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Surry Thrills Is the Two-Week Festival Taking Over Surry Hills' Best Restaurants, Bars, Hotels and Cinemas

Some of the big names involved include the Ace Hotel, Chin Chin, Golden Age, Nomad, Pellegrino 2000 and Poly.
By Ben Hansen
August 26, 2022
By Ben Hansen
August 26, 2022

Surry Hills is home to some of Sydney's finest and most beloved restaurants, bars, pubs, hotels and cinemas — from shiny new spots to historic stalwarts. In order to celebrate this bustling suburb, a two-week festival of food, drink, music, art and just about anything else you could imagine is popping up in September.

Surry Thrills encourages downtown Surry Hills venues to flex what they've got and put on enticing one-off events throughout the 16-day program. Think long lunches, wine tastings, big-name collaborations, bar takeovers, artist talks, art exhibitions, live music and a whole bunch more.

There's a heap of names attached to the festival, both big and small. You can expect pop-ups and events from the likes of the Ace Hotel, Alberto's, Butter, Chin Chin, the China Heights Gallery, D.O.C, Gildas, Golden Age Cinema & Bar, Hollywood Hotel, Harry's, Nomad, Paramount House Hotel, Pellegrino 2000, Poly, The Soda Factory and Tio's Cerveceria — all of which are within walking distance of each other.

Alberto Lounge, Kitti Gould

"Our vision is to link all of the incredible businesses together, unite the Downtown Surry Hills precinct and to highlight the depth and breadth of creativity in this unique and diverse precinct," Brett Robinson of The Point Group said. "We've enjoyed being a part of this great community for many years, and to lead the way highlighting these sensational people and the experiences they create is super exciting."

The festival will be taking over the inner-city suburb from Thursday, September 15–Friday, September 30. Full event details will be released shortly, so keep your eyes out for changes to the Surry Thrills Instagram page for further information.

Ed Loveday, the festival's Creative Director said: "Surry Thrills is about celebrating what a great place Downtown Surry Hills is to hang out and have fun from morning to night. It's home to some of Australia's most critically acclaimed restaurants, cocktail bars, cafes, and pubs. You can catch a film, an art exhibition, live bands or dance the night into oblivion, then wake up in the morning at one of Sydney's coolest boutique hotels."

Surry Thrills will be taking over downtown Surry Hills from Thursday, September 15–Friday, September 30.

Published on August 26, 2022 by Ben Hansen
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