Sponsors & Supporters
Over the years many local business and community groups have provided sponsorship to VicBears through member discounts, raffles prizes and even co-branded events. Their dedication allows the committee to achieve some of its more spectacular goals each year.
Feel free to explore our sponsor’s contributions and offers available to all our members below.
The Laird, Melbourne
The Laird, Melbourne, is one of Australia’s longest running gay-owned and operated venues. Since its humble beginnings in 1980, The Laird is now well recognised throughout the gay community, both local and international and like its ‘sister-venues’ Club 80 and The Peel, remains a staple of the local scene.
In 1998 The Laird and Club 80 were granted ‘Male-only’ status by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) in deference to their history and service to the gay community. While they still maintain this status, a few times a year they open the doors to the community for events such as Vic Leather Open Day (May), Men on Men Open Day (June) and Northside Bizarre (October).
They cater to a wide range of men, and it’s a great place to meet up with locals and visitors from around the world. Open 7 nights a week, the venue boasts three bars and a massive beer garden downstairs, with unique accommodation upstairs.
First drink free at VicBears monthly Union event (pick up your drink card from the VicBears Members Desk).
Discounted accommodation rates.
Eagle Leather, Melbourne
With an expansive range of leather clothing (sourced through international brands and their own in-house leather workshops), rubber and latex wear that is guaranteed to make any shopping trip there an eye-opening experience. Eagle Leather is also a huge supporter of local community organisations and charities and regularly host many highly respected local and international sex educators.
This award-winning crew have also expanded their vision in 2014 with the “FANTASTIC: THE PARTY” which is now their yearly celebration of fetish in Melbourne, held in great VicBears supporter location – the amazing dungeon at Club80.
10% discount on all purchases made in-store (present your VicBears Members Keyring).
The Groomed Man Co, Melbourne
For Daniel Mahony, the founder of TheGroomedManCo., his story dates back to the Stone Age, when prehistoric man would maintain their beards using seashells, rocks and other ambiguous paraphernalia. Or, as reality might have it, 15 years ago when he started growing facial hair.
Whilst holidaying around the USA with a freshly grown beard, Daniel encountered a topical elixir which solved many problems associated with in-grown hairs, including itchiness, dryness and redness. Upon his return to Melbourne, Australia, Daniel realised there was a shortage of locally produced grooming products for bearded men and sought to fill the gap using his newly found knowledge of organic essential oils.
Starting as a hobby, Daniel’s range of pure to botanical beard oils quickly gained momentum amongst the bearded population of Melbourne; and in the winter of 2014, saw TheGroomedManCo. officially launch online in Australia and around the world. Founded on the belief that every man should feel great about the products they use, TheGroomedManCo. is the only beard oil in Australia to use pure to botanical oils in their purest form.
10% off discount code for online purchases (available once your membership has been approved).
Piercing HQ, Melbourne
Piercing HQ opened it’s doors in 2012, from a vision of wishes and wants formed over a span of 20+ years of professional piercing experience.
We crafted a state of the art piercing studio where no detail has been overlooked; we stock the finest body jewellery available in the world, use the highest quality piercing techniques, and best practice sterilization. A full range of piercing services and a wide variety of body modifications are on the menu here at Piercing HQ, all performed to the highest standard.
Your safe, comfortable, and (most of all) enjoyable experience is paramount to us, and your complete satisfaction is what we strive for. Our studio fosters an environment of mutual respect above all, free from judgement of lifestyle or modification choices. We believe high-quality, safe piercings and body modifications should be available to everyone.
Late 2017 saw us become members of the Association of Professional Piercers. Bella, Paulus, and Leanne are proud to be recognised alongside many of our highly respected peers worldwide.
10% off jewellery and piercings (present your VicBears Members Keyring).
La Villa Salumi, Melbourne
Having always loved my smallgoods it was only a matter of time before I tired of the same bland, mass-produced bacon and ventured forth into making it myself. It’s not a passion, it’s an obsession.
I went out and purchased the cheapest, smallest, smoker I could find. From there I began to experiment with making my own sausages, bacon, ham and more. I even tried smoked pumpkin, though I can’t – with good conscience – say that was a success.
My homemade salami skills were gleaned from our old Italian neighbour Albert, the older generation, the “nonnos”, carry with them the secrets and traditions of generations past. I then took my passion for pork and all things meat a step further, and made a pilgrimage to Italy to hone my skills with the masters. It was there, in Tuscany, that I completed my Advanced Salumi course, followed closely by the opportunity to be a ‘butcher for a day’ with the porcine master Dario Cecchini at Panzano in Chianti.
10% discount when purchasing from their market stalls (present your VicBears Members Keyring).
Many local businesses also provide you with a discount off your purchases, just for being a VicBears member!
Mannhaus – 10% discount on all purchases made in-store (present your VicBears Members Keyring).
Club 80 – $21 Entry (Excludes Public Holidays).
Minh Minh Vietnamese Restaurant – 10% discount on menu items (present your VicBears Members Keyring).
Hares and Hyenas Bookstore – 10% discount on all books instore (present your VicBears Members Keyring).
Wet on Wellington – $10 Discounted Entry on first Tuesday of every month (present your VicBears Members Keyring).