Solotel sparkles this Mardi Gras


The glitter guns are ready as Solotel Group goes into maximum party mode this Mardi Gras. Queens Cross Hotel (normally Kings Cross Hotel), Bank Hotel, and Darlo Bar are the best spots to party in the Cross, Newtown, Darlinghurst, and Surry Hills. Here’s what’s happening…


Kings Cross Hotel renames and becomes Queens Cross Hotel, playing host to some of Sydney’s favourite queens and a raft of DJs and entertainment throughout Mardi Gras. The multi-storey venue transforms into a fabulous dream-like party playground, taking guests inside the rainbow and dialing up the party atmosphere through as much sparkle as possible. There’s also a nod to the nostalgia of the candy-rave PLUR culture of the 90’s.


Next week, warm up with Maxi Shield Gayer than Gay trivia and Mardi Gras Bingo with Felicity Frockaccino. Then, on Saturday 5 March, Queen’s Cross Hotel is THE place to get your glitz and glam on to watch the parade, followed by the Empire Girls afterparty. Recover with Golden Hour on Sunday 6 March.


What: Queens Cross Hotel
Where: Kings Cross Hotel, 244-248 William St, Kings Cross


The Bank hosts a stack of local legends, Queens, Queens and more Queens, plus extra guests this queer festive season. If you're a RuPaul tragic, then don’t miss the Liquor Sisters hosting RuPaul Trivia on Wednesday 2 March at 7pm. Then, watch the parade live from The Bank with DJs and drag entertainment all night. Upstairs in Waywards is BRING IT BACK: The Vogue Night from 9pm featuring DJs Sallvage, Kilimi, Halfqueen and more. After a big parade night, kick back and enjoy some recovery drinks and have a laugh with Chichi & Peachy’s Sunday Sesh.

What: Mardi Gras at The Bank
Where: The Bank, 324 King Street, Newtown


Darlo Bar kicks off Mardi Gras week with Drag Trivia hosted by Fabulous Felicity Frockaccino on 1 March followed by the not-to-be-missed House of Mince Drag Variety Show on the rooftop on Thursday 3 March. Dance to the best handbag hits and queer anthems with LGBTQI DJs on Friday 4 March then catch the parade with commentary by Felicity Frockaccino on Saturday 5 March. Recover from the party of the year on the Darlo rooftop with Vinyl DJs spinning from 3pm.
What: Darlo Bar Does Mardi Gras
Where: Darlo Bar, 306 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst