to the dictionary Nocturne means a short piece of piano music
or a poem about night time.
But according to me Nocturne means a wicked club with lush
decor, great music, superb clientele and the best bar staff.
enjoy the Nocturne atmosphere
haven't heard the gossip, this is Massive Attack's new late
night members drinking club. And very Massive it is. Dark,
brooding and very very cool. There's maroon and black leather
everywhere - on the seats, up the walls, on the pillars. The
music's moody, the lighting's dark. It's ace.
the brainchild of four - Grant and 3D from Massive Attack
and Jasper Eyears and Cairbry Hill of the Alchemist bar consultancy
in London. It's not run-of-the-mill, it's not your usual hard-house,
pack-em-in, supa-club. It's sophisticated and it works. Situated
at the site of the former Silent Peach (and for those who
really remember, The Tube) in Unity Street, it really is somewhere
that does justice to Bristol's 'cool' reputation.
leather padded wall
McCord, previously of Babbington House in Somerset, has been
brought in to manage it. He said: "The aim is to create
somewhere where members get to know each other. A community
where like-minded people can enjoy the music without any hassle
and appreciate the different things on offer.
think it will bring an extra dimension to Bristol. It's a
members club but we don't want to alienate anyone or make
enemies. We even plan to have trade night for people who work
in other clubs in the city, to give them a night off and a
chance to let their hair down.
bathroom's even got Molton Brown soap AND hand lotion!
be all sorts of different things going on here, wine tasting,
guest DJ nights, all sorts of stuff. Our staff have been chosen
for their friendly natures and we don't want any sort of pretentiousness
or the big "I am" attitude.
example if Grant and D were to come down and expect to sign
in 30 mates, they couldn't if the club was full. Honestly
I'm not joking, they know that even though they own the place
it's stupid to take advantage and make it some sort of clique.
They need to make a profit at the end of the day after all."
commendable attitude. But back to the club. The sound system
is SO GOOD, like listening to the best walkman ever (with
300 mates). God knows how much they spent on the speakers,
which hang like massive flat-screen TVs covered in black leather.
Sufficed to say you know it's a lot when you're told the only
other place that's got them is Jazzy Jeff's personal home
entertainment system in the states.
really wicked place but the downside is of course that Nocturne
is a members bar. So far 3,000 have applied and there are
only 500 memberships up for grabs. So not everyone will get
in. It's a shame but with a city centre venue you always run
the risk of the usual idiots ruining it for everyone else.
And Nocturne is such a jewel in Bristol's crown it would be
stupid to muck it up.