Fridays @ Ladylux Nightclub: 29th October 2010

On October 29, 2010, in House, Ladylux, by James Tran

Intent on going to Empire Hotel tonight but it was dead as – there were already cleaners cleaning the place up! Strange for only midnight. Random promoters for Ladylux give us free entry passes on the street, so the matter of ‘what venue do we go to next?’ was pretty much sorted out – here we go!

Robin Hood with M's Russian Commisar hat

Fridays @ Ladylux Nightclub, Kings Cross Sydney
Assessment Time: 12:10PM – 01:45AM
Opening Hours: 9:00PM or earlier ~ 03:00AM (facebook page states 06:00AM, but Dj set list lasted until 2AM.. so I wouldn’t know to be sure)
Lockout: No lockout.
Address: 2 Roslyn St, Potts Point (Kings Cross), Sydney.
Venue Website:
Promoter Website: Appears to be self promoted
Occurrence: Every Friday and Saturday is open. Saturday are the more heavily promoted nights while Fridays rarely get a mention.
Dress Code / Door Policy: Casual ok. Half the guys wore casual t-shirts while the other half wore collared shirts. Girls were mostly in dresses. Hats were allowed. I was dressed up as Robin Hood with feather hat.
Entry Fee / Cover Charge: $10 is the full cover charge. We were given promoter cards on the street to get free entry all night. A very fair deal here.
Guestlist: Submitted via the website. The existing link at time of writing is at
Inside: There’s not much of a giveaway that the entrance is of Ladylux. It’s just a doorway in the side of a building with 2 security guards outside. As you walk inside, there is a private VIP room to the immediate right. I didn’t go in there, but I would be making an educated guess based from the outside walls that it would only hold about 10 people. Continue walking past a small lounge area on the left – as you look around note the wallpapers – white with fuschia-coloured flowering patters on the walls. Continue to the next small area which is the bar. Once you reach the bar you are now at the edge of the dancefloor, which takes up probably two fifths of the entire floor area of the venue. DJ corner in the far right. The dancefloor area is about 5-6 people width by 15-20 people long. There are sofas along both sides of the dancefloor as well. At the far end wall are a set of lights that flash around looking pretty. The video below will walk you through the setup.
Cloak Room: No cloak room. Well I didn’t ask, but I didn’t see any signs indicating presence of a cloak room.
Bar Prices / Line: I didn’t drink tonight, but lining up would set you behind 2 or 3 other orders.
Music Style: Primarily Commercial House and Electro. The occasional RnB mashup song thrown in as well. I quite liked it as I knew the songs and people were singing along to it. Songs were mixed well without complaints.
Crowd: Almost entirely Caucasians, all young 20’s or teens. From the people we spoke with, backgrounds were a mix of locals and backpackers who mysteriously ended up in here. The ratio was about 35% women 65% guys. By the time we left at 2:00AM, it was almost all guys.
Entertainment: No extra entertainment.
Atmosphere: It’s pretty dark in here. The entire first half of the place (lounge areas) have been decorated with various Halloween things hanging from the ceiling and what not. Pretty cool. However, even before you notice the decorations, the first thing that hits you is the pungent smell of the whole place. It kind of smells like a mix of dried up alcohol spilled on the floor combined with the results of a very poor urinal flushing system, or someone peeing all over the entire place. It wasn’t powerful enough to scare you out of the club, but at various points throughout the night your nose would be wondering… ‘What on earth is that smell?’. Kind of like when I was in India – the yucky smell was always there in the main cities, but you tolerated it. People wise, the dancefloor itself always had people on it, so there was no need to feel lonely. Most kept to their own, there were also a few drunk guys as well.

Video: Walkthrough: Starting at the cash register – walk through the lounge area, bar area and dancefloor. (12:11AM)

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Video: 360: Dancefloor from the corner where the DJ is (12:30AM)
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We hung around the front, which was as far away from the bathroom as possible. I pretty much believed at this point in time someone had managed to puke all over the bathroom floor and also passed out, while in the process pissing all over themselves and the bathroom floor, hence the smell. Well, that was my belief anyway – I did not enter the male bathroom at all tonight, I just couldn’t risk it.

Smack my ass for me
We are chatting to some friendly folk, and someone slaps my ass. TURN AROUND. It’s a random drunk girl with 4 of her guy friends. Oh, ok. Back to chatting to friendly folk. Another slap on my ass. TURN AROUND. Its drunk girl again. She wants me but no, I am in the middle of a D&M in the club. After ignoring the 3rd, 4th and 5th slaps, she stopped.

A sister is found
So this is a smelly club playing House music frequented by Caucasians, so fat chance you would find another asian in here, but LO AND BEHOLD. There is another Asian! I mean, if I were white in the middle of a chinese club, I would easily spot my white brother and be overjoyed that I am not the only odd one out in here. Anyway, she’s Asian.. look at her a few more seconds… Oh my god, it’s my friend! Out of all the Asians in Sydney to be in the same white club as myself, its someone I know. She’s recognises me as well and so we dance it off for the rest of the night. What a small world.


People started leaving after 1AM, and when we left at 02:00AM, the dancefloor was still kind of busy, but the lounges were not.

Hard to recommend. The music is great if you like House, the venue itself is small but not cramped, but the smell that permeated the back area was just a bit too overpowering at times and detracted from the rest of the place. So it’s a little dirty – don’t come here with your tuxedo on I say. I’d only come back here if it were free entry again. If you can get your hands on the VIP area then why not have a birthday here as well, if your friends are into this kind of housey atmosphere.

Fridays @ Ladylux – 5/10

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