Weekend after weekend, some of us get sick of the same bars and nightclubs entertaining us. Sure, dancing and chatting over a few great cocktails or shooting some pool with the boys is fun, but boredom sets in when things become too familiar. Finding and delivering patrons a bar or clubbing experience with a difference is difficult. People are hard to please and new concepts and ideas can be expensive to initiate and take a while to gain popularity. There are a few great bars and clubs around Sydney standing up in the name of individuality.
For a long time now, bars and nightclubs Brewery Bellingha around Sydney have been testing new forms of fun in their venues. In a bid to draw patrons out during the week instead of just on the weekends, places like the Annandale Hotel have started up quiet nights like the Monday film night. Titled “Cult Cinema Monday”, the hotel transforms its main bar area to host short films from the 60’s and 70’s. Another venue offering films is tapas joint, Madam Fling Flong. Imagine munching on deep fried prawns and salt and pepper squid while you laze back with either a beer or a cocktail in the huge recliner armchairs.
If cinema doesn’t flick your switch though, head on down to the Arthouse Hotel for a night of drawing, dancing and pampering. During the week, there are different sessions like life drawing, where people can try their hand at sketching a model. Other popular nights at Arthouse are the pampering sessions where ladies can get free nail care advice, cocktails, facials and beauty tips and tricks. Mid week dancers showing off burlesque and cabaret steps take to the stage as well.
Bar Broadway holds a similar weekly event with dance lessons for patrons who want to give swing a go. The bar is also taking advantage and moving forward with today’s technologically driven world of music production. Wednesdays at the bar is “play day” – an opportunity for people to hit the decks. Hook up your iPod to the bars sound system and for 20 minutes, your favourite songs are pumped through the venue. The Cricketers Arms Hotel has followed suit, with a night Dubbed “iPod Wars”. It’s a complete night dedicated to airing the play lists on your iPod.
For other bars and nightclubs, going back to basics is the way forward. The Lord Dudley for example, allows patrons to bring along their own cards, while other bar hoppers takes advantage of the venues dartboard. Free trivia and pool games are on offer at the Unity Hall Hotel which makes a night out both cheap and fun. Poetry reading, comedy nights, book clubs, band competitions and Sunday afternoon jazz sessions are found at the Oatley Hotel. Most quirky however, is just about everything at the Friend in Hand Hotel. You’ll find bric-a-brac for sale; the bars very own pet cockatoo, Josephine, crab racing and poetry readings.