It’s no secret The Plus Ones are fans of The Butterfly Club. In fact, one of our Cassanova writers ranks the venue as a top date spot. With good reason. The performing arts space ticks all the boxes. It’s in the heart of the CBD and, like all good things in Melbourne, down a laneway. Two bars serve up creative cocktails and craft beer bottles. Plus you will never run out of things to talk about. There are new shows on every week and an incredible collection of kitsch covers literally every surface of the venue.
The Plus Ones were invited to celebrate the launch of their curated autumn program (which includes a number of productions in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.) This season patrons will be treated to a range of original productions that include cabaret royalty, musical comedy, sexual slapstick, a game show, and radio mystery theatre.
In keeping with the date night theme, The Butterfly Club offers a variety of options. Clara Cupcakes: The Worst is recommended for a fun, feel-good night of comedy that’s high energy and won’t push audience members out of their comfort zone. For those that enjoy something a bit more risqué, the Wank Bank Masterclass and Pussy Play Masterclass are billed as playful, interactive shows that include original techniques for playing with yourself or your partner. Tag line: ‘Let’s not beat around the bush. Come for the title, stay for the make-it-yourself Play Doh vaginas.’
Sandwiched between these two shows is Gillian Cosgriff – a reliably charming performer presenting her musical comedy 8 songs in 8 weeks. If famous figures are more your style, check out Carmen: Live or Dead. This story of Frida Kahlo and Leon Trotsky’s love child is produced by Miss Honey from Matilda and stars the original Abuela from Strictly Ballroom. There is also the political Facts Don’t Matter game show, perfectly timed for our ‘alternative facts’ world.
Each show also comes with its own signature cocktail, such as the Penis Colada or the Frida Kahlua. Personally, I recommend heading to the bar for the Habibtini. It’s matched with a cabaret that explores life as a half-Lebanese, half-Australian vegan girl. The baklava-inspired cocktail is made with home-spiced vodka and it’s delicious.
Jenny S. is an event adventurer. When she’s not attending live shows, you can find her sampling the latest craft beer or sipping a creative cocktail.
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The Butterfly Club
Carson Place, Off Little Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
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