Iconic Kings Cross nightspot Hugo’s is coming back, but not as you know it
Two years after it closed due to the financial impact of the lockout laws, Sydney institution Hugo’s Lounge is set to reopen — but not as you know it.
We first heard the news last November that Hugo’s was going to make a comeback in 2017, with owner Eric Jury, managing partner Poata Okeroa and BDM Sidney Pierucci at the helm. They’ve now confirmed to inthemix that the club will return this September, and they have some big changes in store — starting with the name.
“The venue will be distinctly divided into two spaces: The Terrace and The Discotheque, all under the Flamingo Lounge name,” Okeroa told inthemix.
“The project will pay homage to the historic space formerly known as Hugo’s Lounge, with a return to the simplicity and elegance the era was known for during its 90s debut,” adds Pierucci. “Our promise stands on impeccable hospitality in a fanciful atmosphere exuding boho luxe — an all encompassing offering for Sydney’s after dark elites.”
As for the lockout laws, Pierucci says that they’ll be working closely with local police, and taking a hard line against intoxication and violent behaviour.
“We definitely hope to be the pioneers of a new era for Sydney’s nightlife,” Pierucci says. “Potts Point has always been a hot spot. Since the introduction of the lockouts, the popularity of development of several apartment projects shows high-demand by affluent professionals for quality housing in the area, which consequently means quality lifestyle and entertainment.”
“Since Feb 2014 the location’s overall demographic has significantly altered the character of the area which is now needy of an upper class late night venue. This is were we step in.”
Hugo’s was one in a string of iconic venues to close after the introduction of lockout and last drinks laws in February 2014. Fellow Kings Cross clubs Soho, The Backroom, Trademark and The Bourbon have also closed, along with Darlinghurst’s Flinders and the enormous Q Bar complex on Oxford Street.
Flamingo Lounge will operate two nights a week, with a third night added for the summer season. There’s no confirmed launch date yet, but owners have promised it will be sometime in September.