Legendary Edinburgh nightclub ATIK has reopened as a pub
One of the biggest clubs in Edinburgh has reopened its doors to the public – but in the form of a pub.
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ATIK in Tollcross traded in its dancefloor for tables on May 17 to keep in line with the government guidelines and be allowed to reopen for business.
Under the current coronavirus restrictions, nightclubs are not allowed to open up – even in the lowest level of tiers. Instead, local clubs have transformed into bars, to prevent them from having to shut down for good.
Drinkers are now able to return to the dancefloor but sadly, there will still be no dancing. Instead tables will be spread across the main room every Friday and Saturday night between 5:30pm and 10pm.
ATIK will be charging £30 per table to book and secure a spot, with a time slot of two hours. There is a maximum capacity of 150 people due to social distancing, so make sure to book in advance.
The club announced their return on social media, which made regular visitors of the venue thrilled. Over 500 people commented on the nightclub’s Facebook post, tagging their friends and making plans to visit. However, many were also shocked by the £30 booking fee.
Deputy manager Ewan Togher said: “It’s been brilliant having customers back in after 14 months of being closed. The place feels alive again.”
“Our tables are 1m socially distanced and we will operate using table service, to keep our staff and customers safe.”
Ewan added: “We do take walk ins but prefer people book in advance to ensure we have enough space for everyone.”
ATIK – which was famed for its lit-up dance floor – has now joined Edinburgh clubs such as Bourbon and Why Not, as they try out the pub life.
You can book a ticket for the pub in a club here: atikclub.co.uk/edinburgh-tickets