Located at 1134 Burwood Highway, Ferntree Gully, The Pool Room is one nightclub where you can let your hair down, get loose and not feel guilty at all. The reason? That is what everyone does. Open till 3am Thursday through Saturday it provides a vibrant atmosphere and cheap drinks – what more do you need?
It is uncharacteristically large for a nightclub, most likely because it doubles as a pool hall and function room. With a large rounded bar in the middle and plenty of bartenders you'll never be left waiting too long for service. Just make sure not to rest your arm on the bar itself – with all that serving, apparently there isn't much time left for cleaning.
On one side of the bar is a cavernous space filled with pool tables, stools and even video games. This is where the action is at early on. Groups of guys will congregate with their beers and the bouncers watch closely to make sure no one touches the hanging lights above each table: consider yourself warned.
Also on this side of the bar is an area equipped with (believe-it-or-not) massage chairs- definitely a massive plus. While you're getting your massage you can enjoy watching channel nine news, the football or Aussie Idol (minus the sound) on a large projector screen on the wall. Smokers can find a small indoor smoking room tucked away at the back. Think eighteen people crowded into a space fit for five and you should be adequately prepared.
Crossing to the other side of the bar is where the band-or DJ depending on the night- sets up. There is a small stage constantly peppered with bright, flashing lights that is raised only a metre or so off the ground. The dance floor is here too bordered by the bar, the stage and a small booth where the lighting guys sit. Towards the back of the dance floor is "the cage." Here patrons can showcase their best moves knowing that absolutely everybody can see them. It's not really my thing but plenty of people love it.
The Pool Room also features a smaller room, which occasionally plays host to alternative bands but is mainly used for special theme nights, which occur quite regularly. Check out their website here to stay up to date. For functions or birthdays they also have an outdoor beer garden available for hire. If not booked then it is generally open for the public when it gets busy. Decked out in wooden bench seats and purple cushions it is comfortable, and being new, pretty clean.
Entry is free before 9pm on most nights, $5-$10 afterwards, however the Pool Room doesn't tend to draw a big crowd until around midnight. The night they are known for is Thursdays and the average age of patrons is quite young – think eighteen-year-old school leavers and uni students.
If you're looking for a messy, cheap night out you can't go past the Pool Room. Look out for the large, eighties inspired signage out front – it's impossible to miss.