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Mr. Pockets Nightspot: Billiards, Bar, Music and Lounge

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by Matthew (subscribe)
WEN Editor
Published May 15th 2011
Photo by Jon_A_Ross
Game of Pool - Photo by Jon_A_Ross

Many times during weekly night outings or fortnightly outings, depending on how frequently you go out a lot of people seek variety. For example, you might have a meal out with friends, go to the pictures and muck around a bit at the video arcade.

Sometimes so much travelling from place to place in the same night can be quite time consuming and draining unless you go to the one location that has everything you need. That's where Mr. Pockets comes in.

This is a funky variety venue that comes with an in-built bar, cafe, dance floor and stage. It also comes with a video jukebox, an ATM, televisions and comfortable couches situated throughout Mr. Pockets. It's an awesome venue for socialising and is very popular for various functions and birthday parties, especially 18th birthdays. Probably the best element of all is that it's located in the Melbourne suburb of Tullamarine, which is miles away from the city, making it the nightspot of choice among those who don't feel safe in town after dark.

Mr. Pockets has no shortage of the latest talent. Just rock up on any Friday or Saturday night to see a rock band or a DJ. However, please be aware that some of these shows are subject to extra charges and may require bookings in advance. The occasional comedy show seems to always attract some sort of fee. It's best to call Mr. Pockets on (03) 8330 1788 in advance for the latest information on guests and see if anything interests you.

The nightspot appears to have some of the best pool game deals in Melbourne. If you check out the website, you'll find inexpensive games of pool that last between set hours. All pool junkies, especially those who are professional or highly skilled amateurs, can benefit from the excess fat of prize money. Well, that all depends on your competition. It simply takes the arrival of Paul Belzer to reign on your pool parade, but fortunately the man is based in Sydney.

In some pool games I've played, both at public venues and private, there's been an annoying and needlessly ridiculous rule that should your opponent achieve a flawless win (that is, one in which you don't pop in any of your seven balls), such a "supremely skilled" winner gets the opportunity to pull your pants down. All right, I lost to a girl in that way once during the early stages of my learning. And it was one of the rare times I ever wore my belt with jeans. Enough said.

It isn't such a bright idea to incorporate the hidden pool rule in any one of your games at Mr. Pockets. There are a number of bouncers at the door and who regularly patrol the venue, just waiting to pounce on the slightest hint of disorderly conduct. And who would blame them? Of course you could spare a little empathy if they just happen to be bored at the well-behaved patrons on a particular night and you suddenly stick out like a sore thumb, baring your bum. So save some face.

Whenever the opportunity for a karaoke session presents itself, go for it. Make sure you perform without the Dutch courage. It can be very therapeutic in boosting self-confidence and enhancing your inner extroversion.

As a general rule, trendy casual attire is required. In other words, no caps, thongs or singlets, for those are considered somewhat scruffy. This especially applies on Friday and Saturday nights. You need to be aged 18 years or over to enter Mr. Pockets. The same applies should you wish to join their mailing lists. If you don't have any form of ID that proves your date of birth, you will be refused entry.

Whatever you do, don't resort to fake IDs in an act of sheer desperation. I'm not sure about Mr. Pockets but the authorities have been known to inspect nightspots at random. They turn off the music, ask for lights and order patrons to line up for inspection of IDs. Just as there is no escape from fare evasion on public transport due to the Public Authorised Officers, police tend to block the doorways preventing under aged individuals from absconding. Be warned.
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Why? A venue of variety
When: Monday to Friday 3pm - 3am; Saturday 3pm - 3am; Sunday 2pm - 11pm
Where: 11/217 Mickleham Road, Tullamarine
Cost: Depends if there's a show
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