August 21, 2007
For those that love live music and love to boogie, The Night Cat is the place for you. From jazz, to funk, to Latin beats Night Cat delivers night after night. This iconic Fitzroy club has been running for 13 years. Entry is almost always free. You'll find salsa classes on Sunday nights from 7pm and live music after that at 10pm. It's free entry to watch the class, and after 10pm when the band starts, or $15 to participate.
Only open Thursday through Sunday nights, those that are in the know head there early on a Saturday to avoid the queue and get a spot on the crowded dance floor. A regular band which features on Saturday nights (every few months) is Relax with Max, turning out three sets of good time funk from 10pm until 1pm. With new smoke free laws now in effect you can actually see in the club and you don't come out smelling of smoke (usually just sweat).
The crowd varies (this is Fitzroy so expect some unusual characters), but mostly they are friendly folk. The bouncers are quick to jump in at any trouble (and to point out your attire mistakes). Seats and tables available around the dance floor but get in early or enjoy them after the crowd thins at 1am. House beer from $3.50, house wine from $4 per glass, cocktails from around $12.
Opening hours: Thur-Sun 8pm-1am Coat check $3. Off street parking offered. Get off tram 112 at Johnston Street.
From journal Exploring Melbourne