Sometimes you just need to break a sweat and get loose on the dance floor. If you’ve been waiting to plan a big night out, here are our favorite clubs for Electronica, dance, house, trap, disco, hip hop, and everything in between. Put on your best dancing shoes and an Instagram-worthy outfit and get ready to paint the town red in this article.
We’re going to be taking a look at the top 10 best nightclubs in Melbourne, and just wait until you see the number one that we’re going to be showing in this article. This is something you would have never even thought of. So make sure you read the article till the end.
Chasers nightclub is one of Melbourne’s biggest and best nightclubs for international and special events. It features Melbourne’s top-class DJs every Friday and Saturday night from 9 pm till late. Playing a variety of music styles including funky house, vocal trance, and R&B, it’s probably best known for being the home of Poof Doof, an LGBTQIA-friendly nightclub that’s been around for many years.
Sub Club is a basement nightclub in the little-known laneway, Flinders Court. Its programming is as underground as its location. The club is carved out of the old ANZ bank vault, which gives it that treasure vibe. Lineups reflect forward-thinking curators and subcultures, so no one is left out here. You can expect to hear loads of bass, techno, and left-field electro transmitting out of a 10,000-watt sound system.
Located on Queensbury Street in Carlton, Colour is run by Liam Alexander, Ben Rasa, and former Lounge owner Carlo Colozimo. The venue itself has quite the history, once a former church, this 1835-built building was also home to short-lived Club Yours and Mine and 1990s S&M Club Hellfire. A radiant sign in shoddy capitals marks the entrance on Brunswick Street.
The cleaved head of American Psycho’s Patrick Bateman greets you as you walk up the stairs in the cavernous room above. Dismembered mannequins dangle from the ceiling. This Fitzroy establishment is many things, but subtle isn’t one of them. The venue features exposed brick, lofty ceilings, ruby-hued booths, and red lights behind the bar, all paying homage to the hedonistic social scene of 1980s New York.
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Angel Music Bar
Music is front and center at Angel Music Bar, with a collection of records pumping out of Function 1 speakers specifically installed to fill the room. DJs play the likes of John Coltrane, Susan Wong, Esther Phillips, and Ute Lemper, with scatterings of David Bowie downstairs. Alternatively, you can head upstairs to the 80-room Black Box venue and party to events put on by Animals Dancing, Crown Ruler, Cool Room, and Pelvis. It’s super dark in the room, with a singular light that projects onto a disco ball that casts an eclipse shadow above the DJ booth. And we’re not kidding about the speakers; those Function Ones really pack a punch.
The Night Cat
The vibe is electric in this red-lit boudoir of a live music venue, and it’s not hard to see why The Night Cat has become a bit of a Fitzroy institution. With live jazz, funk, and reggae among its diverse lineup, it’s probably best known for its circular stage in the center of the venue that gives all punters a great vantage point for watching their favorite acts.
After an illustrious 12 years in the CBD, New Guernica made the move to Collingwood. The new venue features soaring 7-meter ceilings, a balcony high above the dance floor, and a world-class lighting and sound system. Some elements have been brought over from the original location, including the well-known disco ball. Get ready for a weekly rave on Thursday nights complete with drink specials, Friday parties run by organizers like The Operative, and upcoming events by established electronic artists, emerging talents, and international touring acts.
Revolver, better known as Revs, will take you in on a Friday evening and treat you to a bit of soul-tinged deep house and then spit you out onto Chapel Street Sunday morning, still ringing with thumping techno. You often hear about “the cage,” which sounds terrifying, but in reality, it’s a booth that hosts local and international dance DJs in a dining room. The bar club goes all night and is often responsible for the sort of behavior that is best forgotten by morning. A great night out, in other words.
Renowned for being one of Melbourne’s top hip-hop bars, Chaise Lounge is the place to be to hear everything from classic hip-hop, R&B, and trap. Fridays are the night to get your groove on with DJs from Culture King, DJ RCE, DJ Kalua, DJ Shook, and DJ Angel J keeping your feet moving into the early hours of Saturday morning. Bring out the Henny; it’s Friday.
When beloved Melbourne Club Lounge closed in 2018, it sent tear-streaked eyeliner running and club kids scurrying to find a new space for an all-night boogie. Lounge had operated on the Swanston Street side for 29 continuous years, which is longer than many of its patrons had been alive. But hospitality veteran Mass Salt came to the rescue, taking over the Swanston Street side and giving it new life as Raider. Raider focuses on catering to the dance music community with a Function One rig blasting until 6 a.m. on weekends. It’s kind of like Lounge, but Raider has its own personality. Reapply that eyeliner.
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