Go for: Sydney’s spiritual home of drag
This Erskineville pub has been a sanctuary for LGBTQIA Sydney since it was bought in the ’80s by Dawn O’Donnell. It’s lived many lives (it had a starring role in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) and reopened in March 2018. You’ll find drag queens at the Impy practically every night, whether they’re dining hostesses (Drag N Dine is seven nights a week) or performing pop classics late on a Friday or Saturday night atop the main bar. In the basement downstairs, you’ll find a slightly more envelope-pushing style of drag, particularly at Saturday night parties like the monthly Heaps Gay and Honcho Disko nights. (The last Honcho Disko we attended featured a trio of queens serving business woman glamour and preparing a presentation – and a blood sacrifice.) Starting in October 2018, the Impy will play host to the finals of Miss First Nation, the premier competition for Indigenous drag entertainers.