Welcome to Cloakroom CIC
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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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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 events, magic, yoga, fitness as well as private parties.
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 two 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.
events and workshops
Weekly Regular Events:
Mondays: Crochet Cafe and Vegan dinner from 6pm
Tuesdays: United Models Life Drawing From 7pm / Inclusive Drama Club from 7pm
Wednesdays: Open Mic Night and Craft Workshops
Thursdays: Queer Chess and Void Radio
Fridays – Void Radio
Saturdays – Yoga and massage
Sundays– Void Radio
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
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 email@example.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!
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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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.
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 £200 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
Events are only confirmed once a deposit of £200 is paid, we work on a first paid first served basis! Please ensure this is done before any promotion material before your event is released to the public. We advise a minimum of 2 weeks to allow enough time to promote your event.
Deposits are refunded based on the following:
- Agreed minimum spend has been met on the day of your event
- Signed terms and conditions have been sent to us
- The event has not been cancelled without 1 week’s prior notice
- Terms and Conditions of venue hire have not been breached
minimum bar spend.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Where to find us
182, 184 Cheltenham Rd, Cotham, Bristol BS6 5RB
Phone: 0117 329 4758