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K' Road's Kiss bar adds another gay night

Fri 11 Jan 2008 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback

Kiss bar's Fluffy Friday parties are a great success, so now the K' Road venue's owner says his bar will complete its transformation into a full-time gay destination by adding a regular Saturday night event. Folks at Fluffy Friday Called Ultra, the event launches on 26 January as a weekly Saturday-only gay club night, "again targeting the early night drinking crowd, but with a slightly more serious take on music style combined with fun, integrated shows and entertainment each week," explains Kiss owner Steve Lee. Kiss bar (at 309 K' Road) launched its Friday-only gay club night Fluffy in November last year, attracting Auckland's early night drinking crowd with fun "Fluffy"-style vocal and commercial house, free nibbles and "Fluffy" entertainment such as go-go dancers of both genders. "As expected, there were the usual grumblings about cliché gay bars and Auckland being too small to support another gay bar," Lee laughs. "But fortunately for Auckland's gay clubbing scene, Fluffy has proven that having more gay venues does not take people away from the existing ones. It merely gives people more options when going out, and in general, attracts new and different people onto the scene." Lee says his final plans for Kiss are taking shape now. "During the day we run as a very gay-friendly, Asian-fusion café / restaurant called 309. On Friday nights we become Fluffy, and soon we'll be Ultra every Saturday night." Ultra's Grand Opening kicks off at 9pm on Saturday 26 January and features one of Auckland DJ Donald Bennett, along with DJ Marty, who will DJ at the Sydney Mardi Gras Party on Saturday 1 March.    

Credit: News Staff

First published: Friday, 11th January 2008 - 4:38pm

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