Harbour City Bears is Sydney’s only community group for bears – hairy gay men – our admirers and friends.

We hold over 140 events each year – with weekly socials, dance parties, dinners and other outings through the year.

  • two annual festivals – Bear Essentials during Mardi Gras, and Bear Pride in the cooler months, which attract visitors from interstate and overseas to celebrate Sydney’s vibrant bear culture.

  • dance parties including Chunky, Bear Pit and the iconic Underbear.

  • socials every Friday night at Kinselas Hotel in Darlinghurst and Sunday afternoon at The Bank Hotel in Newtown.

  • Press Paws, a monthly gaymer event

  • community health & well-being events

  • fundraising for community charities

The proceeds from our events and fundraising are all invested back into the club, or donated to the community charities that we support.



Bear Essentials 24 Logo

Bear Essentials is a yearly event that takes place in parallel with The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival. HCB has done this the 1996 Mardi Gras festival, in which is within their first year of becoming an organisation in August 1995.

This year is Bear Essentials 24: The 12" remix. The 12" remix, in sound tech terms, has wider groove spacings allowing for a larger and thicker sound and better sound quality. For the Bears, the Thicker the better.