Since 2012, Key Club, in the upper east end of the CBD continues to host some of the largest acts in R&B/HipHop scene. And on Saturday’s it continues to hosts one of Melbourne’s most prominent R&B night spots. Unfortunately, guest-lists is a must, and to avoid having to deal with the inevitable queue that forms, attempt to make your way in before 10pm. After having walked past the semi-friendly bouncers, paid the entry fee ($10 at time of writing) and navigated your way past the douche-bag of a promotor (emphasis on the douche), you are presented with a set of stairs leading to the front room. Extravagant, game of throne-sque chairs have assembled to the left. Large, velvet-laden sofa’s to the right. And to the back – a DJ booth occupied by Hancoq. I was welcomed by the sounds of Tribe Called Quest. First electric relaxation followed by butter; a sure sign I was going to have a good night.
On the dance-floor, expect a youthful and fashionable crowd (with a slight under-tone of pretentiousness), banging old-school R&B tunes drizzled over Nikki Minaj’s greatest hits, and, if you’re lucky, a celebrity might make an appearance on stage.
Unfortunately, their selection of drinks are nothing to shout home about. Do not expect any creativity or talent behind the bar. And if there were any, they sure wasn’t hiding behind the unimpressive drinks menu. My advice, play it safe, stick to beers or simple spirits and mixers.
117 Lonsdale St,
Club Yo Yo
03 9650 3388
Saturday 21:00 – 03:00