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The Imperial Erskineville

It's all about drag and drinks, darling.
By Noelle Monge
July 30, 2018
By Noelle Monge
July 30, 2018

An inclusive, LGBTQI-spirited space with three layers of flamboyant fun for all is taking over Erskineville. With a $6 million renovation after a shady past, the Imperial Hotel is back and brighter than ever.

Opening its new spaces in four stages, this triple threat is offering night drag shows, a veggie-focused menu, signature cocktails in honour of iconic queens and chances to sashay the night away.

If you're looking for more of the club vibe, the bottom floor of the Imperial is a space of creativity and acceptance. With DJ sets on the weekend and a bevy of colourful performances, there's never a dull moment down in the Basement.

Priscilla's offers a mainly vegetarian cuisine (inclusive of vegans, gluten- and lactose-intolerant, of course) with a lively atmosphere. Superstars from the menu include the coconut ceviche, crab less jackfruit fritters and a trio of paellas that will also satisfy meat lovers. With drag shows on offer nightly and the Espresso Martini Club open from 10pm, Priscilla's will be your new place for dinner and disco.

After closing for nearly three decades, the Imperial's rooftop bar is back with a plethora of art pop deco and a variety of spaces fit for any occasion. Imperial UP functions as an Italian restaurant with Andy Warhol-esque charm to match. Sample one of their pizzas with slow-cooked sauce and gluten/meat-free options on offer or indulge in porcini risotto.

At UP and Priscilla's, a drag queen-inspired menu awaits you with cocktails as fun and freaky as Barbra Bubble: Aperol, creme de peche, lemon juice and Prosecco top. You can also tantalize your palate with a global list of wines and spirits with plenty of regional options.

Keep your eye out for the addition of a same-sex wedding chapel sometime in 2019.

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