Kim Lucas from Candy Bar UK is still looking for suggestions and input from local girls about what they would like to see in their own full-time lesbian bar.

After spending three months in Sydney scouting for locations and gauging the level of interest for a full-time lesbian bar in Sydney, Lucas is back in the UK, looking for finances and excited as ever about furthering the development of Sydney’s own branch of Candy Bar.

The three months I just spent in Sydney were spent researching if Candy Bar would work and is it needed? Lucas said.

All was positive and successful so now I’m back in the UK financing and will be back later this year to find a venue and go from there.

The opening of a Candy Bar franchise in Sydney would add a much-needed element of continuity to the local lesbian scene.

It would offer a seven days a week, full-time lesbian venue which would hopefully go on to have the same level of success the club has had in the UK, which culminated in its Soho venue being the first women’s venue to be granted a stripping licence.

If the success of the recent Mardi Gras recovery party, which was co-organised by Lucas and the team from Bitch, is anything to go by, Lucas has a definite feel for what locals are looking for in their nights out.

I am keen to work with a lot of lesbian businesses and organisations, she said.

It’s important that Candy Bar is accessible to all sections of the community. Candy Bar will be open seven days a week, creating a venue where women and their male friends can drink and be entertained any time, as well as producing larger events around Sydney.

It is important that Sydney have its own full-time girls’ venue, for the same reasons that it was important in the UK -“ so the lesbian scene can further develop.

In the UK Candy Bar has provided a vital platform for countless female DJs, MCs and performers. It has led the way for lesbian chic to be not just a media spin but an inspiring reality while continually attracting massive mainstream media attention.

It goes a long way in regards to increasing lesbian visibility and respect within the community for our right to have fun, just like anyone else.

Lucas urged anyone with thoughts and opinions on the way they would like to see Candy Bar Sydney developed to fill out an online questionnaire, take a part in developing the girls’ club of their dreams and go in the running for a number of prizes.

For information on Candy Bar and to find the online questionnaire head to www.thecandybar.co.uk.

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