Granite city units to be resurrected

New company will reopen two premises six months after closure

• New look: the former Society bar is set to reopen next month following a revamp.

A NEWLY-formed group is to resurrect two Aberdeen units after securing the leases.

Society bar on Union Street and Aurum nightclub on Diamond Street have been closed for the last six months and will reopen next month under new operator Effervescent Ventures. Both ventures are currently being refurbished.
The company is fronted by Russell Davidson, formerly of Aberdeen-based Speratus Group, with Paul Johnson, former deputy manager of Aberdeen’s Revolution bar, running the units on a day-to-day basis as general manager.
Johnson and Davidson had worked together at Revolution prior to Davidson’s stint at Speratus.
Society will reopen at the beginning of November with Aurum expected to open three weeks later. The club will trade on Friday and Saturday nights until the end of this year.
Around 35 staff will be employed across both units, and Inverarity Morton, Matthew Clark and Majestic Wine have been lined up as suppliers.
“Both venues will look and feel different [to their previous incarnations],” Davidson told SLTN.
“The bar is going to be Aberdeen’s first Champagne bar, so the colour scheme will be fitting with that.
“The club is going to be themed as more of a late-night lounge than a stereotypical nightclub.
“It’s really fortunate to have some really well-positioned seating, so I’ve added some more into what was the dancefloor area.
“So the dancefloor’s a lot more limited than it was before – the idea being that it feels a lot more like a late-night style bar venue.
“Music will be down a few more notches than your stereotypical club and we’re making it an over-21s venue.”