Looking humble on the outside, Flinders Hotel quickly transforms into something completely different on Tuesday nights when it hits around the 9:15pm mark. A short walk down Flinders Street off Taylor Square, this quaint little pub is both approachable, intimate, and the place to be for fans of the local up-and-coming indie/alternative music scene. From the hypotic shoegazers and to the captivating female songstress', Flinders has a lot to offer to Surry Hills as the suburb that exudes chill, creative and youthful sensibilities.
Tuesday nights is charmingly labelled Moonshakes, and I felt that the staff and the interiors of the Flinders Hotel truly wanted you to enjoy the night as much as possible. As I walked into the venue, I saw that comfortable, spacious seating and areas for standing at a table lined the perimeter of the main rectangular room, with the bar situated right in the middle. One corner and a back room catered for people looking to relax and have a chat with friends. The friendly bar staff were approachable and the night offered James Boags for $4, Absolute and Jack with what ever for $5, and a great specials menu.
At around 10pm, the place was packed like sardines in a tin, with people sitting on the floor and standing with a beer in hand, transfixed by what the live music had to offer. Usually with a lineup of three genre-encompassing bands, they each played without a stage, on the floor with the audience. The intimacy was perfect and I realised that was how live music should truly be experienced and listened to.
Be sure to check out Flinders Hotel on other nights as well, as their music-enfusing nights are certain to draw in a good crowd. They aren't afraid to dish it out either. Last Thursday featured free drinks from 7-9pm so be sure to keep a look out for good deals on their news page.