A new ‘prohibition-style jazz club’ is to open in Margate

A new jazz bar to open in Margate promises to be a ‘Prohibition-era style club’.

It will be the first time the city has had a jazz club in decades and will open at the Center.

Owners George Grossmith and Freddie Hiscock are behind the new business called “Crybaby Jazz” in Units 6 and 7 of the Centre.

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The couple signed a five-year lease with Evolve Estates and plan to turn the units into a two-story club.

The upper floor will be used primarily for acoustic sessions, while the lower floor will be used for live jazz bands.

Fit-up is underway and they hope to open the doors at the end of the month (February).

George said: “We are really looking forward to opening Crybaby Jazz.

“We will focus on live music and the bar will serve a great selection of cocktails and wines.

“Margate is experiencing a real resurgence and many venues are opening up in the city.

“The Center is a great location for our bar and we are working very hard to get everything finished so we can open to customers.

“Margate hasn’t had a jazz bar for a long time, so it’s exciting for us to bring it to town. It’s a big investment for us, but we think the bar will be popular.

Phil Murphy, of Evolve Estates, said: “The Center is a vibrant shopping area, full of independent traders, as well as our popular UpMargate creative hub, pop-up and studio.

“We are really delighted that George and Freddie have recognized this as the perfect home for their new jazz club and it’s great to see a new concept taking place in Margate.”

George and Freddie will run the bar themselves for the first few months, but hope to be able to hire staff this summer.

Crybaby Jazz will be open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m., when it’s open for coffees and pastries, until midnight.

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