RnB Supaparty @ Home Nightclub: Sunday 3rd October 2010

On October 3, 2010, in Home, RnB, by James Tran

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!

RnB Supaparty @ Home Nightclub
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)
Lockout: Unknown
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 party@promotersinc.com
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!!
DJs: Unknown.
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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Sunday @ Mars Lounge (Queens Birthday Long Wekeend) 7th June 2009

A friends birthday.

Mars Lounge
Address: 16 Wentworth Avenue, Sydney
Website: http://www.marslounge.com.au
Inside: As you walk in, you are presented with a medium-large sized room. On the right is the DJ / dance area. Around the walls are lounges, and booths. In the back-middle is a bar encompassing about half the floor area. Closer to you is what resembles a long table, the length of the floor – its a dance table. To your left is a VIP area lounge. , following the ‘Mars’ theme? It’s got a classy feel to it. However patronage seemed a bit low. Most of the people here were for the party and not for a regular Sunday night out. Well, it was Sunday, and it was raining outside. Not many were out tonight in the city.
Crowd: European, but because my friend is Asian, there were loads of asians as well for the birthday. As the birthday boy put it “Im so glad I Asianfied this place!”. Crowd was young as well.
Music: Fusion of rnb and house
Entry Fee/Cover Charge: I was on the guestlist, so I got free entry. Normally – dunno.
Atmosphere: Ambient lighting and small venue made this place pretty cosy.

Quick Timeline

The dance table
Ok This huge black marble table thing was too tall to be a regular eating table. There were actually a set of stairs on one end. These guys were encouraging patrons to walk up the stairs and dance on this table. How dangerous! I suppose it worked out cause only the brave and able with a zest for dance would dare come up to dance. That definitely included me.

Here’s a video of Mars lounge from the entrance:
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The birthday boy jumped up onto the railing above the table and held onto it, hoisting himself up periously. Security, ever so watching the table activity, quickly told him to get back down.

I was out of energy
I didn’t stay long, just more dancing, but I was honestly a little out of energy since We love sounds & Brooklyn Hotel the previous night. I wasn’t feeling it, even though the DJ had the rnb music 100% right – it was just one of those off nights for me.

Coda
Would like to check this place out again on a perhaps Saturday night or Friday to see how it is like then. It’s a nice little number.

Post clubbing Afterwards…

Star Bar – Lots of guys, place wasn’t packed but it was busy nonetheless.. but only on the floor.
Side Bar – Dead as. They locked people out at midnight.

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