New nightclub’s cocktail bar closed for several weeks after an early morning fire

A cocktail bar inside Middlesbrough’s new superclub was closed several weeks after a fire.

Love & Potions inside the downtown STEREO club was hit by fire around 4:15 am.

Cleveland firefighters attended the scene on Zetland Road and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

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An article on the STEREO Facebook page said: “Unfortunately, our charming little Love & Potions cocktail bar suffered a fire this morning and will be closed for the next few weeks.

“Customers with functions and reservations are notified now.”

STEREO opened in July on ‘Freedom Day’, welcoming returning clubbers to the city’s nightlife.

Formerly the Atik Nightclub in the Spensleys Emporium Grade II listed building on the corner of Albert Road and Zetland Road, it has been renovated and refurbished to provide a modern and versatile bar and event space.

The Love & Potions Cocktail Bar is located on its middle floor.

Opening night at the Stereo club, Middlesbrough

Fortunately, the main part of the STEREO hall was not damaged by the fire and the club and the club will still be open on Tuesday for its YOYO event.

“The fire systems and doors were in place so the main part of the building is intact, which is a big relief,” Gary Dobson said from the site.

“It’s a bit of a punch, but these things are sent to try us out.

“We have a professional company coming to review it.”

A Cleveland Fire Department spokesperson said they were called to the scene at 4:22 a.m. and dispatched engines from the Grangetown, Middlesbrough, Saltburn and Stockton fire stations.

The building suffered 20% fire damage and heavy smoke damage on the first and second floors.

“We left the scene at 6:10 am,” they said. “The case is still being investigated in accordance with our usual procedure for all incidents.”

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