Wednesday nights have long been celebrated; making it halfway through the week is a good reason to let loose. A few cocktails and dancing, a bit of fun without the wildness of the weekend. In Perth Wednesday is the city's Big Gay Night Out.
There is a formula for having a good time mid-week; three clubs, in order. Known colloquially as the CCC. Carnegie's, The Court and Connections. You will be enjoying cocktails, cross dressing and celebrations.
Carnegie's has half-price cocktails on Wednesdays and is therefore set for the pre-drinking portion of this night. Best spot at Carnegie's is the upstairs dance floor and seating area, no bar upstairs but it's less crowded. I personally like to cross the road to Belgian Beer Cafe or keep the whole night in northbridge and hit Matches instead, their cocktails are more expensive than half price but they're still perfectly reasonable, there's always a list for $10 and I prefer the clientele at Matches. Doesn't get crowded early in the night double plus bonus points, there's less of a walk from Matches to your next destination.
Pre-drinking is your chance to get a few standards in and catch up with the group you've decided to come out with. Then follows the main meal. The Court Hotel hosts 'Wicked Wednesdays' every week, offering a selection of cocktails, beers and pizzas – WHOLE pizzas, for $6. This offer stands for four hours, from 6 to 10. Some people choose to start early at The Court, play a few games of pool and eat pizza while they wind up for the night. I'm a fan of showing up early between 7:30 and 8:30 and because at 9pm Drag Factory starts.
Cheap drinks and food aren't the only things available on the wickedest night of the week, The Court puts forward Drag Factory, a mini-tournament of amateur and professional drag queens. Hosted by the fabulous Hannah Conda and participated in by only the most fabulous; contestants each take a turn and then a break for costume changes and breathing exercises while the club turns back into a club. The second round commences and the crowd picks a winner based on volume and enthusiasm of cheer.
At midnight you're kicked out of The Court and hundreds of party-goers make the trek through Perth cultural centre toward James street, to line up outside Connections. Connections is the after party, the truly wild part of the night. Probably a good idea to get there early, the line builds up at midnight and the cover charge starts too, $15 after midnight. You can expect some serious dancing here, and just as many lovely cocktails to make par with the night so far, it's not a Wednesday with copious cocktails.
At 1:30am Connections shows you why it's on the playing field by breaking off the incredible music to show you an incredible show. If you've got a spot dancing on higher ground you should stay there, or move forward so you can see the stage for 'lesbian mud wrestling'. Not just lesbians and not just mud. Any girl can apply and the winner gets $100.
The boys can play too, girls every week and boys once a month. Instead of mud, you get to fight in sweet sweet jelly. This is almost entirely so that your friends and fellow party-goers can lick it off you, in addition of course to the whole stain-free and sand-borne bacteria-free idea. Connections is open until five in the morning and they keep the tunes pumping all the way through.
Carnegie's and Belgian Beer Cafe are on Murray Street in the CBD, The Court is on Beaufort Street, Matches and Connections are on James Street, all three in Northbridge.
There are an awful lot of ways to celebrate your hump day but this is a great formula for serious fun at discount prices. I never fail to have fun on my Wednesdays and I know you'll enjoy yourself too.