Surry Hills’ best restaurants and bars unite for a two-week festival this month

If you’re in Sydney and you’re short on things to do for the rest of the month, turn your attention to the many bars and restaurants that dot Surry Hills. Many new businesses have sprung up in recent months, including Ace Hotel, Pelligrino 2000 and Lennox Hasting’s new upmarket tapas bar, Gildas. With established favorites like Butter, Polly, Chin Chin and Alberto’s Lounge, they all come together for a two-week food and drink festival under the Surry Thrills banner, featuring specially curated menus and events to try and cook up a sense of the community – much like Newtown does every year for the one-day-only Newtown Festival.

With 18 Surry Hills businesses taking part in the first edition of Surry Hills, you’d be hard-pressed not to find something in the stacked program worth hitting up the group chat for. The calendar of events kicked off today and will run until September 30, with anything listed as “Play”, “Dine & Drink” or “Dance”.

The program reads like your typical cultural festival. There will be artist talks and listening nights, a few record fairs for you to dig into the boxes for, and comedy with live entertainment. Pepper on a few dance parties as a takeover of reliable label Astral People at Harry’s on September 18.



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Pellegrino 2000, one of Sydney’s best new Italian restaurants, will be hosting a special one-hour aptertivo session on select dates. Nomad will launch a Surry Thrills breakfast menu offered almost daily for the next few weeks. Butter will make bottomless booze and the kitchen’s typical fried chicken and champagne schtick. And probably most exciting for discerning diners is Danielle Alvarez (best known as the former masterful chef of Merivale’s Fred’s) taking over the Alberto’s Lounge kitchen with Rosheen Kaul from Melbourne on two separate nights (September 20 and 27) .

Here is the full list of all Surry Hills businesses that will be participating in ‘Surry Thrill’s over the next few weeks:

  • Ace Hotel Sydney
  • Alberto’s living room
  • Butter
  • Chin Chin
  • China Heights Gallery
  • DOC Pizza & Mozzarella Bar
  • Gildas
  • Cinema and bar from the golden age
  • by Harry
  • Hollywood Hotel
  • Nomadic
  • Paramount House Hotel
  • Pellegrino 2000
  • Piermarq
  • Poly
  • Shaffa
  • soda plant
  • Cerveceria of Tio

Joshua B. Speller