The Imperial Erskineville, Erskineville NSW

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The Imperial Erskineville, Erskineville NSW

The Imperial Erskineville is a hotel located in Erskineville, New South Wales. They have a bar and great food and drink options. They also have a great dine-in restaurant - you may be able to download their menu on their website.
They have an average rating of 4.2 out of 1295 reviews, with the latest ratings ranging from 1 to 5.
The Imperial Erskineville is in Sydney so why not stop by when you are there next.
One of the best queer pubs in Sydney. Loved the laid back vibe. Friendly staff. The restroom was clean and neat. No violent vibes neither shirtless stupid guys trying to get you. Definitely the best place to have a good night with your whole group of friends. ??
35 Erskineville Rd, Erskineville NSW 2043

Opening hours

Wednesday: 04:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Thursday: 04:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Friday: 04:00 PM - 03:00 AM
Saturday: 12:00 PM - 04:00 AM
Sunday: 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Opening hours

Wednesday: 04:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Thursday: 04:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Friday: 04:00 PM - 03:00 AM
Saturday: 12:00 PM - 04:00 AM
Sunday: 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Clubs and Pubs in Erskineville

Including this venue, there are 3 pubs and 1 club in the Erskineville area

Latest reviews for The Imperial Erskineville, Erskineville NSW

Kerry Soutter
07/04/2024
Such a fun night at the Imperial last night! We took our kids along to Drag and Dine and they had a ball! Good food, fun atmosphere and fantastic staff and fabulous queens!
Em L
28/11/2023
We dined upstairs specifically for pizza as downstairs is more of a pub. Their truffle one is divine - make sure you add a burrata on top! Really enjoyed their prawn and friends enjoyed the pepperoni (pizzas around $25-30 ea). Cute seating area with overhead umbrellas and a live DJ and a bar!
Jimmy Wong
14/11/2023
Had a great time at the 'Drag and dine' experience! Feeling to fun that The imperial is known for. The food was fantastic! Oh.... Don't forget to visit the rooftop fir some great pizzas with Pizza Bro..... pets welcome!
Matthew Clark
14/09/2023
- Drag and dine is a fun experience, decent food; the division between Bar and Eating is a little jarring though.

- Weekday drinks are fine and usually quieter; decent selection of alcohol; music can be a tad loud for deep conversations sometimes, but outdoor afternoon seating is welcome. Dog friendly now which is a bonus

- Party nights have become my least favourite part. For an iconic queer bar, it's a bit shocking the amount of straight boyfriends who get dragged into the Imperial, and have encountered homophobia on multiple occasions. The DJ's on top usually aren't great, with lack of structure and mixing out of key, making transitions incredibly jarring. Diverse selections of tracks however make it fun for a wide range of age ranges, although less pop-folk music tracks is definitely needed (if I hear Love Story one more time, I'm gonna lose it).

- Downstairs can be hit or miss. Bar is hard to get too, however the balcony viewing is better than most. DJs are usually better, but can be hit or miss. Drag performances are usually fantastic down here.

- Sunday nights are usually the better nights as it's more queer and the drag shows are more amateur and thus more 'real' so to speak. If you want your classic priscilla-esque night, Sunday is for you.

- Bouncers are lovely, staff during quiet periods are also lovely; busy nights they can be quite short and sharp, but that's standard.

- Event nights can be confusing trying to get in and out of the place.

- Amenities are standard.
Amel Bilajac
02/09/2023
What a spectacular place for a show and dinner. The performers really engage with the audience and create an amazing atmosphere
The music is fantastic and so was the food. Cannot wait to go back for another dinner and show
The disco balls are a great touch and really give a party vibe
Weekend Food Escapes
02/09/2023
Pizza Bros is run by Marty and Joey, two brothers who have perfected the art of pizza over 20 years. They have previously served up delicious pizzas at Bella Brutta, Gigis and the Dolphin Hotel so now they created their own pizza empire called Pizza Bros. I have high expectations with Pizza Bros as their dazzling gold pizza oven catches my eye. I order the "Quality Beast" ($28) which has Fior Di Latte, Pomodoro Sugo, Red Onion, LP's Salami Cotto and Wholebeast Butchery Salicce.

Straight away, I can appreciate the light and fluffy pizza base. I am a fan of this pizza innovation called Leopard style pizzas. The base is light so the toppings are full of flavour and you can focus on the combination of tomato base, delicious salami and cheese. Delicious. I'm a fan and I can understand the hype. For more photos and information, check out my blog post.
Candy Luk
23/08/2023
The rooftop pizza by Pizza Bros is such a vibe and they serve one of the best pizzas in Sydney IMO!! Woodfried perfection and the dough is hand stretched, so thin and so soft and fluffy!! The toppings are very unique and got vegan and vegetarian options too! Highly recommend getting the pizza from the brothers!!!
Keavy
18/08/2023
Don't even bother going here the vibe is yuck and they seem to enjoy power trips. I have have been completely sober and spoke to in such a disgusting manner on more than one occasion and threatened to be refused entry. Security claims they watch how you act entering LOL okay so you watched me park my car and walk over? Such a shame could be a great venue if it didn't have such military on the doors and in the general staff ruining the mood for everyone.
James Bennett-Ackland
04/06/2023
Such a legendary venue. I didn't actually know it still existed but my partner and I watched Priscilla a few weeks back and looked it up and surprised me.

We had a couple drinks and some food and watched some drag shows. The food is good from what my partner told me, but vegetarian options are limited, I just had a bowl of chips.

The drag show was fantastic and it felt special being in such an iconic venue.
James Ackland
04/06/2023
Such a legendary venue. I didn't actually know it still existed but my partner and I watched Priscilla a few weeks back and looked it up and surprised me.

We had a couple drinks and some food and watched some drag shows. The food is good from what my partner told me, but vegetarian options are limited, I just had a bowl of chips.

The drag show was fantastic and it felt special being in such an iconic venue.
DC Hidden Gems
06/03/2023
When in Sydney, we think the quintessential place for celebrating Pride is at the Imperial Erskineville. We went when we visited Sydney for World Pride. It has multiple areas inside including a main bar and a lounge, but we went to Priscilla's restaurant. That's where you can have some good food and cocktails, and can also take in one of their famous drag shows. But this is not just any drag bar, it was made famous in the classic film 'The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert'. We attended a special drag presentation for World Pride and loved it and were surprised by the quality of the food and drinks served as well as the excellent service.
Lluís Llorens Minguella
22/02/2023
One of the best queer pubs in Sydney. Loved the laid back vibe. Friendly staff. The restroom was clean and neat. No violent vibes neither shirtless stupid guys trying to get you. Definitely the best place to have a good night with your whole group of friends. ??
alexis kwong alvarez
05/01/2023
Great drag queens and good food. What more can you ask for? We had a great time and special thanks to the manager who gave us the best table in the house! The drinks are a bit weak though.
Kristina
24/10/2022
Interesting concept of Drag and Dine, nice (short) show, good atmosphere. Food was not tasty or special in my opinion. Service and attention to details were on the low level.
Leszek Lisowski
18/08/2022
OMG! I am never coming back here again.
I had 4 people visiting from South America and I wanted to show them the famous Imperial Hotel! The only table they had available for 5 people this week was Thursday 8pm. Once I modified my party to 6, we got moved to 8:30pm... when we got here we found out that: 1) the place was DEAD; 2) the shows have ended for they day; 3) the kitchen was closing 20min later!!!
Avoid this place! Better hit Oxford St...
MsKoshe
04/07/2022
This place is doing gods work!!! I have been here twice now in the last two months. Cute atmosphere, great dance floor and the biggest disco ball I have ever seen. The drinks prices are reasonable and the dj's music is great for dancing. All the staff are super friendly and quick. Ive read some of the negative reviews but I must be going to a different bar because this one is safe, fun and honestly really great.
Cesar Negrete
14/06/2022
A wonderful place. I had no idea it had so much space. Everyone was lovely and we had a great time. The pizzas were delicious!
Paula Langford
09/03/2022
Excellent food/bev and staff at this iconic Sydney hotel. Wow the attention to detail and the shows are second to known. The quality of the meals were absolutely outstanding and I can't say enough for what a fantastic time we had. Management and staff went out of their way to make sure we were well looked after and treated like VIPs all weekend. Say hi to Ian from Dublin, the restaurant manager while you're there! June Marie Bennett aka Shirl from Priscilla Queen of the desert sends her love hugs and thanks to you all.
Mish Eckardt
14/07/2021
The HOME of drag. Always a fun time, great music, great people. Inclusive, accepting and overall, just a really fun time. I can't go to the Imperial without ending up dancing here for hours.
Anne Carroll
13/07/2021
Haven't been here in years as I'm no.longer in contact with the people I partied with. But I always remember only good times and great shows. Total blast.
Elie Ibrahim
04/07/2021
the best pub in Sydney. Staff are so friendly, the space is so funky, security are gentle and welcoming.. never had a bad experience here. Great drink options and the food is always tasty! For a judgment free and enjoyable experience, come here!
Debby Ryan
17/06/2021
Great food, amazing service. We sat on the upper floor and it was nice and warm. Tim at the bar was so friendly, I highly recommend!
Nathan Carroll
25/05/2021
great venue, good for a quick drink or a Saturday night out. loved the music there, plus all the staff were friendly and welcoming at the door and inside. drinks weren't too badly priced as well. I recommend the shows if you get a chance. they are well performed and respected,

should you also get the chance on a Saturday, go out dancing here! plenty of good songs and classics to let loose to. They have some good events here as well downstairs, so always good to check what is coming up. Lastly the venue itself is huge. the architecture is beautiful and is something of a landmark. make sure you pay a visit if you're wanting to make a night out
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