One of Australia’s most hyped nightclubs is also its longest running. At a time when nightclubs are closing down at an alarming rate, Sydney institution Chinese Laundry is entering its 18th year of operation. With nigh on two decades as the city’s premier place for electronic music, it’s safe to say that those walls have definitely seen some shit.
Born into a dank alleyway beneath a highway overpass in 1997, Chinese Laundry is an underground club in both the literal and metaphorical sense. When hospitality magnate Justin Hemmes took on the task of redesigning the historical Royal George Hotel, the pub building and its four adjoining terraces were reimagined into an inner city oasis that housed the popular Slip Inn bar and garden, with Chinese Laundry buried in the building’s lower recesses.
Chinese Laundry is a proper nightclub – low ceilings, quality sound and a passionate team to make sure you’re having an amazing night every time you visit, whether it’s for their consistently huge Friday and Saturday headliners or their famed garden throwdowns in the afternoon sun.
Paul Kalkbrenner played to a sold out Garden Party in 2011.
The club has seen the biggest names in dance music pass through its hallowed booth and have some of the best nights the city has seen, including Mr Dirtybird himself Claude VonStroke stripping down to his daks to belt out an extended set to a sweaty and wild crowd; and a Good Vibrations festival after party that saw superstars like the Happy Mondays and The Pharcyde partying alongside house and techno legends.
Chinese Laundry has seen it all and then some. There have been nights that the roof has been almost literally torn down by the heaving bass and crazed punters; an incident that saw trap duo TNGHT break up due to Hudson Mohawke being swept up in some rather over enthusiastic party antics; and even a visit from the cast of MTV's Geordie Shore.
King Unique have called Chinese Laundry “the most fun you can have in a small black room with 120 Australians without risking your marriage” and Peking Duk’s Adam Hyde said “Chinese Laundry is the best place to get as wild and sweaty as possible in the most beautiful way. If it wasn't for this club we would still be working at Maccas, we love Chinese Laundry and always will.”
With headliners over the years including Moby, Deadmau5, Disclosure, Flume, Marcel Dettmann, Jeff Mills, James Zabiela, John Digweed, Sasha, De La Soul, Dusky, Rudimental, Chris Liebing and many, many more it’s no wonder the club has graced lists of the top clubs in the world and won accolades and praise in its 18 long years. So, here’s to many more years ahead. Happy Birthday Chinese Laundry!
Rudimental blew the roof off the club when they performed there for the first time in 2012.
Chinese Laundry is hosting a month long celebration with some killer headliners. Make sure you head down and pop some bottles with them.