Exams are done and I’m in dance withdrawal. I want to go out for 24 hours straight – starting with a new event tonight (ending with Stereosonic + a nightclub tomorrow), so let’s check it out!

Far end of the bar. Looking towards the dancefloor.

Far end of the bar. Looking towards the dancefloor.

Chamber Fridays @ Hotel Chambers
Assessment Time: 11:45PM – 1:35AM
Opening Hours: 9PM – Unknown (3AM?)
Lockout: Unknown
Address: 53 Martin Place (It’s on the corner of Elizabeth St and Martin Place, across the road from Martin Place Bar)
Venue Website: http://www.hotelchambers.com.au
Promoter Website: http://www.cliqueevents.com.au
Occurrence: Tonight was the grand opening, to be run every Friday for as long as possible.
Outside Line: No line upon entry.
Dress Code / Door Policy: People were either well dressed, or casually dressed – but casually dressed in a good way, not a daggy way. Hats were allowed as well as sneakers.
Entry Fee / Cover Charge: We paid $20 for entry. The promo poster mentions $15 all night entry – this might be for people on a guestlist, but I don’t know. We also got a free shot of a red thing upon entry!! Good value but not such a good taste.
Guestlist: Try a promoter, otherwise send to admin@cliqueevents.com.au. $15 on guestlist??

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A bit of a dance at Hotel CBD, but friends are over the house music being played, so let’s go across the road to pay this place a visit.. here we go!

we love indie Forbes Hotel - DJs

DJs

Dropping by: We love Indie @ Forbes Hotel
Assessment Time: 02:15AM – 02:45AM
Opening Hours: 20:00PM – Unknown
Lockout: Unknown
Address: 30 York Street
Venue Website: http://www.theforbeshotel.com.au/
Promoter Website: Unknown / Possibly self promoted
Occurrence: Every Saturday
Outside Line: On entering tonight, there wasn’t a line.
Dress Code / Door Policy: Casual was okay here. Most people tonight wore casual or a collared shirt. Girls were dressy.. nothing too special.
Entry Fee / Cover Charge: $10
Guestlist: No guestlist
Inside: Walk inside to the Forbes Hotel on street level with a central bar and stools around. This is the lower chillout area. There is really only standing room here, as it is a small pub. Walk up the staircase on the left to the upper level. It’s of a dancefloor area to hold only 40 or 50 patrons. DJ on the right, and a bar on the left to serve the floor. 2 tier podium has been setup in the front stage. Smoking balcony to hold 3 people is in the corner of the room, which simply overlooks the street below.
Cloak Room: None
Bar Prices / Line: The line was possibly a 5 to 10 minute wait.
DJs: Unknown tonight but the websites lists the following DJ’s on rotation: Lone Wolf, DJ & Coke, Urby, Mick Jones and Miss Velveteen
Music Style: Indie Rock Music, with a heavy British influence
Crowd & Ratio: Mostly Caucasian crowd, and pretty much most people here, possibly everyone here is a tourist backpacker. Age ranges from teenagers to early 30’s, pretty friendly to chat with. 
Entertainment: No extra entertainment during my time here.
Atmosphere: Well, its tiny compared to other venues, but it appeared that despite the small crowd here, people did sing along and dance to the songs being played tonight.
Video Montage: – 360 of the room from the bar and 180 view from the podium
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Velvet (Fridays) @ The Vault: 14th January 2011

On January 14, 2011, in RnB, The Vault, by James Tran

Prelude
I have naturally been tasked to pick where to go for tonight for a group of 15 Asians aka my friends. Everything was set for the opening of the grand opening of the Asian rnb event at Gypsy nightclub. However Oxford St was a little too far from where we were at King St Wharf. The two other options offered to me that my friends would only consider going to were Flow @ WSP and Babyface @ Tao Lounge. Flow was too small/crowded and the Babyface International Asian scene might not be the right crowd for my Asian Australian friends. I had an event come to mind which I almost forgot, and was the closest to where we were, and which probably resolved these problems… Velvet @ The Vault – It had a local crowd, it was multilevel and it was close by. Hope they like it – here we go!

Velvet @ The Vault
Assessment Time: 11:45PM – 03:00AM
Opening Hours: 10:00PM(?) – 03:00AM
Lockout: Not sure if there was lockout or not from outside. Unlike last time, there wasn’t an internal lockout to go to the underground level.
Address: 122 Pitt St, Sydney. It’s opposite the Westin Hotel at Martin Place, half a block from the north side of Pitt St Mall.
Venue Website: http://www.vaulthotel.com.au
Promoter Website: http://www.velvetfridays.com
Occurrence: Every Friday since late 2010.
Outside Line: There was no line outside as we approached the venue. Friends were afraid the place was going to be dead.
Dress Code / Door Policy: Smart casual is recommended and possibly enforced. Don’t turn up looking scraggy. Guys have jeans/pants with collared shirts, clean sneakers. Girls are equally dressed well, but can probably get away with casual but at risk of not blending in with the crowd.
Entry Fee / Cover Charge: Free before 10:30PM if on guestlist. $15 before 11:30 on guestlist, and $20 full entry. We pay $20 which is a relief – better than other Asian events tonight which are happily charging $25.
Guestlist: velvetfridays@live.com.au
Inside: Walk into the side alley entrance to be presented with the ground level dancefloor. Bar and Shots Bar on the left. Dancing floor area in the middle and right to hold 50 people or so. Close right corner is where the DJ is. On your upper left is a VIP area / lounge for maybe 20 persons. Bathroom is here. In the far corner on the right are a set of stairs that lead downstairs. Walk downstairs to enter the “cooler” underground level room where speakers play music from the DJ on ground level. Podium for 6 people are on the left side. Lounges span the length of one of the walls and a bar takes up the other end of the room.
Cloak Room: I didn’t utilize the cloak room. 2 months ago it was $4 per item.
Bar Prices / Line: $8.50 for a Wet Pussy shot from one of the main bars late at 2:00AM. The wait time was 2 or 3 minutes. There are also two smaller specialised “shot bars” where only Tequila shots, Wet Pussy shots and Jagerbombs are served for express intoxication.
DJs: Unknown
Music Style: Primarily Modern American RnB, with some mashup of House, Hip Hop. I didn’t pay particular attention to it tonight as typical tracks were being played you would hear on the radio.
Crowd & Ratio: Most of the crowd tonight are Asian Australian. There may have been a handful of International Asians but these are the big minority. Other than that I don’t remember spotting any other ethnicities here tonight. The ratio was fair here at about on par male and female throughout most of the night. Didn’t appear violent but apparently there was a fight inside as well as a cat fight outside.
Entertainment: MC to keep things going alone. There was no dancepole tonight. Last time I was here, one of the MC’s friends broke the dancepole.
Atmosphere: On entering the ground level, the floor wasn’t too busy with about 10 – 20 people drinking around. There were 10 people lining up to go downstairs, as downstairs was completely at capacity. Later on in the night, as people gave up on going downstairs, they would stay on ground level and dance here, which was fine, and added to the atmosphere. When we eventually got downstairs the vibe was pretty busy/packed. The podium was chockablock full of people. Very party-like. By the end of the night everybody is basically downstairs as its much cooler than the warm upstairs, and well.. this is where everybody was.

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Flow Fridays @ World Square Pub

Assessment Time: Midnightish – 2am
Website: http://www.flowfridays.com.au
Address: 680 George St Sydney (Formerly Equilibrium)

Dress Code: Dress very nice. All the girls are in dresses, the boys were almost all collared shirts. You could probably get away with casual if you were with some girls. Very tight when it reaches capacity or close to capacity. No groups of men were allowed in. The line was heaps long.
Entry Fee / Cover Charge: $20 normal, $15 on guestlist.
Guestlist: See website.
Inside: Two levels. Downstairs chillout area with DJ, but nobody really dances here. This is the free area. Upstairs is where you have to pay your cover charge to go. It’s pretty small in there.
Cloak Room: No
Music: Rnb. Contemporary Moden rnb. Good selection of rnb tunes.
Crowd: Dominantly Asian. A spot of indian, but they’re technically asians too.
Entertainment: A podium for us to dance on, but no podium dancers.
Atmosphere: Packed and occasionally getting quite hot and smelly inside, due to the small volume and lack of ventilation of the whole place

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