Media Release: 22 November 2022

Family-owned hospitality group Solotel is proud to announce its collaboration with Sydney WorldPride 2023 as the exclusive hospitality partner. Kings Cross Hotel; The Bank, Marly, and Courty in Newtown; The Clock and Goros in Surry Hills; Darlo Bar, Darlinghurst; the soon-to-open Abercrombie in Chippendale; Paddo Inn, Paddington; Barangaroo House; and Opera Bar are the official venues of Sydney WorldPride and set to come alive with spectacular glitz, colour, culture, and fun for all.

Solotel is partnering with some of Sydney’s LGBTQIA+ tastemakers to curate the inclusive and diverse styling, entertainment and music programming across the group’s flagship Sydney WorldPride venues. Each tastemaker will focus on a particular Solotel venue that they already have an affinity with and will ensure it has a unique flair that resonates with its local queer community.

For the fourth year running, Kings Cross Hotel transforms into the iconic Queens Cross Hotel and the team from are curating outstanding experiences of unity, celebration, and glittering love across each of the five levels. The Clock is celebrating love and pride with celebrity guru (and Surry Hills local), Richard Reid. At The Bank, queer party crews Birdcage and Woody’s are taking over while at Goros resident queen, Milan, has some serious fun planned for this late-night haunt. Two queer institutions in Darlo Bar and the inimitable House of Mince are also joining forces. And finally, the Abercrombie (opens late 2022) has Xander Khoury from QTBIPOC collective House Of Silky and Kate Munro going all night across its multiple levels.

While the detailed program will be announced early in the new year, expect a stacked line-up with something happening every night of the 17-day extravaganza. Boozy brunches; A Night of 1000 Kylie’s karaoke; pride trivia; LGBTQIA+ mixers; 90s and 00s dress-up parties; queen-level line-ups of queer DJs and anthems and more. There’s also going to be a lot of partying. A lot.

Elliot Solomon, CEO of Solotel says that being part of Sydney WorldPride 2023 is a privilege and reflects the group’s longstanding kinship with the queer community through its local pubs and bars and its ethos of unity. “Solotel has an incredible local LGBTQIA+ community across so many of our pubs and bars and among our staff. Partnering with Sydney WorldPride 2023 is just one way we can show how much we support them and that we are a safe, fun space for everyone in the queer community to enjoy and get excited to celebrate.”

Albert Kruger, CEO of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras says: “Solotel venues have provided a safe space for LGBTQIA+ people over many years, with institutions like Darlo Bar and The Bank serving as pillars for the local community where we have been able to show up authentically. We’re thrilled to be partnering with a hospitality group whose ethos aligns with our own, while also promoting connection and celebration.”

Gabriel Pinkstone, Sydney WorldPride’s Chief Operating Officer, says: “Solotel’s venues are some of the LGBTQIA+ community’s most-beloved and they are the perfect choice to be Sydney WorldPride’s official hospitality partner. As we look forward to the first WorldPride in the Southern Hemisphere, we are sure that there will be many nights to remember!”

Full details of each venue’s program to be announced early in the new year.