A new club has just opened its doors in the Sydney CBD
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Hidden away in the basement at 122 Pitt Street, this aptly named new venue is a small, understated club that makes you feel like you’ve stumbled across a private party. One22 opened its doors earlier this year with the promise of a powerful sound system and an impressive line-up of local and international DJs. Keeping to their word, the club has already welcomed a number of DJs from overseas and for a small place, it’s definitely loud.
From what we saw at Chemistry’s Mardi Gras event, One22 is drawing a dedicated and passionate crowd. On the night, Phil Smart and Jamie Lloyd headed a line-up sandwiched by a host of established DJs, including Trinity, Marcotix, Jordan Deck, Nick Belshaw and the Glitch DJs, each laying down their own styles from mellow soul-house to heavier deep house and techno.
The dance floor fills up fast with a diverse mix of revellers (hipsters, fanatics, opportunists) and the best thing about this little venue is that there’s no pretence; the vibe is refreshingly laidback. (A stark contrast to its neighbours, the Ivy or Establishment.) The dress code is anything goes; you’d make the cut in thongs and a zipped up Parka jacket if you can prove you’re serious enough about the music.
In fact, the most formally dressed are those behind the bar, where you can find a no-frills choice of reasonably priced drinks. And the makeshift DJ booth that sits beside a floor-to-ceiling stack of speakers just adds to its charm.
One22 wants to be an alternative nightclub in the heart of the city, an unadorned home for electronic music, which is exactly what they’ve created – and it works. Make like you already knew it existed and confidently saunter up to the entrance from the laneway behind the Vault Hotel.