From The Ace Hotel to Tio's, the Hollywood Quarter Is Hosting a Huge Gig Trail for One Night Only

A haul of Surry Hills venues are inviting guests to come in for free live music and some rocking food and drink deals - for one night of revelry.
Suz Tucker
Published on March 14, 2024

The Hollywood Quarter refers to the wedge of Surry Hills that's made up of just a few streets around the intersection of Campbell and Commonwealth, but those few contain some of the liveliest spots in Sydney. Taking its name from the Hollywood Hotel — a long-standing institution of the precinct where you've probably encountered many a schooner, the neighbouring venues include Ace Hotel Sydney, Paramount House, Alberto's Lounge and Tio's.

They're all joining forces to take part in a special Gig Trail on Saturday, 23 March from 4pm. It's a one-night-only event that involves a curated walk through the neighbourhood for a journey of free live music at the various venues, starring Sydney artists like Charlie Villas, Jono Ma and Kirin J Callinan (scroll down for the full gig list).

Also on show will be some equally rocking deals from the area's many excellent dining establishments, so start scheming up your perfect dinner and a show lineup now.

Alberto's Lounge bar, photographed by Kristoffer Paulsen

The Hollywood Quarter's Gig Trail is part of the state-wide live music initiative Great Southern Nights which is taking Australia's finest musicians and performers to venues across New South Wales, from the Northern Rivers to Wollongong and beyond.

In-Venue Gigs

Ace Hotel Sydney: Charlie Villas and Fried Pork Chop (6pm-12am)
Alberto's Lounge: Fritto Disco Speciale starring Kirin J Callinan (lunch)
Burdekin Hotel: Kingdom Calm ft Burkina Flats & Bakura (7-10pm)
Butter: Cherryrype, Grebel, Izzybops, LXGCY (9pm-12am)
Golden Age Cinema & Bar: Tasman Keith (10pm-1am)
Harry's: Refuge Recording presents SilverStix (7pm-3am)
Hollywood Hotel: The Zoe K Experience (New Orleans Edition) (7pm-1am)
Paramount House Hotel: Jono Ma (5-8pm)
Soda Factory: Soda's House of Fun ft DJ Nino Brown & Friends (7pm-4am)

Food & Drink Specials

Alberto's: Lunch special, 2 course and wine $45 from 12-5pm
Beau: Happy hour from 4pm to 6pm at the bar or laneway
Butter: 3 crispy chicken wings and a Tiger Beer for $20
Gilda's: Open from 5.30pm for a pre-show meal or a drink with snacks
Kiln: Late night snack menu plus DJ tunes
Nel Restaurant: Join Nelly Robinson for his native Australian degustation
Pellegrino 2000: Dine al-fresco, be entertained by the troubadours, and be transported to Italy!
Poly: "Apolytivo" delicious drinks and food at happy hour prices from 5-6pm
The Rover: Happy Hour from 4-6pm with $2 oysters, $6 beers, $6 G&Ts, $10 wine and a $14 spritz
Nomad: Feast al-fresco and be entertained by the troubadours. Book an outside table now.
Tio's: Nachos, live tunes and $12 margarita specials (till sold out)

The Hollywood Quarter's Great Southern Nights Gig Trail starts from 4pm on Saturday, 23 March 2024. For more details visit the precinct website.

Published on March 14, 2024 by Suz Tucker
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