Hey all, I want to be upfront and let everyone know that I am one of the owners of The Venue, the new nightclub/live music venue/pool hall/ cocktail lounge etc etc. I have also been reading the riotact for years now so wanted to post about the new business and the things we are doing to try and develop the scene in our area.
Also to let you know about some of the big things we have coming up. We are just starting up and while things are going well we still have a battle ahead of us to fight off the misconceptions and negative conotations attached with our location. So any support the good readers of The RiotACT will be muchly appreciated.
For those who don’t know The Venue is built in the ashes (not literally) of an establishment called The Jackpot Bar, a massive pool hall which had 34 operational tables in its hay day. We ended up tearing the guts out of it and after 5 months of renovations we were left with
-A modest pool hall containing 16 slate tables
-A cocktail lounge bar staffed by an award winning flair barman
-A huge licenced balcony for those who enjoy a smoke while drinking
-A multipurpose nightclub/live music venue with a 500+ capacity
The team here have a few basic goals. To give southsiders a cool place to go to relax and or party without it costing them up to $80 on a cab from the city. To try something different, something many still say can’t be done in the area, and to support and promote live music, both touring bands and local up and coming acts. But the key idea for us is that we don’t want to just be a watering hole, we genuinely want to entertain our customers, not just liquor them up.
So to that end we are experimenting with different activities during the week. So if you are in the area, and or you are interested I encorage you to come down and join in.
Monday – Pool comp (Winner takes all – Second place wins vouchers)
Tuesday – Open Mic Session and Kelly Pool (if anyone remembers what that is, it is good fun)
Thursday – Independant Band night (A mix of the cream of canberra’s original band talent and promising up and coming bands)
Friday – DJ Showcase (If no special event is on)
Saturday – Good Old Pub Rock followed by DJs and clubbing fun
Sunday – Venue Balcony Blues (Traveling and local blues acts playing the afternoon away. Band, Beer, BBQ, Balcony. What more could you want for a lazy sunday afternoon?)
Then we have our special events. First big one was the kiwi rockers Shihad which was just phenominal, ask anyone who was here.
Coming up is
20th April – The Screaming Jets
21st April – Bexta supported by Gypsy Girl and an all girl DJ line up
27th April – Bondi Cigars
19th May – The Angels
Later in the year
The Choir Boys
I will keep you all updated as we get more confirmed.
You can also keep an eye on our website www.the-venue.com.au and sign up to our mailing list for news and special offers.
Anyway thankyou for your time :-} and I hope to see you at The Venue sometime soon.