Sydney’s pop-up Bear Bar returns for Mardi Gras
Bear Bar, the pop-up for bears and their friends, is back in time for Mardi Gras bigger than ever with a packed entertainment line-up.
Organised by the guys behind popular dance party Honey, the bar will once again take-over the top floor of the Burdekin Hotel (2 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst) and will run for nine days from Friday, February 24 to Saturday, March 4.
Alongside the regular pub-based events the entertainment line-up has expanded to include a special Australian wine tasting function run by United Cellars and a walking tour exploring Sydney’s secret gay history.
Bear Bar will also be part of the Oxtravaganza charity event taking over Oxford Street on February 25th and will relocate to the ground floor of the Burdekin for the afternoon.
Jonny Bastin from Honey Productions says: “We’re delighted to be bringing Bear Bar back next year. We love celebrating bear culture during Mardi Gras and welcoming people to Sydney.”
The bar will feature the cream of the Australian bear scene plus some special guests including US DJs Barney Philly and Corey Craig. And SX will once again be hosting Bear Bar’s ‘Search for a Cover Cub’ competition on Thursday, March 2.
Above/top image: Contestants for SX Search for a Cover Cub 2016 at Bear Bar. Photos: Robert Knapman
Bear Bar will continue its community partnerships and has the backing of the GROWLr app, Bear World Magazine, the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation and SX, with Red Bull and BearSkn underwear also coming on board as sponsors this year. Sydney based bear artist duo Corpus Rex will also be showcasing their pop-art at the bar throughout the week.
“Expect nine days of parties, tasty beers, live performances, cool art and charity fundraising,” Bastin said. “It’s been a lot of fun in previous years and we’re really looking forward to seeing everyone again at the bar in 2017.”
The bar will wrap up on March 4 with a massive final party with great views overlooking the Mardi Gras Parade featuring Australian DJs Grant Cook from Melbourne, DJ Roski from Perth and Sydney based DJ/Producer Division 4.
Full details of all the events and ticketing information for the closing Honey party can be found at: www.ilikehoney.com.au/bearbar
Bear Bar runs from February 24 to March 4 at the top floor of the Burdekin Hotel, 2 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst.
SX is a proud sponsor of Bear Bar.
GALLERY: Check out photos from Bear Bar 2016. Photos: Robert Knapman