The Basement is a live performance and dance space that’s been refreshed into a late-night sanctuary for all; a safe home for personal and creative expression, exuberance and inclusivity, and welcomes all members of the LGBTQIA+ community. The Imperial Erskineville has always been a beloved late-night dance venue outside the lockout zones, and continues on as a proud standard-bearer for joyous after-dark culture.
On Friday and Saturday nights from 9pm until close*, The Basement comes alive with self-expression, creative energy and flamboyant performance. Hosting a line-up of drag and performance art, live music, DJs, partnered and special events, the space will be shared with some of the world’s best party partners to offer Sydney’s most captivating nights.
When the sun goes down, The Basement’s pulse rises, bringing together a commune of connections, introductions and celebrations in a space made to tickle imaginations and ignite passions. We say diverse is divine, weird is wonderful, unique is unreal – and yes, you’re absolutely welcome here.
*Our opening days and times may expand beyond these – keep an eye out here!
WE HAVE CREATED THIS SPACE AS AN OPEN SAFE HOME TO PERSONAL AND CULTURAL EXPRESSION.
A SANCTUARY FOR ALL, A SPACE THAT TICKLES THE IMAGINATION AND IGNITES THE PASSION FOR LIVING.
A PLATFORM FOR PERFORMANCE, FOR EXPRESSION AND EXPLORATION.
A COMMUNE OF CONNECTIONS, INTRODUCTIONS AND CELEBRATIONS.
UNIQUE IN ITS STYLE, DIVERSE IN ITS CULTURE, FLAMBOYANT IN ITS PERFORMANCE.
A REFUGE FOR LOVE.
WEIRD IS WONDERFUL – AND YES, YOU’RE WELCOME HERE.
The Bears are back at The Imperial!
Yes you read correctly, the Imperial and Harbour City Bears are excited to be hosting a fun furry dance party in the original Bear Pit – downstairs at the Imperial Hotel.
May 18th happens to fall on the night of the Australian Federal Election, so come and either celebrate or commiserate with good friends, good tunes, good beer and good fun.
On the night we will have DJ Sveta spinning beats from 10pm, with DJ George Roussos taking over the decks from 1am. “From 1am”
I hear you all thinking… Yes, there ain’t no lockouts in this Bear Pit so there’s no need to worry about getting kicked out early.
Pre-sale tickets for members are only $10 or $15 on the door, and non-member tickets are $15.
Basement | 10pm | Tickets here
CAMP is back at The Imperial on Saturday June 22nd. If you like a lyric then you’ll LOVE this party.
Our camp-as-tits DJs play 100% hits from start to finish. All your favourite hands-in-the-air, singalong hits from the 90s to now.
From Kylie to Dannii, Mariah to Shania, Tina to Ariana, Spice Girls to Little Mix and Almighty to Freemasons. You’ll be having a Camp Attack before you know it!
Basement | 10pm | More Info