Grand open­ing for to­tally trans­formed pop­u­lar bar

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A POP­U­LAR Car­marthen bar which has dou­bled in size has had its grand open­ing.

Notts, lo­cated on Notts Square in the cen­tre of Car­marthen, opened its doors to the pub­lic af­ter an in­vest­ment of more than £100,000 saw the nightspot to­tally trans­formed.

The build­ing next door, which used to be a bank, has been taken over and the ad­join­ing wall knocked through to cre­ate one huge space.

The bar now boasts three bars over two floors as well as a DJ booth, a sprawl­ing dance floor, and the abil­ity to host around five times as many peo­ple as it did be­fore.

The plan to ex­pand is some­thing which has been in the pipe­line for a while, ac­cord­ing to owner Steven Co­gan.

“We de­cided we wanted to ex­pand about a year ago,” said Steven.

“But it’s some­thing that’s al­ways been in my mind since we opened three years ago. It’s al­ways been my am­bi­tion to ex­pand the place.”

Car­marthen, once well­known for the sheer num­ber of pubs and clubs in the town, seems to be mak­ing some­thing of a come­back in terms of its nightlife. New and trendy cock­tail bars have be­come the norm, of­fer­ing peo­ple more so­phis­ti­cated drink­ing haunts. Pic­tures: Adrian White

Steven says that Notts will of­fer some­thing dif­fer­ent which he be­lieves has been miss­ing from the town.

“The cock­tail bars have more of a re­laxed at­mos­phere and they’ve all done a great job for the town but we want some­thing dif­fer­ent. We want to bring the party back to Car­marthen where peo­ple can dance and lis­ten to a live DJ.

“When peo­ple go out they want to let their hair down. Peo­ple go out to have some fun and Car­marthen re­ally needed this kind of place.

“There’s def­i­nitely been a gap in the mar­ket so I don’t see this as com­pet­ing with the new bars in town – I see it more as com­pet­ing with places in Haver­ford­west and Swansea.

“And it’s good to have com­pe­ti­tion in town any­way. If there’s only a cou­ple of places to go no­body comes out. The more op­tions peo­ple have the more of a buzz there is in the town so it ben­e­fits ev­ery­one. I strongly be­lieve that this kind of place has been miss­ing from Car­marthen.”

Steven knows what he is talk­ing about. At only 32 he has al­ready run a night­club in Car­marthen (The Water­side, which closed in 2009) and he had his own club in Ma­jorca.

He is now hop­ing to bring a touch of that spirit to Notts, with a li­cence to re­main open un­til 4am and three bars that will all stock beers, pre­mium spir­its, cock­tails and more.

“We want to cater for ev­ery­one,” said Steven.

“There is a need for this place – peo­ple have grown up here without a club like this. Gone are the days of the ‘su­per­clubs’ like we used to see when I was younger but this, now we’ve ex­panded, is the ideal size for a club.

“The idea is to at­tract peo­ple here for a great night out and to bring Car­marthen’s nightlife into the 21st Cen­tury.”

Owner of the new Notts night­club venue Steve Co­gan.

Notts night­club venue open­ing in Nott Square.

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