If I had a dollar for every time I’ve been to Marquee… Well, I wouldn’t be rich, but I’d still have enough to buy something cool!
This South Melbourne club has two separate lines: one for its members and one for non-members, showing that the Marquee cares about its loyal regulars and makes it less likely they get barred by the bouncers. If you get there early enough, you can get a voucher for a free Jagar bomb and a cheaper entry fee if you are a member and know what the password for the night is.
Marquee has two stories, each with a completely different theme. Downstairs starts off as a room playing RNB/Dance music from when it opens until about 10:30 when the upstairs room opens and takes over the RNB/Dance duties as the downstairs room transforms into a room with hits from the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s, and a couple of ‘00s songs here and there. The Retro Room plays a lot of the old school songs you probably heard a heaps of times when you were a kid when your parents were listening to Gold FM, ranging from ‘70s disco tracks like the Bee Gees’ ‘Staying Alive’ and Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I Will Survive’ to ‘80s anthems like Belinda Carlisle’s ‘Heaven Is A Place On Earth’ and Bon Jovi’s ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’ to daggy ‘90s hits like Five’s ‘If Ya Getting Down’ and Shania Twain’s ‘Man, I Feel Like A Woman’, and later in the night the DJ plays slower songs for all the drunkards to sing along to, like John Farnham’s ‘The Voice’ and Mr Big’s ‘To Be With You’. I could list many more of the classic party songs Marquee’s Retro Room always play, and as much as I’d like to write more about these awesome songs, the list would go on forever. Marquee prides itself on its old school image; the club’s logo is of a man disco dancing ‘70s style, replicating John Travolta’s infamous pose on the poster of Saturday Night Fever. The Retro Room is equipped with one bar, has a couple of tables around for people to sit at, and has some TVs around usually playing old school movies or whatever is on telly at the time. If all these things don’t make for a good time, I don’t know what does.
Upstairs is a complete paradigm shift from what’s downstairs. Considering most of Marquee’s patrons would be in their late-teens or early-twenties, it’s only fair they have a room catering for those who would rather hear RNB and Dance tracks that are currently in the Top 40 or no older than about five years old. Songs like ‘Golddigger’ by Kenye West and Jamie Foxx, ‘Sexy Back’ by Justin Timberlake, ‘Poker Face’ by Lady Gaga, and numerous other chart toppers from recent years are what’s on the menu upstairs. This floor has two bars, one at each end of the room so there is less struggling to squeeze through the herd on the dance floor just to get a drink. Part of the dance floor is set up sort-of like a pyramid, so some dancers are higher up than those at the bottom, and get to see a good view of the room rather than just the other patrons’ heads being all around you. The smokers will love the upstairs room too, as there is a small section that is a designated smoking room to have a much needed break from all the craziness on the dance floor, and makes things much more convenient for smokers so they don’t have to go outside for a power drag and risk not being let back in.
Originally published at barsandnightclubs.com.au on Monday 22 November 2010