Special K wanted to give this place a visit with me. I haven’t heard much about it, so why not give it a ago. So off we went with our friends – here we go!

General crowd shot 12AM

General crowd shot 12AM

Gossip @ The Gypsy Lounge Nightclub (Havana / OneSixNine)
Note: Gypsy nightclub was formerly known late last year as gay club OneSixNine, while before that it was known as the straight club ‘Havana Club de Luxe’, where Fridays was a regular Asian RnB night. The promoters for tonight are different from the previous RnB promoters.
Assessment Time: 12:00AM – 01:45AM
Opening Hours: 10:30AM – 02:00AM
Lockout: None
Address: 169 Oxford St
Venue Website: Unkown
Promoter Website: http://www.xclusivproductionz.com http://www.facebook.com/pages/Xclusiv-Productionz/24109750459
Occurrence: Every Friday since late last year.
Outside Line: None
Dress Code / Door Policy: Casual was okay tonight. Some guys wore t-shirts, some wore collared shirts. Girls wore their typical dresses and stuff.
Entry Fee / Cover Charge: Oh I wish I remembered how much I paid tonight, but I didn’t keep a mental note. Silly me. It certainly wasn’t $25. Either $20 or $15.
Guestlist: At time of writing, the official contact is bee (at) xclusivproductionz.com
Inside: Layout hasn’t changed at all since last year under the Havana name – You walk upstairs to the second level of this building, where you are in the back of the club – on your left are bathrooms, the close right has the back bar with 2 tables in front. Far back right corner is the VIP room, with its own bar to hold a small party of 40-50 people. On the front left is a sofa area split into 4, with its own bar, and likewise for the front right. The dancefloor is at the middle front, with floorspace to hold 200 or so people.
Cloak Room: I didn’t check, but the small corner where they typically had cloak room services was closed.
Bar Prices / Line: No lines at the bars, you were getting service right away.. A Smirnoff double black costs $13.
DJs: Unknown
Music Style: Primarily American RnB tonight
Crowd & Ratio: Our group were all mid 20’s and above. The rest of the crowd were under 25. It was approximately 50%-60% Asian with the rest being European with a trickle of Pacific Islander. Considering there were about 20-30 of us in total, it is not a very good representation of what this place would be like if it were to reach capacity.
Entertainment: None. Tickets were offered to Good Vibrations Festival on the promotional poster, but these never materialised into any sort of competition in the club while I was there. I might have missed out by coming late.
Atmosphere: Depressingly dead. Everything was set – bars, DJ, lights, even a photographer, but there was a distinct lack of humanly bodies. We were hoping it would pick up later at around midnight to 1AM, but it only marginally increased in population
Video Montage:
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Making the most it
A handful of people came in throughout the night but our group was pretty much at least half the club population. It was pretty easy to dance with whoever was there on the floor – they were bored and so were we.. so we made the most of it and danced with each other.

Also copious amounts of alcohol were called for.

M and myself

Bumping into my brother
A tap on the shoulder – It’s my 20 year old brother. Oh Jesus holy sweet Christ…  He’s looking at me, with a random girl next to me. He probably saw us making out earlier –  Not awkward at all, and some responsible older brother I am. He was here with other friends for a birthday.

Special K and co left around 1:15AM. We left 1:45AM.

Final Thoughts
It is sad to see the old Havana turn into a dead event under new promoter, as the venue itself is quite good. I’m not expecting this event to last for much longer – something magical needs to happen. I was hoping for some renovations during the gay phase, but it appears (from what I could tell) that nothing was changed. If you have been before and enjoyed it, it would be best to keep those happy thoughts in your memory and not ruin it by visiting this event.

Gossip @ Gypsy Nightclub: 2/10

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One Response to Gossip @ Gypsy Lounge (Havana): Friday 4th February 2011

  1. yeeha says:

    concur. place same…but without the bodies…place shame

    ….thanks for comin to bambz :)

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