Uni night is: Wednesday
I am aware that less than I month ago I raved about Pugg Mahones Carlton as ‘the ultimate uni night pub‘.
I am certainly not going to take that back in this post, but I must admit I find myself a little tempted to label PA’s likewise.
I know, big call.
But I should point out that PA’s provides students with a different uni night. I wouldn’t so much recommend the Prince Alfred for a quiet night out like I did Puggs.
In my opinion, this pub doesn’t really have value as a ‘sit down with a few beers and a few mates and chat’ pub. This is not to say you can’t do this at PA’s. There are tables and bar stools and a beer garden (but note that ‘smoke garden’ would be a more appropriate term for this area) upstairs, plus pool tables downstairs to provide the bona fide pub experience.
But this is not why most uni students trudge down to the corner of Grattan and Bouverie Streets (yes, you are not mistaken, this is pub is literally located right outside Melbourne Uni) every Wednesday night.
For me, and my fellow university residence students, PA’s is all about the dancefloor.
It may be sticky from a few spilled beverages.
It may be sweaty.
It may be so packed with tipsy uni students that moving your feet is a challenge in itself.
But this is why we love it.
PA’s is packed every Wednesday of the university teaching periods, almost without fail. What better environment for the student who ‘doesn’t really dance’ to blend into a crowd and the one who is one who is happy to show off his/her array of moves to an appreciative crowd alike?
It helps that the DJ plays a good mix of songs, ranging from the latest hits that one might hear on Fox FM or even Triple J, to the old favourites. I had an inspired dance sesh at PA’s last Wednesday night which got even better when the DJ whipped out Passion Pit’s ‘Little Secrets’ followed by Madonna’s ‘Like A Prayer’.
The Wednesday playlist always ends with Semisonic’s ‘Closing Time’, which is bound to stir the crowd to place their arms around each other and sway while screaming out the lyrics.
Note: the DJ takes requests.
Drink wise, PA’s doesn’t offer a lot of deals apart from $5 wet pussy shots (definitely worth a try) and cheap-ish jugs of beer.
But if you want to experience the epitome of dirty d-floors, vital to any big uni night, PA’s is the place. Jump in there with the sweaty, sticky crowd, request your song and get dancing.
It’s the best way to blow off some steam and get rid of some uni stress.