Plans for an impromptu house party fell through, as my friends think calling them at 11:30PM is too short a notice to hold a midnight party – so I went clubbing instead. Got in the car and headed out west along with Marty to Nox – Had no idea what was on tonight but I hoped it would be open. Here we go!

Crowd shot at the front (1:00AM)

Crowd shot at the front (1:00AM)

Tequila Fridays @ Nox Nightclub, Liverpool, Sydney
Assessment Time: 12:15AM – 02:30AM
Opening Hours: 09:00PM- 03:00AM
Lockout: 2:00AM or around there.
Address: 279 Macquarie St, Liverpool, Sydney
Venue Website: None could be found at time of writing
Promoter Website: http://www.facebook.com/TequilaFridays
Occurrence: Every Friday. Unknown when it started, but it was mentioned that it was a new event. ‘New’ meaning probably the past 2 or 3 months IMO.
Outside Line: None.
Dress Code / Door Policy: Hats are okay. Guys are pretty casual and so are some of the girls. It’s a smart casual affair one could say here. It was quite a chilly night so not many girls showed their bare legs tonight.
Entry Fee / Cover Charge: $15 after 11PM. Before 11PM, it is $10. Good value.
Guestlist: Check the Promoter website link for the current email address to send guestlists to.
Inside: Walk to enter the back of the club. It’s a large room with a large bar in the middle taking up about a quarter of the floor space. On the opposite side is the higher stage where DJ and MC hang out. It’s quite a large podium and I suppose it could hold a band here for small concerts. Space between the bar and stage for people to dance around is about 5 metres. On either side of the bar there are lounges along the walls and more space for room for people to dance around. Smoking area is back outside next to the entrance by the street.
Cloak Room: None
Bar Prices / Line: Didn’t drink tonight, but the lines were pretty short. A wait of no longer than 5 minutes.
Eviction Count: Crowd seemed pretty friendly. Some drunk guys were a bit rowdy with the dance but there were keeping it to themselves.
DJs: DJ Don Juan for pretty much most of the time I was here
Music Style: Contemporary Latin American influenced music and commercial RnB. Some foreign language songs from latin America were played too throughout the night. I had no idea what was going on, but the crowd knew the words and sang along. RnB songs I could dance to, but the slower pace of the latin songs later in the night made it a bit more harder to do anything crazy in terms of dancing. Coco the dancer also lends a hand to the bongos that are setup at the front of the stage to add effect.
Crowd & Ratio: It was a mixed crowd – A handful of Africans, Asians, but mostly the crowd tonight is Caucasian/ European and people with Latin American heritage – Ages range from young to people in their 30s. A fair ratio, but most of the hotter chicks were up on stage dancing away.
Entertainment: MC and Coco to keep things lively throughout the proceedings MC does his thing, while Coco dances and reels the girls up onto stage. It is mentioned now that free pizza is given at 9:30PM from the local pizza shop if you rock up early. Stage was open to any girls who wanted to dance. There was also some dancing competitions for prizes.
Atmosphere: In terms of capacity the club was at half. However this doesn’t really matter too much as there are enough people around – most are at the front surrounding the stage. The very nature of latin music gives a friendly vibe anyway and people are dancing and seemingly having fun.. on the dancefloor anyway. It is pretty dark otherwise in the back areas. Comparing to a typical RnB club, it is less sleazy for sure.
Video: Walkthrough and music sample
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Velvet Fridays @ The Vault: 28th January 2011

On January 28, 2011, in RnB, The Vault, by James Tran

Today is the last day of my job. Quite a sad affair, but it was another reason to celebrate. I’ve pretty much had a lot of pre-drinks tonight at a bar nearby, and just to make my friends happy I have sorted out a guestlist for The Vault tonight, as most did enjoy it last time, so here we go!

Me

My little reserved area

Velvet Fridays @ The Vault
NB: Tonight I was pretty drunk..
Assessment Time: 11:25PM – 02:15AM
Opening Hours: 10:00PM(?) – 03:00AM
Lockout: Unknown tonight
Address: 122 Pitt St, Sydney. Opposite the Westin Hotel (1 Martin Place) Sydney
Venue Website: http://www.vaulthotel.com.au
Promoter Website: http://www.velvetfridays.com.au
Occurrence: Every Friday since late 2010
Outside Line: 2 or 3 people outside the front. Friends who weren’t before were worried it was a representation of a bad night inside, but two floors can hold enough :)
Dress Code / Door Policy: Smart Casual is encouraged here – some of my friends wore just shirts and jeans with sneakers, and were able to get in. I had a blazer, jeans and clean white sneakers.
Entry Fee / Cover Charge: Free before 10:30PM if on guestlist. $15 before 11:30 on guestlist, and $20 full entry. Tonight is the farewell of me and my job, so I’ve been granted free entry, a small reserved area by the bar and a bottle of Chandon sparkling wine .
Guestlist: Emailed mine to velvetfridays@live.com.au at 2PM earlier in the day, and received a response and confirmation, which was good.
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 remember pulling out a $5 to pay for the cloak room but I don’t know if I got change.
Bar Prices / Line: Line in the upstairs bar was not long – probably 2 deep for a 5-10 minute wait. Same for the underground level.
DJs: Unknown, but probably the same ones as last time.
Music Style: Mostly RnB the entire night.
Crowd & Ratio: Mostly Asian Australian tonight. I don’t remember encountering any other nationalities, though amongst my personal group tonight were some backpackers from Korea and Brazil
Entertainment: MC to keep things going.
Atmosphere: Half the time I was upstairs, but during the time the floor wasn’t too busy, you could get your own spot and room to dance without being squished, but there were always people around you when you danced. Downstairs was much more of a busy affair throughout the night, where you are kind of restricted to your own spot – however more people were down here which added to the good vibey atmosphere. Tonight kind of glad that there were no fights that threatened the club to be shutdown, unlike last time I was here.
Video Montage: Walkthrough ground, under ground level, and music sample of the night. 
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Standing opposite Bar Century at the traffic lights. We see disco lights. Whoa, lets check it out!

anyway, walked in, and the DJ was there, and so was the dancefloor, and pool table to the side. Lounges on the other side, with bar on the back side.

Bar Century dancefloor, with pool table area

Bar Century dancefloor, with pool table area

The dancefloor was about the same size as the pool table. Infinitesimally small. This place should not be $5.

We entered at 12:55AM and the place closed at 01:00AM, so we didn’t last long. We managed to talk to half the people in here in that period of time, lol

Don’t come here for a clubbing experience – this place is more of a bar, if you are into that.

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NB: The Bank Nightclub was forced to close in 2013 after a successful 3 year run. This review remains on the site for archive purposes.

The Bank Nightclub

Absolutely sick of RnB clubs and lack of diverse offerings on Friday lately, so I decided to go to Kings Cross – Specifically at a place called The Bank, where I read it was refurbished recently. I needed some house music, and M comes along. What do you know as we walk in – It’s RnB! ahahah far our brussel sprouts. It looks really nice though and I don’t see many asians at all, so we go in anyway – here we go!

 

Addiction (Final Night) @ The Bank Nightclub, Kings Cross, Sydney
Assessment Time: 11:00PM – 01:30AM, 02:00AM – 03:45AM
Opening Hours: 10:00PM – 04:00AM (closing time uncertain)
Lockout: None
Website: http://www.thebanknightclub.com.au , http://www.meentertainment.com.au
Address:42 Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross Sydney
Dress Code / Door Policy: Casual ok. Hats are ok. It’s mostly urban here with the guys, and the women are all dressed up.
Entry Fee / Cover Charge: $20. Free before 10pm and discount after, if on the guestlist.
Guestlist: info@meentertainment.com.au
Inside: The venue itself is definitely suave with the feel of elegance. Dark polished wood everywhere, carpeted lounge areas. Ground level holds the narrow but long dancefloor for 150 or so people. Upstairs overhangs a balcony / 2nd tier lounge dance area but it is closed off for tonight. Bar is on the right with a shelf of alcohol which adorns side wall. So many bottles of Jagermeister :)
Cloak Room:None offered
Bar: $5 for most drinks before 11pm. Standard prices thereafter.
DJs: I don’t know but at one point they had DJ’s at the same time, albiet alternatively spinning and mixing into each other’s songs instead of playing at the same time.
Music: Hip Hop and RNB, mostly on the Hip hop side of things. Usually at the RnB club , you would hear Snoop Dogg and Dr Dre west coast rap at 2am – tonight it was being blazed out at 11pm. It may not be for everyone. I do like my hip hop, but there were some songs that I didnt know either. There were multiple moments where M and I considered leaving the club due to a questionable or unknown song being played by the DJ, but since we already paid $20 to get in, we stayed another song. Also throughout the night a random house song would be played out as well. It was a mind fuck, and not in a good way. Also near closing time, the DJ was guilty of playing songs a second time, even thought it was a different DJ. – totally wrong
Crowd:Initially an even mix of aussies, wogs / euros, and black / african people. There are also a handful of asians. Ages were probably 20’s or older. There did not seem to be any policy or any pretension in this place. Later on in the night approaching 2-3am, the crowd becomes a ratio of 50% black african and 50% everyone else. Some of the girls left were hot so it kept us staying. Shameless.
Entertainment:MC to keep the vibe going throughout the night. No other entertainment. At one point in the night, 2 DJ’s were playing , switching songs with each other, which was something I hadn’t seen before at a club.
Atmosphere:Initially at entering at 11pm, it’s pretty good and everyone is dancing, which is bloody surprising. Hopes are up, however it doesn’t really get any busier, and stays at the busy state throughout the night, which is still good. In terms of friendliness, it was dark enough to dance on your own, but since it was such a small dancefloor cross-area, you are always under the eyes of someone as you dance.
Video Walkthrough of The Bank Nightclub
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Fridays @ Bungalow 8: 8th January 2010

On January 8, 2010, in Bungalow 8, House, by James Tran

Was here for a friend’s farewell.. so here we go!

Fridays @ Bungalow 8
Assessment Time: 10.30pm-12.15am
Address: 3 Lime St Sydney
Dress Code / Door Policy: You must look sharp, nice dress shoes, pants and collared shirt are a minimum and should be enough to get in. No large groups of men. Avoid jeans and casual shoes such as chucks. I barely got in with black runners tonight, only because the rest of my outfit was pretty snazzy, I was alone in line and I was sober.
Entry Fee / Cover Charge: Free
Guestlist: None, so if you get ‘guestlisted’, you’re deemed not good enough for the club based on your appearance
Inside: One large bar, with small dance area and DJ inside. Outside courtyard area surrounds the perimeter of the bar. Pretty ‘spacy’ outside.
Cloak Room: None
Music: Mix of old school house and modern house. It’s not too hard, and pretty casual but good to dance to. Oh a very esoteric description there, but it was pretty generic safe music to play for a crowd like this.
Crowd: Older (and better behaved) crowd – people in their 20’s, 30s.  Mostly white.
Entertainment: No extra entertainment besides the DJ
Atmosphere: Strict dress code makes the place look good. Atmosphere was pretty much lets drink and dance, and enjoy the water views of Darling Harbour.
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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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Flow @ World Square Pub

Website: http://www.flowfridays.com.au
Address: 680 George St Sydney (Formerly Equilibrium)
Dress Code: Casual / Smart Casual.
Door Policy: Tight on the female/male ratio. Bring girls with you if you are a guy wanting to get in. Many a man hath been rejected from Flow for being alone or by grouping with his fellow man. This in turn helps with atmosphere
Entry Fee / Cover Charge: $20, $15 on guestlist.
Guestlist: Submit via the website above.
Lining up: Took about 20 minutes to get into World Square pub. another 10 minutes to get into Flow upstairs.
Inside: Basically one small-medium sized room to hold 200-300 or so people.
Cloak Room: None
Bar: 1 Bar on the side. The wait is approximately 5 minutes.
Music: Dominantly RNB
Crowd: Dominantly local Asians. 99.5% asian. Mostly young.
Entertainment: No extra entertainment. There was an MC though.
Atmosphere: Packed. Good. Thanks to door policy, its a good ratio of men-women. You would only like this place of course, if you were asian, or into asians.

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