New cabaret bar to open in Bolton town centre

John Wray, left, and Dave Holmes working on The Venue

John Wray, left, and Dave Holmes working on The Venue

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , Entertainment reporter

A NEW cabaret-style bar hopes to inject a VIP feel to Bolton’s nightlife scene.

The Venue is due to open in Churchgate in mid-August at the premises formerly occupied by Kiss nightclub and the Brasshouse.

The VIP lounge and cabaret bar is being launched by Dave Holmes and John Wray, who have more than 60 years experience between them in the pub and club trade.

Mr Holmes, who runs the Crofters Arms and the Claremont Arms, both in Halliwell Road, as well as The D Havilland Club, Farnworth, said: “We are just trying to create a different scene for people who do not come into town any more.

“No-one is offering that sort of stuff.

“There are plenty of discos and late night places where you can go and drink a lot and dance. We’re offering a different scene.”

The pair have been hard at work revamping and redecorating the bar which will host bands, tribute acts, singers, old school music, VIP tables for hire and, potentially, a comedy night.

Mr Wray, who used to work for pub and bar operator Punch Taverns and runs a licensing training company, said: “It’s geared to the over 25s, with quality products.

“We are not competing with the cheaper end and we won’t be trading during the day.

“We want people to walk in here and for it to have the wow factor.”

The Venue, which will also be available for hire for corporate events, dinner dances and Christmas parties, will open at 5pm on Fridays and Saturdays, with a 4am licence.

Last month The Capitol, also in Churchgate, closed its doors but is due to reopen after minor structural changes have been made by owners Amber Taverns. Mr Holmes said: “It’s probably the best end of town.

“There is The Capitol which is going to open again. That’s going to be really nice.”

Mr Holmes previously ran Cafe Bar 210, at the corner of Deansgate and Bradshawgate, which closed in 2003, and the Victoria British Queen, Blackburn Road, which also shut.

He added that The Venue was a good size and in a location with taxis at the door.

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7:58am Sat 2 Aug 14

Chrome1 says...

Oh no. More drunks. Council estates and drunks; that's what Bolton specialises in.
Oh no. More drunks. Council estates and drunks; that's what Bolton specialises in. Chrome1
  • Score: -30

8:33am Sat 2 Aug 14

bluemeanie63 says...

Another waste of money club, normal people don't go to town at night anymore because its infested by low life's and crack heads just looking to kick off at the first chance they get.
Another waste of money club, normal people don't go to town at night anymore because its infested by low life's and crack heads just looking to kick off at the first chance they get. bluemeanie63
  • Score: 28

8:38am Sat 2 Aug 14

wsw69 says...

Good luck to the two of them. I agree, Churchgate is the better part of town by a country mile. As soon as you cross the road at the Swan heading into town, or left towards Manchester Road, the whole place is am uninviting 5h1th0le.

As for the survey question "Is Bolton a better night out than Bury?", is someone taking the absolute p15s? The place is a dire hovel, Bury is vibrant and has character and clean.
Good luck to the two of them. I agree, Churchgate is the better part of town by a country mile. As soon as you cross the road at the Swan heading into town, or left towards Manchester Road, the whole place is am uninviting 5h1th0le. As for the survey question "Is Bolton a better night out than Bury?", is someone taking the absolute p15s? The place is a dire hovel, Bury is vibrant and has character and clean. wsw69
  • Score: 30

8:55am Sat 2 Aug 14

Djorkaeff's right peg says...

Any kind of enterprise and entertainment that can help rejuventate the dilapidated town is a blessing in my opinion. With the pretentious Capitol bar allegedly being transformed into a Sports Bar, and the derelict former Brass House becoming a Cabaret venture, this is definitely a positive step for Churchgate. Instead of all the cynics and skeptics sitting at home on their fat behinds, whingeing, ask yourself a question... What do you do to influence the town in a good way? Good luck to these entrepreneurs I say!
Any kind of enterprise and entertainment that can help rejuventate the dilapidated town is a blessing in my opinion. With the pretentious Capitol bar allegedly being transformed into a Sports Bar, and the derelict former Brass House becoming a Cabaret venture, this is definitely a positive step for Churchgate. Instead of all the cynics and skeptics sitting at home on their fat behinds, whingeing, ask yourself a question... What do you do to influence the town in a good way? Good luck to these entrepreneurs I say! Djorkaeff's right peg
  • Score: 27

9:22am Sat 2 Aug 14

Wigan Trotter says...

wsw69 wrote:
Good luck to the two of them. I agree, Churchgate is the better part of town by a country mile. As soon as you cross the road at the Swan heading into town, or left towards Manchester Road, the whole place is am uninviting 5h1th0le.

As for the survey question "Is Bolton a better night out than Bury?", is someone taking the absolute p15s? The place is a dire hovel, Bury is vibrant and has character and clean.
Bury is no different than any other town at night where nightlife is concerned.

I am in no doubt if the Bury Times asked their readers the same question in reverse, most would say that Bolton was better than Bury.

And Bury like all towns has its fair share of grot spots these days.

The grass is always greener on the other side with many today.
[quote][p][bold]wsw69[/bold] wrote: Good luck to the two of them. I agree, Churchgate is the better part of town by a country mile. As soon as you cross the road at the Swan heading into town, or left towards Manchester Road, the whole place is am uninviting 5h1th0le. As for the survey question "Is Bolton a better night out than Bury?", is someone taking the absolute p15s? The place is a dire hovel, Bury is vibrant and has character and clean.[/p][/quote]Bury is no different than any other town at night where nightlife is concerned. I am in no doubt if the Bury Times asked their readers the same question in reverse, most would say that Bolton was better than Bury. And Bury like all towns has its fair share of grot spots these days. The grass is always greener on the other side with many today. Wigan Trotter
  • Score: 4

9:33am Sat 2 Aug 14

merryhell1@hotmail.co.uk says...

Well I for one welcome The Venue!!! We need more places to put on live music, we already have The Man n scythe, Dog and Partridge and Blind Tiger one more would be very welcome in my opinion as a different clientele frequent these places as opposed to the dregs of the earth in the rubbish bars along Bradshawgate!
Well I for one welcome The Venue!!! We need more places to put on live music, we already have The Man n scythe, Dog and Partridge and Blind Tiger one more would be very welcome in my opinion as a different clientele frequent these places as opposed to the dregs of the earth in the rubbish bars along Bradshawgate! merryhell1@hotmail.co.uk
  • Score: 14

9:35am Sat 2 Aug 14

lyndimist says...

They should make it a members only club . It would be great
They should make it a members only club . It would be great lyndimist
  • Score: 7

9:38am Sat 2 Aug 14

lyndimist says...

Great news. I miss the places where you could go for a good night out with entertainment. Hope they make it members only.
Great news. I miss the places where you could go for a good night out with entertainment. Hope they make it members only. lyndimist
  • Score: 6

9:39am Sat 2 Aug 14

Wolfie190 says...

Can be a bit out of the way there not much passing trade and Bolton town centre is not as busy as it used to be. Tricky.
Can be a bit out of the way there not much passing trade and Bolton town centre is not as busy as it used to be. Tricky. Wolfie190
  • Score: 9

10:04am Sat 2 Aug 14

leighton1982 says...

lyndimist wrote:
They should make it a members only club . It would be great
It is going to be. Over 25's. Membership will be free but you do have to apply by filling in an online form and uploading an upto date photo of yourself.
[quote][p][bold]lyndimist[/bold] wrote: They should make it a members only club . It would be great[/p][/quote]It is going to be. Over 25's. Membership will be free but you do have to apply by filling in an online form and uploading an upto date photo of yourself. leighton1982
  • Score: 16

10:13am Sat 2 Aug 14

leighton1982 says...

As soon as anything is reported in the BN, the usual doomsayers always comment trying to mock anything good. It is a members only club catering for the over 25's. It is hopefully gonna attract the right kind of people who want a good night in town but don't want to get involved in some of the kinds of trouble that other bars sometimes attract. I for one will give it my 100% support and hope it can change the way many many people perceive bolton town center. Good luck
As soon as anything is reported in the BN, the usual doomsayers always comment trying to mock anything good. It is a members only club catering for the over 25's. It is hopefully gonna attract the right kind of people who want a good night in town but don't want to get involved in some of the kinds of trouble that other bars sometimes attract. I for one will give it my 100% support and hope it can change the way many many people perceive bolton town center. Good luck leighton1982
  • Score: 14

10:31am Sat 2 Aug 14

A Hybrid Lord says...

leighton1982 wrote:
As soon as anything is reported in the BN, the usual doomsayers always comment trying to mock anything good. It is a members only club catering for the over 25's. It is hopefully gonna attract the right kind of people who want a good night in town but don't want to get involved in some of the kinds of trouble that other bars sometimes attract. I for one will give it my 100% support and hope it can change the way many many people perceive bolton town center. Good luck
Spot on. Good luck to them, I'll certainly try the place out!
[quote][p][bold]leighton1982[/bold] wrote: As soon as anything is reported in the BN, the usual doomsayers always comment trying to mock anything good. It is a members only club catering for the over 25's. It is hopefully gonna attract the right kind of people who want a good night in town but don't want to get involved in some of the kinds of trouble that other bars sometimes attract. I for one will give it my 100% support and hope it can change the way many many people perceive bolton town center. Good luck[/p][/quote]Spot on. Good luck to them, I'll certainly try the place out! A Hybrid Lord
  • Score: 16

10:54am Sat 2 Aug 14

MarkAllRead says...

bluemeanie63 wrote:
Another waste of money club, normal people don't go to town at night anymore because its infested by low life's and crack heads just looking to kick off at the first chance they get.
This is why these guys are trying to do something different, somewhere the sensible people can go which will not be attractive to the cokeheads.
[quote][p][bold]bluemeanie63[/bold] wrote: Another waste of money club, normal people don't go to town at night anymore because its infested by low life's and crack heads just looking to kick off at the first chance they get.[/p][/quote]This is why these guys are trying to do something different, somewhere the sensible people can go which will not be attractive to the cokeheads. MarkAllRead
  • Score: 10

10:55am Sat 2 Aug 14

MarkAllRead says...

wsw69 wrote:
Good luck to the two of them. I agree, Churchgate is the better part of town by a country mile. As soon as you cross the road at the Swan heading into town, or left towards Manchester Road, the whole place is am uninviting 5h1th0le.

As for the survey question "Is Bolton a better night out than Bury?", is someone taking the absolute p15s? The place is a dire hovel, Bury is vibrant and has character and clean.
The BN do seem to enjoy putting up "well d'oh" questions as their polls.
[quote][p][bold]wsw69[/bold] wrote: Good luck to the two of them. I agree, Churchgate is the better part of town by a country mile. As soon as you cross the road at the Swan heading into town, or left towards Manchester Road, the whole place is am uninviting 5h1th0le. As for the survey question "Is Bolton a better night out than Bury?", is someone taking the absolute p15s? The place is a dire hovel, Bury is vibrant and has character and clean.[/p][/quote]The BN do seem to enjoy putting up "well d'oh" questions as their polls. MarkAllRead
  • Score: 3

2:00pm Sat 2 Aug 14

willywonker says...

lyndimist wrote:
They should make it a members only club . It would be great
There is a couple of members only pubs in town Griffin & Balmoral its free membership to all, when you have done a stretch in prison.
[quote][p][bold]lyndimist[/bold] wrote: They should make it a members only club . It would be great[/p][/quote]There is a couple of members only pubs in town Griffin & Balmoral its free membership to all, when you have done a stretch in prison. willywonker
  • Score: 10

3:05pm Sat 2 Aug 14

boltonnut says...

I have met John Wray,he seems to be a very enterprising man,I wish him good luck.
I have met John Wray,he seems to be a very enterprising man,I wish him good luck. boltonnut
  • Score: 3

4:29pm Sat 2 Aug 14

hoping4peace says...

i know dave holmes, and been in VBQ and the claremount on many occasions, he knows how to keep good order and wish him all the best in his new venture
i know dave holmes, and been in VBQ and the claremount on many occasions, he knows how to keep good order and wish him all the best in his new venture hoping4peace
  • Score: 5

6:57pm Sat 2 Aug 14

wsw69 says...

Wigan Trotter wrote:
wsw69 wrote:
Good luck to the two of them. I agree, Churchgate is the better part of town by a country mile. As soon as you cross the road at the Swan heading into town, or left towards Manchester Road, the whole place is am uninviting 5h1th0le.

As for the survey question "Is Bolton a better night out than Bury?", is someone taking the absolute p15s? The place is a dire hovel, Bury is vibrant and has character and clean.
Bury is no different than any other town at night where nightlife is concerned.

I am in no doubt if the Bury Times asked their readers the same question in reverse, most would say that Bolton was better than Bury.

And Bury like all towns has its fair share of grot spots these days.

The grass is always greener on the other side with many today.
In respect of the question being asked to Bury folks about a night out in Bolton, then I know the majority wouldn't touch the 5h1th0le of a town centre known as Bolton with a 5 mile bargepole.

In fact, when I worked in Bury a few years back, the local yokels didn't really like Bolton at all.
[quote][p][bold]Wigan Trotter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wsw69[/bold] wrote: Good luck to the two of them. I agree, Churchgate is the better part of town by a country mile. As soon as you cross the road at the Swan heading into town, or left towards Manchester Road, the whole place is am uninviting 5h1th0le. As for the survey question "Is Bolton a better night out than Bury?", is someone taking the absolute p15s? The place is a dire hovel, Bury is vibrant and has character and clean.[/p][/quote]Bury is no different than any other town at night where nightlife is concerned. I am in no doubt if the Bury Times asked their readers the same question in reverse, most would say that Bolton was better than Bury. And Bury like all towns has its fair share of grot spots these days. The grass is always greener on the other side with many today.[/p][/quote]In respect of the question being asked to Bury folks about a night out in Bolton, then I know the majority wouldn't touch the 5h1th0le of a town centre known as Bolton with a 5 mile bargepole. In fact, when I worked in Bury a few years back, the local yokels didn't really like Bolton at all. wsw69
  • Score: 3

7:30am Sun 3 Aug 14

Wigan Trotter says...

wsw69 wrote:
Wigan Trotter wrote:
wsw69 wrote:
Good luck to the two of them. I agree, Churchgate is the better part of town by a country mile. As soon as you cross the road at the Swan heading into town, or left towards Manchester Road, the whole place is am uninviting 5h1th0le.

As for the survey question "Is Bolton a better night out than Bury?", is someone taking the absolute p15s? The place is a dire hovel, Bury is vibrant and has character and clean.
Bury is no different than any other town at night where nightlife is concerned.

I am in no doubt if the Bury Times asked their readers the same question in reverse, most would say that Bolton was better than Bury.

And Bury like all towns has its fair share of grot spots these days.

The grass is always greener on the other side with many today.
In respect of the question being asked to Bury folks about a night out in Bolton, then I know the majority wouldn't touch the 5h1th0le of a town centre known as Bolton with a 5 mile bargepole.

In fact, when I worked in Bury a few years back, the local yokels didn't really like Bolton at all.
If you are a example of whats spends their time in Bolton at night, its hardly surprising it is, to use your own words, a 5h1th0le.
[quote][p][bold]wsw69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wigan Trotter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wsw69[/bold] wrote: Good luck to the two of them. I agree, Churchgate is the better part of town by a country mile. As soon as you cross the road at the Swan heading into town, or left towards Manchester Road, the whole place is am uninviting 5h1th0le. As for the survey question "Is Bolton a better night out than Bury?", is someone taking the absolute p15s? The place is a dire hovel, Bury is vibrant and has character and clean.[/p][/quote]Bury is no different than any other town at night where nightlife is concerned. I am in no doubt if the Bury Times asked their readers the same question in reverse, most would say that Bolton was better than Bury. And Bury like all towns has its fair share of grot spots these days. The grass is always greener on the other side with many today.[/p][/quote]In respect of the question being asked to Bury folks about a night out in Bolton, then I know the majority wouldn't touch the 5h1th0le of a town centre known as Bolton with a 5 mile bargepole. In fact, when I worked in Bury a few years back, the local yokels didn't really like Bolton at all.[/p][/quote]If you are a example of whats spends their time in Bolton at night, its hardly surprising it is, to use your own words, a 5h1th0le. Wigan Trotter
  • Score: 2

11:10am Sun 3 Aug 14

IvanCamposHair says...

Bolton town centre needs more pubs in the centre. Very hard to find a decent pub in the town centre these days.

Some brilliant pubs outside of the town centre, to many to list. Need more Brewery Taps and Ainsworth Arms in the centre to attract people who just want a pint and a chat with their mates, instead of blurring music and drunken morons.
Bolton town centre needs more pubs in the centre. Very hard to find a decent pub in the town centre these days. Some brilliant pubs outside of the town centre, to many to list. Need more Brewery Taps and Ainsworth Arms in the centre to attract people who just want a pint and a chat with their mates, instead of blurring music and drunken morons. IvanCamposHair
  • Score: 1

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