The best places to eat, shop and play in Hollywood Quarter, Surry Hills

Hollywood Quarter – which covers the eastern end of Surry Hills in Sydney – is a vibrant micro-precinct that packs a punch with food, culture and entertainment offerings. Here’s where to shop, eat and play.
Champagne and oysters in Hollywood Quarter, Surry Hills, Sydney
Aperitivo hour in Hollywood Quarter.

Hollywood Quarter – also known as HQ – is the Sydney precinct for hospitality and good times. Within a rabbit warren of streets, this enclave exudes irresistible charm. Discover a fusion of culture, creativity and entertainment, where historic architecture meets contemporary allure. From quaint cafés to five-star dining, live music and boutique accommodation, the precinct beckons with a unique blend of urban flair and cinematic mystique.

As the sun sets over HQ, the magic continues to unfold. Its allure doesn’t wane with the fading light; it transforms into a captivating night-time destination.

Alberto's Lounge, Surry Hills. Photo credit: Kristoffer Paulsen.
The Hollywood Quarter in Surry Hills is known for its old-world charm. Photo credit: Kristoffer Paulsen.

The streets come alive with al fresco dining, music and conversation, as locals and visitors converge to savour Hollywood Quarter’s vibrant offerings. From cosy speakeasies to lively pubs, and casual dining to five-star fare, there’s an array of entertainment options to suit every preference. Whether seeking a quiet nook to unwind with a crafted cocktail or a dancefloor with block-rocking beats and a raucous crowd, HQ promises an unforgettable evening. But this hidden slice of Sydney is more than just a night-time escape; it’s a community hub that buzzes day and night, inviting exploration and connection.

Things to do
The stage at Golden Age Cinema & Bar, Hollywood Quarter, Surry Hills, Sydney.
The live music stage at Golden Age Cinema and Bar.

Catch a film at Golden Age Cinema & Bar. A lovingly refurbished Art Deco cinema and bar that resides in the original home of Paramount Studios. The cinema shows a mix of new films and old classics, including hard-to-find flicks to delight hardcore cinema buffs. 80 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills NSW 2010. (02) 9211 1556.

Discover new artists at Piermarq*. An uber-contemporary gallery that represents a covetable stable of Australian and international artists. High ceilings and exposed wood beams add to the browsing experience. 23 Foster St, Surry Hills NSW 2010. (02) 9188 8933.

Update your wardrobe at Big Trouble. A list of stylish brands to satisfy your inner hipster. The boutique has been importing hard-to-find Japanese and American brands since 2015. Shop 2/133 Goulburn St, Surry Hills NSW 2010. (02) 8018 7878.

Piermarq* Gallery, Hollywood Quarter, Surry Hills, Sydney.
A multimedia show at Piermarq* Gallery. Photo credit: Bruno Stefani.

Dance the night away at Hotel Harry, where DJs, music and live performances take over every week. It also hosts lively karaoke nights if you’d prefer to make your own music. 40/44 Wentworth Ave, Surry Hills NSW 2010. (02) 8262 8800.

Revel in nostalgia at Soda Factory, an old-school bar and diner where you can be entertained by live music acts and DJs, and dance into the wee small hours. 16 Wentworth Ave, Surry Hills NSW 2010. (02) 9064 5808.

Eat and drink
Tio's Cerveceria, Hollywood Quarter, Surry Hills, Sydney.
Tio’s Cerveceria is always bound to be a good time.

Pellegrino 2000. A neighbourhood-style trattoria that is anything but homely. Its decadent Italian-style dishes, which consistently make ‘best of’ lists, are served in a moody, candlelit, subterranean dining room. 80 Campbell St, Surry Hills NSW 2010. (02) 8593 0114.

Tio’s Cerveceria. Margaritas made from a formidable selection of quality tequilas and imported Mexican beers served with a salt rim are at Tio’s. Hot popcorn comes free, as does the raucous party atmosphere. 4/14 Foster St, Surry Hills NSW 2010.

Chin Chin. A riot for the senses, serving up Australian x Southeast Asian fare in a beautifully converted old tea warehouse. Choose your level of spice, and make sure to take lots of photos beneath the neon lighting. 69 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills NSW 2010. (02) 9281 3322.

Hotel Hollywood, Hollywood Quarter, Surry Hills, Sydney.
The façade of Hotel Hollywood lit up at night.

Gilda’s. A high-end pintxo and wine bar from celebrity chef Annie Lennox, the star behind another HQ icon, Firedoor. This new venue was inspired by her time in the Basque country. 46-48 Albion St, Surry Hills NSW 2010. (02) 8275 8285.

Butter. The ever-popular dining spot mixes casual with fancy, serving up chicken, sneakers and Champagne. 6 Hunt St, Surry Hills NSW 2010. 0402 212 246.

Hollywood Hotel. A local watering hole with an old-world charm that befits the name. A rotation of live music, DJs and a reliably friendly crowd can be found here most nights of the week. 2 Foster St, Surry Hills NSW 2010.

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