The once famous venue trinity of Cambridge – Soul Tree, La Raza and Ta Bouche – a few months ago was disbanded with the closing of Soul Tree. Gone are the crowds that lined up past Carluccio’s for this former nightclub’s exclusive nights from video shoots from local bands, flashback to 70s disco era (Secret Discotheque), fabulous student nights and three floors of vibrant R&B beats to commercial dance. We have been waiting with baited breath as Soul Tree’s former spot has been lying dormant and seemingly untouched for many months. However on the last weekend in May, Cambridge’s latest nightclub has finally been unveiled.
The question on everyone’s lips – is this venue that the Cambridge public have been waiting for going to be a hit or miss?
In the same vein as Soul Tree, Lola Lo is set over three floors each with their own bar and entertaining and complimentary bar staff to boot. The top floor, akin to Revolution, has a rooftop terrace which if Cambridge can hold on to the summer sun is bound to be popular with regulars and tourists alike.
It is rumoured that Lola Lo had a Â£750,000 upgrade changing the once dingy nightclub into a Polynesian paradise fitted with authentic decor, hand carved woods, bamboo lined walls, sultry lighting, private booths and a dancefloor to die for.
The club can currently handle a maximum capacity of 520 and will be open all week. So far it has been suggested that Cambridge’s international student community will be catered for by the club nights “Mi Casa, Su Casa” and “Kitsch”. Branching out and slightly diversifying on the weekend Lola Lo will include “Zombie Nation” and “Tiki Beats” which have performed very well at the club’s other sites in Oxford, Brighton and Norwich.
Some of our editors went down to take a look and agree that the mixologists who served us are a dab hand at flaring an on-the-spot cocktail of your choice – however unorthodox the ingredients are. One of our editors was particularly pleased, having spent much time in the Caribbean, to see a fine array of speciality rums to complement any palate. The drinks on offer include a good range of champagnes and the staple of one of our other editors diets – Grey Goose Vodka.
Lola Lo’s General Manager Mark Whitmore says “We know that Lola Lo will be a wonderful addition to Cambridge’s vibrant nightlife. We are expecting a huge summer and are really excited about it”.
Our editors wish everyone at Lola Lo the best however have unanimously voted that they would rather spend their evening at 12a where the cocktails surpass those that Lola Lo produces.
We would be interested in your view as to which club you prefer.
Quote reproduced from Explorer Magazine June 2011 edition
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