Inner-city streets across Redfern, Glebe and Darlinghurst will be shut to make room for COVID-safe al fresco dining spaces throughout summer.
January 21, 2022
The City of Sydney is expanding its outdoor dining program by closing down a set of inner-city streets to make room for al fresco dining throughout summer. Several streets in suburbs such as Redfern, Glebe and Darlinghurst will be shut across a number of summer weekends, all to encourage people to visit local restaurants and bars.
The Summer Streets program will make its way around the city throughout January and February, popping up in different spots from 11am until late.
The first weekend of the program will kick off on Darlinghurst Road and Macleay Street on Saturday, January 22, before moving over to Redfern Street on Sunday, January 23. Following this, Crown Street in Surry Hills, Glebe Point Road and Pyrmont's Harris Street will all host their own Summer Streets events.
"Being able to shop, dine or drink on our footpaths and roadways make it easier for us to enjoy those things and support local businesses in a COVID-safe way," City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.
"Expanding outdoor dining remains an essential part of what we're doing to support business through these challenging times. People want to get out of the house and enjoy what Sydney has to offer, safely. We're now closing off entire streets and hope the extra space will give people a safe way to support local businesses and re-engage with their community."
Green Square Plaza will also be getting in on the fun, hosting a nighttime-only extension of Summer Streets from 6pm on Saturday, February 19.
Venues on the participating streets are being encouraged to spice things up during their suburbs' applicable day by adding special deals to the menu or holding one-off events. You can view a program of pop-ups and events happening on each street's specific day at the City of Sydney website.
SUMMER STREETS DATES
Saturday, January 22 — Darlinghurst Road and Macleay Street, Darlinghurst
Sunday, January 23 — Redfern Street, Redfern
Sunday, February 6 — Crown Street, Surry Hills
Saturday, February 12 — Glebe Point Road, Glebe
Saturday, February 19 — Harris Street, Pyrmont and Green Square Plaza, Green Square