Adelaide's nightlife is increasingly dull during the mid-week lull between weekends.
Throw in the odd lockout-law, CBD refurbishment, cold winter winds, and it's easy to end up twiddling your thumbs when looking for a place to drown your working sorrows.
The Coffee Pot and prolific Adelaide DJ Craig Flanigan are planning to get things moving and shaking again, while taking a break from the usual EDM you'd find in most bars, pubs and clubs.
Ruby Tuesday is a new "retro" themed night of music from the '40s to '80s, featuring a dance-floor, bar, and cult movies playing on a projector.
Flanigan is no stranger to organising club nights in Adelaide — he is the sole organiser and promoter of Gosh! at Jive on Saturdays (now in its 13th year), Sundays at The Wellington, as well as a previous stint at Supermild Sundays, in addition to his recently finished Wednesday retro night at The Austral.
Craig also hosted the former "largest regular '60s night in the country", DIG, which went for 6 years at Jive before closing up shop this year.
The new night at The Coffee Pot aims to give punters a place to go for something a bit different during the week.
"I wanted somewhere where I could have a dance to a diet of purely retro tunes, but on a Tuesday, as there isn’t much happening on Tuesdays in Adelaide", Flanigan said.
"[...]There are plenty of people, from hospitality workers and shift workers, to students, backpackers and those who are lucky enough to be on holidays or have a late start the next day [...],"
As for why The Coffee Pot, Mr Flanigan said it came about when he needed "a place that was happy to take the risk, and provide what I hope will be the default Tuesday place to hang when one thinks about Tuesdays in Adelaide,"
"As a Dj and promoter, you like to see the venue representatives excited about your proposals, and thus the marriage was arranged," he said
"The inspiration behind most of these nights has been me asking myself the question: where can I do to hear music I enjoy tonight, and have a dance and hang with my mates — the answer almost always was no-where,"
"So in the spirit of entrepreneurship, a gap in the market was filled when I decided to make a club night that I would enjoy going to," Flanigan said.
"It is anything from Buddy Holly to the Beatles, to Blondie and Bowie; the Clash to Chuck Berry, to Creedence, from Motown to James Brown, etc."
"My nights are all about the music, not gimmicks or fancy surroundings — just quality music for those who really love their music."
"I have faith this will be a long term and iconic feature of Adelaide’s midweek night life, and reminiscent of cult venues in other cities" he said.
Ruby Tuesday kicks off Tuesday September 6th at The Coffee Pot from 9pm
What: Ruby Tuesday — weekly retro party, every Tuesday from 9
When: September 6th / every following Tuesday
Where: The Coffee Pot — Corner of James Place and Rundle Mall
Why: Retro tunes, booze, dance-floor, cult films on projector
Header image courtesy The Coffee Pot Facebook page; body image courtesy SouthAustralia.Traveller.com.au