Ditch the jeans, sneakers and lager. Dress shoes and a dirty martini will be the order of the day at Whangarei's Gentleman's Ball this weekend - the blokes' answer to ladies' pamper day.

The night "sass, class and swing" was dreamed up by Tyler Dent, who said there were few chances to dress up in Whangarei. He also wanted to celebrate local talent.

"It's a little bit classy. Come out, have a fun night and dress up nice," he said.

The Old Stone Butter Factory would host pop-up stalls from Memory Lane Tattoo Studio (performing feats of beauty and daring), Fades Barbershop (to ensure you and your facial regions are at premium potential) and Whangarei Suit Hire. There would even be a shoe shiner on hand to add to the speakeasy ambience.


Pin-up makeovers for the ladies, a burlesque performance and bartender Sam Tarrant creating "untold concoctions of a persuasively alcoholic inclination" complete the line-up.

"We'll do an afternoon cocktail garden party through to 7pm when the music starts," Mr Dent said.

"Essentially, an evening of dapper gents and classy ladies enjoying the finer parts of all things good and proper."

Music includes Sal Valentine & The Babyshakes and Twokay.

The Gentleman's Ball: Saturday, October 15 from 5.30pm.