Cork's Former Pavillion Bar And Nightclub Purchased For €1.3m
Cork's former Pavilion Bar and Nightclub has been purchased for €1.3 million by publican Benny McCabe and his brother, Leo.
According to The Irish Examiner, McCabe is planning to transform the property, which originally opened as a cinema in 1921, into a venue with "lamps on tables and a high end cocktail table service" where audiences can sing and dance along to both classic cinematic musicals and contemporary productions.
The venue will reportedly also host "Berlin-style" live cabaret and other forms of live music, and art exhibitions and theatre may also take place at it.
The Irish Examiner quotes McCade as saying, "I personally want to see The Rocky Horror Show while enjoying a pint and, I have personally promised myself an afternoon showing of Kelly's Heroes…I want it to be a fun place and I am hopeful that we'll be in for [The Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, which is currently scheduled to take place during the October Bank Holiday weekend]…With the influx of domestic visitors, there's a clear need for more entertainment venues, which is something I wouldn’t have considered until six months ago.
"But I am seeing how COVID is changing the make-up of the city. I'm absolutely buzzing with excitement about what is happening.
"I wouldn't have said it a year ago, but a lot of it is down to Cork City Council, the outdoor seating, Cork is as good as any place now and we are going to build on that."
McCabe reportedly also said that the Pavilion building is "a unique landmark" in Cork that he is "privileged to be bringing back to life", and he expects to employ 35 people at the revamped venue.
Closure Due To COVID-19 Pandemic
The property, which is located on Cork's Carey's Lane, operated as the Pavilion Bar and Nightclub for a large portion of the last 30 years, with the exception of two years when it operated as Dali nightclub, before it ceased trading in March of last year.
Former owner Dave Dwyer reportedly said that he decided to close the venue because it was "simply not possible to operate a nightclub under an open/close traffic light system", referring to COVID-19 pandemic-related business restrictions.
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