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Inside at Ferdydurke
Photograph: Graham Denholm

Where to dance to hip-hop in Melbourne

Get down with Drizzy at Melbourne's best hip-hop club nights

By Rose Johnstone

Don’t confine your obsession with Drizzy, Jay Z, Kendrick and Nas to your headphones: break out your best moves at Melbourne’s best hip-hop club nights.

If hip-hop's not your jam, check out our guide to Melbourne's best nightclubs and our round-up of Melbourne's best bars for dancing.

Dance to hip-hop in Melbourne

Laundry Bar
Photograph: Cormack O'Connor

1. Laundry Bar

Clubs Fitzroy

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. 

2. Chaise Lounge

Clubs Melbourne

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. 

Section 8, Tattersalls Lane
Photograph: Robert Blackburn

3. Section 8

Bars Melbourne

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.

Inside at Ferdydurke
Photograph: Graham Denholm

4. Ferdydurke

Bars Melbourne

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. 


5. Belleville

Bars Wine bars Melbourne

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. 

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