Long weekend, and I’ve been asked by friends to recommend another place to visit tonight, after they loved Bounce @ Slide Bar the week prior. Took a stab in the dark and went for Home Bar, where a once-off RnB event is being held and looked promising. There weren’t really other rnb options for me to pick from. Untested but determined, the guestlist was sorted out and so here we go!
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Assessment Time: 10:40PM – 04:00AM
Opening Hours: Unknown (Probably 10:00PM) – Unknown (We left at 4:00AM but it probably would have finished at around 4:30AM as by this time all other rooms had closed)
Address: Tenancy 101, Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling harbour Sydney (Next to IMAX Theatre)
Venue Website: http://www.homesydney.com.au
Promoter Website: http://www.promotersinc.com
Occurrence: This appeared to be a once off event for the long weekend.
Dress Code / Door Policy: Casual allowed. Most guys here were indeed wearing casual t-shirts, runners etc. Most girls were wearing dresses. Hats were allowed tonight.
Entry Fee / Cover Charge: I was told it was free entry before 10:30 but upon arrival it was surprisingly free entry 11:00PM if you were on the guestlist. It’s extremely rare to see an 11:00PM cut off for free entry guestlisting at the RnB events. Before midnight it was $20 on the guestlist, and otherwise the full $25 would need to be paid.
Guestlist: These were sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Inside: Initially just the main RnB room was open. Walk into the floor to hold 600-900 people. After midnight the rest of the rooms upon up. Upstairs is an overhanging balcony with a second bar. The second RnB smaller room to hold 20-30 people. Walk through the maze to get to the lounge room where old school is being played. Backup to the stairs and on the left is the sublime room where house and trance is being played. The room holds 50-80 people. Further to the top level are two rooms, one playing latin based house and the final and 6th room by the bar plays music ( i can’t remember the style). There is a further smoking area on the top level overlooking the harbour. It’s all open access tonight.
Cloak Room: Located at the very rear behind the seating area. It is no longer by the main floor bar. $5 for all items.
Bar Prices / Line: The wait was not long – 2-3 minutes maximum, and most of the time you could get a bartender right away. $13 for a can of Smirnoff black which is pretty much the biggest rip off since Brooklyn Hotel did $17 Redbull Vodkas last year. It’s even more expensive than festival prices!!
Music Style: RnB in the main room. Other rooms had house, trance, old school rnb/hip hop, and Latin House.
Crowd: Mixed crowd of all nationalities and all ages. You couldn’t really pin it down to a majority. Asians could only be found in the main room while in other rooms it was dominantly Caucasians.
Entertainment: MC in the main room to keep things going. Girls were allowed up on the front stage to dance, while guys who attempted to jump onto the front are promptly kicked off. No fair!!
Atmosphere: When I turned up outside that there was no line whatsoever. I am extremely worried about how many people are inside. I visualise a totally dead home bar, but luckily it wasn’t. The main floor and other rooms never got completely packed, but I would say 60-80% capacity. You could move around if you wanted without having to interrupt too many people. It wasn’t dead, but it was good enough to have the party vibe sustained throughout the night. Out of the 5 other rooms, 2 of them were pretty much completely dead with about two or three people, 2 other rooms had 5-10 persons, while the Latin House room had about 20-25 people in it, which was half capacity.
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I’ve been asked to check this University event out. A combined effort of all the universities, targeted for students who had just had their first O-Week. Well, considering my own O-week was about 8 years ago, I was wondering whether I should go. Then.. on the promo poster were the magic words: “WHITE PARTY”. Can anybody say GANDALF DA WHITE IS BACK??!! Got my dancing partner C to come along and so off we set our dancing merry feet – here we go!
I Love Uni White Party @ Home Nightclub
Assessment Time: 11:00pm – 3:00am
Opening Hours: 9:30pm – late (4-5am?)
Address: Cockle bay wharf, Darling Harbour, Sydney
Dress Code / Door Policy: White attire only. However people who were not wearing white were still allowed in, despite warnings that people were not going to be allowed in.
Entry Fee / Cover Charge: $15 presold tickets (sold out). $25 at the door. The girl at the counter liked my outfit and I asked for a discount for having such an ‘awesome’ outfit. She lowered my entry fee to $20. Score!
Inside: The White Party event was for the main arena room to hold 500 or so people. All the other rooms were closed. Later after midnight, the other trance / house / rock band rooms were opened up for the general public.
Cloak Room: Did not utilise cloak room today.
Bar: Didn’t drink tonight
Music: RnB initially in the main room. After around midnight, a change of DJ’s and an opening of doors to the public for sublime ensure the RnB was killed, and house and trance/ house took over for the rest of the night. It was strange because at one point in the night, a singer came out and sang some house songs, it was so bloody bizarre – how could people dance to this?? The small room upstairs was also used for a local rock band gig. I have never seen it done like this – what has happened to Sublime?? I was disappointed in one’s choice of music selection to dance to after the rnb stopped.
Crowd: Lots of asians for the rnb component, with a sprinkle of other nationalities. Almost all are uni students. Of course, as rnb is killed, the rnb lovers left and the ratio became a mixed bag of everything – Whites, Asians, Indians.
Entertainment: MC and professional male dance crews. Wow, they actually *do* hire men to dance. They were more house dancers but were pretty good at what they did.
Atmosphere: Main room was always happening. The other rooms later in the night were only so so. The sublime room was the only other somewhat happening room for the trance lovers.
Keep reading on for Gandalf’s adventures!
No real occasion but to just have our fix of clubbing this week.. friends choice – Home Nightclub. Wasn’t too keen as the last time proved only to be very mediocre.. hoping tonight is better – here we go!
Homemade Saturdays @ Home Nightclub Sydney
Assessment Time: 11:30pm – 1:45am
Address: Cockle Bay Wharf
Dress Code: Casual ok. I wore a t-shirt, jeans and dress shoes.
Entry Fee / Cover Charge: Something ridiculous like $25 I think. No thumbprint scanners tonight.
Guestlist: Did not submit one, but visit the website to submit a guestlist.
Inside: See video. Basically one big room, 3 other dance rooms and a chill out room. Chill out room is not featured in the walkthrough video.
Cloak Room: $3 or $4 I think. Memory bad. Cloak room is not advertised, but is it at the end of the main room bar, right next to the speakers.
DJ: Same DJ as last time here on a Satuday. Don’t know his name but he’s bald, and hates guys dancing up on the front podium.
Music: Electro/Commercial house in main room, old school rnb upstairs. See video.
Crowd: Mixed. Even mix of asian, caucasian, black, white, whatever.
Atmosphere: Very good and vibing tonight. Packed for a change. It was pissing down raining outside, so there might be a correlation there.
Entertainment: Front podium dancers and MC to keep it going.
Friday RNB Special @ Home Nightclub
A small mention on the radio of an RNB night on Friday at Home Nightclub. The last time I went to a RNB event at Home bar, it went off! Sounds good, so I dragged my friends along. Here we go!
Assessment Time: 10:30pm – 12:30pm
Address: Cockle Bay Wharf
Door Policy / Dress Code: Casual ok
Cover Charge / Entry Fee: $20. $10 on guestlist.
Guestlist: Unknown, but one was available
Inside: Only the main room was open for tonight’s one-off RNB special. Main floor could hold a few hundred people.
Bar: $12 Yagerbombs
Music: RNB. Typical RNB tunes playing. Regulars to sublime trance event only had the upstairs rooms tonight.
Crowd: There was nobody here, but the crowd that was here, was Mixed. Indian, Asian, Black, Aussie, Euro. Our group represented the only asians.
Home nightclub – an empty shell
There was no line for our RNB event. Bad sign, but it was early. We walked into the main floor and this is what we saw:
It’s my unofficial birthday out, and this time I get to choose the club!
Homemade Saturdays @ HOME Sydney
Cover Charge / Entry Fee: Free entry before 9.30pm for all on guest list and $10 after till 10.30pm and after that $15 till 11pm, VIP CLOSES 11pm and then general admission applies which is $25
Guestlist: Submitted through guestlistsydney.com, but you can also send to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Music: Main arena consists of House, Dance, Electro, Rnb mashups/remixes. This was enough to keep everybody around happy. Highlight of the night was “Im on a boat” near closing time. The smaller room is the specialized RNB room tonight. I wasn’t in here too long, as my friends hung out in the main arena most of the time.
Dress Code: Casual allowed. Dress up allowed. My hat was allowed.
Crowd: Mixed. Locals, backpackers, and different nationalities everywhere.
Atmosphere: Main Arena big party mood. Rnb room, was the same, but because of the smaller size it was more isolated for each group of people there. It was pretty packed in here. It was pretty good.
Entertainment: MC to keep things running in main arena. Random people (ie pretty girls) picked to get up and dance.
Cloak Room: Yes
It’s my birthday! and someone else’s too!
Everybody I saw, I would absolutely announce to them that “It’s my birthday!”. Either people said “happy birthday!” back or they wouldn’t believe me, and they would stand there ignoring the drunk old James. Then suddenly some guy replied back and said it was his birthdate as well. We compared licenses and OMG we had the same birthday!!. It was his 21st birthday. Pretty cool to meet someone else with the same birthday!