White Rabbit @ The Empire Hotel

On June 7, 2014, in House, Old School, Progressive, RnB, by James Tran

The latest event at The Empire Hotel is White Rabbit. The theme is Alice in Wonderland. Looked promising, so I chugged half a bottle of wine and ran inside before it hit me. Time to check it out!

RNB Room DJ, Flygirl Tee

RNB Room DJ, Flygirl Tee

White Rabbit @ The Empire Hotel, Kings Cross

Essentials:
Opening Hours:
8:00PM – 3:00AM

Address:
32 Darlinghurst Road, (Potts Point) Kings Cross

Venue Website:

http://www.empirehotelannandale.com.au

Event Website:

https://www.facebook.com/WhiteRabbitSydney

Promoters:
SFX, Trash

Occurrence:
Every Saturday

Dress Code / Door Policy:
Casual is okay, and most people were dressed casually. Otherwise people were dressed up in theme.

Entry Fee / Cover Charge:
$10 standard entry, Free before 10PM, free before 11PM if you show your student ID.

Passouts:
Lockout laws apply

Guestlist:
www.whiterabbitsydney.com.au

Cloak Room:
None found

Bottle Service / Table Service:
Not offered

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A venue I’ve always wanted to visit. I made plans, cleared the night, and tonight was the night. Here we go!

Dance podium area

Saturdays @ “The Club” Nightclub, Kings Cross, Sydney
Assessment Time: 12:30AM – 2:00AM
Opening Hours: 21:00PM – 05:00AM
Lockout: Unknown
Address: 33 Bayswater Road, Potts Point, Sydney. 
Venue Website: http://theclubsydney.com  Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/theclubsydney
Event / Promoter Website: Self promoted
Occurrence: Every weekend. 
Outside Line: There’s two lines, one for re-entry and one for ‘first time’ entries. Our ‘first time’ line took about 5 minutes, while re-entry was only a few seconds. Security were pretty lenient on scanning. 
Dress Code / Door Policy: Being situated below Hugo’s, one would believe the dress code would be strict, but it suprisingly isn’t. T-shirts and hats were allowed for guys and so were singlets  allowed for the ladies. There is a simple explanation for this later on. 
Entry Fee / Cover Charge: Tonight was $25. 
Guestlist: you may enquire within at info@theclubsydney.com but we are not sure if you are guaranteed a response. 
Inside: Walk past the counter to enter the common pre-club hangout area where you can either move onto the main room, a side room, the bathroom or the outdoor smoking courtyard area. The side room is quite small and has a small DJ set on a table, with lounges and a small bar staffed by 1 person. Bathroom to the left and main room on the right. The first set of steps takes you to the main bar area, which is basically: big long bar on the left, with lounges around the whole floor. There is even a darker corner of lounges on the far left. Continue walking and approach the second flight of stairs, which leads you to the main dancefloor. The area can hold about 200-300 people easily and if you watched the video, our first reaction was “wow”, just seeing this big space snugly hidden underground from the outside view. Big giant disco ball overhangs while there is a large podium/stage area with not 1, not 2, but three dancing poles. That is pretty impressive. It is no surprise to learn that this place was a former strip club.

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A friend’s birthday tonight, and my first time to the popular Candy’s Apartment on a Saturday – here we go!

Candys Apartment - Best photo I could get of the main dancefloor

Candys Apartment - Best photo I could get of the main dancefloor

Saturdays “Shake Shake Shake” @ Candys Apartment (Potts Point, Kings Cross, Sydney)

Assessment Time: 01:30AM – 03:50AM
Opening Hours: Early – 5:00 or 6:00AM
Lockout: No lockout
Address: 22 Bayswater Road, Potts Point (Kings Cross) Sydney
Venue Website: http://www.candys.com.au
Promoter Website: Self Promoted
occurence: Open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and probably Sunday as well. Tonight’s review is for Saturday.
Dress Code / Door Policy: Pretty much anything is allowed, including dirty sneakers. Just don’t look drunk or cause trouble. It took about 10-15 minutes of lining up outside, and another 5-10 minutes lining up in the stairs to get inside. I didn’t exactly time it but its an educated guess.
Entry Fee / Cover Charge: $20 standard. $15 on guestlist before 10PM. $15 after 2AM for everyone.
Guestlist: carol@candys.com.au – see website for updated guestlist details.
Inside: Tonight the entire place was open. Walk downstairs underground to enter the rear of the main dancefloor to hold 100 or so people. DJ on the far left. Upper lounge and dance area that runs on the left alongside the dancefloor to the DJ area, where you can also dance next to him/her. Bar on the right of the dancefloor. Lounges behind the dancefloor, and behind the lounges is the backroom and second bar area, where it is close off on smaller nights.
Cloak Room: $5 for all items.
Bar Prices: Didn’t drink tonight, though the line didn’t seem that long. No longer than 5 to 10 minutes to get a drink from the backroom. I would say the same for the main bar as well.
DJs: Slappin’ Plastic, Brojo le Fro, Ember, Smokin’ Brojo Mekhael, Teez, Diskoriot, Black tie Dj’s, DJ Frostii, We Can Solve Mysteries.
Music Style: Each DJ had their own different styles. The underlying style was house music, whether it be mixed with rock songs such as Chop Suey or recent house songs such as Barbara Streisand. It was definitely good enough and thumpy enough to dance to.
Crowd: Mostly caucasian crowd. Mostly young 18 and early 20 year olds.
Entertainment: No extra entertainment
Atmosphere: Dark and loud throughout the club. It was pretty mush packed on the main dancefloor the entire time we were here. The backroom didn’t receive as much attention, but half the time there was someone dancing there. It got pretty smelly in the backroom after someone vomited. The crowd here was well into the music back in the main room, and even one of the DJs was into it, drinking and taking in the crowd.

The backroom - Candys Apartment Sydney

The backroom was open tonight - Candys Apartment Sydney

Video: Walkthrough – Side to the front DJ area. Jump into the front of the dancefloor through lounges to the backroom.
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Video: 360 of the Main Room Dancefloor 
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Fridays @ Soho

Assessment Time: 2am to 4am
Website: http://www.sohobar.com.au/
Address: 171 Victoria St, Potts Point Sydney
Dress Code: Casual ok. Hats ok.
Entry Fee / Cover Charge: $20, Free on guestlist
Guestlist: I am not sure – there are promoters on facebook. Check the website as well.
Inside: The former bottom level YU has been closed and merged into  and it’s all now Soho, combining the both
Cloak Room: None
Bar: 2 bars on the bottom level, and 2 bar serving the top level
DJ: 1 DJ upstairs and 1 downstairs.
Music: Funky House, House.
Crowd: Mostly aussies from what I could ascertain. Mixed ages of young and old. It was the christmas work party season and as such there would be some people here
Entertainment: No extra entertainment.
Atmosphere: Usually clubs at 2am start to die down, but Soho was still very busy downstairs.. it was also pretty hot and humid considering the amount of people and how long it has been since it opened. Overall it was a pretty good atmosphere for a club at 2am. On top of that, we had just left Favela, which was really crap, and so this just blew everything out of the way.

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Soho Saturdays @ Soho Bar

On August 30, 2008, in House, Soho Bar, by James Tran

A friend’s 21st at Soho bar..

About Soho Bar

Location: Victoria St, Potts Point (next to YU, opposite Dragonfly)
Website
: www.sohobar.com.au
Inside: 1 main DJ room, our own room for the birthday with music and 2 other rooms. One lounge, and an outdoor balcony.

About Soho Saturdays
Music: House (Commercial)
Crowd: Young, pretentious and ridiculously good looking.
Dress Code: Smart Casual and Above
Cover Charge / Entry Fee: $20, cheaper if guestlisted. We had free entry thanks to the birthday girls
Occurrence: Every week
Atmosphere: Crowded and fun on the dancefloor. Relaxed in the other rooms.

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