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Cali Club

The nightclub in the former World Bar site has an exciting new program of events, but is still a work-in-progress.
By Erina Starkey
February 20, 2019
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Cali Club

The nightclub in the former World Bar site has an exciting new program of events, but is still a work-in-progress.
By Erina Starkey
February 20, 2019
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It's been almost three months since Dane Gorrel and Matt Weir swooped in at the last minute and saved the World Bar. And while they haven't debuted a sparkling new fit-out just yet, they have launched a rather exciting new program of events, which includes a midweek rave party, live rock bands and a karaoke night.

The branding may have changed over to Cali Club pretty quickly, but inside, it's still the same old rambling party mansion. Set within a heritage-listed Victorian terrace, the four-level venue is home to five themed bars. Right now, it's just the grungy front bar and the back bar that are open to the public. You can still sip brews in The Tearoom and bust a move at Disco Bordello, but you will need to book it out as a private function.

If you want to check out the old girl before she's gone, and possibly pass out in the corridors once last time, you'll need to get in quick. Joshua Clapp from design studio Steel and Stitch (The Lobo Plantation, Chula, Flamingo Lounge) has been brought it to reimagine the interiors, with a brand new concept launching later this year.

One of the biggest changes, however, has been the launch of the program, with a new weekly lineup of events kicking off in mid-February. The party starts with Quiz Meisters trivia on Tuesdays, followed by popular midweek rave party The Wall on Wednesdays (a World Bar original) and sing-along session Karaoke Samurai on Thursdays, which includes $12 jugs to coax you out of your shell. The week culminates with Rinse & Repeat on Fridays and Milk on Saturdays, two new nights of epic house, trance and electro beats, spinning until 4am. Sunday will see live bands take to the stage, with the launch of new live music night, Liquid Rock.

Sadly, there's not much to say about the food and drink offerings as yet. There's a cocktail list coming soon, however, in the meantime it's just standard beers, wines and spirits, as recited by the bar staff. Vodka Redbull remains the drink of choice.

If you don't want to end up over the shoulder of the bouncer, you can cram some crusts in your mouth from nearby Pizza Planet or order a burger from Thirsty Bird, both deliver to the venue and there's menus behind the bar.

While there may not be a world of difference between newcomer Cali Club and its predecessor just yet, so long as the music keeps playing and the vodka Redbulls keep flowing, that's ok with us.

Images: Joe Cheng.

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