The moment you reach the door, you know you are not about to enter a typical 'sleazy' Gentlemen's club. The guards are suited up looking strapping and the red carpet that leads you to the bar makes you feel like royalty rather than a thirsty customer in search of their favourite drink.
Once inside, be marvelled by the 'Moulin Rouge' style decor. The huge stage at the front of the venue has high ceilings with mirrors reflecting the whole club and mirror balls hang low from above casting brilliant lights across the floor. Two stairways are situated at the back of the club which will lead you to VIP.
The bar glimmers with a sea of alcohol bottles, polished to perfection and the bar tenders are dressed in suit and tie with hair groomed like movie stars. I ordered my favourite poison of choice, Baileys Irish Cream and while there was no change from my ten dollar note, the glass it was served in looked very fancy. I felt like a celebrity, sitting in the dim light provided by crystal chandeliers sipping on my cold drink in a very expensive looking cocktail glass. A little different to the plastic cups that most bars are required to serve their drinks in. However, I decided if I were to stay out longer than ten that night, I would have to choose a cheaper drink.
Velvet Cigar oozes class whether it is one of their fun events or just a regular night. The entertainers who perform on stage don't walk around wearing flimsy, provocative numbers. It is mandatory they wear dresses below the knee. Some of the gowns the ladies wear look as though they have just stepped off the 'Dancing with the Stars' set. Bright colours that glow in the spotlight on stage, glittering sequins and make- up applied better than if Napolean Perdis had done it himself.
Tonight was not just any night at the Velvet Cigar. They were celebrating a birthday and the club was hosting a Masquerade party, just one of many themed parties that are held here. In the past I have attended a Fancy dress party for a Radio station Birthday party, a Cops and Robbers Bash as part of the Christmas festivities and a Black on Black event which was most memorable, where everybody had to attend wearing black gowns or black suits. It was extremely elegant and never had I worn such a glamorous outfit.
The evening of the Masquerade party was equally beautifying. The ladies wore spectacular outfits of fish net stockings, hair curled or tumbled on top of their heads in an Amy Winehouse beehive, and sparkling masks hiding their top half of their face. The men wore tuxedos wearing masks to match their partners.
The event began with a singer on stage who almost sent the roof flying with her incredible voice, followed by an international entertainer who took to the stage hanging upside down on a pole with a bright yellow snake. Multiple shows kept the audience applauding while the modern music had most of us dancing.
A regular evening at the Velvet Cigar is equally entertaining. The staff are friendly, the music is fresh and the drinks are cold. The venue is situated in Caxton St, an avenue lined with restaurants and other bars so if you choose to exit the club of cabaret, there is somewhere else to go within a few steps.
There is an entry fee after 10pm, but it's a small price to pay for a great night out!
Well written article, however, after visiting the Velvet Cigar whilst the women when off stage maybe dressed in long dresses when on stage they are anything but "oozing with class" and I just felt maybe you should let others know that it is still a strip club every other night of the week aside from if there is a special event on. It may seem upmarket hence 'gentlemen's club', but it is well known as a strip club.
By Kathy Foster - senior reviewer Wednesday, 3rd of August @ 02:59 pm
A very nice strip club at that. Have you ever been to the clubs in Fortitude Valley or Kings Cross?
As a visitor from Melbourne I had igh expectations-our clubs are world class...The Velvet Cigar was impressive. Thaks for review, Emma.