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Melbourne's best hip-hop club nights

Get low at these hip-hop and R&B-themed club nights in Melbourne

Rose Johnstone
Adena Maier
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Rose Johnstone
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Adena Maier
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Not into the pop hits that are usually blasting through Melbourne's nightclubs? Don’t confine your obsession with Jay Z, Kendrick and Mary J Blige to your headphones: break out your best moves at Melbourne’s best hip-hop and R&B club nights.

Hip-hop and R&B not your jam? Check out our guide to Melbourne's best nightclubs.

Dance to hip-hop in Melbourne

  • Clubs
  • Fitzroy

You down with OPP? Then Laundry – arguably Melbourne's hottest hip-hop club – is your spiritual home. The line is pretty much always wrapping around the block, so plan your night accordingly. Once you make it past the bouncer and through the doorway, hustle your way to the dancefloor to get up close to the DJs who are spinning everything from old-school hip-hop and R&B to Kendrick's latest. Keen on a more elevated experience? Opt for a VIP package with a private booth, bottle service and a personal host.

  • Bars
  • Melbourne

Tucked away down a CBD alleyway, you'll find one of Melbourne's go-to outdoor party bars. After squeezing past the huge bouncers, good luck finding a place to sit or even stand. It's a popular venue for hip-hop DJs in particular, and fair warning: it's busy – and loud – most nights. 

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  • Bars
  • Melbourne

Section 8's next-door neighbour and little sister bar Ferydurke is a bar for the adult in you who demands a good drink and the teenager in you who wants a serve of grungy fun. DJs here spin all kinds of tunes, but later in the night, it's all about hip-hop. 

Khokolat Bar
  • Bars
  • Melbourne

This Hardware Lane joint is always pumping old school and new school R&B hits. Mary J Blige and Usher not really your thing? Khokolat runs a recurring Berry Club night that often features a rotation of drill, trap, hip-hop and rap music. 

 

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  • Bars
  • Windsor

Flock down to the southern end of Chapel Street to this cosy blue-and-red hued hip-hop and R&B party bar. Depending on your vibe, you can sit on the street for prime people-watching, make your way onto the dance floor or head up to the upstairs rec room. If you're looking to spice up your night, ask the bartender for a cheeky chilli bomb or popcorn-infused vodka shot. 

Chaise Lounge
  • Clubs
  • Melbourne

This Queen Street mainstay has been around for more than two decades, and clearly, it's doing something right to withstand the test of time. DJs spin hip-hop and R&B on Fridays, and on Saturdays you can catch a blend of old school and new school R&B. The room is always pumping, and regulars include DJ Kahlua, DJ Nathaniel and DJ Andy Pala. 

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