My usual art-gallery partner in crime is leaving Melbourne soon to travel and teach in China. So before he became too busy trying to pack his life into a suitcase we decided on one last cultural hurrah.

Drinks and a show was an easy choice and as for where to go he chose the venue, The Butterfly Club, with strict instructions I wasn’t allowed under any circumstance, to look up anything to with it. As someone who tends to Google the menu of any restaurant before visiting this was difficult for me.


By Saturday night I was like a kid before Christmas Eve waiting for him on Swanston Street with absolutely no idea of where we were going or what to expect.

However if I wasn’t so trusting of my friend I’d have been a little suspicious of his motives as he lead me to Little Collins Street, down a dark alley, past a heavy metal door and up a run down stairwell.


But past the CSI entry we entered into one of Melbourne’s most colourful and kookiest theatres with a foyer filled with bric-a-brac oddities and collectibles.


I could have spent my evening looking through the collectibles but there was some pre-show drinking to be done.


For drinks The Butterfly Club offer the usuals as well as a fun range of original cocktails with names like The Jane Austen Argument, Chai Butterfly and Stigmata. The staff are just as fun and friendly as the venue and we had great dental chats with our bartender comparing our root canal stories. Don’t tell us we don’t know how to party.


And of course – the show. At 9pm the theatre doors were swung open and the bar tender appeared ringing a cow bell to call us to our seats in the small theatre upstairs.


Is there anything more exciting than waiting for a red velvet curtain to open?
Unfortunately the burlesque show we’d planned to see had been cancelled (we were warned during the week) so instead we saw a comedy show with four different improv groups. A little hit and miss at times but there were enough belly laughs to almost make up for the lack of burlesque. Almost.

Not that I needed another reason to return to The Butterfly Club after seeing the bar and foyer but I will definitely be back in the near future for another show. Have a look at the program on their website, there’s a great range of comedy shows, burlesque cabarets and even burlesque life drawing sessions!

Fly Away
The Butterfly Club
Carson Place, Off Little Collins Street

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