday 1 March

 

Wine Tasting with United Cellars 
4pm
Join the wine experts from United Cellars and hirsute Sommelier Peter Marchant for a wine tasting at Bear Bar, exploring three of Australia's best wine regions. You’ll get to taste some of the best Aussie wines, served with a selection of gourmet cheeses. Tickets $45 + booking fee

 

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Above: Peter Marchant

 

Aussie Party 
5pm
Enjoy the latest Australian tunes from the hottest up and coming local EDM talents like SAFIA, Flume and Rüfus at Bear Bar’s Aussie-themed party. Have a schooner or two with the pre-party crowd – the perfect way to get in the mood for HCB’s Underbear later that night. FREE entry

 

Thursday 2 March 

 

SX’s Search for a Cover Cub 
5pm
Join our host, comedian Dean Arcuri from Melbourne, as we search for our very own Cover Cub. Do you have what it takes to be on the cover of SX? This is your chance to strut your stuff and win some great prizes too. With tunes from OX Radio’s DJ Matt Green. FREE entry

 

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Above: Dean Arcuri

 

Friday 3 March 

 

Tourist Trap 
5pm
Bear Bar's welcome party for our overseas guests is your chance to meet and greet all the hotties in town for Mardi Gras. With great tunes from multi-award winning DJ Mark Alsop MA15+ from 7pm and American DJ Barney Philly from 10pm. FREE entry

 

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Above: Mark Alsop

 

Saturday 4 March 

 

Bear Bar’s Mardi Gras Party 
5pm
Celebrate Mardi Gras with the Bears, at the best party on the strip with amazing views over Oxford Street of the world famous Mardi Gras Parade. With 3 great Australian DJs pumping out fun upbeat tunes all night: Grant Cook (Melbourne), DJ Baby Bear (Sydney) and Division 4 (Sydney). Limited tickets, $30 + booking fee

 

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Above: Baby Bear

 

Happy Hour & Food

 

At Bear Bar, it’s Happy Hour each night from 6pm to 8pm 5-7pm, plus we’ll be serving $10 pizzas all night long.

 

Bear Bar is on Febaruary 24 to March 4 The Burdekin Hotel (top floor), 2 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst. For more details, visit the Bear Bar website here

 

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