A NEW Exotic Cocktail Lounge is opening in Eastbourne on May 17 – and it’s going to be amazing.
Club 97 is at 114 South Street, which was previously Hudsons and The Academy.
Features will include exotic nude sculptures and paintings, a VIP membership area and a fully-heated outdoor garden.
Operations manager Keilan Sharrod-Scott is so excited.
He said this will be something new and thrilling for Eastbourne.
Keilan said: “We have completely gutted the building and redone the entire place so that it will be modern and very welcoming.
“It will have an old industrial revolution metal feel and there will be sculptures and buildings on the walls.
“The mission of Club 97 is to preserve and present the history, evolution and cultural significance of human sexuality. 
“The club produces artwork to the widest possible audiences and is committed to encouraging public enlightenment, discourse and engagement.
“We want to encourage people to feel free to identity in relation to the gender or genders to which they are attracted to. 
“We want them to feel free to be themselves and express themselves, without judgement.
“We will take a big stand on equality and we will not allow any discrimination of anyone.”
The upstairs will be the main bar area while downstairs the ground floor will be for VIP membership, which will include special offers and access to various events.
The outdoor seating area will include a sheltered space and surrounding outdoor heating, with live music at busy times.
The intention is to open from noon to midnight during the week, and then from noon until 1am or 2am at weekends.
Keilan said: “It doesn’t matter how you look or who you are, we want to have something for everyone.
“It could be that on a busy Saturday evening there is a DJ or a singer upstairs and another DJ downstairs.
“You cannot book your place in advance but we still have enough time to change and update everything so we get it all right.”
Much of the art work has been done by locals, while there will also be various TV screens, hopefully in time for the Euros!
Keilan said: “In the very heart of Eastbourne, our industrial cocktail carnival meets the quirkiness of The New Age.
“It’s where bright colours and neon signs pop from an array of flowers entwining through the club of passion.
“In summary: enjoy high end cocktails and beats surrounded by artwork embellished with exotic features.”
Between 10 and 20 staff will be appointed.
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