One of Liverpool’s most popular bars is reopening under new management after closing its doors last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Zanzibar Club on Seel Street closed its doors after 30 years in business back in August 2020, but now one of the city’s largest pub companies has stepped in to save the venue.
Pub Invest Group, which also operates Liverpool bars Brooklyn Mixer, Moloko and more, has confirmed it will be relaunching The Zanzibar Club later this year.
The music venue originally opened in 1990 and has been well known across the city ever since, championing grassroots music and hosting a range of rock and alternative music.
It’s team made the “heartbreaking decision” last summer due to “the current climate of uncertainty” and described the coronavirus pandemic as “a massive kick in the teeth for everyone”.
Over the years, The Zanzibar Club has played host to stars such as The Kooks, Miles Kane, Noel Gallagher and The Libertines.
Pub Invest Group plans to ensure that The Zanzibar will continue as a live entertainment venue, with supporting club nights, as well as a operate as a late night venue.
The Club itself holds around 300 people, and is divided into two main areas, which will remain the same.
Phil Gillespie, head of marketing for Pub Invest Group said: “Zanzibar was known for its links to the city’s grassroots music scene.
“Pub Invest Group are looking forward to carrying on that legacy giving a space for local bands to share the same space as some exceptional touring acts too.
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“With some alternative club nights planned and a packed calendar of events, we’re planning on building on the vibrancy that’s always surrounded the venue.
“We look forward to opening up the booking diary to get some of the local acts that are keenly awaiting Zanzibar to reopen to play here once again.”
Plans are in the works for The Zanzibar Club to open in June, following government guidelines.