Basement, 124 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Gay-friendly daggy disco
I think I may possibly be the one and only food blog that will ever post about Palms but if you can eat or drink at a venue then I'll pretty much blog about it — and besides they play excellent retro music. For a gay-friendly experience that's definitely more men than women (about 10-1) you'll find Palms playing all the right tunes of the 70s, 80s, 90s and top 40 dance music to get you in the party atmosphere. It's one of the few standing clubs on Oxford Street that's still free entry but you'll need to get in by 10.30-11 pm as lines get really long very quickly towards the middle of the night. Bar staff are efficient and energetic although the demand for drinks can still make you wait a bit — especially when it's crowded and hot. It's the first time I noticed they have a bar food menu of four items which is quite limited. Palms reminds me of a gay version of Randi Wix in terms of the down-t0-earth crowd, tacky decor and abundance of fun retro music but it's a little freaky how they both have palm trees as their illustrative logo.
Other gay-friendly clubs on Oxford Street:
PROS: Gay friendly, Fun retro music, Free entry, Unpretentious
CONS: Long lineups depending on when you go, Pricey drinks, A bit tacky in a good way if you like that sort of thing
MUST TRY: Not drinking on an empty stomach
Tacky snake lights decor