Clive venue gets to The Point1/9/2013
The Bombay Bicycle Club closed its doors for remodeling on Jan. 1. When the Clive watering hole re-opens at the end of this week, you’ll notice a number of changes. For starters, it’s not going to be the Bombay Bicycle Club anymore.
“It’s going to be called The Point,” said co-owner Fix Brown II. “We actually took over on Oct. 5, but with our contract, we said that we’d wait until the first of the year until we did our remodel and rebranding of the bar.”
That rebranding starts with a gutting of both the bar’s interior and its identity. One thing you’ll see less of at the venue, Brown says, is music — semi-confirming rumors that have been floating around the scene for weeks.
“We’re not going to be a music venue with music four days a week anymore. We’re going to do singer/songwriter nights on Monday nights, and then we’ll do select events for bands on certain weekends. For the most part, we’re going to go more for local music than they did in the past, but we’re going to go in more for the singer/songwriter side of things.”
While the loss of the locale as a multiple-nights-a-week-music venue is unfortunate, it does sound the potential death knell for one of the city’s more abhorrent musical practices for which the BBC was known, the Battle of the Bands.
(Ding-dong, the witch is dead.)
Brown and his co-owner, Mica Wagner, confirmed that the space will still have a stage, but that the bar’s emphasis will be much more focused on its social aspects rather than on music and entertainment.
“(The stage is) going to be there somewhat, because it’s poured concrete,” Brown said. “But it’s not going to be the same.”
But for now, the process of rebuilding and rebranding continues in earnest.
“We’re going for kind of an everyman’s kind of drinking bar,” Brown said.
To that end, gone will be the Bombay Bicycle Club’s hipsterbilly sensibilities. Instead, patrons can say hello to a wider array of drink options. The new layout will also feature some standard bar-style entertainment such as darts, along with a smattering of Court Ave. frat-analia.
“We’re expanding our drink selection to include more craft beers,” Brown explained. “We’re going to have a larger selection of wine and import beers. We’ll have winter bags leagues out on the patio, as well as flippy cup and beer pong tables.”
In addition to more drinks and more games, The Point is also going to feature more food.
“We’ve got food now with Tacopocalypse,” said Brown. “But (they’re) going to expand a little and do Sunday brunches starting at 11 a.m., along with mimosas and bloody marys.”
The Bombay Bicycle Club’s sign was taken off the front of the venue on Jan. 4, and work continues on the interior to ensure that it will be completed in time for the bar’s grand re-opening celebrations on Friday, Jan. 11 and Saturday, Jan. 12. CV