Double-decker nightclub Bliss
IT appears reality may indeed have lived up to the hype at Saturday night’s launch of South Grafton Ex-Servicemens’ new double-decker nightclub Bliss.
And, more is in the pipeline for Grafton’s 18-30s as talk abounds of a lavish makeover of the former Post Office Hotel, renamed Club PO.
South club’s management estimated the night saw between 900 and 1000 revellers on the evening – the venue reaching capacity by 10.30pm.
“It went exceedingly well, better than what we thought. We knew it was going to be good, but not this big,” said the club’s assistant manager Heidi Buist.
She said the club probably hadn’t hosted such a big public event since fire virtually destroyed the venue in 1989.
Before that the club was known as a venue for big touring acts including Midnight Oil, INXS and Cold Chisel.
In what has turned out to be a highly-effective publicity stunt, coloured laser lights and a high-powered white light were sent into the cloudy night sky, Batman style, throughout Saturday night.
The Daily Examiner was even contacted by one concerned elderly couple who wanted to know the source of, and the reason for, the searchlights.
“They (the lights) certainly created a stir,” Ms Buist said. “We got quite a few drive-bys from them, and it probably even attracted a few people into the club.”
Though the club had trouble with one drunken patron who refused to leave the premises, Ms Buist said patrons were well-behaved and appreciative of the new venue.
She said the club overcame perceived problems with getting people over the bridge by running buses all night – a small one throughout the evening and two large buses at the 2am closing time.
One reveller who left Bliss highly impressed was Brad Wheat, of Grafton.
“I think it is what Grafton has been waiting for,” he said.
“Two floors that cater for young and old, pokie room is hidden away, dim lighting to set the mood upstairs, easier to relax, and the courtesy bus is a great idea.”
Bliss will be every Saturday night indefinitely, and live music will get a guernsey on Friday nights once a month with ABBA Live and Radiators in the near future, Ms Buist said.
The company which runs Bliss, Absolute Infinity, also DJs shows at the Yamba Shores Tavern and the Plantation Hotel, Coffs Harbour.