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As many of our members are already experiencing in their work & social lives, the current COVID-19 pandemic is changing a lot.  

Out of responsibility to our members and venues, we have postponed holding any events until advice from health officials and our venues say otherwise.

We’ve a great  program of events to bring you when we can but for now stay safe and stay in touch.


  • Lifeline on 13 11 14
  • Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800
  • MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978
  • Beyond Blue on 1300 22 46 36
  • Headspace on 1800 650 890
  • Qlife 3PM-MIDNIGHT every day for phone and web chat

Upcoming events

    • 05/03/2021
    • 07:00 - 11:00 (UTC+11:00)

    • 07/03/2021
    • 16:00 - 20:00 (UTC+11:00)
    • Bank Hotel, Newtown, NSW

    Come join us for Bears at the Bank every Sunday and have a drink and enjoy the afternoon in the company of your mates or make new ones.

    Discounted drinks and a fun atmosphere upstairs at Waywards make this a fun afternoon!

    The members' badge draw happens weekly at 6pm.  We will call out a winner drawn from our entire member list, if the winner is not around, the draw will increase by $100 each week until it reaches $500 at which point it must be won!

    We will be handing out door tickets each week to for a members and general admission draw. General admission could win a $25 bar tab and members a $50 bar tab. The hidden card draw is no more.

    If you're new to the Bank, or our events, come along and say hello to the committee member on the door. They can sign up for membership, renew on the spot, and they can introduce you to the regulars at the pub. You might even meet some new friends.

    Entry is free and you do not have to be a member to come along.

    * All of our social media posts are using images taken at our events. If you are ever on our social media posts and wish to be removed, please feel free to contact us!


Volunteering is a great way to get involved with Harbour City Bears, the bear community, getting to know people and help our community at the same time.  There are lots of different ways to volunteer with HCB. You can help out at one of our events, with fundraising, or with the administration of the club. Event volunteers help with setting up, checking tickets, or any of the heaps of tasks that go into making our bear events successful. Volunteers at ticketed events also get free entry to the event.

It’s easy to volunteer with HCB, click on the links to the right.


Bear Buddies is another great way to get involved with Harbour City Bears on another level.

Bear Buddies are volunteers who use their time to ensure people have access into the community.


What is Harbour City Bears?

Harbour City Bears is Sydney’s only community group for bears – hairy gay men – our admirers and friends.

We hold over 140 events each year – with weekly socials, dance parties, dinners and other outings through the year.

  • two annual festivals – Bear Essentials during Mardi Gras, and Bear Pride in the cooler months, which attract visitors from interstate and overseas to celebrate Sydney’s vibrant bear culture.
  • dance parties including Chunky, Bear Pit and the iconic Underbear.
  • socials every Friday night at Kinselas Hotel in Darlinghurst and Sunday afternoon at The Bank Hotel in Newtown.
  • Press Paws, a monthly gaymer event
  • community health & well-being events
  • fundraising for community charities

The proceeds from our events and fundraising are all invested back into the club, or donated to the community charities that we support.

Why join Harbour City Bears?

Joining our community group will provide you with many benefits, including but not limited to.

  • an extensive list of partners, which will gain you benefits and discounts upon joining
  • exclusive member tickets are given out at our weekly socials on Fridays and Sundays
  • discounts on some drinks at Kinselas Hotel any day of the week
  • discounts on all member tickets and entry prices for all events we hold throughout the year
  • access to member only events when held
  • priority notification of upcoming events and ticket sales through our member only newsletter
  • voting rights at our annual general meetings, allowing you to shape the future of the club

For information regarding our partners, weekly socials, and upcoming events, please visit the links below!



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