Circo – the bar, club and circus-themed dinner venue in Liverpool – is set to relocate from Albert Dock to the city’s bustling Seel Street.
Owner Jason McNeill has secured new 7,000 sq ft premises in the Brockbank and Mellor building for the business which opened in Albert Dock in 2007. He is pictured above in Circo’s new home.
Curtains will close for the final time on the original site on November 5. The new incarnation, focused on the spectacular dinner shows, will be something “that has never been seen before”, Jason said.
“The Dock has played home to Circo since 2007, but now it’s time for us to close the final curtain and move on. For us, there’s no better way to mark our ninth birthday than to relocate to a new part of the city with an evolved concept that we believe doesn’t exist anywhere else in Liverpool – in fact, the UK.
“We have become famous for our dinner shows, which provide entertainment that really does push the boundaries and showcases some of the best talent around and we now want to take this successful model to the next level.”
Inspiration for the new concept has been drawn from other live-performance nightlife hotspots all over Europe and as far as Mexico, including Coco Bongo and Cirque du Soleil. It will feature dancers, trapeze acts, aerialists, acro artists, gymnastics, trampoline acts, fire artists and much more.
Jason added: “When Circo first started, the show was completely different to anything around and it really did create many firsts. Over time, as we have developed our ideas, so have others and we really want to provide an experience that continues to position our brand as creative innovators and to consistently delight and surprise our customers.”
Before the new Circo opens in early 2017, the shows will continue at a pop-up club in Hangar 34 in the Baltic Triangle after November 5. “Our set designers are in there now alongside our kitchen team in order to prepare our events,” Jason said.
“There is never a perfect time to move but we really wanted to start the new year with our new venue. In the meantime, the team wanted to do something we’ve never done before and to end the year in a fun and alternative way while our new space gets completed.
“We are not losing Circo or any of the much-loved features that make it what it is – indeed it’s about the next chapter in our adventure and we can’t wait to share it with everyone.”
The new space, which has a capacity of 250 seated and 900 standing, will feature two dinner shows a week at 7pm, with doors opening for a nightclub “with a difference” at midnight.