Fever Bars, the retro music bar operator, has taken the 22,000 sq ft site of a former Que Pasa nightclub in Taunton, Somerset, for a new twin venue.

The company is to open a twin scene venue with a Fever bar on one floor and a concept called Boutique on another. JLL acted for Marston’s, which previously occupied the site that has been empty for more than five years.

Mark Shorting of Fever Bars said: “We have been through a strong period of growth as a company and, having identified the changing scene in the late night leisure market, we have created venues that are proving popular with local clubbers.

“Taunton has always been a strong trading town and we are looking forward to the opening which is planned for late March.”

Michael Easton, associate director at JLL’s Exeter office, said: “While there has been steady activity in the leisure sector, finding the right tenant for this 22,000 sq ft site that had run into such disrepair was always going to be difficult.

“After a number of false starts, Fever Bars will be undertaking an extensive refurbishment programme to create a twin scene venue comprising a Fever bar on one floor and a concept called Boutique on another.

“They have been very successful around the country and this complements their closest operation in Barnstaple which opened last year and has already proved to be a big hit in the town.”