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Ben Hansen

Ben Hansen is the Junior Editor at Concrete Playground. Ben is Sydney's biggest advocate — a passionate supporter of the city's hospitality and art scenes. You can catch him sipping a negroni at your local bar, barracking for the Eels at CommBank Stadium or on your radio as host of FBi Radio's Mornings every Wednesday.

Favourite restaurant in Sydney: Baba's Place. Minimal-intervention wines, inventive eats, great tunes, friendly staff and a love for all things suburban, all hidden in a Marrickville warehouse. What more could you want?

  • Eight Unmissable Events to Add to Your Schedule for Mardi Gras 2024

    Free dance parties, a side-splitting comedy fest, the southern hemisphere's biggest vogue ball and 'Murder on the Dancefloor' on Bondi Beach — they're all part of the 2024 Mardi Gras lineup.

  • Burdekin Rooftop Parade Viewing Party

    Saturday 2nd March
    @ Burdekin Hotel

  • Mardi Gras Laneway

    Sunday 3rd March
    @ The Beresford

  • Absolut X

    Friday 23rd February - Sunday 25th February
    @ The House of Music & Booze

  • Queer Records Pop-Up at Ace Hotel

    Saturday 17th February
    @ Good Chemistry

  • White Bay Power Station's Restoration Is Officially Complete Before It Reopens as an Arts Venue in March

    The historic power station will open to visitors for the first time in 40 years as an artistic, cultural and community hub.

  • Influential Inner West Cafe Cornersmith Is Closing Down at the End of February

    The beloved Annandale cafe is shutting its doors — but the team promises "Cornermsith isn't over!".

  • Groovin the Moo Has Cancelled All of Its 2024 Dates, Citing Insufficient Ticket Sales

    Big sad news from the beloved touring music festival, which was set to return in April with a lineup featuring GZA, Melanie C, The Kooks and Jet.

  • Casa Esquina Is Balmain's Friendly New Argentinian Restaurant From the Tequila Mockingbird Team

    Affordable midweek meals, whole suckling pig, South American wines, and a Fernet-Branca and Coke cocktail — they're all on offer in the former Efendy space.

  • Two Queers Comedy Festival

    Friday 16th February - Thursday 29th February
    @ Various Sydney venues

  • Maiz Has Moved Its Vibrant Mexican Eats and Bottomless Brunch to a Sleek New Enmore Road Space

    Maiz 2.0 brings weekend brunch with loaded tortas, an affordable set menu and a special Yulli's corn cerveza to the old Hartsyard digs.

  • Sydney Lunar Festival

    Saturday 10th February - Sunday 25th February
    @ Chinatown

  • Now Open: The Lower North Shore Has Welcomed Its Latest BYO Stunner Niche Mosman

    This crowd-pleasing breakfast joint offering bottomless rosé brunch transforms into a cosy neighbourhood diner with brown butter swordfish and $8 happy hour wines as the sun sets.

  • A Blueprint for Ruins

    Wednesday 20th December - Sunday 12th May
    @ White Rabbit Gallery

  • The Cantina OK! Team Has Nailed the Brief Once Again with Its Expansive New CBD Cocktail Bar Centro 86

    A top-secret Pitt Street basement has been transformed into a bustling underground cantina with one-of-a-kind cocktails until 2am, seven days a week.

  • Now Open: Tanuki Is Double Bay's Fun-Loving New Izakaya with an Ex-Sushi e Chef at the Helm

    The Matteo team has opened another Bay Street winner with this vibrant new Japanese bar and diner.

  • E-Scooters Could Finally Be Legalised in NSW with Sydney's First Trial Kicking Off in Kogarah

    Sydney's first official e-scooter trial is currently underway, with 60 Beam scooters being introduced to south Sydney.

  • There's Something for Everyone at Clarence Street's New Basement Cocktail Bar Now and Then

    Pét-nats and sage-infused spritzes meet shandys and sherry cobblers at the new subterranean spot from the Door Knock team.

  • Massive New 104-Seat Peruvian Restaurant Callao Has Just Opened Its Doors in Barangaroo

    Callao is the stunning new Nikkei diner that's bringing a crudo- and steak-heavy menu to Barangaroo Avenue.

  • Newtown's Highly Anticipated New Underground Live Music and Cocktail Bar Is Finally Opening in February

    The Odd Culture Group is opening Pleasure Club just off King Street — with a 4am license and cocktails from Re's Matt Whiley.

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