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Published April 6th 2011
The historic, art deco Enmore Theatre can be found in the centre of Enmore Rd, Newtown, a lively and vibrant part of the world. It is Sydney's longest running live theatre venue and is revered for its commitment to eclectic productions, including concerts, theatre, comedy, drama, avant garde and physical theatre.
The Enmore is in the ideal spot to have dinner and drinks and then see a band afterwards. Food choices are plentiful and varied and include several Thai options such as the well-known Bank Thai, almost opposite the Enmore Theatre. The choices do not end there, for something a bit more exotic, you can find quality traditional Turkish fare at Sultan's Table Turkish which serves all Turkish favourites including iskender kebabs and sukuklu pide. The family-run Kafenes offers authentic, delectable Greek dishes and sweets and the incentive to return. For a quicker bite that's also easy to share, there is Torino's Pizza not far away. If you simply need a spot to meet friends, the theatre has its own venue bar which also offers some nibbles such as confectionary, snacks, soft drinks and of course, alcohol.
Being Newtown, pubs are also abundant, often combining more food options with a drink to help the food be digested well. The Duke of Edinburgh Hotel is usually the place to meet friends before a band, being just a few doors down from the theatre. It has a good choice of beer on tap as well as a courtyard bistro out the back with a huge range of reasonably priced meals. Not far away on the corner of Cambridge Street is the late-opening The Sly Fox Hotel, known for its Wednesday night gay nights and Tuesday Bingay nights. The Warren View Hotel is further down Enmore Rd, on the corner of Stanmore Rd. It is another long-standing pub, having been in the business and run by the same family for over a hundred years. It also has a back bistro and good choice of beers.
The theatre is easily reached by public transport, both buses and trains to and from areas such as the city, Coogee and Leichhardt. If you do decide to drive, you can usually find parking down one of the quieter streets heading away from Newtown. Taxis are also another option especially if you decide to make a night of it and have a few drinks.
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