BOLTON’S newest nightspot threw a special launch party as owners hope to breathe life into the town centre.

The Venue, at the premises formerly occupied by Kiss nightclub and the Brasshouse, has reopened as a live music bar for over 25s.

The Churchgate club has been revamped and given a VIP feel by Dave Holmes, who has operated pubs and bars in and around Bolton for more than 20 years, and John Wray, who has held numerous management posts in the pub industry.

It will open from Fridays to Sundays, with an intention to bring customers back into Bolton who want to enjoy a good night out, in a fun and safe environment, entertained by a mix of soul, Motown, R & B and classic pop music.

Mr Wray said: “We see Churchgate, one of the most picturesque streets in Bolton, becoming the place for a good night out.

“We are happy to see the investment in The Capitol bar, opposite, because it confirms our beliefs that it is the right location to provide what we have to offer.”

Later this month, The Capitol will be reopened by Amber Taverns as Hogarths — a lavish bar, styled on gin houses common in the Victorian era.


Mr Holmes, who runs the Crofters Arms and the Claremont Arms, both in Halliwell Road, as well as The D Havilland Club, Farnworth, and Mr Wray, were joined by more than 250 guests at The Venue’s launch who were entertained by Luther Vandross tribute act Harry Cambridge.

This weekend, it will launch its carvery food menu, which will be available every Sunday.

As well as a VIP lounge, as well as private party booths, over Christmas, it will play host to party nights, featuring the music of Abba and Tom Jones, with a four-course meal.