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Zaher Fakih’s Oracle aims for ‘cultural nightlife’ and a sense of community

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Zaher Fakih wants to introduce clubgoers to a new experience.
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Jorge Labrador

Zaher Fakih founded an oracle so he could bring people together, and now he’s bringing on the royal treatment.

His Oracle Nightclub has been tucked away just west of I-15 on Naples Drive, in a corridor of mostly offices and warehouses since last spring. As its first anniversary approaches on April 20, Oracle is gaining a loyal following as a nightlife alternative.

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Oracle Nightclub
3500 W. Naples Drive, 541-7000.
Wednesday-Saturday, doors at 10 p.m.

“I want people to come in and feel like family, a welcome part of the culture and not just a number on the clicker at the door,” says Fakih, or Z, as everyone calls him.

With Oracle, it’s a blend of nightlife comforts like drinking and dancing, mixed with hookahs, dining and an ancient aesthetic that combines classical Greek and Middle Eastern elements. It could be a small palace as much as a club.

For Fakih, the business has always been about introducing people to something new, a habit he’s had since he started opening up hookah lounges in the Valley. He calls it “cultural nightlife” and prides himself on the diverse clientele that shows up for weekly events like Latin night, house music nights and one-off events.

And then there’s that royal treatment. Adjacent to the main dance and bar area at Oracle, the upcoming Harem Room will offer burlesque shows with an era-appropriate flavor. If a particular performer catches your eye, she might stick around to give your group a private performance, check on your hookah or refresh your drinks. It’s a little bit of role-play, and it makes for an atypical nightlife experience.

“It’s like the king and his harem,” Fakih says. “Like something out of 300.”

Minus the sword fights, of course.

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