It’s time to grab your dancing shoes
It’s the middle of the week, your party animal cousin is in town and they have not-so-subtly hinted they intend to go out dancing with you tonight and all week long . Where do you take them? Sydney´s night life has been fighting an up hill battle recently with the imposed lock out laws and finding some quality mid week parties can be a challenge. Our list of dancing hot spots will have you covered for all the rump shaking head banging action you require from Monday to Sunday!
One of my all time favourite Monday night dancing juice joints is The Civic Underground. Located underneath Sydney´s iconic Civic Hotel, this venue hosts the sweet rhythms of Caribbean Soul, a Sydney band jammin’ every Monday night. Taking the stage at 11pm this popular reggae band has a loyal following with audiences coming from all over Sydney to soak up the great Jamaican dance hall vibe that takes over and lingers until the wee hours. Expect live music until 3am, a heaving dance floor that features the reggae march during the band´s two sets and some seriously mesmerising booty shaking when the DJ takes over during intermission. Drinks are $5 before midnight and entry is free.
The Civic Hotel, Reggae Monday, 388 Pitt St. Sydney, 8080 7000
If you’ve ever walked past Establishment and thought that it looks like a great venue, but partying with suits and bankers isn’t quite your jam, then Tuesday night salsa is for you. This long running weekly night is well known and loved by Sydneysiders, backpackers and salsa fanatics alike. The night doesn’t really kick off properly until 9pm, but once it gets going there is really no stopping it. All skill levels converge on the dance floor which slowly expands as the night progresses, eventually stretching the length of the venue. Come ready to dance with a partner, from those who move like Ricky Martin to those who just look like Ricky Martin (its much better when they move like Ricky Martin, trust me). For the fellas my biggest tip is to be brave, find yourself a dark haired senorita and hold on for dear life because these ladies know how to move. Whilst there isn´t a strict dress code enforced Establishment is a great place to take it up a notch. For the ladies, full circle dresses with striking red lips are a must and for the gentlemen, expect fitted pants with loose white shirts, and exposed chest hair.
Establishment, Salsa dancing Tuesday, 252 George St. Sydney, 9240 1300
Every Wednesday night The Beach Road Hotel is taken over by the party animals at Sosueme. Their slogan, ´99% genre free´ really says it all. Hump day festivities filled with $5 tinnies, top shelf artists (previous acts have included Alison Wonderland, RUFUS and Illy) and a huge range of musical genres. Their facebook page is kept up to date advertising the weekly big act, so you can pick your party. Doors open weekly at 8pm and entrance is 100% free so get in early to avoid the lines.
The Beach Road Hotel, Sosueme, 71 Beach Road Bondi Beach, 9130 7247
TAXX Thursdays at The Passage is where electronic music and $10 Espresso Martinis collide. With a roster of killer house and trance DJs spinning every week, it’s easy to dance away your Thursday night. Pair it with $5 gin and juice drinks and $10 fried chicken sandwiches. The Darlinghurst location draws chilled out fashionistas and young professionals, whilst the smooth house beats and cheap caffeinated liquor create a relaxed party vibe. Come for an afterwork drink and stay for the spontaneous dance floor.
The Passage, TAXX Thursday, 231A Victoria St, Darlinghurst, 9358 6116
The Imperial Hotel in Erskenville, recently purchased by The Spice Cellar, hosts a regular Friday night rave called Meanwhile. Meanwhile was hosted by The Imperial Hotel before the venues takeover and has developed a reputation for throwing late night/early morning EDM parties. Hosting a range of local and international artists this night is for those who like their music deep and their dance floor friendly. This Inner West venue has always pulled a really happy crowd of party-goers turning this discotheque into a rave haven. Come with a group of friends or make some there. Kicking off at midnight this is a perfect venue for those coming from another event or working late. Tickets range in price with a discount offered to those who submit their name for the guest list. Check out their Facebook page for who is playing and all ticketing information.
The Imperial, Meanwhile, 35 Erskineville Rd. Erskineville, 9519 9899
*Note: Since this article was published this venue has ceased operations.
Saturday night is the night to really get your dancing shoes on. There are a wide range of events on but if you want to throw caution to the wind and immerse yourself in another world… then Pacha is for you. This internationally renowned club takes over Sydney’s Ivy every Saturday night to throw one helluva party. Known for hosting a range of international artists and putting on a show including trapeze artists, light and smoke machines and dancers, this event is for the hard core party animal. Tickets range in price depending on the artist and are available for purchase through their website.
Ivy, Pacha Sydney, 330 George St. Sydney, 1300 438 84
For most party-goers Sunday is synonymous with SASH. Held at Darling harbour´s Home Nightclub, which over looks the water, this event is 13 straight hours of electronic music. A popular party destination for hospo workers, backpackers and techno heads SASH sees a long list of local and international DJs jump behind the decks to end the weekend in style. Spread across two rooms and two terraces this party starts at 1pm in the afternoon and goes until 4am. Tickets are normally around the $15 dollar mark and can be purchased off their website or Facebook page.
Home Night Club, SASH, 101/1-5 Wheat Rd. Darling Harbour