The creators behind the pop-up Archie’s Clubhouse have set their sights on a brick and mortar venue. New club, Loverboy, is here to stay.
Having found a permanent home on Hindley Street, Loverboy is Archie’s cool and refined older cousin, who also digs the 80s.
Co-owner Harrison Raphael says Loverboy is “pink, bright and fun” with a light show that runs throughout the entire venue.
A love of 80s themed shows and video games like Stanger Things and Vice City has soaked through to the club’s décor, leaving Loverboy with a look that is firmly grounded in the 80s.
The club’s name is also inspired by an 80s band.
“I was just trawling YouTube, and we had spent weeks tearing each other’s hair out trying to come up with a name,” says Raphael. “We were at breaking point and then the song ‘Working For The Weekend’ by Lover Boy came up and it all made sense.”
But Loverboy is not just an 80s club.
“It won’t be just 80s music,” says Raphael. “We want to play music that people are going to have a lot of fun with.”
While everyone over 18 is welcome, Loverboy aims to fill a gap in the market for the late twenties crowd.
“We think that the hole at the moment in Adelaide is between 24 to 30-year-old mark for nightclubs,” says Raphael. “I feel a lot of people think that 25 and 26 is old to be going out in Adelaide, which just seems ridiculous to me. We’re trying to make it a fun environment for everybody.”
Loverboy is set to open its doors on Saturday 20th July but keep an eye on their Facebook in case anything chances.
Loverboy will open Friday to Saturday 9pm ’til 5am at 118-112 Hindley Street, Adelaide 5000 (Enter via Conrad Lane).