Sophia Anna resides in Australia, doing what she adores most. Writing.
You can find her column at Lip Magazine.
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Published August 11th 2012
It appears dark and secretive from the outside, friendly bouncers lounging up against the wall eating their late night snacks but once you descend inside and it really does feel like you're descending, you suddenly become a part of a whole other world. The promiscuous world of Strat's on Hindley.
Dancers of the night. Women who aren't afraid to show their voluptuous figures and naked truths to the world. They're unattainable of course, slowing stripping away their clothes to reveal everything a man could hope for in a fantasy. But be assured, the moment a person gets too enthusiastic, they are quickly escorted from the building.
And that's why Strats is such a fascinating place, because the women are not subjected to any sexual harassment, they stand their own ground. There are no strange men lurking in the corner and the clientele are all quite young. It's a place where the naked eye is free to wonder but not fixate, where your hands stay clasped around a lingering glass of spirits and where hushed talk seems all the more naughty because of where you are.
The atmosphere is dark and loud and yet, relaxed. Clientele can choose to sit near the centre stage on long lounge type seats, especially convenient if you're traveling in a group or for a quieter viewing, rows of seats and tables are available around the room.
And if you're thinking the audience is predominantly male, you're right, however don't feel dissuaded by this. Like any night club/bar, you'll find both men and women enjoying the festivities of the night.
Strats isn't for the fainthearted, it is for those wanting an escape from the conservative world.