Less than a month after Sydney nightlife institution World Bar shut, it’s been announced it will reopen this week as the Cali Club.

The Kings Cross venue has been taken over by Dane Gorrel and Matt Weir, who recently brought William Street’s Club 77 back to life. Cali Club will launch this Wednesday, December 12, with former World Bar drum-and-bass night The Wall making its return. Gorrel and Weir will spend the next few months getting to know the clientele and space before giving it an overhaul.

Former owner Steve Ward cited the impact of the lockout laws as one of the main reasons for World Bar’s closure in November, but the new owners think they can make it work.

“We need to preserve our nightclub institutions,” said Gorrel in a statement. “They have a tremendous impact on Sydney’s culture, and once they go, it’s incredibly hard for them to return. We really want to help keep the candle burning for our city’s nightlife and continue the venue’s legacy.”

Gorrel and Weir plan to work with iRock Entertainment (Side Bar, Chinese Laundry, Marquee) and Poster Child booking agency on weekend club nights, serving up everything from house to techno and Afro beat.

“World Bar means a tremendous deal to a lot of people, so we like to think of Cali Club as just the next chapter in the venue’s colourful history,” says Gorrel. “Cali Club is fun, young and all about having a great time, and we can’t wait to welcome everyone back.”

Cali Bar is slated to open on Wednesday December 12.

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