Remember when you thought the private nightclub shtick dressed in VIP rooms was getting a little worn at the knees? Not so fast. Dallas has a brand new uber-buck lounge made exclusively of private parts -- Praeda Ultra Lounge. Praeda means booty acquired in battle in Latin. (Or was it Czech?) Anyway, Praeda boasts a 360-degree projection video screen for voyeurism in-the-round. The projector even has a scanner, so all 360 degrees of you can be projected into the Praeda round. In 3-D. So bring your funny glasses.
“The content is unimaginable,” owner Aaron Latus tells Unfair Park. Latus was once a manger at Candle Room. “I can put you in the middle of the Sahara desert and you act like you’re running through the sand or you look like you’re falling off a cliff or you’re surrounded by water in the ocean.” Um, we can act like all of these things just from a few upscale cocktails, wines or sakes without the projector scans and circular projections that might get you woozy enough to make a mess. In 3-D.
Latus calls Praeda the most technologically advanced club in Dallas, maybe in the U.S. But it’s got low tech too. It’s got a 30-foot catwalk for fashion shows. Behind the bar is a 20-foot-long aquarium that’s 5 feet tall and 5 feet wide suspended 16 feet in the air. The fish bowl will be filled with sharks, just in case the booty reference is lost on you.
It’s a clever way to cut down on bouncer expenses anyway. Latus shares ownership of the 6,500 square foot club with Tom and Trish Barber of TBar Resources, an oil and gas exploration company. “We’re going to have more than any club offers here,” adds Latus. But bring your own chum. --Robert Wilonsky