Creative expression is the key to a life worth living
Published October 10th 2011
Are you and your friends a rowdy bunch of party animals? Do you spend your long awaited weekends free from the constraints of your etiquette demanding weekdays proving to society that a healthy balance between a good and evil lifestyle is what truly makes reality special? Or are you just the type wanting to have a good night out with your friends and possibly meet some eccentric new people in the process? Either way, Code Red Saturdays at Platform One nightclub is probably not a night you would want to pass up.
With a perfect location planted on the outskirts of Melbourne's CBD directly below platform 1 of Flinders Street Station, Code Red, just like the likes of Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley before it, was born to entertain. It is a short 5 minute walk away from Melbourne city's main attraction, the Crown Casino while also staying true to its nightlife nature by sustaining a permanent residence directly across from King Street, Melbourne city's most notorious club central. Its placement allows for freedom from crowds of drunken people causing stressful chaos along the busy streets outside of most clubs and avoids the normally crazed Saturday night epidemic of having to compete with 50 to 100 odd people just for a cab ride home.
At first glance, Platform One nightclub seems shyly regular with an arch-like entryway planted into a retro and shabby brick wall that scales the length of Flinders Street below the train station. But once you've entered through the shabby archway into the depths of the dark and dingy cave, the transformation is undeniable and you instantaneously realise that you have become a part of something far from 'regular.' Initially met by two beautiful ladies ready to take your jackets and bags as well as your hard earned cash as an entry fee, the excitement kicks in as the loud music accelerates your heart rate and agitates your bones. The deeper you go into the abyss, the more the energy, spirit and life of the place consumes you until you realise that the small entry fee of $20 was a mild exchange for the euphoria you are now experiencing.
One of the many elegant rooms in which the venue has to offer
The incredulous venue is split into 5 versatile rooms that show diversity as well as tickle the tastebuds of all individuals in attendance. The rooms are intricately dispersed around the long and rectangular venue. The first room holds host to a bar and a little lounge with blood red couches for those looking to delve into deep conversation with friends or newly made acquaintances while sipping a smooth Champaign or fine glass of red. The next room is the main party area; a dark, long and wide hall complete with an arched rooftop, colourful strobe lights, smoke machines, dance podiums and a house/electro DJ that will blow your socks off with deep, penetrating bass beats and beautifully skilful vocal samples. This room is for those Melbourne underground house enthusiasts looking to get lost in a smoky haze of dance moves, stylish indie outfits and beautiful faces.
To the back of the main room is the long vertical main bar that scales the right length of the wall leading towards the back rooms. Directly behind the bar, and separated by a glass wall, is another room full of comfortable couches. As opposed to the first lounge room, this one is less for conversation, due to its placement between two loud music rooms and the smoking area, and more for individual relaxation and even romance. It is highly likely for your eyes to be drawn to a cute couple getting comfy on the couches and becoming more acquainted through the sacred act of lip-locking. But if you're not quite in the mood to perv or simply have not found a lip-locking partner for the evening yet, the next room could be the one you've been searching for.
Angled off to the right side of the 'make-out' lounge and through a little square walkthrough in the wall is what's referred to as, the 'RNB Room'. Small and intimate, this room has all the right make-ups to be a complete success. It has its own small little bar off to the side of the room, couches outlining the perimeter of the wall space, a centre dance floor, an RNB DJ that pumps beats at ground level with their audience as well as small podiums on either side of the DJ for those dancers looking to showcase their talents and acquired skills. This room is for those radio song fanatics that want to become a part of an intimate team screaming the lyrics to well known, chart topping dance songs while grooving and moving to the beat. You can expect all your favourite classics to be blasted in this room as well as being in the company of some Justin Timberlake and Usher lookalikes and dance-alikes.
The last and final room to be examined, being placed all the way at the back of the venue and outside a set of large wooden castle-like doors, is the smokers area. Brightly lit, secluded, small and covered, this area is the perfect spot to get some fresh air, enjoy a cigarette and converse with old and new faces. If you're not a smoker this spot is probably not idealistic for you but is still the host to many non-smokers attempting to avoid the warmth of the venue for a quick moment.
With its stylish layout, design and décor you will definitely be most satisfied and impressed with the hours spent at Code Red. So whether you're someone looking for a place to dance, drink, talk, play, relax, pursue the quest for love or lust, or just plain go crazy, Code Red Saturdays at Platform One nightclub accommodates all those needs. Either way, if you're someone coming for one of those needs, by the end of the night you will probably find that you have achieved all of them. So get prepared for a night that will hold memories you will be talking about to your children's children, and a morning full of questions like, "Wow, did that actually happen?" Ladies put on your high-heels, jeans and Sass & Bide tops, and gentlemen put on your tight jeans, hoodies and Hugo Boss aftershave and come down and enjoy a long awaited night out at Code Red. You never know, I may just see you there.