Kuki Tanuki Bar is a funky Japanese sake and tapas bar with distressed walls, milk crate chairs and painted murals. Although small in size, this Erskineville Road Izakaya has big personality and some deliciously creative food to match. Equally as important, the drinks offering is extensive with a range of premium Japanese whiskys, sake and inventive cocktails on the menu.
With outposts across the Inner West, Cafe Shenkin in Erskineville is a local favourite for top-notch Middle Eastern cuisine. Light-filled and vintage in decor, the cafe serves up signature coffee, sweet and savoury Israeli-style pastries and Middle Eastern essentials; hummus and haloumi.
Stir Crazy Thai Restaurant
Erskineville's Stir Crazy Thai is a cool and quirky restaurant boasting an open kitchen, bright red feature wall and huge courtyard space. From this eatery expect all the classics of Thai cuisine to be done well. True to form, the service is speedy, the portions are large and the price is most definitely right.
Foodcraft Espresso & Bakery
Foodcraft Espresso & Bakery are just as known for their hearty, all-day breakfast and lunch menus, as they are for the donut topped milkshakes and nutella treats. The offering is varied, with plenty of options for those who want to ‘eat cleanly’, and for those who are in ‘treat yourself’ mode.
Its amazing name aside, Fleetwood Macchiato is a small, cosy café where almost everything is made in-house: think yoghurts, cakes, pickles, preserves, sodas and condiments. The modern Australian menu shines a spotlight on flavours and textures, and they have earned fans from all over. If you can’t choose, all items are available all-day...so there’s no need to rush.
The Erko Hotel
The Erskineville Hotel (aka The Erko), is a pub with character drawing in a young and hip crowd. The refurbished pub is known for its authentic American barbecue, and the beer garden is the perfect place to tuck into meat from the smoker. Umbrellas are dispersed throughout the area, with the decking extending up along the walls to give it that outback feel. Potted plants and a washed-out paint job make the space feel modern, bright and airy.
The Imperial Erskineville
From colourful beginnings, The Imperial has been a fixture on the Erskineville nightlife scene since 1983. After a recent refurbishment, this stylish venue celebrates diversity and invites patrons to "drink, dance, drag and dine." You will find plant-based deliciousness at restaurant Priscillas and a dance party in the Basement.
Rose of Australia
The recently renovated Rose of Australia has transformed from an art deco pub into a vibrant hub where you can enjoy different outlets, an open terrace and steetside seating. With a mix of clientele, there is an area to suit all patrons. The Island Bar is the perfect spot to make a new friend or meet up with old ones, while cocktail bar Howards Cantina delivers expertly mixed drinks and share plate dishes.
The Hive Bar
Dedicated to craft beer, vinyl, cocktails and burgers, The Hive Bar delivers a lively music venue, seasonal bistro and happening bar. Their menu displays a commitment to ethically sourced and organically grown produce while their craft beer menu of over 40, is all about supporting local breweries.
The brainchild of vegan caterer Sarah Shaweesh, Khamsa is firstly a plant based café, and secondly a community hub. Inspired by her Palestinian heritage, Sarah has brought vegan, Middle Eastern fusion cuisine to the Sydney streets. For first time diners, expect delicious brunch fare, delectable raw desserts and traditional Arabic coffee, along with friendly service and lively atmosphere.