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Make like Lionel Richie at these no-frills dusk-til-dawn party houses

Abercrombie Hotel


We don't know when this grungy local turned into a techno den, but we kinda dig it. Now, you can head over for post-work drinks on Friday and keep coming back til the end of kick-on and wind-down party S.A.S.H on Sunday, where your hangover will be sated by deep-fried goods and sets from Monkey Tennis, Jaded, Jimmy Brus, Kerry Wallace and Matt Weir. The Abercormbie's Strange Fruit parties on Saturday night have featured Simon Caldwell, Trinity, Jamie Lloyd, Jimi Polar, Chris Honnery and Kali amongst others, the sound system is good, the drink prices very reasonable and there's no Friday or Saturday cover charge in sight.



Entry to this relative newbie is considerably more exxy, but the tunes are always boss and the place draws a passionate and dance music-literate crowd. Well-known tech and house parties including Golden Cage, Compound, Co-Op and Loosekaboose have flocked to the small and understated CBD club. You'll find hipsters, fanatics and opportunists all heaving on the dance floor because there's no bullshit at One22, just good beats cranked up loud.

GoodGod Small Club


You never know what to expect down at GoodGod, and that's what make's the Haymarket joint so great. The Front Bar is always free and open til 5am on Fridays and Saturdays, and you'll no doubt find something wild going on out the back in the danceteria. Sissy bounce, deep house, dupstep and dancehall: you name it, they have played it. Head over early and carb-up at the Dip before the dancing begins.

Oxford Art Factory


A word of warning before we sing the OAF's praises: our last few visits happened in the midst of a crowd of salty teens, so leave this one out if you're not keen to cut it with the city's youth. The soundtrack at this Oxford Street hipster hive navigates '90s cheese, noughties R'n'B, indie mash-up (think Bloc Party remixes and Blur) and dubstep (those kids just can't get enough). Kit-up down the road at American Apparel to look the part, and prepare yourself for a 4am dance-floor pash. The gallery section is free, but you'll have to pay to get into the gigs in the main room.

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