Hitting The Beat: Brisbane's Megaclub for the LGBTI community
For sheer variety of spaces and entertainment it’s hard to go past The Beat. Ron Hughes has a chat to the guys at Brisbane’s Megaclub.
How would you describe The Beat to someone who had never heard of it?
The Beat Megaclub is a nightclub with a variety of five rooms, six bars and three courtyards that caters to a mixed group of customers seven nights a week until 5am. The LGBT community has had a home with us for longer than any other venue in Brisbane.
How long has The Beat been operating?
Since 1983 the Beat has offered DJs and performers to the Brisbane community. That’s 30 years and counting.
You have the Main Bar but several other spaces too. How are they all different?
Yes, we have five different rooms at The Beat. The Main room has been a home of cutting edge club sounds since its inception and is still known as one of Brisbane’s most reliable places to hear not only house and EDM but mainly a great techno venue.
The Cockatoo club is our premier gay venue with Drag Shows most every night and DJs playing the most fabulous mix of fun and party music to keep the crowd in a joyful mood.
Crystals is a room for the more commercially minded club goer with DJs presenting the latest dancefloor hits in a more opulent surrounding.
Wreckers is our R&B venue, were customers are invited to get funky in a very urban looking room.
The Street bar is our Retro room, where the DJs spin a selection of tunes and clips from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and naughties in a bar that is open to the view of the goings on in the Valley.
And finally the Deck bar, which is not a room but an outside area out the back of the Cockatoo Club which provides customers with the ability to take a rest from the noise inside but still be able to get a drink, hear some tunes and converse with people.
There’s plenty of bars in the venue, can you get food at The Beat?
Yes, we have the Beat shop, which not only provides customers with a secure cloak room and place to purchase merchandise and non alcoholic drinks but also offers a wide selection of bain-marie style hot foods and fresh burgers and sandwiches made to order.
How does The Beat get involved in the community?
We are the major sponsors of the Brisbane Hustlers community football club and contribute to LGBT organisations like QHIV.
What events do you regularly have throughout the year?
Every week we host Sunday Funday, a 12 hour party that celebrates the end of the week. Customers are offered free finger food, a free BBQ from 7 till 8 and shows and games every hour from 5pm. There are also drinks specials all night long and the night provides great value to those who require a cheaper night out.
On Tuesday night we have Disco Bingo with prizes, shows and fun for all.
Wednesday sees us give people the opportunity to get involved in Jelly wrestling.Thursday, we have free to play poker, with a $200 1st prize, free pool and specials all night long.
Drag shows are on every night but Saturday.
Saturday we have a different guest DJ in the Main Room every week.
What are your opening hours?
8 till 5, 7 nights a week, every night of the year (except the 3 the law says we have to close early.)