ARQ: 16 Flinders St, Taylor Square
Sydney’s world-famous gay superclub is charging up for an intensely hot session of Mardi Gras season celebrations that will culminate in two days of typically dazzling recoveries this year. Offering the bold and colourful theme of Cirque du So-Gay, Arq hosts a two-part recovery session as part of its Mardi Gras season parties. At 8am on 3 March doors will open for Recovery Magicians, an uplifting and revitalising day recovery featuring DJs Neal Crawford and Peter Farris in the Arena bar, accentuated by a dance spectacular performance by Lou Lou and her Sideshow Troupe and aerial performances from Ari. The day recovery winds down to a temporary close at 5pm before Arq re-opens to host The Big Top Main Event at 10pm. No recovery in Sydney will boast such a glittering line-up of international stars as this event. Check it out: legendary Australian diva Marcia Hines, Swedish popsters Alcazar and Heaven DJ Jon Dennis will all hit the Arena bar for performances throughout the night, held together by sets from resident DJs Peter Farris and Luke Leal. Meanwhile in the downstairs Vortex bar, DJs Baby Bear and Greg Boladian hit the decks. We really focus on bringing in a superior line-up and for this event we’ve gone for the feel of a European circus, with a flamboyant, creative and entertaining aesthetic that should encompass all senses, Arq general manager Leslea Clements says. The idea behind this is that it’s time for celebration, we exist in a very creative and artistic community and Arq want to help prepare everyone to have all their senses tickled. The night recovery runs from 10pm until 8am and costs $35 in advance from Arq’s Gaming Lounge or from Fantasy Lane on Crown Street and $40 if you buy tickets at the door. Tickets for the Recovery Magicians day recovery are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Arq are also offering a double whammy ticket deal whereby you get access to both the day and night recoveries for just $40 in advance. After all, it pays to have endurance.
QUEER NATION: Home, Cockle Bay Wharf
Serious glamour comes face to face with surreal hilarity at Queer Nation for 10 hours of non-stop partying, 10pm Sunday to 8am Monday. With Verushka Darling and Claire de Lune hosting proceedings, partygoers can be assured they’re in good hands at one of the most luxurious venues in town, Home nightclub. They have four dancefloors to choose from so they’re sure to find the right style of music to suit their party needs. Twelve major Sydney DJs are supplying the beats -“ Alex Taylor, Luke Leal, Jake Kilby, Chip, Garry Tee, Coco, Mandy Rollins, Kelly Lynch, Junior B, Bill Morley, Kate Monroe and Scott Pullen -“ and if previous Queer Nation parties are anything to go by, the big main dancefloor is sure to be going off throughout the night. Advance tickets are $30+BF from Daly Male, House of Priscilla, Karnal Leather, Fish Records Newtown, and Home Bar, $40 on the door, with coatcheck proceeds going to the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation.
BARRACKS: 1-5 Flinders St,
rear lane entrance
If you’re after an event that mixes a spectacular dance and bar venue with some hot, butch and dirty dudes after Mardi Gras, look no further than Barracks Bar. An undisputed icon of the Sydney gay circuit, Barracks Bar is hugely celebrated as a recovery venue as organisers open up all five floors of the Taylor Square Hotel, creating a unique layout that ranges from pool tables in the basement area, a bar in the sub-basement, two dancefloors and atrium seating on the upper floors. For this weekend’s recovery party, Barracks will host no fewer than six DJs, including Tim Jones and Paul Lillie from the UK and local high-flyers Chip, Mike Kelly, Brett Hannath and Mark Alsop. Tickets are $20 at the venue, or $15 for members and concessions. Barracks will be open from 7am on 3 March and maintain the action until very late.
MIDDLE BAR: at Kinselas on Taylor Square
Middle Bar at Kinselas will be pampering us again with its A-grade cocktail bar, palatial deco and perfect Taylor Square views on 3 March. Running from midday until late, the Middle Bar Recovery will be hosted by the gorgeous Kitty Glitter and will grind away the day to sets by DJ Travesty, Richard Weiss, Alex Taylor and David Smith. There will be a happy hour running at the bar from midday until 9pm and fruit platters will be freely available all day. Tickets are $10 (members get in free) or for advance tickets contact Laura via laura@kinselas. com.au. Take note, entry is free before 3pm, so get in early for this one.
M*A*S*H: at Revolution Bar, 225 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst
The M*A*S*H crew are pumping out their now famed deep and dirty beats after the Mardi Gras party via hot local DJ talents Mandy Rollins, Mark Murphy, Sveta, John Ferris, Thao and Reiki Aura. All the action kicks in over the two levels of Revolution, with percussive, tribal and techno sounds carving up the first floor and electro, breakbeat, dub and funk on the second level. Some kicking live performances will be provided by Emagica, Mike Kelly and Mr Flynn on the second floor as well. Doors open at 5pm and the night runs through until 1am with a cover charge of $20 payable at the door.
G.A.Y.: at the Civic Hotel, cnr Goulburn
& Pitt St, City
The G.A.Y. party crew are teaming up with the brilliant team at the art deco venue of the Civic Hotel for a later night recovery on 3 March. Running from 10pm until 8am, this event is sure to entertain the crowds lucky enough to attend via the hostessing talents of Amelia Airhead-Smith, Chelsea Bun, Tess Tickle and Trudi Valentine. The DJ line-up boasts DJs Anthony Whitlock, Bruce Dixon, Jake Kilby, Richard Weiss, Roger Z, Ronnie James and the brilliant, lovable and politically elusive Sean Manley. Sure to be one of the best recovery parties in town, G.A.Y. costs $25 in advance at House Of Priscilla, the Civic, Fantasy Lane in Darlinghurst and Body Bronze on Oxford. Cool.
STONEWALL: 175 Oxford St, Darlinghurst
Keep the Oxford Street post-Mardi Gras vibe alive at the Stonewall Hotel on 3 March at their celebrated Morning Party. The event starts at 10am and offers a host of uplifting DJs. Later that evening at Stonewall is International, a night recovery that kicks off at 8pm and costs $5 for entry. On 4 March Stonewall will then dish out a recovery-recovery called Back Where U Started from midday until late.
LANEWAY: Between Bourke & Flinders St,
The laneway recovery celebrated its return after the last Sleaze Ball and is set to rise again for this year’s post-party celebrations on 3 March. Running between the Beresford Hotel on Bourke Street and the Flinders Hotel on Flinders Street, the laidback event will feature sets by Brett Loi, David Joseph and Justin Scott in the Beresford bar. Free event.
BUMPHER BAR: Burdekin Hotel, cnr Liverpool & Oxford St, Darlinghurst
The Burdekin Hotel hosts a massive recovery on 3 March, showcasing all six of its weekly theme nights over 12 hours and all floors of the hotel. The jewel event of the night will be Bumpher Bar, a girlie club night featuring DJs Calvin, FE, Nicole, Sioux Spears and Kate Monroe.