Accor, Australia’s largest hotel operator, and our very own Official Accommodation Partner here at A Modern Gay’s Guide, is celebrating Mardi Gras HARD in 2024, with an abundance of sensational activations right across their hotels, bars and restaurants…talk about a big hotel slay!

After kick-starting their 2024 LGBTQIA+ community support with an authentic and tangibly supporting presence at the 2024 Melbourne/Naarm Midsumma Carnival, they’re doing it all again for Sydney Pride, only this time, bigger, gayer and even more ferociously fabulous than ever before!

With so many fantastic activations across their 400+ hotels & bars, we’ve narrowed this one down to our top 3 picks (…and in no particular order!).

1. Un-Hyde your pride 

Level up your Mardi Gras experience with the most fabulous Mardi Gras party in Sydney! 

Get ready as Pullman Sydney Hyde Park celebrates love and equality with an unforgettable night of music, dancing, and fabulous fun. With front row access to the starting point of the iconic Mardi Gras parade, free flowing drinks, roaming bites, DJs & good vibes, come out and let’s put on a show!

So, gather your crew, put on your best outfit and make memories together at this spectacular Mardi Gras pre-game party at Pullman Sydney Hyde Park on Saturday 2nd March 2024, 5pm – 9pm! 

WHERE: Pullman Sydney Hyde Park

WHEN: Saturday 2nd March 2024, 5pm – 9pm


2. Mee So & Mardi Gras

With free entry, your guaranteed pre-parade vibes feature entertainment from renowned DJ Victoria Anthony, plus an exclusive Mardi-gras inspired cocktail and food menu. 

At the vibrant and colourful Mee So bar just minutes from the official parade starting point on Wentworth Avenue in Sydney, from 2pm Saturday 2nd March, dance to the beats amongst neon lights, sip on cocktails, bite on baos and feel the vibes of our future!

WHERE: Mee So Bar
WHEN: Saturday 2nd March 2024, 2pm +


3. Drag Star Bingo

Join the fun at the contemporary Hotel Morris Bar for flirtatious fun with the fabulous drag star, Dakota Fann’ee. 

Entrance to the luxuriant bar includes 10 bingo tickets and you get the chance to take home some spectacular prizes!

Taking place from midday to 2pm on March 2nd, you won’t want to miss out this exuberant event!

WHERE: Hotel Morris, Sydney
WHEN: Saturday 2nd March 2024, 12pm-2pm


If you’re less about events, and more just want to sit back and enjoy a Mardi Gras inspired cocktail, then The Porter House have you covered!

There’s no tickets needed, and no event times to worry about, instead, just head to the bar and enjoy either the FLORA & FLORA cocktail, a Mardi Gras cocktail inspired by the first owner of Porter House – Mr. Hugh Dixson, who’s noted as a Horticulturist supporting cultivation and the study of science of natural history. 

The herb-infused FLORA & FLORA cocktail combines the mint gin with hibiscus tea, rose syrup and edible flowers, creating a vibrant flavour that adds a unique twist to the Mardi Gras celebration.

While you’re there, you can also enjoy the ‘TRADE WINDS’ Mardi Gras cocktail which “acknowledges our past, but encourages us to envision what comes next.”

Both equally as delicious as they are iconic. Get in quick, before the Modern Gay’s Guide team go in and drink the place dry…would be rude not to!

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was written in (paid) partnership with Accor. A partnership that supports the free distribution of this magazine in capital cities right around Australia. A big hotel slay if we do say so ourselves.


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