Bigg Market nightclub Blu Bambu could be set to re-open

Licence application is submitted from firm based in Northern Ireland

Bambu nightclub in Newcastle's Bigg Market
Bambu nightclub in Newcastle's Bigg Market

A prominent nightclub in the region could be set to re-open after a licence application was made for it.

Hathor Inns, which is based in Dungannon in Northern Ireland, has submitted an application to operate Blu Bambu in Newcastle’s Bigg Market.

The venue, which had been a feature of Newcastle’s busy nightlife scene since 2002, closed without warning in November last year when operator PBR Leisure went into administration.

Hathor has requested approval to retain its 11am to 4am opening hours but states the building will once more be used predominantly in evenings.

And while the applicant said activities at the venue would include live music, dance performances, DJ sets and late night drinking as before, it could also host film screenings, karaoke booths and semi-professional boxing events.

If the licence is granted, a temporary boxing ring could be erected on the main dance floor for the fight nights, reducing capacity to 480 people, which would be run in association with local promoters.

Hathor Inns is registered under the name of Stephanie Dolan of Dungannon, County Tyrone, who is the daughter of well-known pharmacist-turned-property-developer Peter Dolan.

A spokesman for Newcastle City Council confirmed: “The application in at the moment is for a transfer of the licence.”

The licensing application is now subject to consultation until October 7.


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