By Diana Smith
Looking for a crazy night out in Melbourne? You’ll be happy to know that you’ve come to the right place! Sweaty dancefloor sessions, booze, happiness, quality music and, above all, enjoyment are all to be expected on the best dance floors in Melbourne. So let’s get the party started!
If you are an indie/pop fan, you should try your luck at Bella Union club in Carlton, especially if you’ve grown tired of or don’t feel like heavy electronic and house music. You can expect danceable tunes from famous artists ranging from The Smiths, through MGMT, all the way to Prince. The DJs swap each week, so getting bored is not something to be expected here! Location: 54 Victoria St, Carlton South, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
With an iconic view of Melbourne, this Waterside-based venue offers a variety of events. On Friday nights, you can expect tasty bar meals and beers to perfectly accompany football on the big screen, or acoustic entertainment on one of Melbourne’s most popular rooftops. Come on Saturday evening when the Deck turns into a place with music, cocktails and champagne and it remains open throughout the night. This joint is open Thursday through Saturday and offers casual weekend meals, as well as dance sessions on weekend nights. Join in on the fun on Level 2/508, Flinders Street.
Paris Cat Jazz Club
You don’t have to be crazy about jazz music to be into a classy jazz vibe, but if you are keen on listening (and feeling) some live music of the genre, the Paris Cat is a perfect destination. It will send you back through time into the 1930s type of bar with shelves full of scotch, gin and wine. There are other rooms, such as the Paris Cat Basement, which offers seats arranged in rows and serves nothing but beverages and the Paris Cat Gallery, where you can enjoy the 1930s era artworks, some of which you can actually buy. The Paris Cat Jazz Club is as jazzy as places go in Melbourne. Get your little piece of jazz at 6 Goldie Place.
The Night Cat
A completely different type of beast to its jazzy counterpart, Melbourne’s Night Cat offers a lively atmosphere, usually featuring reggae, funk, hip-hop and afro beat music. Energetic and crazy, this place is likely to provide a good atmosphere and allow you to meet some new friends, locals and tourists alike. Live gigs are the name of the game here so you can expect to have a blast at 141 Johnston Street in Fitzroy, Victoria!
The Joint Backpackers Bar
On the subject of tourists, many a backpacker congregates to this place in Melbourne. Although luxurious, the Joint Backpackers Bar has a casual feel to it, offering everything from dance floors, to pool tables and even video games. The prices are reasonable, the space aplenty and the opportunity to meet new and exciting people from all around the globe is, well, infinite. Give the Joint Backpackers Bar a go at 35 Elizabeth Street.
The Black Rabbit
Looking for quality beers, crazy spirits and some bar snacks? This basement venue has all of this to offer. Simultaneously a bar, nightclub and late night joint, there’s pretty much something for everyone here. The Black Rabbit can be rented for celebratory purposes, or visited as an after-work drink place and is one of the most popular Friday night clubs in Melbourne. This venue is located in 85 Queen Street.
Looking for a slice of the Big Apple in Melbourne? No place like the 29th apartment for this. A re-creation of Katishe’s (an infamous artist) place, who was inspired by Jack Kerouac, Sid Vicious and other rebels of this era, this interesting piece of art features that NYC look. You can expect walls inspired by oil paintings and the legitimate NYC feel here. The 29th apartment is a venue that draws its origin back to 2009 when the current owners found Katishe’s self-portrait. This casual art gallery, became a bar in addition and now features a bunch of art, some American cuisine, cheap prices and the unforgettable New York vibe. You can find this place at Shop 3, 29 Fitzroy Street in St. Kilda.
Now here’s an interesting question: have you ever been to a party inside a shipping container? Well here’s your opportunity! The drink selection is more than solid as Section 8 offers everything from top-shelf beverages to cheap, watered-down means of getting buzzed. This somewhat popular joint is located in 27-29 Tattersalls Lane.
It is evident that Melbourne is more than a vibrant place, full of nightlife opportunities. The range of music genres and venue types is huge, so you are bound to find your own little piece of fun in this town. We recommend that you visit all of the outlined places, but keep in mind that doing a bit of your own research won’t hurt.
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Author bio: Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls and a passionate traveler. In her free time she enjoys exploring new destinations with her family.
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