WHEN ARE YOU OPEN?
The bar is open Friday and Saturday nights from 6pm-10:45pm every week. We will sometimes open on other days if we are hosting events. When the spaces and halls are being used for private hire, the venue is only open to that organisation.
WHEN IS LIVE MUSIC COMING BACK TO THE HUNTER CLUB?
We reopened for music on the 17th of October, with help from DCMS and the Arts Council via the Culture Recovery Grant made available to Grassroots Music Venues. Changing government guidelines and another lockdown have meant some rescheduling, but a full list of announced gigs can be found on our Events page.
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU PLAY?
At the moment, indoor gigs are still under government restrictions and we need to manage noise and movement differently. Our audience will enjoy the sets, but must remain seated and refrain from shouting and dancing. So we are curating lineups to create a happy but still relatively chilled out vibe, such as singer songwriters, small bands, folk, and larger bands doing scaled back or acoustic sets.
HOW MANY TICKETS WILL BE ON SALE?
Our capacity depends on the current Tier system, among other things, so each gig is slightly different. In Tier 2 we are able to have around 40-45 people in the audience, but they must be seated at tables of one household (to include a support bubble).
WILL THERE BE FOOD?
Yes! Our menu is currently being revamped, and it will be made public before the event. We will also have our regular drinks & cocktails available too, all with table service.
CAN I DRINK ALCOHOL?
Yes! If you come to our bar, you will need to order a substantial meal in order to have alcohol, and our pizza menu will help nicely with that. If you are at one of our ticketed gigs in the Main Hall, you will be able to order alcohol without food, but food will still be available if you want it. No tickets for gigs are available on the night, we strictly book in advance only, so please see the Events page for details.
WHAT GUIDELINES ARE YOU FOLLOWING?
Grab a cuppa, they’re long.
WHAT ARE THE RESTRICTIONS GOING TO FEEL LIKE?
We hope the audience will barely even notice we are doing things differently, but of course some changes will be obvious. We will collect track and trace details from you when you book, and confirm them again upon your arrival. Hand sanitizer aplenty can be found dotted around the venue. Individual seats will be removed, and seating is only in groups, the size depending on the current Tier system. There will be lots of space between tables. There will be table service for drinks and food. And as far as behaviour goes, we will be asking audience members to clap (obviously), but to keep their woo’s on the quiet side. Singing along and shouting can not be encouraged, but we still think you’ll have a great time. Lingering and mingling before and after will also not be allowed, but you’ll be free to stay after the show at your tables to have more drinks & food.
HOW HAS THE VENUE ADAPTED FOR MUSIC AND EVENTS?
We are fortunate that our space was already very flexible before the pandemic hit. Most gigs used to happen in our smaller hall, the Green Room (which is actually black), attached to the main bar. For now though, gigs will be held in our larger hall, the Main Hall. This space has more capacity, higher ceilings, better ventilation, a separate bar area, and easier access in and out the building. It can also be kept completely separate from the main bar area. We have upgraded our ventilation system, added staff, and we have adapted our cleaning practices to match what the guidelines require.
DO I NEED TO WEAR A MASK?
Yes. Masks must be worn inside the venue, but may be taken off when you get to your table. There is table service for food and alcohol.
HOW CAN I BOOK?
Tickets for gigs are booked in different ways, depending on the promoter. Please check the details of the event you want to attend on the Events page, and click the links there.
CAN I SHOW UP ON THE NIGHT WITHOUT PRE-BOOKING?
Nope. Unless you just want to go to the bar, which is fine. But pre-booking for all of our gigs is absolutely essential.
WILL THE MAIN BAR STILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Yes! Our bar is in a separate area, and we will have extra staff on the door to guide people to the bar or to the gig, as appropriate. If you would like to go to the bar after the gig, you will need to speak to a member of staff on the night as we run at a very strict capacity.
WHAT ARE THE CURRENT BAR RULES ANYWAY?
In Tier 2 restrictions, tables are limited to one household, which includes a support bubble. You may not move any furniture, and you must remain in your groups whilst on site. We ask you to remain socially distant, with 2 meters being ideal where possible. There are signs and arrows indicating the one way system, which we expect you to follow. Table service is in operation for all food and drink, with instructions on each table. You may only order alcohol with a substantial meal, the rules are different for ticketed events.
WHAT ABOUT PARKING?
Limited on street parking is available after 6pm on St. Andrews Street South, the spaces immediately in front of the venue on St. Andrews Street will not be available except for staff and disabled access. Robert Boby Way car park is a very short walk down the road.
WHAT IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
You can call us on 01284 723101 and ask for Sara, or email firstname.lastname@example.org