Enmore area guide

Find the best places to eat, drink, shop and stay in the Inner West suburb

People standing outside of the Enmore Theatre
Photograph: Daniel Boud

Tucked away between Newtown, Stanmore and Marrickville, Enmore has long been overshadowed by vibrant King Street up the road. The neighbourly suburb has the same laid-back vibes of its incredibly popular bohemian neighbours, but with a little more room to spread out.

It’s packed with excellent places to eat, whether it’s cake for breakfast at Saga, locally famous gelato at Cow and the Moon or smelly cheese at the Stinking Bishops. And because the area is outside Sydney’s restrictive lockout zone, the party goes on all night after crowds fall out of gigs at Enmore Theatre and into the small bars next door.

During the day, there are vintage and repurposed fashion and antiques stores to browse, crystal shops and record stores to wander through, and plenty of new street art decorating the walls. It’s where the city’s hospo workers come to live, work and play, so you’ll find the best natural wines in the bottle shops, and everyone’s creative and weird – just the way we like it.

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The best restaurants in Enmore

Stanbuli
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Stanbuli

Head behind the pink façade of the Marie-Louise Salon to find Turkish mezze cooked by Ibrahim Kasif, former chef at Porteno.

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
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Emma's Snack Bar
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Emma's Snack Bar

At Emma’s Snack Bar you'll want a serve of the smoky, feather-light babaganoush, but the spicy humous dressed with a warm chilli oil and flecked with fried garlic is a worthy challenger for top dip. 

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Wish Bone
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Wish Bone

The little, local cocktail bar, the Gretz, is no more – Wish Bone lives here now, complete with slurpee machines peddling brightly coloured boozy slushies, decorative toolboxes, raw wood tables and metal fixtures in place. 

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Queens Hotel
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Queens Hotel

Mud crabs are the new dining status symbol. Happily, all the bright orange, heavy-clawed beauties at Queens Chow, only just tip the one kilo mark, which makes ordering one exxy, but not unspeakably pricey if you’re in the mood to treat yourself. 

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
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The best bars in Enmore

Jacoby's
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Jacoby's

Take a staycation through a cocktail glass at this Inner West Tiki bar themed for die-hard  Twin Peaks fans. Once you’re inside this tropical cabana, you won’t want to leave.

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
The Hideaway Bar
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The Hideaway Bar

Hideaway Bar is Enmore's newest small bar boasting a lo-fi fit out and craft beers on tap, in stubbies and Young Henrys long necks for $10 a pop.    

Bauhaus West
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Bauhaus West

Bauhaus West is a new little European wine bar that has joined the small bar party in the Inner West.

The Warren View Hotel
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The Warren View Hotel

The big advantage of this Enmore favourite can be summed up thusly: the beer garden, which has a gate off Enmore Road. 

Users say
4 out of 5 stars

The best shops in Enmore

The Stinking Bishops
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The Stinking Bishops

Fun fact: Stinking Bishop cheese from Gloucestershire gets its name from the pear used in the cider that the cheese is aged in. 

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
P&V Wine and Liquor
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P&V Wine and Liquor

Lou Dowling decided to be the change she wanted to see, approaching wine guru Mike Bennie with a plan to open a bottle shop that stocked the kinds of things she wanted to drink when she was off the clock. 

Where to see live music in Enmore

The Enmore Theatre
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The Enmore Theatre

This 1,600-seat Art Deco landmark has hosted sweaty live music from Jamie XX to Gang of Youths, as well as talks and stand-up comedy, depending on who’s in town.

Slyfox
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Slyfox

This Enmore dive bar has been taken over by Kerry Wallace (one of the people behind SASH) and friends, and now boasts a mean Funktion1 sound system and a solid roster of parties. 

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars

What's nearby?

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