Darlinghurst

Rich in history, Darlinghurst is bustling with restaurants, cafes, bars, theatres and galleries. The glittering parade of the world-famous Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is held every March on Oxford Street. Since beginning as a civil rights march in 1978, Mardi Gras has become one of Sydney’s biggest and brightest events. 

You will also find ‘eat streets’ along Victoria, Oxford and Stanley streets, only minutes from the city centre, as well as the exciting events calendar. A delectable range of restaurants and cafes includes Bar Colluzi, on Victoria Street, a cafe institution. Tropicana Caffe is where the Tropfest short film festival began in 1993.

Peacock costume at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade, Darlinghurst

In laneways and backstreets there are small bars to discover, such as Red Lily Cocktail Bar in Crown Lane and Pocket Bar on Burton Street. The cosy wine bar Love, Tilly Devine  in Crown Lane is named after Matilda ‘Tilly’ Devine, an infamous Darlinghurst madam who fronted one of the notorious 1920s razor gangs.

Eau de Vie mixes tempting cocktails in the Kirketon Hotel, a short walk from Kings Cross Station. Nearby is Nimrod Street, home to the Griffith Theatre Co. at the historic SBW Stables Theatre, where Oscar winner Cate Blanchett has graced the intimate stage. And discover Slide Lounge’s alluring cabaret and Oxford Art Factory’s edgy music.

People enjoying drinks at Love Tilly Devine, Darlinghurst

At the heritage-listed Eternity Playhouse, in Burton Street, the Darlinghurst Theatre Co. puts on evocative performances. Other fascinating attractions include the Sydney Jewish Museum and its free guided tours and the convict-built Darlinghurst Gaol, which is now the National Art School.

Dotted along these inner Sydney streets are an eclectic range of stylish boutiques and commercial galleries. For classic clothing, browse Route 66, which has been operating on Crown Street since 1988. On Liverpool Street, near popular pubs, is Blue Spinach, a boutique of recycled luxury fashion.

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  1. Arthur Boyd: Landscape of the Soul

    Monday 21 January 2019 to Saturday 09 March 2019 , Darlinghurst

    Arthur Boyd: Landscape of the Soul, a three-year nationally touring survey exhibition organised by Bundanon Trust, will premiere at National Art School Gallery, Sydney from 10 January until 9 March 2019 before touring regional institutions…

    21 Jan - 09 Mar
  2. Treasures Illuminated

    Monday 21 January 2019 to Tuesday 31 December 2019 , Darlinghurst

    One of the greatest collections of treasures in the nation’s history comes to life in an extraordinary new “light and sound” show to be unveiled at the Westpac Long Gallery in the Australian Museum. A world of spectacular storytelling and…

    21 Jan - 31 Dec
  3. Designing Bright Futures

    Monday 21 January 2019 to Wednesday 23 January 2019 , Darlinghurst

    Spanning jewellery, textiles, graphics, object, interactive and spatial design these new designers consider social and environmental impacts and speak to their vision of what it means to be a designer today. An exhibition celebrating…

    21 Jan - 23 Jan