THE STANDARD BOWL
Level 3, 383 Bourke Street, Surry Hills facebook.com/TheStandardBowl
A birthday party, a bar and booze and bands and bowling: perhaps not the kind of celebrations you might expect for someone turning two, until you learn the party was for the music website Spotify. With its 80s-90s history as a band venue (with the likes of The Beastie Boys, D.I.G. and INXS all playing here) The Standard Bowl was a most appropriate choice for a music industry birthday. Fast-forward to 2014, and the Spotify party, with sweet tunes by Gang of Youths, KLP and DJ Leon playing. On any other night, this late night joint still offers up good times and beats with free live music and DJs, and an intimate stage, sliced between the long bar and the bowling lanes. Bands and beers go hand in hand, as does a game of pool (the tables are on the mezzanine level).