First published on 20 Sep 2008. Updated on 4 Aug 2011.
Twice a month, Parramatta Golf Club tucks its balls between its legs to become the queer jewel in the West's best clubbing tiara. DJ Rita has been at Dolphins for 13 years, making it one of the longest running sets in town. In between camp classics, the wild wench of the west, Beverly Buttercup, dishes up dirty westie drag with the Dolphin dancers. "We pull a great lesbian crowd," says Bev. "Around 80 per cent of our punters are gay women." Beverly says it's very community-based and "more of a catch-up with people you know. It's tight-knit - one of the few places where ‘Nutbush City Limits' still goes down a treat." Great to see these girls so devoted to the 'bush.
Dolphins, Parkes St, Parramatta 2150 (02 9635 6633)
Take a Blue Light Disco, get rid of the teens and fill it with adult homos and -poof! - you're in heaven. Gay men, lesbians, drag queens, bi-sexuals and trannies gather for a ‘ho'-down to Top 40. DJs Joel and Jeff warm up the house with Bananarama and Culture Club for 80s devotees on the dance floor. While Heaven has enjoyed a great run at Rosehill Bowling Club, there's talk of a move to another west-centric venue in 2009, where the gay westie pennant will continue to flap with pride.
Heaven, Rosehill Bowling Club, Cnr James Ruse Drv & Hassall St, Parramatta 2150. (02 9635 4455)
While most sex-on-premises venues in Sydney adhere to a man-on-man policy, Aarows is a bit of a cream assortment when it comes to the sort of trade it attracts. Don't be thrown by drag queens, lesbians, and straight couples wandering the place. Our source told us he was thrown for a six when he found a woman on the receiving end of a glory hole he had just ‘filled'. Well, that's one way to get your lady-cherry popped. This three-level swingers club cum queer sex joint also attracts straight truckers, to fulfill BJ and the Bear fantasies for gay boys and mother-truckers alike.
Aarows, 17 Bridge St, Rydalmere (02 9638 0553)