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Circle Club Celebrates Tenth Birthday

And they're going back to members-only entry...

Published on July 6th 2011.

Circle Club Celebrates Tenth Birthday

THE Circle Club will revert back to its members-only entry policy when it turns ten-years-old this summer.

The 24-hour licensed venue has welcomed the famous and infamous through its doors in the last decade, and has trebled in size since it opened in 2001.

Back then it catered exclusively for the city’s media and creative professionals. The idea was to launch a venue unlike any other in the North West, offering cultural debates, a place for creative meetings and late-night parties in the atmospheric basement location.

Everyone from Jordan to Danny Dyer, and Westlife to Usain Bolt has partied at the Circle. Justin Timberlake was turned away as 'not cool enough'.

Ten years on, the club has expanded with The Kitchen restaurant upstairs, and the Inner Circle downstairs. This VIP-area, themed around the seven deadly sins, has private booths, a bar created from an altar, and doors taken from Clarkenwell prison.

The Circle brand is set to expand further this summer with the opening of a champagne and cocktail bar in the Trafford Centre. The 45-seat white marble bar will be located in the Italian Galleries on the first floor of the Orient food court. It will have a 50-strong cocktail menu and accompaniments including oysters, caviar, sharing platters, ice-creams, sorbets, cakes and sweets.

New membership policy

Back in the city centre, the membership policy for the Circle Club is being tightened up. The club will only allow people who have signed up for a year’s membership through its doors, but it is offering a free, off-peak membership for applicants who fulfil strict criteria.

Craig Ince, managing director, explains why: “When we are doing nights with promoters they have a guest list which acts as a ‘corporate membership’. It is this that we’re stopping as we are finding this has meant we have less control over who comes in and it does affect the mix of people in the club.”

We want to be fair so we have a limited number of off peak memberships which are free apart from a one-off £5 administration charge if they are successful. Off peak membership means you don’t get as many benefits as our full members but it means you can enjoy the club nights and other perks.”

Benefits of off-peak membership are free entry before 11pm (£10 after), 20 per cent off food at The Kitchen, ability to reserve booths in the club, no hire fee for exclusive use of the venue, and discounts with branded partners.

For more information log onto www.thecircleclub.com.

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