The Eureka (pronounced U-ree-kah), is a mainstream kind of place. The music they play is top 20 (so mainly pop and R'n B), there is a dance floor, pool tables and big screen TVs (that often show sports: footy, soccer, etc.). Its 2 stories, but the 2nd floor isn't always open. It has an easy going atmosphere. More of a club for people 18-25yrs old.
A plus is that the taxi stand is just around the corner from the club so you don't have to wander around looking for one.
It's also open during the day as a restaurant/cafe - serves usual bar type meals.
Dress Code: Don't wear jeans or sneakers. A tie for the guys is going overboard, just dress to impress but without looking too formal.
I already have a tip for Irish Murphy's in my 'restaurant tips', but decided to split it as it is both a restaurant and a pub and the two sections do have different 'atmospheres' (although both are Irish). :)
The whole interior of Irish Murphy's is decorated as a 'traditional Irish' pub (note the word 'traditional'). There are signs in gaelic, posters for guinness and a few of Geelong's local Irish population hanging about. But the bar has a warm and cosy feel to it, and on Friday and Saturday nights the place is pretty well packed.
There is often live music acts (sometimes just doing covers), one of my friends has played a few gigs here. It is a nice pub to come to, especially since it seems to be the only place in Geelong where I can find Bulmers (alcoholic cider drinks - absolutely lovely!). It also has any other Irish drink (Bailey's, Guinness, etc.) that you might want, as well as a nice assortment of shots like: Pancake and Cowboy. There are also packets of chips and peanuts if you feel a bit hungry as well.
(Note: do not have two pints of Bulmers and then a shot of Pancake, I did and it *really* was not a good combination).
The crowd that hangs out at Irish Murphy are all ages, people in their 20s up to people in their 60s or sometimes 70s. So take a bunch of friends and check it out and see if you like it.
Over the weekend it is usually open till midnight-1am.
Dress Code: There is no need to dress up, casual is fine.
I recently went to Lamby's for the first time (much to the disbelief of my friends: 'how could you have never been to Lamby's before?!'). The place is very cool and attracts people of all ages. When I went there was a stage set up and a band was playing (cover songs - but they were really good) and dance remixes were played when they were on a break.
The club is beneath the Wool Museum (a building that dates back to the 1800s) so the interior of Lamby's has 'wood' decor and dimmed lighting which gives you a feeling of warm familiarity.
Dress Code: 'Neat casual' will be fine.
The Barwon Club (or BC) is divided into three areas. First there is the restaurant (which has tables both in and outside), then there is the bar area (divided from the restaurant by a step), which includes a large screen tv doubles as a visual jukebox (select the song to hear it and watch the video clip). Lastly there is the 'band area' which is closed off from the bar area by doors and usually only cost a few bucks to get into - unless theres something special going on (like multiple bands all night), then it'll cost you about $10-15.
It, like most of Geelong, has a relaxed atmosphere, mostly filled with people chatting, drinking and having a laugh.
A good place to see local bands, but also gets in bands from overseas from time to time.
Dress Code: Most bands that play are towards the 'alternative' sound, so jeans and sneakers are fine, but try to dress them up a bit - you are going out after all.
Basically the same goes for the bar and restaurant.
The Sphinx is a great place to enjoy a night out. Drink and dance the night away, or pop in for a few games on the pokies.
Dress Code: Neat casual dress for all Geelong hotels and clubs.
The Sphinx is a little more 'dress up'..
A high proportion of Geelong's population originated from the other side of the globe...the magority of the first settlers after the Aborigines came from Ireland and Scotland. Our nightlife in Geelong reflects our heritage.
If you are looking for a great place to chill out, have some grub, listen to a band and have a dance any of these places are recommended
Dress Code: Australians have a reputation for enjoying a party, all of the places below offer live entertainment and have a reputation for their good food.
Let the locals know where you are from and they will look after you and show you the ropes
Grab a copy of the 'Forte' magazine (a free newspaper) which is publish each week and lists all entertainment in the Geelong Region.
One of the biggest Pubs/Nighclubs in Geelong
It is a very popular place to be on a Thursday,
Friday or Saturday night.
Very relaxed venue with two floors.
People of all ages rock the night away here.
Popular dance floor downstairs.
Every town has an Irish pub and Geelong is no exception.
Definitely one to add to the Pub-crawl.
Open every day of the week.
Sundays can be popular as a wind down and meeting place after the weekend.
Night life in Geelong is both of pub and night club style.
you can find live bands or latest clubbing music.
There is a old church which has be changed into a night club in geelong.
When the church was first built I'm sure they never expected the place to rock as it does now days lol.
Or the Wild antics that go on though I guess the old preist used to rock Da HOUSE
Dress Code: Geelong is far more relaxed than alot of Melbourne clubs can be .
usually jeans gets you in most places.
If your visting from over seas I suggest you try pubs in the area such as the Anglsea hotel
or the Barwon heads hotel.(THIS IS RECOMMENDED FOR PEOPLE IN LATE TEENS TO EARLY 30'S)
You will find plenty of surfer type people around these places.
rip curl and billabong T shirts are a must lol.
Where do you start?
Geelong has an amazing selection of night life to cater for all ages of party goers. If you're a young, single male go to the Geelong Hotel and the chances of finding a young female looking for 'company' is pretty good.
I personally like the Eureka in Little Malop st. It's a sports bar with dance floors- perfect. Most Saturday nights you can catch a live Premier league football match, great for all of us Aussie's who have returned from the UK and are missing our Soccer 'Fix'. The only problem is it's popularity means that you may have to queue up for a bit.
Also, my house has some cool parties but I dont think Mum and Dad would appreciate me inviting you all around.
Dress Code: Neat casual
Another good nightspot is the Peninsula Hotel/Club.
Meals and drink... and games room to play the pokies.
Dress Code: Neat Casual Dress.