A catfight is brewing to save a popular strip club being eyed off by developers as a prime piece of real estate.
The owners of Kittens in South Melbourne have launched a desperate fight to keep the doors open instead of being demolished and turned into high rise units.
Kittens is informally known as the South Melbourne ballet by AFL stars and socialites who frequent the venue, which is regarded as ‘the last good strip club in town’.
It’s understood the owners and management are in ‘fierce negotiations’ to renew the lease and not end up in the same demise of other strip clubs on King Street in the nearby CBD which have since closed.
They included Goldfingers, which was destroyed in a raging fire last year.
The owners of Kittens strip club in South Melbourne are currently renegotiating their lease as real estate developers eye the location for potential high rises
Regulars praised the club as being ‘the last good one in town’ after it spruced up its reputation when it was named the ‘Best Gentlemen’s Club’ in Australia at the Adult Industry Awards
Kittens has revamped its image to tailor towards a refined clientele after winning the ‘Best Gentlemen’s Club’ in Australia at the Adult Industry Awards.
One regular says the women who work there have become more comfortable with their patrons after all of the ‘old blokes’ moved elsewhere.
‘It’s not all old blokes leering at chicks on a pole at Kittens. The girls like to hang out more,’ they told the Herald Sun.
Other patrons offered similar praise of the ladies who are known to provide the ‘girlfriend experience’.
Imagining a Melbourne without Kittens had another flustered when he considered that ‘it was the only place [left] where you could touch skin on skin’.
Transactions are discreet and appear as ‘tradie invoices’ on bank statements
Kittens promotes ‘wild water fights’ and ‘girl-on-girl shows’ on its website.
It also describes itself on social media as Melbourne’s ‘number one gentleman’s club’ and the ‘purrfect place to party’.
Imagining a Melbourne without Kittens had one regular flustered when he considered that ‘it was the only place [left] where you could touch skin on skin’. Pictured are ladies at Kittens
The strip club has come a long way since being the target of a series of drive-by shootings in 2015-2016.
A bouncer was shot and injured in one of the shootings which police believe was the culmination of an 18-month turf war by Comanchero bikie gang members against the security industry.
A second Kittens strip club in Caulfield South has been permanently closed since 2016 after the venue was firebombed and destroyed.
Kittens hails as Melbourne’s ‘number one gentleman’s club’ and the ‘purrfect place to party’.