School nights; who knew Wednesdays took the crown for having one of Sydney's biggest nights, each week? Chances are if you've ever hit World Bar up on a hump day, you'd know that the Wall is a mammoth of a deal in the Sydney club scene.
Nevertheless, despite being firmly set as one of King's Cross's heavy weights, The Wall packs an enduring punch by way of its lack of pretension, nurturement of its local community and encouragement of up and coming artists.
The Wall, in its current format, was cultivated and fine tuned by Sam Korotkov (Sammurai, within social media circles), who kindly took the time to speak to me about The Wall's history and its current ambitions. What started out as a 'quaint hip hop evening', with a strong tie to the arts, now has a definite gearing towards Drum n Bass and Dubstep, with enormous acts such as 12th Planet Dirtyphonics, Sigma, Foreign Beggars. Despite bagging some of the biggest international acts to come to town, the Wall still firmly focuses on its local talent across a variety of genres, such as Glovecats, Kombat, Subaske and Brown Bear, who each make regular appearances.
Continuously impressive lineups aside, the initial objective of showcasing local artistic talent has not been lost with a regular use of the upstairs Tea Room as an exhibition space for local artists. Similarly, the lower level bar continues to focus on old school Breaks, testament to the Wall's earlier days as a hip hop night.
In terms of The Wall's atmosphere, early in the evening, the bar is idyllically relaxed, with the front terraces most often being taken up by pizza eating locals (occasionally a furry four legged friend will make an appearance too). At 9pm sharp, the atmosphere changes promptly just as The Wall gets cranking - with an enormous line of excited girls trotting in Jeff Campbells and boys in loose singlets seemingly appearing out of nowhere. A trendy door girl with long crimson hair armed with an iPad and a discerning eye stands ready to assess the waiting crowd; the dress code is casual but cool - no suits, but also no thongs.
The smart few (knowledgeable regulars) who join the guest list on either the Facebook page or website forgo the standard $5 entry free and even receive a Tea for Two card if they arrive between 9-10pm, which means a teapot (gratis) to share between two guests. The 'Fruit Tingle' is a popular choice (vodka, tequila, Triple sec, Blue Curaçao, grenadine and lemonade), with 'fancier' teapots such as 'Voltaire's Vice' (Chartreuse, Grand Marnier, schnapps and cranberry juice) also being a big hit. To impress, try the $50 'Champagne Supernova'- Moet, Grey Goose vodka and Madagascan vanilla syrup served in a silver teapot. Dapper, no?
With teapots a-plenty, the night generally wraps up at around 6am, so despite the relaxed atmosphere, this isn't a Wednesday for the faint hearted. So whether to have a bit of a boogie to old school Breaks, or a wub to some Dub, The Wall is definitely the place to be for a uncompromisingly large 'Wednesday/Friday'.