Located where both One Bar and Eden Bar used to be, Empire Club has well established itself on its prominent spot on the corner of Mount Alexander Road and Puckle Street, and has so far managed to keep itself from going under like its predecessor did.
The bar looks great and the tequila bottles are piled on a bright, white pyramid-like surface, with quick staff and cheap drinks. In fact, the venue got into a bit of strife because of these cheap drinks, claiming how the venue made the alcoholic drinks cheaper than soft drinks was condoning irresponsible drinking! (For more info, read this Moonee Valley Reader article).
The patrons, aged anywhere between 18 and their 40s, were mostly wearing smart casual clothes, anything from tight dresses to a tee and denim shorts, making the place accessible to most people while keeping its regal feel. Unfortunately, the unkempt toilets stink, have broken toilet seats, and none of the toilet roll dispensers have covers on them. Yet again, this is a nightclub toilet, so you have to expect that it will not be up to scratch after a ton of people have used it one after another on the same night.
Whereas One Bar and Eden Bar mostly just had typical dance music you would expect at most other nightclubs, Empire Club has both this and a cover band together on Friday nights to give patrons a mixed experience of both forms of live music. The DJ played mostly generic dance music, but the band on the other hand played anything from '80s and '90s rock groups like Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and The Screaming Jets, to more recent chart toppers like The Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, Ke$ha, and Jason Derulo. Perhaps it is this variety of music that has made Empire Club more successful than the building's previous owners, but time will be the judge of that.