Bridgwater club boss defends £1-a-drink promo

Bridgwater Mercury: The Palace The Palace

THE owner of a Bridgwater nightclub has defended its £1-per-drink student night promotion.

The Palace, in Penel Orlieu, changed its Wednesday night student promotion a fortnight ago. Customers can now get £1 drinks all night, having paid a £5 entry fee.

Under the previous student night promotion, drinks were priced £1.50 all night, but entry was free to holders of the student NUS card.

The move is aimed at younger drinkers, but it has come under fire from 19-year-old Rebecca Andrew, from Bridgwater.

She said she and many of her friends feel pricing drinks at £1 promotes irresponsible drinking.

She told the Mercury: “It’s encouraging binge drinking and I think it’s ridiculous. There has to be some sort of law that says drinks cannot be sold at a certain price.”

Rebecca told the Mercury she has been to The Palace once, but would never go back.

However, Clive Lilley, owner of The Palace, said his staff make sure people who have had too much to drink are not served more alcohol.

He said: “I’m not one of those people who doesn’t care what goes on inside.
“We run it professionally; it’s not a free-for-all.”

Mr Lilley, who also runs The Gallery pub in Bridgwater High Street, which offers £1.50 drinks on Friday and Saturday nights, said the promotions had been introduced because of the huge competition he faced from other alcohol sellers, including supermarkets.

He said: “We are trying, in a very hard environment, to stay in business. I don’t think people realise how hard it is.”

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11:30pm Wed 18 Jul 12

File Yer Own Bleedin Teeth says...

Who the devil is Rebecca Andrew?. The Mary Whitehouse of nightclubs?. Mr Clive Lilley is doing a great service, helping impoverished students to have a night out at reasonable cost. The Palace employs people, how many staff does Rebecca Andrew pay a living to?.
Who the devil is Rebecca Andrew?. The Mary Whitehouse of nightclubs?. Mr Clive Lilley is doing a great service, helping impoverished students to have a night out at reasonable cost. The Palace employs people, how many staff does Rebecca Andrew pay a living to?. File Yer Own Bleedin Teeth

5:13pm Thu 19 Jul 12

Brightspark85 says...

I agree, Cheap drink promotions at any nightclub will always be a problem! There will always be people that can't handle there drinks sometimes (me being one of them) but that doesn't make up for the way some of the doorman at palace think they can talk and treat people sometimes.. ITS DISGUSTING! For this promotion to work security needs to be improved. Rant Over!!
I agree, Cheap drink promotions at any nightclub will always be a problem! There will always be people that can't handle there drinks sometimes (me being one of them) but that doesn't make up for the way some of the doorman at palace think they can talk and treat people sometimes.. ITS DISGUSTING! For this promotion to work security needs to be improved. Rant Over!! Brightspark85

7:16pm Thu 19 Jul 12

sheldoncooper says...

I'd like to know who exactly it is that drags these unwilling students into the palace and forces them to binge drink against their will !
I'd like to know who exactly it is that drags these unwilling students into the palace and forces them to binge drink against their will ! sheldoncooper

11:37pm Thu 19 Jul 12

BaldCarl2 says...

Brightspark85 wrote:
I agree, Cheap drink promotions at any nightclub will always be a problem! There will always be people that can't handle there drinks sometimes (me being one of them) but that doesn't make up for the way some of the doorman at palace think they can talk and treat people sometimes.. ITS DISGUSTING! For this promotion to work security needs to be improved. Rant Over!!
So do Tescos and co have to provide security for the general public when they do alcohol promotions/discounts
[quote][p][bold]Brightspark85[/bold] wrote: I agree, Cheap drink promotions at any nightclub will always be a problem! There will always be people that can't handle there drinks sometimes (me being one of them) but that doesn't make up for the way some of the doorman at palace think they can talk and treat people sometimes.. ITS DISGUSTING! For this promotion to work security needs to be improved. Rant Over!![/p][/quote]So do Tescos and co have to provide security for the general public when they do alcohol promotions/discounts BaldCarl2

9:03am Fri 20 Jul 12

rich1973 says...

who cares palace is a dump anyway.
who cares palace is a dump anyway. rich1973

1:48pm Fri 20 Jul 12

Bridgwatered says...

Ditto to rich1973. i don't think the drinks promo's are the problem, its the people who drink. When i was younger and used to frequent palace back when (when the carpets used to get cleaned). I never started a punch up or had fights. I think people are right about the security though, case of less violence from them and maybe they wouldn't have to do 1 pound drinks offers to encourage people in, in the first place!!!
Ditto to rich1973. i don't think the drinks promo's are the problem, its the people who drink. When i was younger and used to frequent palace back when (when the carpets used to get cleaned). I never started a punch up or had fights. I think people are right about the security though, case of less violence from them and maybe they wouldn't have to do 1 pound drinks offers to encourage people in, in the first place!!! Bridgwatered

4:35pm Fri 20 Jul 12

DannyDyersChocolateHomunculus says...

Someone should open a bar/club in Bridgwater that's normal price for drinks. They always price out the chavs and are generally nicer places. £4 a pint = no chavs on lash in trackies and a hoody, vomit free toilets and actually cleaned.
Someone should open a bar/club in Bridgwater that's normal price for drinks. They always price out the chavs and are generally nicer places. £4 a pint = no chavs on lash in trackies and a hoody, vomit free toilets and actually cleaned. DannyDyersChocolateHomunculus

10:33pm Fri 20 Jul 12

the voice of common sense says...

When palace got their original planning permission it was for a bar for over 25's only, that was soon forgotten.
When palace got their original planning permission it was for a bar for over 25's only, that was soon forgotten. the voice of common sense

9:41am Tue 24 Jul 12

andelain says...

Nobody force feeds alcohol into students (or anyone else for that matter)!! If you are old enough to drink, you are old enough to know when you have had enough and STOP. Its not rocket science, and it is not the responsibility of bar/club owners to monitor your drinking.
Nobody force feeds alcohol into students (or anyone else for that matter)!! If you are old enough to drink, you are old enough to know when you have had enough and STOP. Its not rocket science, and it is not the responsibility of bar/club owners to monitor your drinking. andelain

10:26am Tue 24 Jul 12

*Flick* says...

sheldoncooper wrote:
I'd like to know who exactly it is that drags these unwilling students into the palace and forces them to binge drink against their will !
So true!
Do students and young people these days not have the nouse to know when they have had enough? No-one makes them go and order more drinks.
£1 drinks can make for a cheap night out - if the punters act responsibly.
Everyone has had too much to drink at some point, but really we can only blame ourselves for the state we get in.
This Rebecca Andrew seems to just want to have a moan about something in a desperate bid for a bit of attention. Perhaps I will write in to the Mercury about my opinions on something for my 5 minutes, and have a nice little article written.... ;)
[quote][p][bold]sheldoncooper[/bold] wrote: I'd like to know who exactly it is that drags these unwilling students into the palace and forces them to binge drink against their will ![/p][/quote]So true! Do students and young people these days not have the nouse to know when they have had enough? No-one makes them go and order more drinks. £1 drinks can make for a cheap night out - if the punters act responsibly. Everyone has had too much to drink at some point, but really we can only blame ourselves for the state we get in. This Rebecca Andrew seems to just want to have a moan about something in a desperate bid for a bit of attention. Perhaps I will write in to the Mercury about my opinions on something for my 5 minutes, and have a nice little article written.... ;) *Flick*

9:15pm Tue 24 Jul 12

MINIME2 says...

After reading all the comments I know now why the students have student loans to fund their drinking.
After reading all the comments I know now why the students have student loans to fund their drinking. MINIME2

4:55am Sat 28 Jul 12

Brightspark85 says...

I noticed tonight whilst in palace that there was virtually all new bouncers.. maybe manager is actually listening to our opinions?? Doubt it though its probably related to the incident the other night where an innocent customer was beaten the fu** out of for no real reason?? have they not got anything better to do???
I noticed tonight whilst in palace that there was virtually all new bouncers.. maybe manager is actually listening to our opinions?? Doubt it though its probably related to the incident the other night where an innocent customer was beaten the fu** out of for no real reason?? have they not got anything better to do??? Brightspark85

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