For­get the slump, club­bers are now spoilt for choice

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE - By Ed McCon­nell em­c­connell@thek­m­ @EdMcCon­nel­lKM

An­other new club is set to open in Maid­stone drag­ging the town fur­ther out of a twoyear slump in its nightlife.

Fever & Bou­tique will wel­come pun­ters from Fri­day, March 31, when it launches at the for­mer Bel­uga Bar build­ing, which is also home to the re­cently opened Bierkeller.

Both venues will ex­ist as sep­a­rate en­ti­ties but will be run by the same com­pany, Fever Bars, which runs 30 other bars and clubs across the county.

Dun­can Squires, mar­ket­ing man­ager, said: “Bierkeller has got its own char­ac­ter and of­fers some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent in the town whereas Fever & Bou­tique is more of a run-of-the-mill club.

“It’ll be fun and en­ter­tain­ing and will give club­bers some­thing con­sis­tent. They’ll al­ways know what they’re go­ing to get.”

The 1,150- ca­pac­ity Bank Street club closed in 2015 lead­ing to a de­cline in Maid­stone’s nightlife, with neigh­bour­ing Banks Bar call­ing it a day shortly af­ter and Barker Road’s Won­der­land shut­ting later that year. Last year a lease for the three-storey build­ing was up for grabs priced at £110,000.

The new club will be open from 10pm to 4am Wed­nes­day to Satur­day and will have two rooms, with disco balls and a multi-coloured dance floor. Fever will play the best chart and party tunes, while Bou­tique will blast out r&b, house and dance an­thems.

There will also be a “tiki ter­race” at the back of the venue, where cock­tails will be served.

Fever & Bou­tique is the third venue to move to the town in the past month. In ad­di­tion to Bierkeller, Zee Bar is set to open in the Chicago Rock Cafe build­ing.

The High Street eye­sore will un­dergo a much-needed facelift be­fore the club, which has a sis­ter branch in Tun­bridge Wells, opens by the end of April.

Mr Squires is con­fi­dent Fever & Bou­tique will be an in­stant hit, adding: “Ev­ery­thing is hap­pen­ing in Maid­stone at the mo­ment, it’s very ex­cit­ing.”

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