A sassy new club has sauntered onto the scene and it's causing quite the stir. Since its opening last month, LUX Nightclub has been breathing new life into the Chapel strip, upping the ante in a precinct that was hitherto bordering on jaded. With its lavish décor, cirque-de-burlesque style and distinctive theatrical flair, there's no doubt that this is a venue set to make its mark upon the metropolis.
Expect to be overwhelmed by entertainment at LUX.
The South Yarra address of 373 Chapel may be familiar to some as the former home of showgirl sanctum, Red Bennies. Sad as it is to see that grand dame of the street gone, punters can appreciate that the performance art the nightspot offered has not been lost, but enhanced, and its faded glory has been swapped for something far more glam. In the ultimate costume change, the burly-girl hangout has been stripped and teased into a lavish lair of glitzy finishes and an extravaganza of entertainment.
Patrons looking for a unique weekend jaunt will find what they seek at LUX, as there's not another club like it in the city. With roving performers gracing the place from open to close on Saturday and Sunday nights, there's no lack of amusement. Look up when you're breaking it down on the d-floor and you'll see a lovely lady dancing in a cage. Head to the side bar for refreshments and you'll come face-to-stockinged-shin with a decked-out demoiselle. Shimmy your way to the stage and take in some semi-choreographed free-styling. Manoeuvre towards the mezzanine and encounter a fire-eating man.
Burlesque hasn't left the building.
This carnival conglomeration of sideshow shenanigans is all par for the course at LUX, but is something entirely fresh for Melbourne, and while the club has already proved itself a hit with locals over the past few weeks, the inspiration behind it comes from somewhere rather further afield. "The main influence has come from venues across the globe with a major focus on bars and clubs in Las Vegas where entertainments such as circus performers are key," LUX owner Skye Graham told WeekendNotes. "[The] style of the venue comes from the 40s and 50s when glitz and glam played a prominent role in nightlife."
According to Mr Graham, the high jinks and harlequinades are here to stay – very good news for Melbournians looking to spice up their nightlife. "Patrons can expect a high level of entertainment on any given night we are open. We're the first bar/club in Melbourne to offer anything of its kind. This, alongside the layout and design of the venue – there really is nothing else like it."
Raising the bar with daring dance moves.
Those keen to experience LUX for themselves can do so any Friday or Saturday night (Friday nights hold the extra temptation of retro disco music). A cover charge of $15 applies after 10pm Fridays, and $20 after 9pm on Saturdays, with a concession of $5 for those on a guest list. Follow LUX on Facebook for all the latest news.