A POPULAR Uttoxeter night club has put its past behind it as it welcomes a wider age range of customers to a ‘much more relaxed and fun atmosphere’.
The Bamboo Lounge, in Queen Street, has seen a positive change since coming under the control of manager and licensee Lauren McCarthy more than two months ago, with new faces gracing the dance floor and the club hosting more events.
The 26-year-old, who will be running the pub with the help of deputy manager Stacey Kelly, said the change in atmosphere has been noted by neighbours and punters alike for getting rid of past trouble- makers and making it generally a friendlier place.
She said: “We have had some really positive feedback and people have said it is much more relaxed with not as much noise outside.
“I want the bar to be fun again. The door staff and staff are absolutely brilliant and I interact more with the customers. I know quite a lot people which I think is an advantage.”
The club is hosting more events including an 80s night on May 27, where visitors are invited along in outfits from the era, and a ladies’ only night on July 8 with an Anne Summers party and a few surprises, men will be allowed in after 10pm.
An all day hog roast fund-raising event will be held on August 13 with a UV party and men getting their legs waxed for The Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (FSID) in memory of Lewis James Brown.
Little Lewis died tragically at eight-weeks-old in August 2009 from sudden infant death syndrome.
A rock night, band night and karaoke are among the attractions being introduced as well as having a DJ who plays different kinds of music and takes requests to appeal to all age groups.
Anyone wanting to make a suggestion for a theme for a night or fund-raising ideas can do so on the Facebook site Boo Bamboo.
The club is also available to hire for birthdays, christenings, weddings and hen and stag parties.
Despite its troubled past, Miss McCarthy has put steps in place to stop repeat performances, including drawing up a list of people who are barred and a strong relationship with the police.
She said: “We have not had any trouble. If we have any trouble-makers they will be asked to leave immediately and we will take action depending on what they have done.
“We are trying to change and make it happy again and fun.We are hoping to have all day barbecues in the summer and welcome a wider age range of customers.
“I want it to be a clean and safer environment.” Speaking of her new role Miss McCarthy said: “I love it. I cannot think of a better job.
“I want people to enjoy coming to the town and leave saying I had a really good night tonight.” The Bamboo Lounge is open from 9pm to 2am on Thursdays, and 10pm to 2.30am on Friday and Saturdays.
More information on hiring the venue is available from Miss McCarthy on 07807 559816.