Many years ago, to a fun loving sixteen year-old,
the concept of 'clubbing' seemed both foreign and distant. The actual
idea of going to a nightclub glimmered like a mirage, reminding this
individual all too well about the constraints placed on their age group.
But today such notions are fortunately a thing of the past with most of
the larger nightclubs in Melbourne holding alcohol and drug-free
underage events for the thousands of teenagers who feel as if the
previously elusive joys of 'clubbing' should not be limited only to
A great example of this concept can be witnessed on Wednesday nights at
Metro (20 Bourke St, Melbourne). The hugely popular event, entitled
"Time" is held every Wednesday night during the Holidays plus
the first and third Saturday of every month.
Even early on in the evening, if on Bourke St, one can almost feel the
anticipation. And if, by some weird chance, they're oblivious to the
increased excitement, then they can certainly see the huge queue that
snakes its way almost all the way to Swanston St.
The anticipation only grows as you stand in line, eagerly awaiting entry
(remembering that "Time" sells out every single time without
fail). Once finally entering the massive club, the mandatory security
precautions (metal detector search and the emptying of pockets) are
undertaken to add to the overall safe feel of the club. Once past this,
entry is a somewhat demanding $17, but when considering the odd six
hours of fast-paced entertainment, the fee is more than justified.
Once inside, inhabitants are greeted with the charming picture of a huge
foyer that has been classically restored to a picturesque mixture of new
and old. The foyer leads on to a large bar (serving free water and
Coca-Cola all night long) that overlooks one of the largest dancefloors
in Australia, that plays commercial dance plus an assortment of other
popular music for the thousands of youths crammed into the gigantic
Long stairways lead from the bar and hug the wall, leading to a balcony
on the far side at the highest point of the club containing pool tables
and the clubs main cloakroom.
Or alternatively, if your tastes differ from Commercial Dance, one could
take the other set of stairs from the same bar, that lead upstairs to
the "Gods Bar" where R&B, Rap and Hip-Hop lovers (such as
myself) will be more than adequately entertained for the entire evening.
The Gods Bar also contains, as its name would suggest, another bar that
also serves ice-cold water and Coke. So, a little warning, the Gods Bar
can heat up a bit (both literally and in other ways) so if you plan on
staying up there all night then plan on drinking a hell of a lot of
The night continues on until around about midnight when the thousands of
patrons receive notification that the final song of the night is about
to commence. Jeers and further sounds of discontent arise from the crowd
as this fabulous night of entertainment once again draws to a close, as
thousands of dejected youths slowly file out of the huge club, eagerly
awaiting the next "Time" they can have some more fun.
So next time you're looking for something to do and you're sick of going
to the movies then head on down to Metro on Wednesday (holiday) nights
and have yourself a hell of a lot more than a good time!