The Midnight Shift will hold its last dance party on Saturday, October 4.
The venue will close for a month after the Sleaze weekend so the upstairs section of the gay owned and operated club can be renovated and turned into a bar.
“It’s going to be a new-style bar and a new-style clientele. Of course it’s going to be 100 percent gay,” bar owner Tim Berry said.
“We needed to change direction with where we’re going with the Shift.
“I think Sydney, and around the world, clubs aren’t doing as well as they have done. I suppose it’s got to do with the internet and different things that people do.
“The big parties always do well over the long weekends, so we’ve got to adjust for that different sort of market, now that the party crowd just don’t do it every weekend like they used to.”
The new-look Shift has been designed to draw in new crowds, according to Berry, although he is sure regulars will be equally happy.
“We’ve got a lot of people we know who want this style of bar that we’re trying to do. Club bars are not doing well in Sydney,” he said.
“When we did big parties at the Shift they’d go off, but people don’t go out every Friday and Saturday night any more. They’ll go out for drinks but not parties, so we’ve got to adjust to the market. So we’re putting new bars in and ripping carpets up and it’ll be a clean, different look. Not so much a clubby look.
“We’ll be running it as a bar, but we’ll be doing DJs and things like that. We’re just trying to keep it a bit intriguing for people right now.”

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