Brimming with secret bars, corner cafés and live music venues, Enmore punches high while avoiding pretense. Cairo Takeaway is a non-descript eatery serving some of the best falafel in town. The Egyptian restaurant is modelled on the flavours and feel of Cairo's streetside food stalls. Similarly focused on authentic cuisine, Emma's Snack Bar has the homely vibe of a family-run Lebanese kitchen, complete with a share-style menu and a BYO liquor allowance. For breakfast, head to Saga for wicked and inventive pastries and hearty morning dishes. To round off any meal, there's only one way to go: Cow & The Moon, a gelataria that has taken out the title of World's Best Gelato.
At Jacoby's Tiki Bar, you will not find subtlety, but you will find a vehement dedication to doing a theme justice. A Polynesian-style Tiki bar with a dark second layer, the venue takes its inspiration from the Tiki-obsessed psychiatrist in David Lynch's cult television series "Twin Peaks". Nods to the director can be found throughout the bar, which excels in combining theatrical presentation with exotic flavour. A more clearcut drinking experience can be had down the road at Cottonmouth Records, a record store slash bar where you can drink whisky while sifting through vinyl.
Sydney's longest running theatre and live music venue, Enmore Theatre first opened in 1910 as an open-air cinema. These days, it hosts heavy-hitting talent from all around the world—from comedy nights and theatre events to live music gigs, which the slanted floor and mezzanine area make particularly enjoyable. More local and alternative music acts can be found at The Hideaway Bar, a home for the city's up-and-coming rock 'n' roll talent.