Pictures: Cork city's newest late night venue opens

The new venue, located in the Rearden’s complex on Washington Street, occupies the space that was formerly Havanas
Pictures: Cork city's newest late night venue opens

Pictured at the opening night of 'Le Caberet' at Reardens on Washington Street were Marion Courtney and John O'Sullivan from Tivoli with John and Rachel O'Keeffe, Wicklow. Picture: Howard Crowdy

CORK city’s newest late night venue has opened, marking a six-figure investment from the Rearden’s Group.

Le Cabaret, touted as a “spectacular, new, sophisticated” venue “in the heart of Cork city”, opened last night.

The new venue, located in the Rearden’s complex on Washington Street, occupies the space that was formerly Havanas.

Cheers from Claire Kiely, Dennehys Cross and Cliona Vaughan from Model Farm Road as they attend the opening night of 'Le Caberet' at Reardens on Washington Street. Picture: Howard Crowdy
Cheers from Claire Kiely, Dennehys Cross and Cliona Vaughan from Model Farm Road as they attend the opening night of 'Le Caberet' at Reardens on Washington Street. Picture: Howard Crowdy

“It’s kind of a Parisian-themed nightclub with DJs, live acts, live bands and burlesque dancers.

Pictured at the opening night of 'Le Caberet' at Reardens on Washington Street were Kieran Hayes, Thomas Conway and Richie Moloney.. Picture: Howard Crowdy
Pictured at the opening night of 'Le Caberet' at Reardens on Washington Street were Kieran Hayes, Thomas Conway and Richie Moloney.. Picture: Howard Crowdy

“Work has been ongoing for around six months, with a six-figure sum gone into it,” Manager of the Rearden’s Group, John Styles told The Echo.

Pictured at the opening night of 'Le Caberet' at Reardens on Washington Street were Marie Burke, Michelle Burke and Roisin O'Sullivan.. Picture: Howard Crowdy
Pictured at the opening night of 'Le Caberet' at Reardens on Washington Street were Marie Burke, Michelle Burke and Roisin O'Sullivan.. Picture: Howard Crowdy

“Initially it will be open Friday and Saturday night for the month of February but we’ll likely build on that to open on Thursdays as well down the line.

John Styles, General Manager pictured with Olive Kelly, Gurranabraher and Amanda Johnston from Carrigtwohill at the opening of 'Le Caberet' at Reardens on Washington Street. Picture: Howard Crowdy
John Styles, General Manager pictured with Olive Kelly, Gurranabraher and Amanda Johnston from Carrigtwohill at the opening of 'Le Caberet' at Reardens on Washington Street. Picture: Howard Crowdy

“The space will also be up for rent too - so you could have anything from a wedding reception to a grads, to a corporate booking.” 

Pictured at the opening night of 'Le Caberet' at Reardens on Washington Street were Yvonne Nolan, Commons Road; Valerie Finn, Turners Cross; Arleen Kingsley, Ballincollig; Eileen O'Donnell, Frankfield and Mandy Treacy from Lehenamore. Picture: Howard Crowdy
Pictured at the opening night of 'Le Caberet' at Reardens on Washington Street were Yvonne Nolan, Commons Road; Valerie Finn, Turners Cross; Arleen Kingsley, Ballincollig; Eileen O'Donnell, Frankfield and Mandy Treacy from Lehenamore. Picture: Howard Crowdy

Singer Shauna Lee Nolan seen performing on stage at the opening night of 'Le Caberet' at Reardens on Washington Street. Picture: Howard Crowdy
Singer Shauna Lee Nolan seen performing on stage at the opening night of 'Le Caberet' at Reardens on Washington Street. Picture: Howard Crowdy

Plans for the new venue had been afoot for quite some time but had to be put on the back burner with the onset of the pandemic.

Executive Head Chef Reardens Frederic Desormeaux pictured with John McHale and Thu Van Nguyen at the opening night of 'Le Caberet' at Reardens on Washington Street. Picture: Howard Crowdy
Executive Head Chef Reardens Frederic Desormeaux pictured with John McHale and Thu Van Nguyen at the opening night of 'Le Caberet' at Reardens on Washington Street. Picture: Howard Crowdy

“Margaret Kenneally, the owner, it was really her vision to drive the old Havanas nightclub which it was known as. She had this notion pre-Covid and then the pandemic kiboshed it,” Mr Styles said.

However, once restrictions eased, plans for the new venture were back on track.

“A lot of people thought we were mad trying to build a new nightclub in the middle of a pandemic.

Tracy Ryan, Rochestown and Jackie O'Herlihy from Dunoughmore seen enjoying themselves at the opening of 'Le Caberet' at Reardens on Washington Street. Picture: Howard Crowdy
Tracy Ryan, Rochestown and Jackie O'Herlihy from Dunoughmore seen enjoying themselves at the opening of 'Le Caberet' at Reardens on Washington Street. Picture: Howard Crowdy

“I don’t think there were too many other people in Ireland trying to do it,” Mr Styles laughed.

However, the group will be hoping their gamble pays off.

“The club looks really sharp,” Mr Styles said.

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