Legendary nightspot Brasingamens is coming back – for a reunion brunch bash


Legendary Cheshire nightclub Brasingamens is coming back to life – for a reunion event hosted by the venue’s former manager.

The Braz brunch bash will see former staff and revellers reunite, with original menus from back in 2004, and a music playlist to match those heady days of the Alderley Edge celeb haunt too.

Former manager Scott Hannah decided to organize the event after a nostalgia feature about the original venue, formerly based on London Road, was published here on the MEN – and everyone started messaging him saying they wanted the Braz back.

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Brasingamens was Cheshire’s most famous nightspot back in the late 90s and early noughties, playing host to WAG fashion shows, footballer stag dos and the fizz-fueled celebrations of the rich and famous in the area.

It closed in 2007, and the building went on to become Panacea, then Piccolino, and in recent weeks has been taken over as Gino D’Acampo’s new “upmarket Italian” Luciano.

Now former Braz boss Scott is aiming to recreate the vibe of the noughties with The Braz Brunch reunion bash on March 12, to be held at private members bar and event space The Colony in Wilmslow.

The day-to-night event will see Scott and friends “recreating The Braz” with live acoustic music, canapes like thai fishcakes and mini avo smash, and the venue’s signature cocktails from back in the day.

Former Braz manager Scott Hannah – pictured hosting an event there back in the day

Guests will start the day with brunch in “The Braz” from 3pm, before the venue opens out into the “Brasingamens” club element from 6.30pm to 10pm with the style of their famous Sunday-night Sintillate events with R ‘n’ B nighties classics.

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Scott has even found an old DVD of a footballer and WAG fashion show from back in 2004 which will be played out on the day featuring a host of famous faces.

Scott, now a dad-of-two who works in the corporate sector, says he couldn’t believe the reaction from former customers after the MEN article remembering old times at the club.

Scott said: “When the article went out, within 48 hours I had literally hundreds of messages saying it’s so great to reminisce and people saying “do a party” which I had no ambition to do because I don’t like to be out after 10pm at night anymore.

“But because of the trend of brunch, it allowed me the opportunity to put something else on, there’s no profit in this for me, I’ve sorted it all out in my own time.

“It’s as a nod to our nostalgic past, the great times that we had and the joy that The Braz brought to all of our community.”

An original “Braz” sign to be used at the event

Scott says former bartenders and door staff are among those who will be coming along to what will be a ticket-only event.

One customer even found an original Braz sign that he’s letting Scott use for the occasion.

Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis with booking details to be announced soon, and entry price will include brunch and dessert shots.

There will also be an after-party held at Symposium nightclub in Wilmslow, co-owned by Hollyoaks star Ashley Taylor-Dawson, who before his career as a soap star had worked at the bar in Brasingamens.

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If the brunch proves a success Scott hopes there may be further opportunity for similar reunion events again.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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