Eclectic to open second Coalition in Reading

25 Jun 2017

Eclectic Bars, the night-time subsidiary of Brighton Pier Group, is set to launch a second edition of its nightclub concept Coalition in Reading.

Crazy Pedro's confirms Liverpool site

20 Jun 2017

Crazy Pedro’s, the late night pizza and tequila concept, has confirmed its third site and first outside Manchester, in Liverpool.

Disco Bars take on Fever Burton site

20 Jun 2017

Disco Bars, the Midlands-based late-night operator, has taken on the Fever Group’s eponymous venue in Burton-on-Trent, MCA has learnt.

Late night economy enjoys increased spend

16 Jun 2017

A study into the late night economy has found spending on pre-drinks, transport, entry fees and drinks in club venues have all increased, while expenditure on food has decreased.

Skylight raises £22k for terror victims

16 Jun 2017

Tobacco Dock’s Skylight rooftop bar raised £22,000 after donating all drink takings to charities dedicated to helping victims of terrorism.

Merchant House Group launches second site

09 Jun 2017

Merchant House Group, the bar business led by Nate Brown and Lewis Hayes,, has launched its second site in the capital

Birley plans to open Oswald’s in Mayfair

07 Jun 2017

Entrepreneur Robin Birley is set to open a new restaurant and wine member’s club in Mayfair next year

Bar and Beyond

Deltic eyes 30 Bar & Beyonds

06 Jun 2017

Deltic Group chief executive Peter Marks has told MCA he sees the potential for the Bar & Beyond format to grow to between 20 and 30 sites.

​The Alchemist to go West

06 Jun 2017

The Alchemist, the Palatine Private Equity-backed cocktail bar and restaurant concept, is in talks to open its first site in the South West

Deltic postpones IPO plans

05 Jun 2017

Deltic Group has put back plans to explore an IPO or another type of exit until at least next year

Duncan and Charlie of Inception Group

Inception eyes a bright future

21 Oct 2016

The Inception Group has made a name for itself with its colourful approach to bars and restaurants, but its latest venture sees a more grown-up approach to healthy eating. Co-founder Charlie Gilkes talks to James Wallin about how all operators need to put the emphasis on experience


Competitive socialising

19 Sep 2016

Living in a culture in which people are constantly afraid of missing out, consumers are demanding experiences that deviate from the mainstream. Can the sector evolve to meet this demand for more experiential events and in the process underpin a renaissance in the UK’s late-night sector?

Eclectic Bar Group Sakura Reading

He’s Eclectic

15 Jul 2016

Last year the future looked bleak for listed late-night operator Eclectic Bar Group as it suffered a slump in sales from its core student market. But with the involvement of Luke Johnson came an unexpected new direction, a restructure and a resultant upturn in sales. Lee Nicolson – the recently appointed managing director of Eclectic – talks to James Wallin about partying, ping pong and piers.

Peter Marks of Luminar

Bringing late nights back to life

17 Dec 2015

Since rescuing the country’s largest nightclub operator from administration four years ago, Peter Marks has sets about re-establishing its position at the heart of the late-night sector. With a new identity, new brands and a reinvested, reinvigorated estate, what does the future hold for the Deltic Group? James Wallin finds out

Be At One

Sector snapshot: Complement don’t compete

07 Oct 2015

Steve Locke, co-founder of leading cocktail bar operator Be At One, gives his seven reasons why bar operators, and his own company in particular, remain best placed to take advantage of the growing cocktail sector

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