The FOX Showroom Pub
The Fox found its residence at The Red Lion Inn during the mid 1980’s. (The hotel was erected in 1967) Prior to The Fox becoming naked as we currently know it, the pub was home to a steakhouse for many years. Booking exotic dancers exclusively through Stripper Entertainment since changing to an exotic format in 1987, the bar flourished throughout the 90’s featuring A-Circuit dancers. The Fox fast became a starting point for many up n’ coming superstars in the adult entertainment industry. A multitude of Playboy Bunnies, Penthouse Pets, Hustler Honey’s and adult film stars all got their start at The Fox.
One of the last strip clubs to feature a bath tub on the stage, wet and wild encores were always a crowd pleaser at The Fox. Chants of “Shower! Shower! Shower!” eventually played favourite to audience demands, and the bath tub saw it’s final days in the latter part of 1993. The original stand-up cylindrical shower that accompanied the bath tub was replaced by a bird bath, and shower shows remained a staple for The Fox encores.
During the Commonwealth Games of August 1994, The Fox hosted it’s first Amateur Contest to a full house and a line up of 6 contestants. Rene Summers was crowned Ms. Nude Amateur Victoria and a new chapter had begun for The Fox. Amateur Nights were held four times annually and gradually grew from a one night stand into a three night endeavor. All of Western Canada’s new talent took their first dance steps on The Fox Pub stage.
The latter part of the 90’s saw business at an all time high. The Fox set high standards within the exotic entertainment industry via such promotions as; Octopussy, The Dirty Dozen, Fox Hunt Rookie Competition, Ms. Nude BC Preliminaries and Annual Wet Tee’s. Of course the Amateur Nights remained the favourite amongst local Victorians.
Sat, November 10, 2001 at 1:15 AM – a fire was reported burning in Diego’s Lounge located above The Fox Pub. Within an hour Diego’s and the Red Lion’s Cold Beer & Wine Store were completely engulfed in flames. The Victoria Fire Department stabilized the inferno after hours of fighting the blaze, but the damage was done. The Fox was officially closed down.