Dance to hip-hop in Melbourne
You down with OPP? Then Laundry – arguably Melbourne's hottest hip-hop club – is your spiritual home. Hustle your way through the dark den on a Friday or Saturday and get up close to the rap-lovin’ DJs. On Friday nights they'll be spinning old-school hip-hop and R&B (oh hi, NWA); Saturday is a mixed bag of everything up to Kendrick's latest.
Classic hip-hop on Fridays and all kinds of R&B on Saturdays: Chaise’s posse of resident DJs throw a healthy mix of trap and twerk into their sets with their Bright Lights Big City set. The room is always pumping and regulars include DJ Kahlua, C-Ram and Shook.
After squeezing past the huge bouncers to get into the much-hyped Section 8, you'll find one of the CBD’s best spots for people watching. There’s a see-and-be-seen element to any night here. It’s a popular venue for DJs, and you'll fare well if you're a hip hop fan. Fair warning: it's busy - and loud - most nights.
Section 8’s next door neighbour Ferdydurke is a bar for the adult in you who demands a good drink, with a serve of grungy fun for your never-say-die side. DJs spin all kinds of tunes, but later in the night, it's all about the hip hop.
Another CBD haunt to try is Belleville. Accessed via Globe Alley, this expansive space fills the entire first floor of the former Globe Hotel. In the middle of the room a raised dais sits and is often occupied by DJs and bands. Bring your party pants and get ready to get down.