Asian RnB / EDM Clubs and Events in Sydney
Not to promote Asian power or anything as such, but there are some readers who feel more comfortable in such environments. This is a list of “Asian” RnB / EDM nightclubs in Sydney and my biased thoughts about them if they haven’t been reviewed yet.
This list does not include mixed crowd events such as Ivy Bar (Main Floor) / V Bar on Fridays (mixed crowd) and events attracting a Southern Asian crowd.
In alphabetical order…
Irregular Thursday Nights
- OPM @ Marquee Hotel
Started in 2012, OPM is the custom name for the Urban Agent’s special Thursday events before public holidays or whenever. Events run on nights that coincide with public / long weekends or university holidays. On average once every two months. Attracts a fairly large crowd of local and overseas Asians. I lined up for three hours last time… never again. Music is EDM/Commercial House/ Rnb in main room and more RnB in the second Boom Box room. Great venue if you are keen to walk. Review . Since review, subsequent events have seen a consistent crowd presence.
- Zen @ Ivy Bar
Launched in 2013, Syndicate and Mizuya combine their client base to launch Zen, a direct competitor to OPM and (so far) held on the same nights. Only access to the main building, where as access to Pool level requires a separate purchase. Tickets are slightly more expensive than that of OPM ($30-$45). Mix of Asian Australian and International crowd, while music offered is Commercial House/EDM/RnB in the main room with RnB in the sma1ller crappy room. Review . Since the review, it has had mixed number turn outs.
EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT
- AM Club @ Dynasty Karaoke / Club [In Haitus or has been stopped]
**As of 8th Nov 2013 the venue has been temporarily closed for reasons undisclosed** A fresh approach by combining the typical Asian dinner/karaoke/Clubbing into one location. OK, it was an idea borrowed from clubs from Asian nightclubs, but its still fresh for Sydney. Launched Oct 25 2013. It looks to aim to the Local Asian australian crowd with a mix of rnb, edm. Not reviewed yet, but friends are saying positive things.
- Bamboo @ Pontoon Bar (Urban Agent, Infinity)
After two or three retirements of the namesake, its back again, and it’s taken over Pontoon Bar, where the “Perfect” (Syndicate Events) event used to be held. Aiming for the same crowd and also for the uneducated crowd who are looking for the Perfect event but go in anyway because it’s the same music. Not reviewed yet.
- Black Fridays @ The Vault [In Haitus or has been stopped]
** As of 8th Nov 2013 the event has been no longer promoted, and assumed stopped by the promoters ** I love the Vault as a venue, it’s just that any event held here is one that isn’t sustained for long. It’s also launching in Sept – It looks to be the replacement for the old Me2 event [Overseas Asians], but this is not confirmed. Music unknown but its assumed to be RnB/EDM. Ladies get free entry every week. Not reviewed yet.
- Flow Fridays @ The Den (Ivy) [Opening 15-11-13] (Syndicate Events)
Don’t get too excited when you see The Ivy, this is only held on one of the levels of the Ivy. The Den’s dancefloor is a much smaller space than of the main room at ivy, but is actually about the same size as it was 3 years ago when Flow was at Equilibrium nightclub. The dancefloor may be the same size but there is the extended lounge areas for people to actually relax and chill out. This seems to be more of the focus, as the dancefloor is a bit small. Same promoters as the old Perfect @ Pontoon event – this is their new Friday clubbing event. Not reviewed yet.
Irregular Friday Nights
- Bounce @ St James Hotel (Red and Blue Events)
K-Pop and RnB aiming for the Korean crowd, but all nationalities welcome. Held on average once every month or so. It was probably my favourite events of all time when it was held at Slide Bar, but have not reviewed it since the relocation/relaunch, but friends say positive things.
EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT
- Embassy @ Zeta Bar (Hilton Hotel) (Urban Agent, et al.)
Mostly Asian-Australian crowd, mixed ages but appeals more to the older crowd since the place inherent is classy on its own. Dress code applies. Small dancefloor, okay atmosphere. $25 at the door. Review
- Kin.ki @ King St Hotel (Syndicate)
Mostly Asian-Australian crowd. Mixed ages. In its short run it has become the default go to place for Saturday night clubbing. Dress code applies. Medium-large dance floor, atmosphere is good here. $25 at the door. Review
- LKF @ Civic Hotel (Mizuya)
Started in 2012. A mostly Chinese based born Overseas crowd. I only had an average time when I was here, but then again I don’t really enjoy events when they are held at Civic Hotel (upstairs). If you want to have a chat, this place is fine, but for a dance, not really. Not properly reviewed, but I did drop by once for a short period of time and I wasn’t a fan purely based on first impression.
Last updated: Nov 2013
(As of recent) No Longer Running
It is always sad to see events go no matter how much i didn’t like them. Such is the current nature of the industry.
- Shanghai Nights @ Space Nightclub (Urban Agent, Infinity) – Closed in October 2013
After a short stint at Space, it was finally closed in October/Nov 2013 and has been moved to Pontoon Bar where it has been rebadged as “Bamboo” name. Urban Agent are now the official “pop up” club promoters in Sydney; I just can’t keep track anymore.
- Perfect Nights @ Pontoon Bar (Syndicate, et al.) (RIP August 2013)
This was the biggest hotspot on Friday, and now it is the biggest surprise closure of the year. Rumours suggest the slow decline of RnB as a factor. Huge gap to be filled. The location has been replaced by Bamboo (by rival promotion company Urban Agent) since. The promoters have downscaled their replacement event ‘Flow Fridays’ to The Den @ Ivy Bar. This is not the Flow Fridays as of 3 years ago at Equilibrium.
- Bamboo @ Verandah Bar (Urban Agent) (RIP Sept 2013)
Ever since it was moved from Martin Place Bar, it has not been as successful as it once was, and has now closed. Probably the longest running Asian RnB event ever (almost 10 years?). It has since relocated to Pontoon Bar.
- Me2 @ The Terrace – Top Level Home Nightclub (Mizuya)
Promoters have merged this event with LKF Saturdays @ Civic Hotel
- Cubic @ Space Nightclub (RIP March 2013) -
The name was replaced by Shanghai Nights to appeal probably directly to a less local and more overseas crowd. The Cubic event was attracting such a crowd anywyas.
- Volar @ Civic Hotel (RIP Nov 2012) -
Crowd was moved to Space nightclub for the Cubic event and the venue has since been occupied by LKF
- Vanity @ Watershed Bar (RIP Nov 2012)
Promoters have resurrected it as Embassy @ Zeta Bar.
- Bounce @ Slide Bar (RIP Oct/Nov 2012)
It has recently come back on at St James Hotel
- Zaia @ Space Sydney (RIP Oct/Nov 2012)