When lockout comes to interrupt your night, The Imperial Hotel is there. The reliable Erskineville pub is well known for its role in The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. But more recently it has become a hub for late-night revelry. Next month Spice Group International will take over managing The Imperial, moving underground dance club Spice Cellar out of the lockout zone.
No drastic changes are slated immediately, but over time the hotel will be transformed into three rooms, each with a distinct atmosphere. The Imperial Bar remains casual, The Lounge will focus on live entertainment and gin (an ideal combination). The Basement Club will be the Spice Cellar’s new location, with late-night dance music by DJ Murat Kilic. This will be SPICE music’s ninth venue change since opening in 2004; loyal regulars follow without question. Easter weekend will be the last time SPICE will be held at the Martin Place location – with Final Fiesta on Easter Sunday.
Jonny Seymour (from Kooky events) is the venue’s cultural ambassador. Seymour is keen to see Spice Group International, “Expand the relevance of the space in the area for the neighbourhood, in particular for the LGBTI community for whom the building holds great importance.” This new venue is bolder, coming at exactly the right time. “We are definitely at a point where a bigger location is needed due to demand in our music scene,” says Seymour. “The Imperial Hotel Erskineville is the perfect location for our next chapter.”