The Imperial Hotel

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The Imperial Hotel

Because Sydney's rainbow spirit is indomitable, the Imperial has risen once again

The Imperial Hotel has had a rocky couple of years since reopening in 2010. It struggled to regain its footing as the non-Oxford Street hub of queer partying after lying dormant for three years, and then the short-lived period where it was the home of Spice Cellar was great for the late-night dancing but definitely diluted the LGBTQI credentials of the venue.

But the rainbow is shining brightly once more at this beloved local. The Imperial Hotel is back in action, but this time they're calling it the Small Bar Edition. No need to pack away those feather boas and sequinned platforms because Tranny Bingo is back on Wednesdays for locals night, which conveniently coincides with the weekday happy hour from 6-8pm and a badge draw. Fridays are from dancing, drinks, and drag shows, and on Saturday nights the nightclub vibes are unleashed (they close the doors at 3am but there's no 1.30am lockout). They're even hosting a pop-up nightclub for Mardi Gras with a massive night of DJs and performers presented by legendary Sydney party starters, Heaps Gay.

But if you're actually just keen on a low-key drink, you can get it here. On tap you've got all the regulars like Carlton, Heineken, James Squire, New, Young Henrys and Kozciuszko pale ale, plus there's a six-buck house red and white for the budget-concious among us. Add a five-dollar toastie to the mix and that's a cut-price good time in anyone's language.

It's damn good to have the old girl back. Long live the Imperial Hotel.


Venue name: The Imperial Hotel
Address: 35 Erskineville Rd
Opening hours: Mon-Wed 3pm-midnight; Thu-Sat 3pm-3am; Sun 2pm-midnight
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