Risqué Lounge, the once extremely popular, gay and lesbian Johannesburg nightspot is set to close its doors after four and half years.
In a message sent to the venue’s Facebook group members, the owners thanked “all those who have made great memories and who have supported us at Risqué Lounge, we thank you for your loyal support!”
Risqué was initially headed by well-known party promoter Bruce Walker when it opened in 2007. He recently left to work with Babylon nightclub in Pretoria.
Clinton Groome, who is responsible for marketing and branding at Risqué, told Mambaonline: “All good things do come to an end. We’ve decided to close it down and open a new club.”
In the face of dwindling interest by clubgoers, Groome said that it was a business decision to shut the venue, adding, “a club doesn’t have a lifespan forever, so we thought it was time”.
He urged partygoers to this weekend pay a visit to the club, which will be open on Friday and Saturday night for the last time.
Groome said Risqué’s owners will be opening a new gay clubbing spot, Privilege, also in the Fourways area on the 5th of August.
Complimentary access to the opening night will be handed out to patrons at Risqué this weekend.