The Imperial Hotel promotes equality. This iconic gay bar has been part of Sydney's cultural history and identity for decades. The hotel likes to advertise itself as a female character who is sassy, saucy and seductive. She promotes acceptance and equality while encouraging the unexpected. And this emblem of the Imperial Hotel is the statue of strength and showmanship. Most of The Imperial Hotel is closed down for renovations until 2018. However, there is a small bar inside the hotel that remains open. And for many, this small bar is a beacon of safety and acceptance. The hotel loves performances. She claims that it's a part of her DNA. In fact, the hotel has such a reputation for performance that it was featured in the hit movie Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Pop into the Imperial and you may be treated to a Drag, Cabaret, Theater, Dance, Acrobatics, Live Music or a local DJ show. This is the kind of place that you can come as you are. You do not have to be afraid to express yourself in any way. In fact, you might find yourself body painting a brand-new friend inside The Imperial during a performance. The small bar that remains open is a celebrated dive. It's an incredibly welcoming place where you can pop in for a drink, sit back and watch the theatrics. And it's incredibly easy to make new friends at this Erskinville joint. And you can find all the fun right in the middle of Erskinville Road.
Address: 35 Erskineville Rd, Erskineville NSW 2043