Venue type: Bar
Kooky and kitsch has become the norm at drinkeries these days, but Butterfly Club takes it to a new level. Formerly in South Melbourne before a fundraising effort facilitated their CBD move, Butterfly has a collection of old clocks, lace doilies, porcelain dolls and plastic nick nacks that would make nanna blush.
You get the feeling of being at a house warming where you don't quite know any of the guests. We loved the cosy feel and the mixed crowd.
Cabaret and other off-beat performances like yodelling and impersonators feature regularly.
Absolutely, without a doubt, the most bizarre venue I have ever seen in my life.
It's great. I love it.
The Butterfly Club has a rather quirky facade that only gets quirkier as you pass through the doors and into the venue itself. Strangers become intimate friends rather quickly if proximity is any gauge - there just isn't room to be stand-offish. The decor is wonderful - if you're a "Billy no mates" don't fret - just pretend to be looking at the multitude of interesting objects de'tacky. If you remember the 1970s prepare to cringe as you note all the stuff that has somehow escaped from your Mum's idea of home beautiful circa 1969. It's hard to look out of place as the crowd is varied. The stage space is tiny but is perfect for a collection of offbeat performances.
Alison, Edithvale, 11/09
Visited last week and easily came to the conclusion that The Butterfly Club is nothing short of unbelievable, without a doubt the most unique bar in Melbourne, the walls and ceilings are covered with all manner of kitschy objects, the music is priceless, the ambience is nothing short of enchanting. Melbourne's best kept secret, elite without being exclusive.
James, South Melbourne, 10/08
Loved it. Took my rather groovy mum along, and we sat and chatted in the very Oscar Wilde-esque decor, then saw a fantastic performance by a very talented female singer - can't remember her name, but she finished up with an acapella version of 'summertime' - just beautiful. Anyway, as a venue for performance it's wonderful, and just as a place to hang out, it totally works.
Amy, Melbourne, 04/04
Butterfly Club / Link to this page: https://www.partystar.com.au/venue/833/
2/430 Little Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
1300 535 010