An insider's guide to Enmore with musician Will Wood

Sandwiched between Newtown and Marrickville in Sydney’s inner west, Enmore is quietly cool – a compact neighbourhood that offers rich rewards. It’s home to excellent coffee, dining options that range from vegan Thai to dependable pub grub.

Will Wood

Will Wood

Oct 2023 -
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Will Wood

Musician Will Wood, of psych rock trio Grinding Eyes, calls the grungy enclave home. Here, he shares his favourite spots and what he loves most about the Inner West suburb.

Will Wood

What do you love most about Sydney?

There’s a lot to love about Sydney. For me, it’s the bars, cafes, pubs, live music, breweries, markets and the small pockets of communities that just make you feel at home.

Enmore has a reputation for excellent coffee; what is your go-to place for a caffeine fix?

My go-to for a coffee in Enmore has to be Black Market Coffee on Enmore Road; quick, straight to the point and great tasting. They have a simple menu, but it always hits the spot.

Will Wood, of the psych rock band Grinding Eyes, at Black Market Coffee in Enmore, Inner Sydney

Black Market Coffee, Enmore

There’s quite a mix of eateries in Enmore, with everything from Malaysian banquets to traditional Turkish and fine-dining Italian. Do you have a favourite restaurant in Enmore?

My favourite restaurant in the area is definitely Little Turtle. It’s a fantastic vegan restaurant serving home-style Thai favourites with a playful twist. The baked Tom Yum rice is delicious and they serve one of their curries in a coconut!


What's your ultimate way to spend a night out in Sydney?

My ideal night out in Sydney starts in the late afternoon at The Warren View Hotel for beers and a feed, followed by a visit to a couple of the neighbourhood breweries – Young Henrys up the road in Newtown is a favourite.

Crowd enjoying the Warren View Hotel beer garden, Enmore

Crowd enjoying the Warren View Hotel beer garden, Enmore

After sunset, I like to catch a few live bands at the Enmore Theatre and finish the night off with a nightcap at one of the local bars. Nearby Jacoby’s does great tiki cocktails.

A Vivid Music 2018 event at the Enmore Theatre, Sydney

 Enmore Theatre during Vivid 2018, Sydney

You've played at venues across Sydney with your band Grinding Eyes. Where is your favourite place to perform a gig in Sydney and why?

Sydney has so many great venues to perform at. For small, more intimate gigs, I enjoy performing at The Vanguard in Newtown, or for larger gigs I like to go for Crowbar in Leichhardt. Then there’s the holy grail of live venues – the iconic Enmore Theatre (as mentioned above).

Hayden Quinn at The Vanguard in Newtown, Inner Sydney

The Vanguard, Newtown

Where is your favourite place to see a gig in Sydney and why?

Again, there are so many to choose from – starting with the DIY warehouse gigs around Marrickville to the larger theatre gigs in Enmore, plus the dynamic acts at Oxford Art Factory in the city. I love them all; every live music venue in Sydney has its perks.

Patrons enjoying live music at the Oxford Art Factory in Darlinghurst, Inner Sydney

Oxford Art Factory, Darlinghurst

What are your top three must-dos in Enmore that you would recommend to a friend who was visiting?

If you are heading to the neighbourhood, be sure to add these to your itinerary: enjoying a delicious pub meal at The Warren View Hotel (they do a mean parmi), tasting local brews at independent breweries like Young Henrys or The Grifter Brewing Co., and watching a local live band at The Vanguard while drinking some of the local independent beers.

People enjoying a beer at Grifter Brewing Co, Marrickville

Grifter Brewing Co, Marrickville

Do you have a favourite Secret Sydney experience you can tell us about?

I would say Sydney Park; sunny afternoons sitting on the grassy hill watching the world go by is one of the best ways to unwind and take some time to relax from what is generally a very busy lifestyle.

Inner West Picnic Spots - Sydney Park - St Peters

Inner West Picnic Spots - Sydney Park - St Peters


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