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New Club On The Block: Repotia

Manchester gets a new nightclub, in an old lap dancing spot

Written by . Published on August 22nd 2012.


New Club On The Block: Repotia

WHEN it comes to nightlife, Manchester does bars very well. You only have to look at our Best Of Manchester Bars list to see a snippet of the abundance of real good time bars in the city.

But when the bars call last orders and the night still feels young where is there to go that’s not just a late night bar with dancefloor?

The remaining lap dancing poles in the two 25 seater booths are apparently just for show. Not that type of show you filthy buggers.

There are a few places of note that always pull in the late night punters; Sankeys and South are both hugely popular, but looking around the choice of real, dance up a sweat, quality night spots can seem limited in a city that once boasted two of the most famous nightclubs in the world - the Twisted Wheel and The Hacienda.

One company attempting to fill this void is Repotia, a new nightclub on Lloyd Street in the venue formerly occupied by lap dancing bar Boutique and next door to Silks - another lap dancing bar.

Of course before hosting naked ladies it was the famous Devilles and Cellar Vie clubs, so maybe dancing with your clothes on is in the blood as well.

Repotia

Repotia is a guest list only club that wants to be known for being ‘exclusive, trendy and chic’ although that doesn’t mean you’ll get turned away if you just turn up, rather you’ll be added to the Repotia list for future reference, if you meet the ‘sharp and sexy’ dress code criteria that is.

With the aim of capturing a well-to-do market, Repotia is for young professionals who like to sip Armand de Brignac Champagne (from a bespoke built Champagne bar) to the sounds of ‘the very best in RnB, hip-hop, funky house and club classics.’  

Repotia

Open from 10pm-4am, entrance prices to their ‘exclusive venue’ seem reasonable at £5 before 11pm and £10 thereafter, but it’s the booths where it all starts to become a bit bling.

Events manager, Stephen Potts, said: “Booths start at £150 for three people and go up to £2,000 for 20-25 people. These prices include champagne, fruit platters and other additional touches. The booths are very exclusive and come in different sizes dependent on the number of guests.”

Of course, those used to Boutique or that stumble in from Silks next door may be expecting their fruit platter grapes to be fed to them during a strip tease, but Stephen says there’ll be nothing of the sort at Repotia. The remaining lap dancing poles in the two 25 seater booths are apparently just for show. Not that type of show, you filthy buggers.

Repotia

Music-wise the plan is to bring in big name DJs once summer is out of the way. Stephen said: “The summer months are always hard for clubs because people are away on holiday, which is why we’ve only had a soft launch so far. But come autumn, we’re lining up some DJs to pull in the home crowds and launch properly.”

Repotia is of course for a very niche demographic, so much so that those who aren’t down with the kids will want to vomit into a Champagne bucket over their offering. But for those who don’t, you can pay Manchester’s newest club a visit at 18-22 Lloyd Street and give us your feedback below.

Repotia, 18-22 Lloyd Street, City.

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29 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousAugust 22nd 2012.

It sounds pretty awful to me.

AnonymousAugust 22nd 2012.

"those who aren’t down with the kids will want to vomit into a Champagne bucket over their offering."

Completely ridiculous.

AnonymousAugust 22nd 2012.

guest list only? so if its 1am and its empty are we to belive they will turn customers away?

AnonymousAugust 22nd 2012.

For the journalist to say that there's nowhere good to go out clubbing in town apart from Sankeys and South and to imply this is just what the city needs is ridiculous.

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Lynda MoyoAugust 23rd 2012.

That wasn't what I said though anonymous. I said the choice (of nightclubs in the city) seems limited. And I added that Repotia is 'attempting to fill this void.'

AnonymousAugust 23rd 2012.

Limited? Mint Lounge, Ruby Lounge, Deaf Institute, Venus, Entourage, Tiger Tiger, etc. Bars that turn into clubs; Sakura, Revolution (Locks) and Noho. Out of the way one-offs like Kraak, 2022nq. Canal Street places. Private members places like Circle. Fac251, 5th Avenue. Joshua Brookes, Sankeys, South, the Venue, Sound Control. The only thing missing is somewhere to get a fruit platter.

AnonymousAugust 22nd 2012.

I mean this place, really? What the city needs?? To give the city the credibility and good times the Wheel and the Hacienda gave us. You've lost the plot ManCon, unless this is some kind of paid-for advertorial.

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Lynda MoyoAugust 23rd 2012.

Please see my comment above.

AnonymousAugust 23rd 2012.

So you have no view. you're just recycling a press release?

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John NuttallAugust 22nd 2012.

Manchester's clubbing history is littered with clubs that launch themselves as "exclusive" then end up filled with beer monsters three months later when they finally realise that they were so exclusive that nobody came in to spend any money. What's the betting that this will follow that tradition?

AnonymousAugust 22nd 2012.

gangster's paradise!

AnonymousAugust 22nd 2012.

from the same people that own ampersand and have all the venues shut down because of trouble.

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AnonymousAugust 22nd 2012.

Prey tell who owns this venue? It certainly isn't anyone who was linked with Ampersand.

AnonymousAugust 22nd 2012.

R&B, Armand de Brignac Champagne, AND fruit platters. Linda, you've really discovered a gem here.

AnonymousAugust 22nd 2012.

This place was that exclusive that last Saturday night, they had less then 20 people through the doors and was closed by 2am.

AnonymousAugust 23rd 2012.

Eurgh.

AnonymousAugust 23rd 2012.

I can't actually imagine a worse place to go clubbing. But I've never had a problem finding a club to go to so won't have to go here. What Manchester needs more of, even though it does have a lot of them already, are more club nights that aren't necessarily tied to any one venue, and that concentrate on good music and a good atmosphere, rather than on playing generic R&B and catering to "exclusive" tossers. If you're going to a club for the fruit platters, I don't think it's the clubbing experience you're really looking for...

AnonymousAugust 23rd 2012.

I personally think that although many people seem intent on being negative clearly somebody has invested some time and effort in what looks to be a nicely fitted place from the pictures and took the time to try and PR their offering as a new venue. I see it all to often that somewhere is judged based on previous business etc etc. If that was the case half of Manchester's good establishments would never of been able to make a new name for themselves to which many clubs, bars and restaurants have taken over a vacated premises in which to start a new venture. It also says that this club would not suit everyone, to which they have been honest enough admit that and have stated that they are going for young professionals who like the type of music they are playing. I say give everyone a fair crack and if it works out then better for the city if not then i'm sure we will be reading about it as a failure or seeing a closed sign! Rant over

Stephen PottsAugust 23rd 2012.

Appreciate all of the feedback on the new venue guys. We are a new venue in Manchester and we have invested in considerable amount of money into the club itself. We are trying to get out of the stigma that the previous owners had and look into the future. People always say Manchester needs a new lease of life and this is what we are attempting to do now. We have had a soft launch and are working on building a new team. As this kind of night does not suit everybody's needs, it does still appeal to a large demographic and this is who we will be targeting. We are now looking into the future at what we can do to please everybody so keep your eyes peeled to see what we have to offer in the coming few months. Many thanks. Also I have the same name on Facebook so contact me on there for Guestlist/Table requests

AnonymousAugust 23rd 2012.

Stephen, good luck with this venture. I think most of the negativity stems from the claims either you or the journalist makes (1) that Manchester's club offering is somehow "limited" and (2) that your venue is somehow heir to the Hacienda and the Twisted Wheel. Grand claims guaranteed to get peoples' backs up. Personally i think that we have already have enough of these see-and-be-seen venues that appeal to young professionals who like a bit of bling and mixing with "VIPs". Neither of these values were ever attached to the Hacienda or the Twisted Wheel, and, as you say, they're not everyone's idea of what makes a good club. Sakura on a Thursday is maybe the kind of crowd you're looking for, although a bit young. I recommend a reconnaisance visit there!

AnonymousAugust 27th 2012.

I see the usual internet haters on here are quick to rubbish an attempt for someone to succeed in a business venture! Probably because they're being priced out of a venue and having to slum in with the same old rif raf that they see out every friday and saturday night! If I pay £2000 for a booth, I really don't want a load of alcopop drinking losers learing over my gathering! And I defintely don't want to be sat in a club that is packed to rafters, stinks of sweat and dried up beer!

AnonymousAugust 29th 2012.

Wasnt this the same Boutique that has been a nightclub for the last 5 years! Was a lap dancing club over 5 years ago get your facts correct confidential!

AnonymousSeptember 21st 2012.

"If I pay £2000 for a booth" haaaa mancon is getting high rollers now. wonder if this person with take advantage of the 50% off the bill at livebait next door.

AnonymousOctober 8th 2012.

great place,very nice inside, would come agian

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Manc GuyMarch 6th 2013.

It's a great spot, but it's an awful place. It could rock, but it doesn't, because it's doors and it's it's pricing need to be realistic.

AnonymousApril 25th 2013.

Boutique got it right and the new management are getting it all wrong. They are attracting cheap wannabe WAGs who can't get in Circle paying for cheap wine and cheapest possible champagne on a credit card to split between 6 of them. They need to offer the music and atmosphere first, then the good deals on bottles (which is really what the people want when there's a few of you) and then the 'bling' image and fruit platters last.

AnonymousJune 27th 2013.

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Phil MurphyAugust 1st 2013.

Good luck with it Stephen, and fair play to you for having a go when you've seen an opportunity.

AnonymousJuly 15th 2014.

I am not sure if I would want to visit this place. I prefer more tradional bars and restaurants. best bar to watch sports www.boulevard.sg/…

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