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All new Auckland bar guide

Mon 26 Sep 2011 In: Events View at Wayback View at NDHA

There has been an almighty raft of changes on Auckland's gay scene, with bars changing hands, faces and names left right and centre. Just in case you are a confused local, or are planning on visiting the queen city, we have all the details on the current state of play for you right here. Caluzzi If you want to take your mum out to see drag and introduce her to K' Rd in a nice, family-friendly kind of way, why not book a table at Caluzzi? The drag artistes are fun and friendly and the food is delicious, while owner Campbell is possibly the nicest guy in town. If you want a Wednesday night out with your friends without karaoke, then Caluzzi's Random Club is first-class, featuring entertainment by the lovely Ling Ling ... with and did we mention the food? The smoked paprika infused chicken breast is the best! Hot tip: You haven't lived till you have seen Ling Ling and her ping pong ball popping performances. And with two 'random' draws, one for a bar tab and another for a spot prize, you never know what you will leave with! The Clock and Swallow The site of the former Rock Keeping the rainbow flag aloft on Ponsonby Rd is the upmarket and sexy Lolabar. Owned by the same crowd who run Family and The Clock and Swallow, Lolabar is the perfect place for anyone who likes their nights to be spent at the classier end of the scale. Thursday nights are for jazz, Fridays and Saturdays the fabulous Buckwheat rallies the troops in shows and a mind-blowing line-up of DJs play. Hot tip: Head along for a pre-Monday drink on a Sunday, after a dinner at any of Ponsonby's fine establishments. It will make work the next day just a little easier, we promise. Urge Thank goodness some things don't change because we love Urge just the way it is, which probably fits the mantra of its clientele. This is not the place to take your mum. This is the place to be if you're male and either somewhat furry or have a wardrobe full of leather. We think the fact Jagermeister is on tap says it all really. Urge also gives plenty back, and is always running fundraisers for various causes, so look out for a bucket to put a few dollars into. Hot tip: Oh we're not going to give away Urge's spicy secrets, head along and find out for yourself! "What about the girls?" you ask! We are told that Thursday night at Lolabar is the place to be for a chilled drink and classy atmosphere, and plenty of women. If you prefer a dance Flirt continues its domination once a month at Family Downunder. Proud Mary is proving to be the must-not-miss night for the girl with more alternative taste as it continues to pull the hottest acts in town every two months. And Dykes on Mics has moved to Garnett Station where it's held on the first Sunday of every month. And as for the Lesbian Ball? Keep your fingers crossed and stay tuned ... - 26th September 2011    


First published: Monday, 26th September 2011 - 2:27pm

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