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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 bars and restaurants in Enmore

The best restaurants in Enmore
Restaurants

The best restaurants in Enmore

This little enclave punches well above its weight on th eeats front

The best bars in Enmore
Bars

The best bars in Enmore

Tiki drinks, gussied up pubs and party times are on the menu.

The best shops in Enmore

Swop Clothing Exchange
Shopping

Swop Clothing Exchange

The meticulously colour-coded racks of second hand garments at Newtown’s Swop Clothing Exchange are heaven for any compulsively organised retro fashion fan. Swop is relatively new on the Inner West’s formidable retail scene, but the funky little store is offering something otherwise lacking among the area’s many vintage and second hand shops: a community marketplace where clothes are currency. Sydneysiders can bring their unwanted retro, vintage and high quality on-trend clothes to Swop, in exchange for store credit or cold hard cash, at a respective 50 per cent and 25 per cent of its resale value. Friday is selling day, and you can cash-in one bag of seasonally appropriate clothes and accessories to fuel your next shopping and swapping spree at the store. When you’re on the buying side of the counter, all the hard work of traipsing through sales at vintage stores and never-ending op-shop shelves has been done for you. Swop’s stock is curated by the people selling on their clothes, and then filtered for quality and enduring style by the fashionistas in charge of the store. “It’s kind of like the best of all the best op-shops in one,” says Bethany Wicks, the colourful co-owner of Swop. Alongside her business partner Bridget Gordon, Wicks developed the concept for the store based on similar models of clothing exchanges in America, and an unbridled addiction to pre-loved fashion. “We’ve just stuck to what we know and love, and I think that’s part of our success.” What th

Alfalfa House
Shopping

Alfalfa House

Sydney's oldest food co-op stocks exotic salts, dried porcini mushrooms, breads, freshly ground nut butters (cashew and almond), oils, cheeses, milk, yoghurt, fruit, vegetables, rices, flours, laundry and dish washing liquids - even organic dried rose petals and exotic items such as Rapadura Evaporated Colombian Cane Sugar.

P&V Wine and Liquor
Shopping

P&V Wine and Liquor

Lou Dowling has racked up years behind the bars of Mary's, the Unicorn, and the Lansdowne, but she kept running into the same problem. She wanted to drink the kinds of wines they had at work – natural, small batch, local – but could never find any when she went to the bottle-o. And so the hospo veteran 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. It was also Dowling who came up with the name for the venture – the P&V stands for piss and vinegar. The finishing touches are being put on the shop on Enmore Road. The fridges are packed with interesting beers; the shelves are groaning under wines from the likes of Smallfry, and the sake chiller is up and running. But the extra-strength fun comes in the form of the glass demijohns filled with pre-batch cocktails that they will decant into a bottle for you. Bring it to a dinner party so you can arrive with eight perfect Negronis ready to go, or grab a half size for a quiet couple of drinks on the couch.  P&V Wine and Liquor is aiming to make life a little easier. In addition to delicious drinks, they're also going to sell a few dinnertime staples. Maybe it's a whoel free-range chicken stuffed with butter lemon and thyme, ready to go in the oven. Or maybe it's a boil in a bag black lentil dahl that you can reheat for a proper dinner with no effort. They'll be selling a little bit of fres

Cottonmouth Records
Bars

Cottonmouth Records

Craft tins from nearby breweries, a globe-trotting range of whiskies and vinyl are the three main drawcards for this Enmore Road bar. For crate diggers, you'll find a neat collection of new and old EPs and LPs, ranging from Daft Punk right through to local heroes Dappled Cities. Whisky-wise, you can work your way through newer Aussie drops from Starward and Limeburners, or set your sights on further afield with Scottish, Canadian and Japanese pours.

Where to see live music in Enmore

The Enmore Theatre
Music

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
Gay and lesbian

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. 

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