Imperial Basement

 

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.

 

WHAT'S ON

15 Dec – 26 Jan: RuPauls Drag Race All Stars 4 Viewing Party

 

The fourth installment of All Stars is being served fresh and hot at The Imperial! Drag race fans are invited to join us for every episode this season, with a FREE viewing party in the Basement. 10 fan favourite queens ranging from seasons 3-10 will be bringing all their charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent to battle it out for the crown!

 

Doors open at 7pm, screening from 7.30pm. FREE

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19 Jan: BOYTHiNG – Happy New Henney

It’s 2019! & we’re gonna rip off that band-aid and let that femme-free. That’s right, sissies, it’s a Happy. New. HENNY.

 

It’s a gender euphoric extravaganza and you’ll be walking it out and dancing it off to our best mix of 90’s house, the sexiest disco and the campest classics.

 

Doors open 9pm | $15 – $20 CASH ONLY

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23 Jan: Dungeons and Drag Kweens

 

Drag Queens + Dungeons and Dragons = The Gayest and Nerdiest show in Sydney!

 

Join our comedy Kweens as they navigate their way through the camp and mythical city of Xan’moxie. This month they’re working nine to five and learning the real definition of hot seating as they go to hell … corporate style!

 

Dungeons and Drag Kweens is completely improvised and no prior knowledge of Dungeons and Dragons is required!

 

Doors open 8pm |BUY TICKETS

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26 Jan: 20BiTeen Party

 

BiCONIC proudly presents: The 20BiTeen party!

 

The new year is here and we could not be more excited – The internet has spoken and dubbed this year 20BiTeen! Lets kick 2019 night in to gear with a party this community deserves, showing love, support and some serious funk.

 

Doors open 9pm | BUY TICKETS

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2 Feb: Honcho Disko Sydney Edition

 

CATEGORY IS… DARK GLAMOUR!

 

This month at the HONCH Sydney the category is DARK GLAMOUR so empty yer trash and get the glue gun.

 

Ft. Brendan Maclean LIVE, Lady Fur, Thraxxy LIVE, Peach Fuzz. Hosted by Precious Cargo. Shows 10.30/11.30/12.30.

 

Honcho DJs PABLO and Salvador Darling.

 

Doors open 9pm | BUY TICKETS

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9 Feb: Drag Nation Grand Final

 

The final of Drag Nation is coming to the world famous Imperial Hotel!   Contestants representing each state: Ruby Slippers (NSW), Amema Jay (VIC), Queen B (ACT), Tina Bikki (QLD), Cougar Morrison (WA)

 

10pm GA and VIP available | BUY TICKETS

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23 Feb: CONTROL Mardi Gras Party

 

Control is well beyond thrilled to bring to you our Mardi Gras Edition featuring two very important artists from over the seas and a wild bunch of local legends.

 

Ft. Anastasia Kristensen (Denmark), Lady Blacktronika (USA), Sveta (the one and only!) and local legend Kate Doherty.

 

Doors open 9pm | BUY TICKETS

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