ERSKINEVILLE At A Glance
Sitting on the fringes of some of Sydney’s most vibrant hubs, Erskineville is a small hipster enclave that has all the trimmings of inner-city living. Highly prized for its character homes, intimate village, enduring pub culture and burgeoning café scene, Erskineville moves with the times while staying true to its working class roots.
Inner-city living with a village ambiance, a sense of community and café culture.
Permanently etched in local folklore, The Erko, Imperial and the Rose are drinking establishments with a true local feel.
The Imperial Hotel featured in the Australian cult movie, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
Once an Inner-West enclave that was overlooked for its funky, bohemian neighbours, Erskineville or, more affectionately, ‘Erko’ has come into its own and Sydneysiders are taking notice.
Whether you favour brunch, or the cocktail hour or both, Erskineville has you covered with a line-up of establishments that have mastered the art of hospitality and some of which have become part of Sydney folklore. Erskineville Road is the heart of this neighbourhood, the place where shopkeepers greet you by name and where the locals congregate to socialise.
Erskineville Oval and Sydney Park offer plentiful green space and the cycle-ways and easy access to three train stations on two train lines make commuting to work painless. These are big drawcards for the young families who have been moving to Erskineville in droves.
Originally a centre for brick making, leather tanning and market gardeners, Erskineville has evolved into an offshoot of Newtown that has captured the attention of creatives and professionals – Erskineville is one of the most sought-after neighbourhoods in the Inner West.
Erskineville once attracted working-class immigrants, particularly Greeks and Macedonians, because of its affordable housing and proximity to the city and industrial areas.
Today, this multicultural hub has seen an influx of young professionals and families. Established and emerging artists have found their homes here, alongside house-sharing millennials.
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Australian creatives have laid down roots in this neighbourhood, sparking a burgeoning art scene that is worth keeping an eye on.
Wander the streets of Erskineville and you will come across some beautiful Victorian architecture as well as workers’ cottages that have either been restored to their former glory or renovated into modern abodes.
Locals are truly spoilt when it comes to being close to everything. Erskineville borders the vibrant suburbs of Newtown and Alexandria, is a quick 15-minute commute into Sydney’s CBD and is within walking distance of three train stations that connect locals to two different train lines.
There are local playgrounds sprinkled throughout Erskineville but Erskineville Oval and Sydney Park are the biggest drawcards.
PUBS & BARS
The iconic Imperial Hotel has played its part in putting Erskineville on the map, with its live performances and drag queen shows. The Erko, Rose of Australia, The Swanson Hotel and The Hive Bar also form part of Erskineville’s identity.
It may be small in size, but Erskineville village packs a real punch with its cafés, pubs, delicatessens and established shops.
Known for its character homes, Erskineville has retained its small-scale Victorian terraces that were once home to immigrants and working-class folk