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Film crews shooting at Tequila Night Club

Move over Jersey Shore - Saskatoon documentary series starts filming
Reported by Ashley Wills
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It's late in the afternoon, the lights are on, classic rock is playing in the background and a few casually dressed patrons gather for a beer.

It's not the Tequila night club that most people are familiar with.

But by Friday night, the space is magically transformed - a red carpet is rolled out, music is pounding and the VIP list is finalized.

"We have lots of prep to do, lots of ordering. (We worry) about everything from staff to liquor to guest listing," said Simon Papadopoulos, owner and operator of the bar.

Papadopoulos and his partner Bryan "Chunk" Pawlachuk transformed the location on 33rd Street and Idylwyld, two-and-a-half years ago to fill a void in Saskatoon's night life.

"There's no doubt when we built the club that it was to bring something to Saskatchewan that was never done before," Papadopoulos said.

The self described “single socialite” noted that the high-end service, musical acts and celebrity appearances give Tequila a respected reputation.

Producers at Fahrenheit Films saw first-hand the craziness of life inside and outside of the club and pitched the idea for a six-part documentary.

But Papadopoulos said the series, which will air on City TV this fall, is real life and unscripted.

"People are going to see anything from girls dancing on the bars and drama being caused between staff and girls and customers and guys."

The staff members will add a lot to the show.

"There are nights where I'm doing my cash outs and I have some of my gals crying in my office," Papadopoulos said.

In recent years, shows like The Real World and Jersey Shore have capitalized on an appetite for watching 20-somethings bare all of their alcohol fuelled decision making on camera.

"I think everything that happens in terms of the party is very entertaining, I know it's entertained me for two and a half years," Papadopoulos said.

The owner will have a camera crew follow him 24 hours a day to get a sense of what his life is like.

"These people are going to know everything in and out of my place, my bedroom, my work,” he said.

The mini-series will be filmed between now and April. When camera crews are in the bar, signs will be posted to keep patrons in the loop. Anyone who speaks on camera will be asked to sign a waiver, Papadopoulos explained.

So far there have been a few casting calls and the crew has considered asking to bring back former staff members.

Papadopoulos said he’s very proud of Tequila and hopes that the show will put Saskatoon on the map.

“Even when we go away and we’re in L.A. or we’re in Miami … we’re always proud to say we have that one bangin’ club in the middle of the country that everybody talks about.”

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Editor's Note: This is an updated version of the story.