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Queer nightclub My Lover Cindi opens on Flinders Street

Adelaide’s newest nightclub My Lover Cindi is now open and seeks to bring something different to the queer bars scene.

Adelaide’s newest nightclub My Lover Cindi has opened with a focus on inclusivity.

“The more marginalised members of our queer family, trans and gender diverse people, disabled people and queers of colour in particular, continue to be excluded from mainstream venues,” co-owners Kate Toone and Rachel Hosking say. 

“Our mission then is to be the caretakers of the space that will become your home. We will prioritise accessibility (physical and otherwise) and active inclusion of those otherwise left out.”

While their DJs still plays “gay pop anthems” on the dance floor (“you can’t get away from Madonna,” Toone jokes), the nightclub’s main draw is its consideration of groups they think are often overlooked in the nightlife scene.

The space refrains from using strobe lighting or smoke machines to accommodate patrons with breathing problems or epilepsy, and it’s also accessible for individuals with a mobility aid.

Their mission extends to staffing as well, with Toone and life partner Hosking aiming to hire diverse employees and DJs that represent their patrons. 

“We’re two cis-gendered, able-bodied white women, so we want to bring on board as much diversity to represent the community in our entertainment choices and across the board,” Toone says.

In addition to a dance floor blasting Madonna (and of course other types of music, including Afrobeat), My Lover Cindi has emerald green velvet booths amid wood-paneled walls, and pops of grey and pink, including a neon My Lover Cindi sign. 

There is a revolving menu of cocktails and in keeping with their goal of inclusiveness, there is a comprehensive sober beverage range, including nonalcoholic spirits, cocktails, and beer. 

“We want to cater to people who have complex relationships with alcohol but still want to go out,” Toone says. 

There’s also a range of vegetarian toasties on offer, with vegan options available. 

Hosking, who has a background in hospitality, and Toone, who has worked in social work including in queer communities, decided combine their backgrounds for the venture. They originally leased the space, formerly a German club, in 2019 and put renovations and opening on hold until this year. 

Now, with a nearly completed fit out and menu, the couple has officially opened their first nightclub together.

Find them online here.

Find My Lover Cindi at 223 Flinders Street. 

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