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Chicago nights at La Imprenta, Ibiza

Step into the Prohibition era with dancers and burlesque on Friday and Saturday nights with ‘Chicago’.

If you can imagine stepping into the world of the Great Gatsby, you'll be able to get an idea of La Imprenta's new night of gangsters, dancers, artists, and burlesque each Friday and Saturday during the winter.

We went along to this relative newcomer of a restaurant to see their new weekend night show. Still in its first year, the place is staying open in winter to serve the late night needs of the town of Ibiza. We were enthralled to see how the new show would enliven winter nights.

Called Chicago, the show evokes the hidden naughtiness of the Jazz Age, with the palette of the restaurant's excellent food and drinks menu to go with it. You could try a Mint Julep or two to be thoroughly authentic or try one of the more suggestive cocktails like the Hanky Panky to really feel like you are partying with Mame.

This stylish restaurant opened its doors in July this year to great fanfare and some excellent reviews. You can read here what our own Spotlight reviewer thought. This show adds another fabulous dimension to the food and all in stylish comfort

The interior, redolent of belle epoque Paris is really a perfect setting for a night of Prohibition era, clandestine fun: the tables providing the perfect window onto the action taking place; and, the dark decor and crystal chandeliers providing the perfect backdrop for the ensuing high jinks.

There are regular risque singing and dance performances throughout the night in small segments, with the main dance action taking place upstairs. The small troupe of dancers walked on for the first segment, a shimmying dazzling display of sex and sizzle, and that was just the boy dancer, outfitted in a slinky black basque.

The girls were equally as impressive of course, showing some lively moves and shakes to add extra spice to the food being consumed. The downstairs area is reserved for individual performances, including one of amazing stretching and contortion that had diners dazzled.

I watched, sipping my Mezcal-based cocktail as my almost personal performer put on her show next to me, keeping one leg on the floor standing, and placing her other leg behind her ear. Not something I would have fancied doing myself, after having forked a big chunk of the excellent slow cooked lamb leg into my mouth.

Even the waiters are in on the action, wearing trilby hats and sporting pistols on belts. It all adds to the fun and excitement of the evening. Diners drink it all in with looks of awe and joy. One feels transported to the 1920s; it's quite easy to lose oneself in the atmosphere that's created at La Imprenta.

The costumes shimmer and shine, using expensive-looking satins and silks. No half measures here; the display is top class excellence and everyone really looks the part. We feel sure that Fridays and Saturdays will be sell out successes for this new night of food meets burlesque.

For a night that Cabaret's Sally Bowles wouldn't look out of place in, head to La Imprenta this winter.

For more details and timings for Chicago, please visit our dedicated events' calendar page.

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