Greenwood Hotel Thursdays Dance area. DJ on the right. (12:50AM)

Greenwood Hotel Thursdays Dance area. DJ on the right. (12:50AM)

Finally, I have a Friday off work. I have decided to spend Thursday night visiting Greenwood Hotel, which apparently gets pretty busy. C was free as well, so off we went to check it out .. here we go!

Lining up: Thursdays @ Greenwood Hotel
Assessment Time: Midnight- 00:45AM
Address: 36 Blue St, North Sydney, NSW.
Venue Website:
Promoter Website: Appears to be self promoted.
Occurrence: Every Thursday
Outside Line: We waited for 45 minutes before giving up. For the poor souls who arrived here at around the midnight or just before midnight (i.e. Me and C), we are hoarded like cows to the line. The lining up area is a down sloping ramp which begins wide at about 8 people and narrows down to about 4 people wide. Being a special type of lining area that it is, without rope or restrictions on how the people flow, it kind of became a moshpit, where little pushy bitches of girls push in and the guys silently complain. More details below.
Dress Code / Door Policy:
Entry Fee / Cover Charge: Free all night.
Guestlist: No guestlists are taken here. It’s one shared line, and free entry all night.
Inside: I didn’t get to go inside tonight, but based on previous encounters during the day and from what C told me tonight: Walk straight into the front courtyard where a DJ stand is setup in the middle, with people. The building itself is in a C shape formation, with 3 bars inside. The dance area is enclosed by the three sides of the hotel. DJ is inside as well. Out back is the courtyard for smoking, relaxing, chatting, whatever.
Music Style: Dominantly Commercial / Contemporary House. There are some RnB mashups as well, but are ony short samples taken. There is also a second DJ inside the chapel playing RnB, according to the website.
Crowd & Ratio: “I’m getting my L plates next week”… “You need 86 UAI to get into commerce, I hope I get in” … these were the lines overheard while lining up. Its become clear that you are amongst a dominantly young teenage crowd. For tonight, most are local Aussie teenagers. I saw one young Asian guy lining up but that was it really, in terms of the ethnic make up in line.
Atmosphere: Didn’t go inside, but from what I could see from outside, people were dancing away in the courtyard, but not too vigorously. They look like they are just swaying their arms and bodies around. Ok, so they can’t dance so well, but we clubbers all were once like that. C (who went inside) reports that the bars on the inside were not that packed at all, and that everyone could have been easily let in without problem. It was just the outside courtyard dance area at the front and drinking areas at the back that were busy. It is possible the venue isn’t licensed to hold more patrons, but I’ve seen other regular drinking nights where it has been packed out.
Video: 180 of the DJ area. Taken from the back of the crowd:
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Taken from the front:
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Being violated in the line
For a good 10 minutes while lining up, I had a girl trying to get past me. No, you ain’t going past me girl. After giving up wiggling past me, she then decided to press her breasts against my back, trying to force me out of the way, or at least a bit more forward. Yeah!? Her boobs and eventually, her whole body kind of grinding me in line. So wierd!! Her boyfriend had his arms around her tummy, and the back of his hands were pressing into my lower back, dangerously close to my precious buttocks. I mean, seriously, it wasn’t that cramped, they had about half a metre of space behind them! This situation was very uncomfortable for me. Honestly, using sexual suggestion to influence me to get out of the line? Hell no – it ain’t gonna happen! So screw you people who purposely push in at moshpits and lines. You know who you are.

Leaving the line, then sneaking in
After 45 minutes, we had only moved to about the halfway point, and it was clear we were not going to get in by 1AM. I made the sad decision to leave. On the way out, C makes a sudden decision and jumps the 50 centimetre gate!! She beckons me to follow her. I stand there frozen, while other patrons look at us. The security guy is about 5 metres away with his back towards us, about to turn back at any moment. I can’t do it. She takes my camera and takes some videos for me. haha, thanks if you’re reading this.

Promises to be great value for being free entry, but this is probably one of only a handful of regular events where you definitely have to line up at 11PM or earlier to get in. Definitely will properly check out one day, but do keep in mind the crowd is going to be a lot of teenagers – so get drunk or bring friends if it makes you feel more comfortable here.

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