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Good nightclub venues to go for the over 30’s?

By Jellybean1974 - 21 January 2011 19

I am a mid 30’s lady, semi-professional, with some class, who is trying to find alternate venues to hit the town on Fri/Sat nights.  I don’t mind a  lot of places, but the problem is that a lot of my friends, especially males, don’t know a lot of the newer music that most night spots tend to play.  I do, as I have teen and pre-teen kids 🙂  We usually hit O’Malleys, live bands are good and play an assortment of older and well known stuff, and there is the new music put on during the band’s breaks and after the band finishes, which gives me the best of both worlds.

But good old O’Malleys is just becoming way too crowded as of late and that again would not be too liked by some of my other friends.

So any suggestions on where to go where we wouldn’t be seen as ‘oldies invading youngen’s’ hangouts and looking totally out of place, yet which plays a good mix of some older and newer stuff, and must have a dance floor!!

What’s Your opinion?


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19 Responses to
Good nightclub venues to go for the over 30’s?
beejay76 4:21 pm 23 Jan 11

Surely there’s room here for a smart-arse comment about Swinger Hill?

buzz819 2:26 pm 23 Jan 11

sexynotsmart said :

buzz819 said :

Depend’s what type of club you are looking for, do you want to sit down and drink, do you want to dance, do you want to have a beer garden??

Speaking unilaterally and without consultation on behalf of the 30-something male population (and LoveBumps)… we’re looking for whatever the 20-or-30-something females are looking for.

Ohhh right, now I get ya.

Tongue and Groove, that’s where they go…

sexynotsmart 1:06 pm 23 Jan 11

buzz819 said :

Depend’s what type of club you are looking for, do you want to sit down and drink, do you want to dance, do you want to have a beer garden??

Speaking unilaterally and without consultation on behalf of the 30-something male population (and LoveBumps)… we’re looking for whatever the 20-or-30-something females are looking for.

fabforty 9:10 am 22 Jan 11

Jethro said :

The question is why someone in their mid-thirties with almost grown kids feels the need to go clubbing…

The answer is “because she does”. Beleive it or not Jethro, people over thirty still like to have fun.

farnarkler 8:53 am 22 Jan 11

Sorry but Canberra’s too small a market to provide what you’re after. Bobby McGees had it spot on in the mid to late 90’s but today, forget it.

buzz819 7:51 am 22 Jan 11

Jethro said :

The question is why someone in their mid-thirties with almost grown kids feels the need to go clubbing…

Ohh right… People with kids should be locked up inside and not be able to come out and have fun when other people are…

Depend’s what type of club you are looking for, do you want to sit down and drink, do you want to dance, do you want to have a beer garden??

Stay away from the dodgy ones, Krave, Meche, Bar 32, Mercury Bar and The Phoenix and the rest should be accommodating. PJ’s in the City and Muddle Bar have some good clientele, Ha Ha Bar in Belconnen, then some of the sports clubs do a pretty good job at entertaining after midnight.

Deano 12:04 am 22 Jan 11

Cordelia said :

I can see why you asked the question – in a couple of years’ time you don’t want to be frequenting the same nightclubs as your kids! : )

Couple of years time? What do you reckon the kids are doing whilst mum is out clubbing.

la_psyche 11:49 pm 21 Jan 11

Just because someone is a certain age or has kids shouldn’t exclude them from wanting to have a night out dancing with their friends. For the record, I’m single and don’t have kids and have just entered my 30s, but I don’t see why someone’s age or family situation should preclude or exclude them from going out to have a dance. If I get to a certain age does that mean I should be expected to find other forms of entertainment, even though I love to dance?

Jellybean, I’m glad you posted this question, because it’s actually something I’ve been wondering as well – O’Malleys has been my default ‘go to’ place but it would be nice to know of other venues. I’ve only been to the Kennedy Rooms for dinner (and the food is quite good), but the crowd seems a bit more…concerned, for want of a better word, about their appearance than those who frequent O’Malleys. If that makes sense. Even going there for dinner I feel like I have to put in more effort with my appearance than I would going to other places. Which is fine, and I like to doll up every now and then, but it may be something you want to take into consideration if you’re looking for somewhere with the same vibe as O’Malleys.

Others who’ve recommended Galaxy – is there a cover charge?

Cordelia 9:46 pm 21 Jan 11

I can see why you asked the question – in a couple of years’ time you don’t want to be frequenting the same nightclubs as your kids! : )

Jethro 6:53 pm 21 Jan 11

The question is why someone in their mid-thirties with almost grown kids feels the need to go clubbing…

damien haas 5:11 pm 21 Jan 11

I really like the George Harcourt Hotel in Nicholls. Its been dramatically revamped in the last two years.

Beserk Keyboard Warr 4:56 pm 21 Jan 11

I fail to see the appeal of The Kennedy Room, but Knightsbridge is pretty cool. At least it has an identity.

MissPeaches 4:10 pm 21 Jan 11

Perhaps the Kennedy Room might be something you are interested in… http://www.thekennedyroom.com/
They seem to have an older crowd, by that I mean over 21 years old. Play some funky music and attract lots of people…

Jellybean1974 2:23 pm 21 Jan 11

@johnboy – I thought Galaxy was 80’s music only? Have heard of debacle but never been there, and have never heard of Knightsbridge – will have to look that one up. Thanks.

johnboy 2:18 pm 21 Jan 11

Galaxy nightclub in the casino is aimed pretty much right at you.

Knightsbridge penthouse in braddon, and debacle might also work.

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