All change at city live music venue
CARDIFF’S live music venue The Moon Club is closing down – to be replaced by a new blues, jazz and cocktail bar.
News of the change at the Womanby Street club comes just days after it was announced that the nearby city centre nightspot Dempseys is shutting, although that will also be reopened as a new venue.
The Moon Club will reopen as The Bootlegger, a sister bar to its popular Bristol site which is run by brothers Lee and Gary Miller – originally from Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire – and their pal Shaun Bundy.
Lee, who has experience working in bars in New York and London, told the Echo: “We are two proud Welsh boys, and an adopted Welshman, who want to bring an accessible speakeasy to Cardiff – one where you don’t have to ring a doorbell.
“You can come in, we’ll serve you amazing cocktails, you can dance to amazing music and have fun.”
From now on, The Moon Club team will be focusing their efforts on The Full Moon, which will remain next door to The Bootlegger bar.
Director Gwyn Thomas said: “We’ve had five fantastic years in The Moon Club and can hand over to Lee and his team safe in the knowledge that the venue is in good hands. That leaves us free to focus 100% on The Full Moon.
“It’s very exciting times for us at The Full Moon at the moment, we’ve upgraded the PA and lighting system and now have probably the highest technical spec for a venue of this size anywhere in the country, so we’ll be hosting a lot more gigs in addition to our existing live music and DJs – and not forgetting our special events.”
The Bootlegger will be all about live music and will play blues, jazz, swing and rock and roll. There are plans to have regular swing dancing classes and live jazz.
The Moon Club’s Steve Bines also added that since the closure of Four Bars music venue at Dempseys is imminent, the new bar would be keen to support live music. He said: “Bootlegger specialise in jazz, blues and swing music and are very keen to work with everybody that hosted events at Four Bars.
“They know its long tradition of hosting jazz clubs, lindy hop classes and live gigs and hopefully they can keep as many of those events as possible on Womanby Street.”
The Bootlegger is aiming to open in early March.