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Style & Stuff Editorial

prohibition18.jpg A new era of Prohibition

The wonderful Prohibition in Gateshead is no more (boo!), but it’s moving to Newcastle (hooray!). Brace yourself for a stupendous mix of cabaret, burlesque, live music and more.

Anyone who ever visited Prohibition in Gateshead will attest to the fact that it was pretty much perfect with a great mix of music (taking in everything from the coolest jazz to the hottest swing) to saucy burlesque (have tassels ever whirled with such wild abandon?) to themed nights (my Halloween outfit is still whispered about in hushed tones). And, perhaps most importantly of all, it attracted a great crowd who were invariably up for a real party.

And I’m sure those said same punters will be upping sticks to visit Prohibition’s new premises on the site of the former Jazz Café on Pink Lane. It should be a perfect fit, with Pink Lane’s somewhat louche and outrageous heyday - when the sounds of jazz and vaudeville filled the air - being brought back to life in the most startling of ways.

Once again Prohibition will be bringing us some of the best cabaret artists around including the likes of Joe Black (pictured) one of the leading figures on the “dark cabaret” circuit (don’t ask… Actually, do ask. Just don’t ask me).

And in addition to the busy entertainment diary there will also be a traditional Victorian tea parlour (open from February) with afternoon teas, scones, cakes and sandwiches; a privately hireable ‘Bureau’ for meetings, cards and gaming sessions, private screenings, workshops and private dining (and private use of their 1930s billiards table); and a privately hireable venue space for mid-week city centre rehearsals, auditions, workshops, gigs etc, and at weekends for private parties.

Mitch ‘Babyface’ Mitchell, mover and groover behind the venue, told us: “I love our live scene and the variation of entertainment we have in Newcastle. This is my little offering to those audiences seeking something a little different and away from the mainstream nightspots. It’s a different pace here at Prohibition. It’s all about the good stock, the good company and the good times. Come on in and join us.”

Prohibition, Pink Lane, Newcastle. It will open sometime in January. prohibitionbar.co.uk