about us


Built in 1932, the Art Deco interiors of the main bar remain the social hub of Erskineville village. Renown for an eclectic mix of residents, students, urban professionals and local identities, this old boozer might find you locking eyes with celebrities, media personalities or sporting icons over the famous island bar.

The island bar is the iconic feature of the pub, the design reflecting an intent to create social interaction and a sense of community. A place where individuals wander in to find conversation, laughter and good times often ending in all-nighters.

Owned and operated by the Leach Family for over 20 years. It will come as no surprise to find Elissa, Clare or Scott working the floor or just playing mine host. This is a pub run by a local family for the local community. A place you can meet and know the publican.

Fully renovated the pub maintains the traditional front bar whilst delivering sophisticated function and dining spaces on the ground floor, a TAB for the punters and outdoor curb side seating to watch the world wander past. Climb the stairs to the newly opened Howards Cantina to find a cocktail bar, share plate restaurant and outdoor terrace. This local truly has Erskineville covered.


Inspired by the memory of Howard Leach, a man who loved to eat, drink and enjoy his family and friends. His love of ‘smoking’ fresh produce and twisting classic drinks into original cocktails is the inspiration for our team.

The food is authentic, with creative texture highlighted by strong technique over the plate. The kitchen team tread the boards in the front of house sharing their passion for food.

A semi private dining room and a mixture of high and low seating offset by the theatre of the cocktail bar make for an interesting space to relax in.

A great spot for a nibble or work your way into a culinary journey - with the whole table shared dining experience.


Inspired mixology that delivers on the classics with a twist and original creations. Our team find inspiration in smoking and infusion, seeking to find balance and flavour that is unique and has that taste that will make you come back for another round. Our tip: sit at the bar to discover the aromas or relax back on the terrace on a sofa and make a session of it.

$12 Mojitos every Friday afternoon from 4pm-6pm making a great start to the weekend.


Each dish has a unique story - the stories are of childhood memories on southern beaches, over coming challenges in times of hardship, and you may even find yourself being introduced to the chef's mother-in-law.

Food and booze are the game here and our hot tip is to BYO stretchy pants. The menu is perfect for sharesies, with clever takes on old favourites (we're looking at you mashed potato with three types of fat).

It hits all the right notes; specials, monster steak and rib nights, shared plates, trivia, 2-for-1 cocktails in happy hour. The pub's famous beer-battered fries are famous for a reason and you WILL try the restaurant-standard Chocolate Experience.

Erskinville has scored another win by the way of Howard's Cantina opening above the much loved Rose of Australia Hotel. Hidden away from the hype of King Street, the restaurant and cocktail bar is all about dishing out swanky small plates and hearty share plates in a retro setting.

Really enjoyed this place!! The food here is incredible - I was lucky enough to come in an try a whole heap of things off the new menu. Not only did the food present very well but the staff were super friendly and the decor is beautiful! -from fromsydwithlove