On Friday nights Dome Bar transforms. The restaurant tables are whisked out, waiters carrying trays of h'orderves are whisked in, and the whole place fills up with a well-dressed crowd in a state of high anticipation. Friday nights are Burlesque nights - an event to which Dome's elegant but sexy decore is infinitely suited.
Located above Players, in Surry Hills, Dome is easy to get to. Which is a good thing, because you're going to want to arrive early. Seriously - really early. This is a popular event, and there's no reserved seating. Latecomers will be relegated to standing-room-only, with a limited view of the dancers.
Doors open at 7.30pm. If you arrive on the dot, you should be able to nab one of the daybeds along the front of the bar. These are not only the best vantage point for the performance, they're also the most comfortable seats in the house. The dancers won't start for an hour or so, but with trays of free h'orderves passing by, a range of beers on tap, and excellent wine starting at $8 a glass, it hardly matters. Settle in and go with the flow.
If you're after something more substantial than a snack, other food is available for purchase.
The performance itself is thoroughly enjoyable, although not quite what I expected. Fun and funny, with a strong focus on the strip tease side of burlesque culture, and not much delving into the subtler aspects of this art. The performers are entertaining and personable, and the whole show is beautifully timed to draw you in, with long enough gaps between performances to refresh your drink or duck to the bathroom.
If you're looking for something exciting and different to do this Friday night, check it out. You can book in advance, or just show up and pay at the door.