Sick and tired of being slapped with a cover charge only to find that inside the venue is no better than a crack den dressed up like a club, with 'beats' that make the ears bleed and company that makes your soul cry?
The easiest solution - Take the cost out of the equation. The club or bar may still hold all of the above qualities, but at least you don't pay for what you can get for free.
Follow the inside wall all the way down to the Gallery bar side of OAF. Unless there is a special event the Gallery bar is free.
Most nights there is live music early on with their residency band playing. As the night progresses so does the crowd and the DJ starts.
Playing a selection of indie pop, oldies, hip hop - basically tunes that gets the crowd jovial. The patrons are a mix bag, depending on what band is playing in the main room, it can range from your local regulars to dub-step, hip hop, metal, trance, indie, folk anything goes really.
There is a photo booth and a glass caged performance space which are occupied by live theatre performers intriguing their glassy eyed audience.
More popularly known as the Sheaf, this venue has something for almost everyone, four bars and a killer beer garden. Although the bars probably won't all be open to the public you can usually find a bar that is.
The Sheaf draws in an Eastern Suburbs clientèle, consisting of beautiful women and dashing gentleman. Don't let this deter you though the absolute vastness of this establishment will have you dancing and feeling like a socialite in no time, if not there are plenty of dark corners or pot plants to hide in.
Bring back the good old house party and instead of an expensive night dealing with intoxicated swine, you get a cheap night dealing with friendly intoxicated swine, excluding any house related mishaps.
The house party allows for complete party control; control of music, food, drink, security and fun. Pass out where you sit and let others worry about the fuss of transport cause your already home.
This doesn't mean you should throw a raging box social, small gatherings work just as effectively.
Thanks for the comment Maz. From my experiences The Golden Sheaf has been a mix. I do know they hire out rooms for 21st' so the place does draw a younger crowed on those nights. But saying this it does pull a corporate crowd as well and the sports bar always has an older demographic having a punt and drinking. Hope this is helpful, you should defiantly drop in and check it out.
I absolutely agree with you, cover charges can really suck. Some of them are so expensive, especially in the city. One was $30 in the city, for a night club. How are you supposed to do a club crawl at those prices? The second place you mentioned, does it tend to have older or younger people at it? That’s my only concern about it. I live in the east but I’ve never been there.