Home Cork – A new queer club for Cork
Cork is about to get a new club starting on Wednesday the 10th of September. We caught up with the people behind the club to ask questions which were suggested by our readers.
So, where is the club itself? What venue will it be using?
The club itself is located on Marlboro Street just above Clancy’s Bar, adjacent to both Oliver Plunkett Street and South Mall. It’s a great venue that allows us to offer our customers a really great experience in our lounge, dance floor or rooftop cocktail bar. Whether you’re coming Home for drinks with friends, a date or you just want to dance we’re here for you.
We noticed on your FB page you used the term “queer club”, can you tell us more as to why you used that term? Do you envisage it as a LGBT club or LGBT friendly?
We reject “LGBT Friendly” and will instead say we’re just being decent human beings. LGBT friendly implies that it’s permissible to be homo/bi/transphobic if there’s a “friendly” alternative. We chose queer because everyone is that little bit queer in either their sexuality or just because they’re weird.
That’s what Home is about; being yourself in an environment where nobody actually cares. You’ve heard the phrase “Do what you want in the privacy of your own home”? That’s what we’re doing.
What night(s) of the week will you operate? If only Wednesday, would you ever plan to do a weekend night?
We’re opening on Wednesday the 10th every Wednesday after that. There is considerable scope to expand into weekends but it’s not something we’re going to do unless we are certain we can do it better than any other venue.
Will there be an entry fee? What is/is there the age limit? What is the door policy?
Our cover charge is €4 and our door policy is simple; if we think you’re going to be an asshole we’re not going to let you in. Thankfully there aren’t too many in Cork.
Anybody over the age of 18 is more than welcome. We accept that people will be pre-drinking before hand and we’re fine with that. We don’t have a dress code, we don’t have any policies that will deter people from coming Home. We started Home so that people can have fun in an atmosphere that’s inclusive and actually fun.
What hours do you hope to operate?
We will be operating from 10:30pm to 2:00am for the club.
What will the drink selection/prices be like? Will there be drink promotions?
We’ve a great bar stocked with every staple drink of a night out. We’re keeping our prices a secret for a little while but we can say that people are going to wonder how we make money.
(Tuesday Update: Drink prices have since been revealed)
What music genre will be at the club? What DJ’s will you have?
A lot of our music genres will be based on the club scenes of Amsterdam and Berlin with a lot of contemporary chart stuff. There’s going to be something for every taste. When I told a friend of mine I was opening a club they advised that there should always be one song that cleared the dance floor either because it was just plain crap or because nobody had heard of it before.
We’ll have our own twist in that we’ll play to the crowd but won’t play it safe.
What kind of seating will there be in the venue? For those who smoke, will it be heated/covered from rain?
Well there’ll be the traditional chairs with four legs and soft padding along with our massive couches around coffee tables. Our lux lounge is walled seating with its own pretty cool atmosphere that’s very suited to helping our customers get to know each other better.
As for smokers, we’ve literally got them covered as our smoking area is walled, roofed, heated, lit and it has a bar.
Do you think there is room for another LGBT club on the Cork scene?
It’s not a LGBT club; it’s a queer club. And while people may not think there’s a difference there is; one is exclusionary and it’s not ours. Gay, straight, male, female and anyone in between those is more than welcome at Home.
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