Imperial Hotel's Entertainment Program RevealedBringing a fresh perspective to the LGBTIQ community

With a new management team now at the helm, the iconic Imperial Hotel in the heart of Erskineville village is set to unveil its sparkling entertainment program, delivering on its curator’s vision of embracing community, culture and diversity.

Staying true to the LGBTI heritage of the Imperial, the entertainment line-up, starting this week, features local Imperial favourites as well as a new suite of established and emerging artists, including gender illusionists, DJs and musicians honouring the fine arts of drag, cabaret, performance art and DJs.

“We look forward to seeing the Imperial Hotel blossom again. Our approach is focused on reinvigoration and bringing together the old and the new, with variety and amazing talent,” said Mike McGrath co-owner and long-time Erskineville local.

The Imperial Hotel’s evolving entertainment program includes:


Monday to Friday: HAPPY HOUR 5 pm – 7 pm

Monday to Sunday: LOCALS SPECIALS 7 pm – 9 pm

Tuesday: Trivia w/ Felicity Frockaccino 7 pm

Friday: Aaron Manhattan (DJ Set). Amanda Louise + more

Saturday: Kate Monroe. Paris GrooveScooter + more

Sunday: Stereogamous & Friends present ‘Strobe Light Unicorns’ 2 pm till 10 pm (Sydney “love-maker” Jonny Seymour, Paul Mac & Guests)

COCKTAIL LOUNGE | Free Entry | 8 pm
Cabaret Hosted by Matt Format & Guests ft DJ Dames Jean
Thursday: Dame Gaynor Tension & Doreen Manganini
Friday: Felicity & Friends
Saturday: House of Drag


Fri 22nd May  8th June: Vivid Spice


Every Friday and Saturday


Curated by Matt Format the front window of the Imperial Hotel (fronting Erskineville Rd) will feature a different local artist installation each month.  The April installation can be viewed now and is showcasing the work of Matt Format.

“We have given each bar a new identity to give the existing and new entertainment a fresh perspective. Each week we will unveil further improvements to decor, food and drinks. This art deco hotel has beautiful bones and heritage, it will be very rewarding to see it regain its former glory.  However, the real-life of the Imperial comes from the inside – the staff, performers and the community… not just a lick of new paint,” adds co-owner, Rebecca Alder.

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