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Bear Essentials Events

    • 18 Feb 2024
    • 3 Mar 2024
    • Assorted venues
    • 0

    Party Pack

    If you're visiting Sydney, or just want to party hard during Bear Essentials, we're offering a limited number of party packs that contains the tickets you'll need for the main events, as well as a selection of the other events.

    The party pack includes a ticket to:

    You'll also get a gift bag with some great Bear Essentials goodies, and an exclusive t-shirt!

    Party Packs go on sale at the same time as individual tickets.

    • 22 Feb 2024
    • 11:00 - 16:00
    • Little Congwong Beach, La Perouse

    Bare Paws at Little Congwong Beach

    Sun, sand, ocean spray and surrounded by hot bears... Sounds rather delightful, doesn't it?

    Little Congwong Beach is one of the sparkling jewels in Sydney's collection of stunning beaches. Join us as the big fellas at Harbour City Bears pull up a spot of sand to laze the day away.

    Shade may be a little hard to come by, so we recommend an umbrella or hat. Free sunscreen is available from the organisers near the bear flags.

    There are 2 beach visits. This one is at Little Congwong Beach, La Perouse. Check the event dates to ensure you're turning up at the correct beach on the correct date.

    Please note:

    • There is a fair, approximately 15 minute walk from the beach entry to Little Congwong Beach and there are some steps involved. Please take this into consideration if you have mobility concerns. Please also refer to our accessibility information.
    • Toilets are available near the bus stop.
    • Little Congwong Beach is unofficially clothing optional. Harbour City Bears will not be held liable in the event you receive a fine.
    Where? Little Congwong Beach
    Beach entry at 1532R Anzac Parade, La Perouse
    When? Thursday 22 February 2024
    11am to 4pm
    How Much? Free, no registration required
    What to bring? Hat, sunglasses, towel, sunscreen, food & drink, bag for taking your rubbish home
    • 23 Feb 2024
    • 19:00 - 22:00
    • Ginger's Bar, The Oxford, Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
    • 19
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    Big'n'Burly Ca'bear'et!

    Join us at Ginger's for the Big'n'Burly Ca'bear'et. Showcasing the best of the raw creativity of the bear community.

    While you're enjoing the performances, also enjoy a variety of delicious canapés included in your ticket price.

    We've got a plethora of performances, including dazzling drag, spectacular songs and music, and classic comedy. The evening will entertain, delight and tickle your senses.

    Auslan interpreter will be present on the night!

    Where? Ginger's
    Upstairs at The Oxford Hotel
    134 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
    When? Friday 23 February 2024
    7pm to 10pm
    How Much? $50 for members
    $50 for kindred members
    $55 for non-members
    $65 on the door (if not sold out)
    • 23 Feb 2024
    • 19:00
    • The Oxford, Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

    Furry Friday

    Furry Friday at the Oxford Hotel is Harbour City Bears' weekly meetup for bear men and their admirers.

    Come for the beers and stay for the dancing and belly rubs to the vibrant beats from both local and visiting DJs.

    We will be running prize draws for members at 8pm, 9pm, 10pm and 11pm on the ground floor. Remember to flash your member card when buying drinks and food to take advantage of the specials listed at the door! Non-members also welcome.

    Where? The Oxford Hotel
    134 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
    When? Friday 23 February 2024
    7pm to 4am
    How Much? Free, no registration required
    • 24 Feb 2024
    • 11:00 - 13:00
    • Hung Cheung, 338 Marrickville Road, Marrickville
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    Yum Cha Brunch with the Bears

    Chow down on brunch at Marrickville's favourite Yum Cha restaurant, Hung Cheung. We invite you to experience the timeless tradition of Yum Cha, where the art of dim sum meets the joy of brunch.

    Our Yum Cha brunch is a feast for both the eyes and the palate. Feast on an exquisite selection of steamed dumplings, savory buns, and crispy spring rolls - vegetarian options are available. Green tea is included in your ticket, with other drinks available to purchase.

    Join us for a leisurely 2-hour weekend brunch and discover the joy of Yum Cha.

    Where? Hung Cheung
    338 Marrickville Road, Marrickville
    When? Saturday 24 February 2024
    11am to 1pm
    How Much? $55 for members
    $55 for kindred members
    $60 for non-members

    Please note that we need to finalise numbers 7 days before the event, so no cancellations will be possible after 16 February 2024.

    • 24 Feb 2024
    • 13:00
    • Miss Wolf, 285 Marrickville Road, Marrickville


    Cocktails with the Bears

    Relax after brunch in Marrickville's newest LGBTQIA+ bar!

    Once we're finished with brunch, we'll cross the road to Miss Wolf Marrickville. They're opening early for the bears to relax and continue the fun.

    Special guest Felicity Frockaccino will be keeping us entertained for a great, laid back afternoon.

    Where? Miss Wolf
    285 Marrickville Road, Marrickville
    When? Saturday 24 February 2024
    1pm onwards
    How Much? Free, no registration required
    • 25 Feb 2024
    • 16:00 - 23:00
    • The Town Hall Hotel, Newtown

    Hump Day at The Townie

    Congratulations, you've made it halfway through Bear Essentials 2024!

    For those of you who aren't already napping in preparation for the super busy week ahead, our friends at The Townie in Newtown are hosting us for our regular Sunday afternoon meet up.

    Harbour City Bears regular home bar on a Sunday, The Town Hall Hotel in Newtown (affectionately known as The Townie) is where you can head to wind down after a busy weekend.

    With plenty of seating on the level 1 Midway Bar and the rooftop Cactus Bar, The Townie is a great place to rest your feet and order pub grub direct to your table via the Me&u app on your phone, or order at the bar.

    The Townie is conveniently located directly outside Newtown Train Station.

    Where? The Town Hall Hotel
    326 King Street, Newtown
    When? Sunday 25 February 2024
    from 3pm to 11pm.
    How Much? Entry is free! No need to register.
    • 26 Feb 2024
    • 11:00 - 16:00
    • Obelisk Beach, Mosman

    Bare Paws at Obelisk Beach

    Sun, sand, ocean spray and surrounded by hot bears... Sounds rather delightful, doesn't it?

    Obelisk Beach is one of the sparkling jewels in Sydney's collection of stunning beaches. Join us as the big fellas at Harbour City Bears pull up a spot of sand to laze the day away.

    Shade may be a little hard to come by, so we recommend an umbrella or hat. Free sunscreen is available from the organisers near the bear flags.

    There are 2 beach visits. This one is at Obelisk Beach, Mosman. Check the event dates to ensure you're turning up at the correct venue on the correct date.

    Please note:

    • There is a short, approximately 3 minute walk from the beach entry to Obelisk Beach and there are some steps involved. Please take this into consideration if you have mobility concerns. Please also refer to our accessibility information.
    • Obelisk Beach is clothing optional. Feel free to wear as little or as much as you want while you are on the beach.
    Where? Obelisk Beach, Mosman
    When? Monday 26 February 2024
    11am to 4pm
    How Much? Free, no registration required
    What to bring? Hat, sunglasses, towel, sunscreen, food & drink, bag for taking your rubbish home
    • 27 Feb 2024
    • 17:00
    • 28 Feb 2024
    • 23:30
    • Astro's Arcade Bar, 22 King Street, Newtown
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    Retro Arcade Night

    As we celebrate "Our Future", turn back time to our past, for our retro arcade night!

    Harbour City Bears is taking over Astro's Arcade Bar in Newtown! We've unlocked the machines, cranked the retro tunes, and put on some classic-trashy 80s and 90s movies on the big screens!

    Arcade Extravaganza: The arcade has dozens of classic retro arcade machines which are all unlocked for free play from 5pm to midnight, including all your favourites: Mortal Kombat 2, Frogger, Double Dragon, Bubble Bobble and more. There's also classic video game consoles with a selection of games, so you can firmly grip your joystick and have sticky fun with some bears and cubs!

    Pinball Wizards: For those yearning for the nostalgic click of flippers, there's plenty of pinball machines! They're so retro that they're still coin-operated at $1 per game, and not included in the free-game unlock. Classic machines include: Star Wars, Ghostbusters and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

    Retro Tunes: Everybody Dance Now! We've got a huge playlist of 80s and 90s hits playing all night, so dance like it's 1989 to the retro radio grooves.

    Classic & Trashy Movies: Take a break from your games to catch some classic 80s and 90s tv and movies of variable quality on the big screen! You can rekindle your childhood PTSD with Artax and Atreu in the Swamp of Sadness, get into a weird space-van with Pee Wee Herman, visit the far future of 2015, have something deep in you awoken by Bowie lovingly caressing his crystal balls, and get trapped in a variety of video game worlds! These movies and several more too trash to mention will be on the big screens both up and downstairs, all night.

    Pizza Delights: Refuel your gaming with pizza included in your ticket price, from the always excellent Rocketboy.

    Astro's Arcade Bar boasts an extensive selection of craft beers, starting from $13. Or indulge in fabulously themed retro pop-culture cocktails and mocktails priced from $20.

    Ticket numbers are strictly limited to make sure there's plenty of machines to go around, so get in quick to get yours!

    Where? Astro's Arcade Bar
    22 King Street, Newtown
    When? Tuesday 27 February 2024
    5pm to 11:30pm
    How Much? $20 for members
    $20 for kindred members
    $25 for non-members
    $30 on the door (if not sold out)
    • 28 Feb 2024
    • 21:00
    • 29 Feb 2024
    • 03:00
    • Space Nightclub, Liverpool Street, Sydney
    • 456
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    Underbear

    Get ready to party hard at Harbour City Bears' infamous Underbear party. Many have tried but none have succeeded in copying our friendly, fun and sexy extravaganza!

    Dance to some of the hottest beats served up to you by Australia's leading DJ talent as the Bears take over Space Nightclub. You're invited to take part in a night of lasers, sweaty bodies, hot visuals and LOUD music.

    We will have 2 rooms with different DJs and music styles for you to get down to your jocks and dance the night away.

    MAIN ROOM

    •  - 9pm – 11pm – Division 4
    •  - 11pm – 1am – Sveta
    •  - 1am – 3am – Jonny Seymour

    ARSE OUT DISCO

     - 9pm -3pm - Damien Mack & Darren Hanna (both direct fr Melb)

    Tickets always sell quick, be sure to get yours before they sell out! This is one party not to be missed!

    Where? Space Nightclub
    Above the Shark Hotel
    Level 2, 127 Liverpool Street, Sydney
    When? Wednesday 28 February 2024
    9pm to 3am
    How Much? $50 for members
    $50 for kindred members
    $60 for non-members
    $65 on the door (if not sold out)
    • 29 Feb 2024
    • 03:00
    • Sydney Sauna, Level 1, 38-42 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

    Underbear Afterparty

    If you've finished at Underbear and want to keep partying, Sydney Sauna is hosting the official Underbear Afterparty.

    Keep your Underbear wristband on for discounted entry!

    Where? Sydney Sauna
    Level 1, 38-42 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
    When? Thursday 29 February 2024
    1am until late
    How Much? $20 if you have an Underbear wristband

    Entry is paid on the door, no need to pre-register.

    • 29 Feb 2024
    • 19:00
    • 1 Mar 2024
    • 00:00
    • Sydney City Steam, 357 Sussex Street, Sydney
    • 119
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    Sauna Party at Sydney City Steam

    Whether you're relaxing in the spa or cruising the corridors, that woofer you're looking for could be around the next corner, at Harbour City Bears' (infamous?) Sauna Party.

    The top floor is a bar and chill out area where you can relax with a beverage. Drinks are assigned to your locker number for easy payment on your way out. Fresh towels are available from the counter at the entry.

    Harbour City Bears are proud partners of ACON, NSW's community health organisation for diverse sexualities, inclusion and genders. Stay up to date with your STI checkups, PREP and vaccinations and have fun!

    Where? Sydney City Steam
    357 Sussex Street, Sydney
    When? Thursday 29 February 2024
    7pm to Midnight
    How Much? $25 for members
    $25 for kindred members
    $29 for non-members
    $29 on the door (if not sold out)

    Please note that the elevator at Sydney City Steam is currently unavailable and may not be repaired in time for our party.

    • 1 Mar 2024
    • 18:00 - 21:00
    • Cook + Phillip Pool, 4 College Street, Sydney
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    Wet Furr Pool Party

    It's time to splash out on a new pair of Speedos or boardies, because Wet Furr is here!

    Escape the heat in the Cook and Phillip Pool. Drinks and snacks are available in the courtyard and are included the ticket price. Don't forget that you can wander down to Furry Friday at The Oxford Hotel as well if you feel like relaxing with a beverage afterwards. Just keep your wristband on for priority entry!

    Light refreshments will also be served, so make sure to buy your tickets now… this event will definitely sell out!

    Where? Cook + Phillip Park Pool
    4 College St, Sydney
    When? Friday 1 March 2024
    6pm to 9pm
    How Much? $30 for members
    $30 for kindred members
    $35 for non-members
    • 1 Mar 2024
    • 19:00
    • The Oxford, Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

    Furry Friday at The Oxford

    Furry Friday at the Oxford Hotel is Harbour City Bears' weekly meetup for bear men and their admirers.

    Come for the beers and stay for the dancing and belly rubs to the vibrant beats from both local and visiting DJs.

    We will be running prize draws for members at 8pm, 9pm, 10pm and 11pm on the ground floor. Remember to flash your member card when buying drinks and food to take advantage of the specials listed at the door! Non-members also welcome.

    Where? The Oxford Hotel
    134 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
    When? Friday 1 March 2024
    7pm to 4am
    How Much? Free, no registration required
    • 2 Mar 2024
    • 16:00
    • Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
    • 0

    Harbour City Bears Parade Entry

    Click here to register

    Glamour, glitz and VERY loud music - the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade is the largest event of its kind for the LGBTQIA+ community in the southern hemisphere!

    Our Future is looking bright, as we march down Oxford St to celebrate the inclusivity and uniqueness that makes up our community.

    You are strong. You matter. Most of all, you absolutely DO belong. Get out there and make yourself proud.

    In 2024, the Harbour City Bears float in the Sydney Mardi Gras is teaming up with the United Bears of Australasia, showcasing bear clubs from all around Australia & New Zealand. Bears from all across the nation and the world are welcome to participate and march, dance and celebrate with your furry brethren.

    Where? Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
    When? Saturday 25 February
    How Much? $50 for members
    $50 for kindred members

    To register, click here and fill in the form. We'll contact you once registrations are closed.

    As there are a large number of requests to march, we can't accommodate everyone. The marchers will be chosen randomly from those registered, up to the maximum number permitted by Mardi Gras.

    Registered marchers will receive an information pack with all the crucial information closer to the date.

    • 3 Mar 2024
    • 15:00
    • The Town Hall Hotel, Newtown

    Farewell Bears at the Townie

    Congratulations, you've made it to the end of Bear Essentials 2024 and Mardi Gras! If you're not totally shagged out by now, we're having one last hurrah at The Townie in Newtown for our regular Sunday afternoon meet up.

    Harbour City Bears regular home bar on a Sunday, The Town Hall Hotel in Newtown (affectionately known as The Townie) is where you can head to wind down after a busy fortnight.

    With plenty of seating on the level 1 Midway Bar and the rooftop Cactus Bar, The Townie is a great place to rest your feet and order pub grub direct to your table via the Me&u app on your phone, or order at the bar.

    The Townie is conveniently located directly outside Newtown Train Station.

    Where? The Town Hall Hotel
    326 King Street, Newtown
    When? Sunday 3 March 2024
    from 3pm until 11pm.
    How Much? Entry is free! No need to register.

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