All hope is not lost for nightlife in Kings Cross, with Cali Club replacing the old World Bar site.
When word got out that World Bar was closing, spiked tea pot lovers and late night dance enthusiasts alike let out a collective, audible cry. Just when we thought that the Cross was well and truly closing for business, we’ve now received some exciting news. World Bar is reopening as Cali Club from Wednesday 12th December.
Cali Club has big shoes to fill, taking over a site that previously thrived for nearly two decades. Hospitality duo Dane Gorrel and Matt Weir have taken on the new venue, having also recently breathed new life into institution Club 77 on William Street.
The good news is for lovers of World Bar that ‘The Wall’ is set to continue every Wednesday. The duo will collaborate with the likes of iRock entertainment and Poster Child to host different nights over the weekend, playing everything from house and tech to hip-hop and afro beats.
Gorrel says: “We need to preserve our nightclub institutions. They have a tremendous impact on Sydney’s culture, and once they go, it’s incredibly hard for them to return. We really want to help keep the candle burning for our city’s night life and continue the venue’s legacy”.
The duo, who met in Kings Cross, have extensive backgrounds in bars and clubs across Sydney. Weir had one of his first DJ residencies at World Bar, before starting Sunday sessions at S.A.S.H and touring agency, Solid Circles.
Meanwhile, Gorrel was General Manager of S.A.S.H.’s original home, The Abercrombie Hotel, and Koh in Bali, an underground nightclub with a huge cult following. They reopened doors to Club 77 in September, after opening apera restaurant in Castlecrag.
Cali Club will be open from Wednesday 12th December, Thursday – Saturday, 3pm to 4am.