So, you’ve been training your rainbow flag-waving arm all through lockdown, your body’s covered in glitter like you’ve just opened an invitation to a super tacky wedding, you’re a little bit tipsy, you’ve got your outfit on (or lack thereof), and now all you need is a place to celebrate the 2021 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade.
…Well look no further because we have the answer! 30 answers to be exact! Why so many, you ask? Because Mardi Gras and Facebook Australia have partnered up and awarded grants to 30 venues across Australia to host Mardi Gras viewing parties.
The dazzling spectacle of Mardi Gras will shine across the nation from outback areas to seaside towns and inner-city hot spots (and for once, we’re not talking the covid kind), on Saturday 6 March 2021.
Along with screening the SBS Parade broadcast live, each venue will feature a show stopping line-up of queer entertainment, from drag shows to live music, comedy and more.
If you’re lucky enough to live in NSW, open your window, throw a glitter covered pebble in any direction and you’ll hit a Mardi Gras Viewing Venue. The venues are:
The Bank Hotel, Newtown
The Bearded Tit, Redfern
Bitter Phew, Darlinghurst
Burdekin Hotel, Darlinghurst
Café Fredas, Darlinghurst
The Colombian Hotel, Darlinghurst
Daniel San, Manly
Darlo Bar, Darlinghurst
Home The Venue, Sydney
Honkas, Potts Point
The Imperial Hotel, Erskineville
The Lass O’Gowrie Hotel, Whickham
Oxford Hotel, Darlinghurst
The Oxford Tavern, Petersham
Palace Hotel, Broken Hill
Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney
The Rainbow Underground, Woonoona
The Shakespeare Hotel, Surry Hills
Stonewall hotel, Darlinghurst
Rex Tamworth and Forum 6 Cinemas, Tamworth
Taylors Rooftop, Sydney
Que Bar, Wagga Wagga
The Wickham Hotel, Newcastle
The Winery, Surry Hills
If you’re from the sunshine state and aren’t passed out from heat exhaustion, go show some of these spots some love:
East Brisbane Bowls Club, East Brisbane
Crystalbrook Flynn, Cairns
Club Southport, Southport
And if you are from Victoria, all I can say is pray and pray HARD that everyone wears their masks so you can make it out in time to shake some a$$ on these dance floors:
Piano Bar, Bendigo
Piano Bar, Geelong
Where ever you are, stay safe, stay smiling and most importantly, stay 1.5 meters away from me.
Imagery: Supplied – Copyright of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.