Darwin’s Throb Nightclub forced to close after 23 years


Drag show at Throb Nightclub in Darwin
Image: Throb Nightclub

Long-running Darwin queer nightclub Throb has been forced to close after more than 20 years due to building issues.

Throb shut its doors on September 7 after the building housing the club, as well as a restaurant and cafe, received an emergency order from authorities.

The Northern Territory’s Building Control issued the order last month. Authorities identified fire and safety hazards as well as “unauthorised building works including the removal of walls,” the NT News reported.

A message on the Throb Nightclub Facebook page announced the long-running nightclub’s closure “until further notice”.

The team explained in the post the emergency order “stemmed from the removal of a supporting wall in the tenancy below ours.”

Throb owner Tim Palmer told the NT News at the time he agreed with the Building Control decision and said the hazards could have resulted in a “catastrophic” and “life-threatening” situation.

He said he was devastated that patrons had been put at risk by the building’s structural issues, which also included extensive water damage from heavy rain.

Throb Nightclub opened in Darwin in 2000

Owner Tim Palmer and his business partners opened Throb Nightclub in 2000.

They wanted the inclusive nightspot to provide a safe and welcoming destination for the Top End’s LGBTQIA+ community.

The nightclub celebrated its 20th birthday in June 2020. At the height of the pandemic, Throb was allowed to reopen and allow dancing while the rest of the world was in lockdown.

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Jordan Hirst
Jordan Hirst

Jordan Hirst is an experienced journalist and content creator with a career spanning over a decade at QNews. Since 2012, the Brisbane local has covered an enormous range of topics and subjects in-depth affecting the LGBTIQA+ community, both in Australia and overseas. Today, the Brisbane-based journalist covers everything from current affairs, politics and health to sport and entertainment.

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