Welcome to Cloakroom CIC

Comedy Magic Live Music Workshops Events

We are an Independent Grassroots Venue and Event Space situated at:

Cloak and Dagger

182-184 Cheltenham Road, Bristol, BS6 5RB

 

Our mission is to provide great customer care in a safe, enjoyable, inclusive, and stimulating environment for a diverse customer base. We focus on hosting events and cultural activities, maximising the use of our venue by facilitating additional workshops and community groups.

 

Our wonderful venue is open for everyone and every budget. Find out more information here about our facilities, prices and more information for private parties, community groups, rehearsals and promoters.

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About Us

What's On

Volunteer or Donate

Book the venue

Promoter Guide

Find Us

About Us
Cloak Room CIC formed in 2021 during the pandemic as a way to keep our venue, Cloak & Dagger viable and protected for years to come.
We offer a quirky, eccentric yet versatile space to host events such as live music, comedy, drag brunches, magic, yoga, fitness as well as private parties. You can also dine here, our restaurant serves high quality food from sustainable sources.
Our venue is situated in the independent district of Bristol which has recently seen the loss of many venues like ourselves due to property developers and the affects of the pandemic.
We aim to invest our profits into providing more activities and facilitate training to those seeking a career path into events and hospitality and support growth and positive change. We are members of Music Venues Trust and the British Association of Bars, Restaurants and Independent Establishments.
Our team is tiny but powerful, made up of three Directors who’ve spent many years working in the events and hospitality sector and we have a team of dedicated staff who are passionate creatives and community activists.
Our full aims and Objectives for our CIC can be found in the documents section of this website.

What's On

events and workshops

Weekly Regular Events:

Tuesdays: United Models Life Drawing From 7pm / Inclusive Drama Club from 7pm

Wednesdays: Open Mic Night from 8pm

Thursdays: Jam Night or Live Music

You can check all our events (regular or not) in our FB Page:

Most of our events are free entry but tickets are available through:

Some pics from our last street party

Volunteer or Donate

Apply for a Job!
We currently have 7 positions available to work here through the DWP Kickstart Team. Applicants must be between 16-24 and currently on Universal Credit.
No experience is necessary as training will be provided.
Positions available:
– Events Assistant
– Sound Engineer
– Community Outreach Worker
– Bar and Cocktail Bartenders
– Caretaker
– KP and Cleaner
for more information on how to apply please email: daggersales@outlook.com

 

Volunteer!
We are always looking to increase our team with a network of volunteers. You can get involved here in many ways, from photography, marketing and graphic design, sound engineering, prop making or running/assisting with activities and events.
To get involved please send us an email to info@thecloakanddagger.co.uk with information on what you would like to do here, availability and some information about yourself.

Please Donate to us!
We are always applying for funding opportunities to support and increase our program of activities and you can make a donation online through our Just Giving Campaign here: 
https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/the-cloak-and-dagger  
Buy a Voucher
We have a variety of vouchers available at a 15% Discount:
– Afternoon Tea for 2 people plus a glass of Prosecco: £42.50 instead of £50.00
Set Menu – 3 course meal for 2 people: £42.50 instead of £50
– Sunday Lunch: Sunday roast for 2 people and desert for £42.50 instead of £50

To purchase a gift voucer please email daggersales@outlook.com



How to Book

Please make sure you have read through our terms and conditions and frequently asked questions to determine whether our venue is suitable for your event. 

Please email our events team at daggerbookings@outlook.com , make sure you specify if you have a date in mind or are flexible on dates. The more information you provide the quicker we’ll be able to make your event happen! 

Please don’t be shy- our team our very experienced and we want to accommodate all types of events here, big and small and we are happy to provide assistance wherever required.

Have a look at our promotor section too, which has some useful tips if you are planning your first event!

Our venue is available everyday for bookings from 10am to 1am (10pm on Sundays)

Our alcohol license and live entertainment license runs until 12:30am, with a move out by 1am on Monday – Saturday, and a license until 10pm on Sundays

The seating capacity on the main floor area The Parlour works well for up to 50 guests theatre style and dining for 40 people. The Carousel, downstairs seats approx 45 theatre style and 30 cabaret style, with a dancefloor capacity of 70. Standing reception with some scattered seating over the entire venue up to 150 guests.

The venue can be set up flexibly to include the following facilities:

  • seated dining area,

  • dance floor,

  • Full bar and catering,

  • conference with projection,

  • cinema,

  • markets,

  • live band / DJ, reception and lounge area

  • rehearsal studio.

The Carousel and Cabinet Rooms, situated in the basement of The Cloak and Dagger, this is a perfect space for private parties and events of all kinds.

The Carousel is a versatile space and features:

  • A full bar serving cocktails, draught, spirits, wine, softs and bottled beers.

  • Access to private courtyard, approx 30 people capacity

  • Additional Green Room Area for performers, cloak room or small break out room (5 people)

  • Various set ups available including: Full Dining, Buffet, Theatre, Cabaret or Dance Floor.

  • We have a full PA system and stage/equipment available for DJS and Live Bands or background music. Sound-proofed Ceiling

  • 3 toilets.

  • Rear loading bay for crew access (must be booked in advance)

  • Separate access to Courtyard

  • Additional Chill out Room/Additional Dressing room and backstage area, capacity approx 40 people.

  • Ticket Booth, Projection, Kareoke and Cloakroom Facilities available.

Licensed premises til 1am

Please note this room is situated downstairs. It is advised to book a viewing if you have concerns regarding accessibility. Access is available but staff will need to be notified in advance to proved assistance.

Outdoor Space

There is a courtyard to the rear of the event space which is for use by hirers. The courtyard is a colourful, planted, decked area, which can be used until 11pm, according to our licensing restrictions. The courtyard, has a capacity of 30 people and is the designated outside smoking area. When the courtyard closes you can use the front area of the building for smoking but drinks are not permitted outside after 11pm.

The Parlour

The Parlour is our main dining area, it is a charming well-lit space with high ceilings and stripped wooden floors. This is perfect for conferences, training and workshops.

  • High Ceilings and good ventilation/natural light

  • Situated on the ground floor

  • Built in PA and Projection

  • Additional Bar and toilet

  • Plenty of tables and chairs for craft workshops, dining or conferences.

The Den

This is our newest space, once a derelict garage it has now been transformed into a perfect space for the following:

  • Dance Classes

  • Yoga and Mindfullness Sessions (yoga mats and blocks available)

  • Small Workshops

  • Rehearsals

  • Additional break out/chill out room for the Carousel.

It has a seating capacity of approx 30 people, for yoga we’d recommend 20 people.

Bar and Catering

All your catering needs can be provided internally, our kitchen can cater for buffets, 3 course meals, afternoon teas, brunches and breakfasts and set menus tailored around your budgets and dietary requirements.

The Cloak and Dagger are happy to cater for a wide range of events from exhibitions, conferences and seminars to wedding function parties and special occasions.

We specialise in high quality sharing plates, tapas and buffets that have been carefully prepared and designed by Michelin star trained Sebastian Merry.

All food is GM free and sustainably sourced locally where possible. A range of menus from tea/coffee and cakes for seminars, business lunch buffets, afternoon tea to wedding buffets and three course meals can be supplied on request.

We have two bars within the venue. Upstairs in the “Tea Room” is our main cocktail and tea/coffee bar. We have a full bar in our “Cabinet Room” which has a range of draught, spirits, wines, beers and softs and cocktails available.

We can do tailored drinks packages including bespoke cocktail menus and can offer a discount on pre-ordered welcome drinks, band riders and bottles of wine.

Independent Caterers

It is possible for alternative caterers to provide food for functions, in the downstairs space, (please note though, that there is no kitchen area or equipment in the event space). Any caterers supplying food in the event space for both private and public functions must be professionally certificated with up to date food and hygiene certificates. It is also the responsibility of the caterer to clear all of their food, equipment, crockery and rubbish from the space after the event.

We reserve the right to refuse independent caterers and all independent catering must be agreed by Cloak and Dagger in advance of your event.

We want to buy tickets to an event, where do we go?

All tickets can be purchased online via Headfirst Bristol.

Is parking available? We have no private parking on site but there is plenty of street parking in the area. Please be aware there are bus lanes and parking ticket machines.

What public transport is available? We are located approximately ¾ mile from the centre of Bristol. There is a bus stop directly outside the venue, serviced by First buses and Montpelier train station is a 5 minute walk away.

Do you have a loading bay? We do have an area for you to safely unload items you need for your private hire or gig, please drive to the end of Cheltenham Lane.

Can we set up before our booking? Hire includes a 2 hour set up window, if any more time is needed, it can be discussed but may be subject to availability.

Can we leave things overnight? By prior arrangement items can be left on site until an agreed pick up time.

Can we bring our own catering? Our fully operational kitchen team are able to cater to all dietary requirements. We can provide brunches, buffets, sit down meals and small plates. You can find a sample of our offerings here http://thecloakanddagger.co.uk/food-menu/. Get in touch to request a bespoke order.

Do we need to pre-order food? Food needs to be pre-ordered for bookings of 6 people or more

Can we bring our own drinks? We can provide a fully licensed and stocked bar with a wide range of choices. You can find our menu at http://thecloakanddagger.co.uk/drinks-menu/. If you are after a specific drink/cocktail then please get in touch and we can either source it for you or discuss a corkage cost.

What entertainment can you provide? We can recommend bands and DJ’s to suit your event, our resident magician and resident drag performer are also available for hire and we host a range of workshops who would love to collaborate with you.

Do you have DJ equipment/band equipment? Hire includes a PA set up to play background music through. We can provide a PA system for a DJ and a DJ booth but you will need to source your own decks. We stock equipment for live bands but a tech spec will need to be sent in advance and a fee of £50 for a sound engineer will be charged.

Please get in touch with your sound ideas, any extra equipment may incur an extra fee.

Can we bring our own soundsystem?

You are able to bring your own equipment but the staff on site must have access to regulate sound levels if needed.

Is confetti/glitter allowed?

No

Is the building accessible? Although we are continuously making improvements to accessibility, please contact us to discuss your requirements. Our main function room is downstairs so we advise to view the venue prior to booking.

How late can we party until? Our licence runs us all the way up to 1am, excluding Sundays which is 10pm. If you would like to have an extended licence until 3am we have a limit of 20 per year and there is a £100 fee to do so. Late licences will be agreed at the discretion of the Directors and will also need to be approved by the Council.

Do we need to provide Security/Door staff?

We will advise if security staff are required for your event and can provide staffing for £15 per hour. If you are charging tickets on the door then you must provide someone to do this for you.

Do you recommend anywhere to stay overnight? Located directly behind the venue is a large house for large parties to stay. You can find them here https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/39569577?source_impression_id=p3_1596898534_YNTAaPTtqcZyY3Qu

Do we need to pay a deposit? A security deposit is needed to confirm the booking and the cost of this will depend on the type of event and how many people are attending. For private parties we normally charge £200 which covers cancellation and any damages.

Are there hire fees? Every event gets a bespoke quote based on number of attendees and type of event. We aim to offer all venue hire for free and instead agree a minimum spend on the bar or on food.

How do we pay? You can pay by BACS, or via paypal. Details will be on the invoice sent out when a booking is made.

Are children allowed?

Children are allowed before 7pm and must be attended by an adult. Due to licensing restrictions we are not allowed to permit children in the evenings.

Do you offer outdoor catering?

Please email sebastian.merry@thecloakanddagger.co.uk for more information

I have more questions, who do I ask?

You can always message us on facebook, give us a call on 0117 329 4758 or email info@thecloakanddagger.co.uk

The majority of event hires are free of charge with an agreed minimum spend on the bar or food. We tailor prices around everyone’s requirements. 

For example: 

Gigs and Club Nights: We have several packages available depending on whether you would like to host your own event or if you would like us to book you. 

 

Private parties on the weekends:  for 70 people we normally ask for a refundable deposit of £200 and a minimum bar spend of £1500.00. (additional £50 for a sound technician and an additional £100 to apply for a late license until 3am)

Workshops : these start from £10 per hour

Conferences: These start from £20 per hour or agreed minimum spend

Weddings: Full day, full venue. This would be £500 deposit and £3000 minimum bar spend.

Promoter Guide

Are you interested in hosting your own party, event or workshop? Would you like us to book you for a gig?

We’d love to hear from you! We are especially after hosts for activities in the daytimes.

We can provide plenty of support and advice to help assist you with running your own activity.

Please email a proposal to daggerbookings@outlook.com

Here are a few helpful tips:

  • Time: one of the most valuable things you will need! Make sure you have plenty of it. We are quite often fully booked 6 weeks in advance, with the exception of last minute cancellations and daytime events. Planning events always takes longer than you’ll expect, especially with the pandemic, expect plenty of twists and turns which can make things take longer to plan than normal.

  • Communication is key- we want your event to be a success, read through all our info sheets, terms and conditions etc and email us with questions, keep us in the loop and we’ll help wherever we can.

  • Budget: Performers like to be paid so make sure you have a method to do so and agree this in advance. We often suggest doing a cut on ticket sales, or negotiate a bar split with us. What is your plan if the event is quieter than you’d hope?- its good to have a low break-even.

  • Equipment/Set up: Its great to communicate with plenty of time your equipment requirements, this way it prevents any last minute surprises. Have you planned time to include setting up your event and packing away?

  • Marketing: How are you going to promote the event? What’s your target audience, have you got good images to use and info on performers? Again we can provide assistance but its important for all event to promote them.

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Where to find us

182, 184 Cheltenham Rd, Cotham, Bristol BS6 5RB

Phone0117 329 4758

Email: DAGGERSALES@OUTLOOK.COM