Asian RnB / EDM Clubs and Events in Sydney
I get a lot of emails about this, so I’ve written a list instead.
This is a list of “Asian” RnB / EDM nightclubs in Sydney and my thoughts about them. 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 no particular order…
Irregular Days/ Nights
- Zen @ Ivy Bar
Launched in 2013, Syndicate and Mizuya combined their client base to launch Zen, originally a direct competitor to OPM on Thursdays. No longer on Thursdays, they have since then held parties during the day/night at the Pool Club on Saturdays/Sundays. 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. Old Thursday Review . Since the review, it has had mixed number turn outs.
EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT
- OPM @ Marquee Hotel (Urban Agent) From Feb 14 onwards weekly. Formerly on Thursday nights.
OPM has since 2012 has built a reputation of an event of always being busy, packed, etc with a decent crowd. The promoters have capitalised on this, and have killed off their other Friday night event Bamboo (they were flogging a dead horse) and made OPM their Friday staple event. Crowd is Asian focused, but expect the first few iterations to have mixed crowds of people unaware of the new Asian Friday presence – it could even stay as mixed – whatever brings in the money. Let’s hope for these guys under recent public pressure, the move from a monthly to a weekly event with a fresh event name maintains the momentum for OPM. Fridays not reviewed yet. View Thursday Review .
- Flow Fridays @ The Den (Ivy) [Opened 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. Preliminary reports from friends say that the event is regularly packed. 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. I visited in Jan 2014 and it was pretty crap, but I purely think it is because half the Korean population are overseas back home during early Jan. I’m sure it is more busy in other months.
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
- Fabric @ Martin Place Bar (From 15th March)
Once the staple homeground for Bamboo for a good 7 years, it’s come full circle and the small venue has fallen into the hands of competitor Syndicate Events, with a new name. It’s a downgrade in terms of size from Kinki @ City Hotel, but these guys have been consistently been doing well with their events. It will be interesting to see how it goes.
- Taboo @ Verandah Bar (Kick on Entertainment) From March 15th
Asian based promoters at this Bar.. It’s always a love-hate affair with this Bar. I was not fond of it too much when Verandah was run by previous promoters (long, long lines, or perhaps I’m jaded), but perhaps these guys can do something new with it.
- LKF @ Civic Hotel (Mizuya)
Started in 2012. A mostly Chinese based-born-Overseas crowd. If you want to have a chat, this place is fine, but for a dance, not really. I’ve been here twice and it does get busy in the ‘VIP’ sections where it does its best to replicate Asian clubs of overpriced bottle service and a small dancefloor. They were cool with my banana costume when I was here, but dress code is at least smart casual by everyone.Last updated: Feb 2014
(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.
- Kinki @ King St Hotel
(Syndicate) Not sure why it went down as it was always popular. Perhaps it was time to try something new. Perhaps people were getting tired of the same old location. Perhaps the collaboration of promoters decided to split and go their own ways (my own theory because of the 2 new events opening on Saturday). Regardless, RIP.
- Bamboo@ Pontoon Bar
Bad reviews, people already sick of the venue due to Syndicate’s perfect event being there prior – it didn’t last long.
- AM Nightclub @ Dynasty (End Nov 2013)
A short 3 or 4 week run after heavy promotion and it was gone. Rumours were that liquor licence problems plagued the event.
- Black Fridays @ The Vault
As of 8th Nov 2013 the event has been no longer promoted, and assumed stopped by the promoters. I think any event held here at the Vault is doomed to failure purely due to the location.
- 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)