Well known Dublin nightclub The Wright Venue is set to close its doors, with the lease being taken over by Bodytonic.
The Wright Venue, located in Swords, North Co. Dublin, opened in 2009 at the height of the recession, and has been run by the Michael JF Wright Hospitality Group ever since. The venue is Ireland’s largest nightclub and spans three floors, and has played host to a number of high profile celebrities over the years including Rihanna and 50 Cent.
The building’s lease is being taken over by Bodytonic, which runs many of the most successful bars in Dublin – including Wigwam on Middle Abbey St, MVP on Clanbrassil St, and The Bernard Shaw in Portobello. The group also runs festivals such as The Big Grill and The Beatyard. The company has said it intends to retool the space, renaming it The Jam Park. The Wright Group will continue to own the building.
The Michael JF Wright Hospitality Group also runs Wrights Café Bar in Swords and the Marqette Food Hall in Dublin Airport, and is using the closure as an opportunity to refocus on its growing restaurant and food operations. Staff have been informed of the impending closure, and will be offered alternative positions within the company.
Michael Wright said: “The Wright Venue has been an incredible journey. Since taking a chance and building a venue in North Dublin in the worst of the recession, we’ve spent a decade welcoming customers in their thousands from all over the country. We thrived thanks to the talented and passionate team that helped create the unique Wright Venue atmosphere and reputation and by offering quality entertainment and major stars. I’m particularly proud that we created a safe and enjoyable venue for thousands of young people with our teen events.
“I’d like to thank everyone that supported us and look forward to seeing Jam Park, Bodytonic’s new venture, thrive as we did. For us, our focus now is the food business. We plan to bring the same passion that made such a success of The Wright Venue to new projects such as St Andrew’s Food Hall.”
The closure is the latest in a line of famous nightclubs shutting its doors recently – Club 92 in Leopardstown shut on New Year’s Eve, while Lillie’s Bordello will close on January 19th.