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The Hive Bar

Down in Erskineville, there are few spots packed tighter each night than The Hive Bar. Named for its busy and bustling atmosphere, this bar offers delicious cocktails and craft beer for all kinds inner-city ne’er-do-wells. What’s more, The Hive Bar offers a chance to enjoy music the old fashion way: on proper vinyl records. Stacks […]

Rose of Australia

Down the road from King Street and directly opposite to The Hive Bar stands Rose of Australia. One of Erskineville’s largest pubs, The Rose offers great pub grub and beers on tap in a relaxed open space. The two-story venue features both indoor and outdoor seating suitable for any occasion, and the prices are beyond […]

Cafe Piccolo Erko

Cafe Piccolo Erko, located across from the venerable Erskineville Hotel, is as humble a coffee shop as they come. Outfitted in a vintage, art-deco style, Café Piccolo feels cosy and welcoming as soon as you step through the door. Expertly brewed coffee awaits once you’re inside, and the café’s abundant seating and friendly vibe encourages […]

Cafe Sofia

Down from King Street in serene Erskineville, Cafe Sofia is a hideaway from Newtown’s busy streets and tooting cars. Featuring a cool, retro-chic style and a delicious breakfast and lunch menu, it’s perfect for either a quick stop off or a long meal. Feel free to grab a takeaway coffee and explore the quirky Erko shops […]

Sydney’s parties continue to go residential

By Emily Contador-Kelsall While Sydney’s lockout laws have curbed the alcohol-fuelled violence they were set out to fix, less popular impacts are also being felt across Sydney’s CBD and inner west. Oxford Street, famous for its LGBTI venues, has experienced a downturn since the implementation of the lockout laws as late night revellers turn their […]

Bar Fly: The Hive Bar

I am drawn like a magnet to bars that have cider by the pint, kumera fries, and sassy bartenders, and The Hive is a cosy and welcoming locals’ bar in the little faux-village of Erskineville.

Swanson Hotel

Another notch in the belt for Sydney’s expanding pub gentrification with Erskineville’s former Kurrajong Hotel being refitted and re-imagined British West Indies-style.

Bar Fly: Swanson Hotel

Downstairs locals are still huddled drinking schooners. Upstairs the elegant transformation of the Kurrajong Hotel brings contemporary pub dining to the mix.

Community garden faces the shovel

The Erskineville Road Community Garden could be turfed out, with the City of Sydney proposing to move it to a more “suitable” site. The garden was created in 2009  on a block of land that had been vacant for decades. “It’s kind of like a gorilla garden that the council hasn’t endorsed and it’s been […]