Bars and Nightclubs
Kings Cross and Potts Point, Sydney

Kit and Kaboodle

33-37 Darlinghurst Rd, Kings Cross, NSW
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This two storey entertainment hub is set in downtown Kings Cross and is the perfect fusion of contemporary kitsch design, cutting edge music and personalised service for the discerning Sydneysider looking for good times, food, drinks and a late-night party. Delve into the bright lights of the strip and you'll enter what can only be described as a mishmash of harlequin lives. Harking back to the Kings Cross of old, when Frank Sinatra shared a drink with the sexy Cigarette Girl, and underground figures drank their scotch staright up alongside wealthy eastern suburbs housewives. Whatever your tipple whatever your fancy, you can have it all.

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Kit and Kaboodle Review

Review By Miranda Luby

Arriving at 10 o'clock on Friday night we wait in the line- but not for long. The cute doorguys have a keen eye for my group of girlfriends. It's not in a sleazy way though, more of a 'ladies first', chivalrous kind of way... although we do get a cheeky wink as we're whisked forward and stamped one by one (remind me to go back and flirt with him later).

We glance down at our wrists as we step through the doors. KK2, the glistening black ink says. Webypass Sugarmill, a separate club on the bottom level of the building, and start to climb the stairs. We come to a door. Sneaking a look inside we see a flash of gold and a long elegant bar. Most people leave the art filled staircase here and enter the first level of this two-story club, but not us. We turn to keep climbing the stairs when two more bouncers confront us. After one flash of our stamps, however, the way parts.

Kit and Kaboodle's Supper Club is what you'll find at the very top and let me tell you, it's worththe climb. To gain entry to this more exclusive level all you really have to do is ask nicely and pay a $10 or $15 cover charge. Earlier on in the night the vibe is like Audrey Hepburn's naughty garden party. Delicate white chairs, a lattice fence covered in leafy vines and soft velvet couches in deep, rich colors. Here, if you so choose, you can start your night with a $399 bottle of Dom Perignon Vintage champagne and a cheese platter - talk about old style glamour. It might be better for the budget to order a delicious 'Kit Martini' ($16) and some salt and pepper squid ($14).

At the stroke or midnight, the chairs are pulled away, the room fills up and the supper club istransformed into a sexy and heated dance floor that feels like a cross between a house party and a trendy nightclub.

Friday nights are called Falcona Fridays and the group of DJs that play are fun and relaxed. Theyspin RnB and old school hip-hop, mixed skillfully to keep you guessing. The crowd is either a few years older than most other clubbers in Kings Cross or just dressed nicely enough to look that way. Ladies be warned - there is an abundance of men in suits, fresh from Friday night drinks. Just like the club, at the stroke of midnight ties and jackets come off and these men transform into sweaty, sleazy creatures that think they can get away with an ass grab don't encourage them.

After a few more drinks we head downstairs. Warning number two for the ladies: heels, drinks andstairs are a dangerous combination so save yourself an up-skirt and tread carefully. The bottom level of Kit and Kaboodle is described as Shanghai Nights meets studio 54. Antique light fixtures and gold Chinese dragons line the bar and a zebra print piano and huge hand shaped chair frame the dance floor. The crowd down here is slightly younger and the music is more house than hip-hop.

Tonight there is a saxophonist playing along with the DJ and the dance floor is packed with tight t-shirts, short skirts and vodka sodas. Here, we partied with pretty people until 4am and when we left it was still pumping.

Either level of Kit and Kaboodle is a great place for a Friday or Saturday if you want to dance all night to mainstream music, drink slightly over priced beers and cocktails and meet some good looking members of the opposite sex.

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A 2nd Kit and Kaboodle Review

Review By Michaela Piper

In the heart of the Sydney's King's Cross, on the corner of the Darlinghurst Road and Springfield Avenue is the well established and well loved Sugar Mill. Upstairs though, is it's better kept secret cousin. Know to it's loyal partygoers as "K.K", Kit and Kaboodle delivers a party atmosphere for anyone keen to drink and dance the night away, time and time again.

It's hard to fault the chic, well-decorated interior, aside from the fact that it heats and fills up pretty damn fast! Luckily, the bar is always wet with some deliciously interesting cocktails for those looking to embrace the suave atmosphere in all facets.

Price wise, it's not a budgeter's dream with entry falling between ten and twenty dollars depending upon time and events taking place. However, once inside drink prices and fairly steady by Sydney standards and one of the best things about KK is the kitchen is open all night long with cheap enough, good quality eats to tide you over until dawn. (The Sunday breakfast is a highlight too for those really committed to an all nighter!)

KK offers a good variation of music for all tastes with Friday R'n'B nights bringing solid crowds with some local and international DJ's on the books.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights in the Cross are always a busy affair and if KK is your destination expect this to be amplified. Always hosting a line out the front, the three-flight climb is well worth the effort once inside the Kit and Kaboodle Supper Club. Once inside the drinks, DJ's, decor and predominantly sexy clientele should be quite enough to guarantee a good night!

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