A beloved icon of Armidale and the heartbeat of nightlife, The Armidale Club Has re-opened its doors … but inside it’s an entire new world …
The Armidale Club opened its doors to the public for a grand re-opening this month. After much anticipation, the club is now being used to its full potential. With a major facelift, which included many hard hours of revamping, the Club is looking fantastic. Donned with luscious red velvet wall drapes, beautiful artworks and a new open plan bar, opening the whole place up, and adding beautiful new raised lounges and hardwood flooring has given the club that warm, inviting feel. As you walk into the club you are greeted by quirky doors and bright and stimulating colours.
Kate Richards and Allen Edwards St James are behind the scenes as the new management team and really know how to get the club back on track. Sporting its new and updated look, a full house packed into the club for its grand re-opening weekend gala, which saw the likes of the Al Heeney Rhythm and Blues Experience rocking the place with their 10 piece, powerhouse action packed songs, giving the dance floor a well deserved working in until the wee hours.
Not to be outdone, the Syncopaths followed up the Saturday night with another jam packed evening, topped of with the club’s own in-house DJ Loki spinning the vinyl in between the acts and after the bands had finished, to keep the people bopping and shaking! The club sounds great with its new array of sound systems throughout the building, making it great for people who want to be in the front getting the full spectrum of sound, to the people in the back room not missing out on the action.
Food is available every day, and the club has created “The Rotating Chef” – with different menus every week. Also, Groovers private function room and dining room is coming soon – any enquiries should be made at the club or via their Facebook page to secure your next event. With the club trading Friday – Sunday – with opening hours from 5pm Friday for corporate after work drinks with Warwick Dunham and friends on the grand piano (piano bar style) – then open from 6pm Saturday, with Tony Elder from Black Dot Music running Sunday sessions from 4pm (TBC) – “Black Dot Sundays” – to promote local artists. (Artist enquiries for this should go through Tony from Black Dot Music). The club is still operating as a Registered Licensed Club, which is now “members only”; however, applications are open to everyone and it’s very affordable and well worth it with the new look venue, which has retained the always competitive club pricing.
Something must be said for the styling that has gone into the club; it’s like a page from a New Orleans Jazz bar, with all that warm lit red velvet to the candle clusters in birdcages, to the booth style lounges hugging the edges of the premises. Some great work has been done with the old pipes and gas lines, turning them into fantastic showpieces above the bar that have to seen.
The Armidale Club has been an icon of Armidale as a live music hotspot for many years and will do so for many more, with their year filling up with a plethora of live music acts, comedy festivals and DJs and lots more to be announced. The club is a community club with a difference, bringing some style and class to Armidale with a quality music focus – and that’s only the tip of the iceberg! Kate and Allen are wanting to put Armidale on the map for musicians and artists as a place to stop and have provided a new and exciting venue for that to happen. If you would like to know what exactly is happening for the whole month, check out the Armidale Club’s new What’s On Guide on page 15 for a monthly planner, so you can plan your next night out at this great venue and well loved heartbeat of the Armidale musical community – The Armidale Club. Members only, 18+. Dress code applies.
91 Beardy Street, Armidale