Oamaruvians will soon be able to continue dancing till 3am, with a new nightclub coming to town.
The club will be an establishment allowing people to come and have a dance after all the registered liquor licensed venues have closed down.
It is being opened by Christchurch man Douglas Joyce, who used to run Bar 5 in Christchurch before it was destroyed in the 2011 February earthquake.
Mr Joyce said the establishment, located undergound at the back of Macallan House next to the main Waitaki District Council carpark between Meek and Steward streets, was much needed for Oamaru.
“We have had plenty of people from Oamaru come down and check up on what is going down here.They have all been really positive and said this is a fabulous idea. The town needs something like this.”
Mr Joyce saw an opening in Oamaru after he had been talking to friends in the area who told him the town had nothing in the way of clubs for people wanting to dance late at night.
“I drove up and down the main streets in Oamaru one Saturday night and noticed 64 people walking down them, still wanting something to do, so I thought a dance club would be a good idea.”
The dance club will be alcohol free, with no liquor available for purchase at the venue.
“People shouldn’t need alcohol at 1am, they would’ve had plenty, so I’m just providing an area for them to come and dance once the pubs all close.”
Mr Joyce is yet to officially name the club, but feels something like The Cave could work well.
“I think because of where it’s located and the smell, cave has a good ring to it, but nothing is official yet,” he said.
Youths won’t be left out to dry either, with Mr Joyce looking to use the second and third floors to cater to young people.
“I want to have a youth area on the second floor for 5-16 year-olds, where they can go to play PS3, xbox or simply chill out and stop them from committing thefts and get them off the streets. I’m looking at making the third floor into a spa, steam and sauna area for people to go after work,” he said.
By BRAYDEN LINDSAY