There’s a lot to love about the Erko. There’s old chesterfield sofas for lounge lizards, high tables that can fit your whole crew and a jukebox gently glowing against one wall for people who cannot and will not relinquish DJ duties. Out the back is a sheltered outdoor deck with a barbecue, colourful festoon lighting, sturdy picnic tables and strict capacity limits – get in early or settle for the great indoors.
The bistro here is rock solid. The drawcard is the smoker, so wait times can get serious for plates of brisket, ribs, wings, pulled pork and vegetables – everyone can have some smoky fun here. It’s still closer to $20 than a tenner for a main meal but six bucks gets you three to four slices of the garlic, parmesan and chilli cob toast any time.
If you’re the retiring type you can aim for the side room with big screens and tall tables, but the action is all out in the main bar. It’s a big open space decked out in forest green and wood panelling with high ceilings and heaps of seating – but keep clear of the pool table unless you want a cue to the kidneys.
There are TVs mounted up high on the walls, and projector screens that they roll out for big games. They mix the old with the new when it comes to tap allocation so you’ll have Young Henrys, Lord Nelson, Feral, Stone and Wood, Matilda Bat, Murray’s rubbing shoulders with VB, Reschs and New. Designated driver? This pub boasts its very own carpark, making a visit to the Erko that much simpler. You really have no excuse not to drop by.
|Venue name:||Erskineville Hotel||Contact:|
102 Erskineville Rd
|Opening hours:||Mon-Sat 10am-midnight; Sun 10am-10pm|