Nice art but expensive club
I'm a big fan of all styles of art and I think CNR Communications couldn't have chosen a more appropriate venue for this Pin Up Parlor group show art exhibition. The Club aka theclub, used to be where the strip tease club Dancers Cabaret resided, and now is owned by Julian Tobias who seems to be trying to make it the new hot spot for Sydney's social scene — as the website says theclub wants to be the place to see and be seen. Sydney already has plenty of pretentiousness to offer but it doesn't come more so than a $14 glass of house sparkling — what the f*#k! No wonder I couldn't find any drink menus at the bar otherwise I would have steered clear of ordering anything at such ridiculous prices. I guess theclub is more for A-list patrons and wannabes who have more dollars than cents and are willing to pay any price to be seen in this establishment.
I was primarily there for the art and thankfully it didn't disappoint. One of my favourite pieces was the Ladies of the Parlor ($2500) by artist Rachele Wiggins. The club decor on the other hand was less impressive with old wooden door panels being stuck to the ceiling and walls trying to give an unfinished rustic grunge feel but coming off more like incomplete building renovations that provided little class and sophistication — I think it used to be far more classier when it was a strip club. Sydney's bar scene is highly competitive and places like this have a small target audience which usually doesn't last for long when the next 'Emperor's New Clothes' bar opens down the road.
PROS: Located in the heart of Kings Cross bar and club scene, Poles, Interesting art
CONS: Exorbitant priced drinks served with pretentiousness and a slice of attitude
MUST TRY: Avoiding expensive drinks and pretentious bars
Selection of new works
Ladies of the Parlor ($2500) by artist Rachele Wiggins
Artist: Sonya Rothwell
Artist: Sandra Schnellhaus
Artist: Martin Claydon
Artist: Marsha Meredith '2026'
Artist: Lucas Wyld
Back room art hanging
Pin up model performance
Ceiling decor using old wooden door panelling
Back room seating
Main bar seating and decor
Front patio seating