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Chinese Laundry

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by Carrie Tong (subscribe)
Carrie Tong studied the Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) at the University of Sydney, and is currently seeking employment.
Published September 12th 2011
Chinese Laundry


Let's be serious: what does clubbing mean to you? I'm not sure, and yet I'm pretty sure there's a slight taboo about what it means. It's almost like there's always got to be the notion of sexuality tossed in there somewhere, whenever someone mentions clubbing or wanting to go. In the end, whether you find a cool guy or a cool chick to dance with or not, the best thing about clubbing is who you go with. You get to know your mates a little better. Or your sister's mates, in my case.

In Sydney, whenever someone asks where to go if they want to go clubbing, it is almost a certainty that someone says: "Chinese Laundry". But really, what makes a nightclub great? It really just comes down to having a small, danky room and loud, thumping music where people can dance. But I guess there must be something about Chinese Laundry that makes it thrive on whatever it is that clubbing is, and that makes it such a profitable business.

I might sound a bit cynical about clubbing, but really, I'm not. I had a great time when I went last week with my sister and her friends. The most interesting thing about clubbing, at least to me, is the way that you can learn more about who you're dancing with. Two of my sister's friends, in particular, seemed completely different before and during dancing. One is a girl, one is a guy, and they both completely let loose on the dancefloor. The girl in particular normally has a shy disposition, but when she started dancing, she literally looked like she could be in a music video.

All that aside, if you haven't been to Chinese Laundry, you probably want to know what it's like. Firstly, if you get there and the line is long, don't get put off. We thought it would take us ages to get in but it took practically no time at all. Secondly, although as I said, you don't need much to be a nightclub, there was something that I really liked about Chinese Laundry. The music was annoyingly deafeningly loud; rather the music was loud to the extent that it vibrated through your body, which is something that can really put you in the mood for dancing. Thirdly, there are two main rooms for dancing. The first was the one with the vibrating music; the second was more like a techno gig where the people focused more on watching the DJ than on dancing themselves.

I haven't been to many nightclubs, and you can probably tell from what I've said about them. However, if you want to dance the night away, I'd say going to Chinese Laundry is a good place to start.
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Where: 111 Sussex Street (Underneath Slip Inn) Sydney NSW 2000
Cost: $25
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