Blog

Welcome to our news platform. Over the lockdown period we will try our best to regularly keep you all updated with what we are up to and news on our plans for the future. We hope everyone is doing ok and we look forward to you all being able to come back to our venue and have a good time!

Save Bristol Nightlife’s mini Documentaries


We were delighted to be a part of Save Bristol Nightlife’s mini Documentaries about how venues have continued to make ends meet during closure, as you can see, we have been busy making improvements to the building- its going to look amazing! You can view our video and other venues in Bristol on the You Tube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-PWwqGJek7ynBdl_OZ4-yA/videos

“Spruce up our Street” – plans have begun

Cloak Room CIC have opened a channel of communication with the local businesses on “the Stretch” and Colston Girls School to make plans for a big open day and street event which showcases everything the street has to offer. We are making plans to host live music, performances, craft stalls/food market as well as therapy sessions, kids activities and graffiti art-works which will transform the courtyard and buildings into a vibrant space. We also want to make planters to encourage wildlife and cleaner air. We plan for the event to happen late summer or Spring 2022 depending on funds and safety guidelines.

Business Interruption

On the 15th February the Supreme court announced that Insurance Companies should pay out for Business Interruption due to lockdowns. We have contacted our broker to proceed with a claim and 3 weeks later we still haven’t had the paperwork, we are getting completely ignored! We advise if you run a small business to check to see if you were insured for Business Interruption and to chase them! Seek legal advice if necessary. Good luck everyone.

Farewell Omer

We were very sad to hear about the passing of Omer Makessa today. Omer performed here in January last year with his band Kayali Roots. We did a themed free evening event serving soul food, bringing positive vibes with the focus on shaking off the January Blues. Omer was full of warmth and friendliness, extremely talented and performed with many bands, dancers and theatre groups across Bristol. He will be missed.

Alcohol free in April?!

There have been many newspaper announcements today about how pubs and restaurants will be re-opening-some saying the 10pm curfew will be scrapped, some saying pubs can open but can’t serve alcohol and others saying “substantial” meal to be waived.

As business owners in this sector we find the rumours, rules and talk incredibly frustrating as we find ourselves constantly adapting our plans to what newspapers speculate. Until there are official government announcements our booking system will continue to remain offline. We will re-open as a clothes shop when the tier system is back in place until we are certain it is safe for the public to offer events, drinking and dining again.

Yet more changes to the building ?

We have been using the lockdowns to complete necessary works to improve the venue. We have knocked through a redundant stairwell to eventually convert into an additional customer toilet block and changing area. This will help reduce queuing and maintain social distancing in the venue. We have applied for funding through the Screwfix fund to make the building more accessible and to finish our new studio area. We are making the kitchen and cellar safer for staff by replacing the flooring with non-slip and protecting the walls to increase hygiene levels.