Clubbers of a certain age can step into Africa when Gloucester’s newest themed late night venue opens its doors for the first time this month.
The club behind the New Inn in Northgate Street is the brainwave of new landlords Mike and Marion Sage who were surprised to find the hidden gem had laid empty for several years.
Tree Tops will offer a rare experience for party goers aged over 25. They will enter into a Moroccan themed world and then exit into an area more akin to a safari, complete with grass huts and a mounted fake elephant head. Previous landlords have occasionally rented out the space for private parties, but it will be the first time in almost a decade it will be used as a nightclub.
Mike said: “The younger age group in Gloucester is well catered for, but there isn’t much for the older crowd.
“People in their 30s and 40s tend to go to Fever as that is the nearest venue to suit their tastes. We want to offer something different here. It will open from 10pm until 3am. It will be a late night music venue, rather than a club. Hotel guests can go in free of charge, otherwise it will be £2 before midnight, £4 after midnight and no entry after 1.30am. I’m hoping to have a belly dancer in place for the opening night. It has a kind of safari theme, almost north and south Africa.”
A venue for older clubbers topped a list of requirements when a survey was completed by Gloucester’s evening economy group last year. That group has now merged into Nightsafe. City councillor Tarren Randle said Tree Tops is just what the city needs.
“I remember going there when it used to be open as a club and it always had a great atmosphere,” she said.
“There was never any trouble and it was popular. I was one of the youngest there then, now I will be one of the oldest.People will still see it as a pub, so they should be careful not to charge club prices, but I’m sure it will go down well. It is what people wanted and now they have it.”
Opening night is planned for Friday, August 29.