Former Bristol South Pub reopens as new sports bar and nightclub


A South Bristol pub that closed two months ago has reopened as a new sports bar and nightclub.

Owner Andy Clark decided to close The Assembly on East Street in September and now reopened it as the Cheekies, which houses a pool table, sports memorabilia and a dance floor that comes alive on weekends. .

The 45-year-old, who also owns Upper Crust Bakery and Gert Lush clothing store also on East Street, operates a bar of the same name in Swindon and hopes to add a third branch in the coming years.

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He ran a bar called Cheekies in the Surrey town of Staines 20 years ago and wanted to revive the brand.

With blacked out windows and a logo of a woman biting her lip, passers-by would be forgiven for thinking it could be an establishment housing some form of adult entertainment, but Andy said it wasn’t the case.

“There’s nothing fishy going on there, it’s just a good sports bar and an old-fashioned nightclub,” he said. “During the day people can come and have a game of pool and a few pints, then we have a room at the back of the pub which has a dance floor and a DJ booth which will be mainly used on weekends.

“I opened Cheekies in Swindon three months ago and people love it there, so I’m hoping for the same reaction in Bristol. It was also very popular in Staines all those years ago.”

Starting this weekend, visitors will be able to order food from Dirty Burgerz – a Bristol-based pop-up kitchen that has popped up in many venues across the city.

Andy said he wanted to shut down the Assembly and reopen it as Cheekies because “it had been called The Assembly for years and needed a change.”

Much like The Assembly, Cheekies has plenty of screens showing all the sporting action, with subscriptions for Sky Sports and BT Sport.

You can find more information about the bar on his Facebook page.

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