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Big top frolics

Circo threw a big party on Tuesday night and everyone rolled up, rolled up. But only in the circus sense...

Published on November 29th 2007.

Big top frolics

There was a lot of clowning around at the Albert Dock on Tuesday night – and we're not just talking about the funny men on unicycles.

No, it was party time: The jugglers were competing with the cocktail makers for the speed and skill of chucking things up in the air, and the result was too close to call.

Indeed, we performed our own balancing act in just getting there, but we finally made it along to Circo, Korova's eighth, yes, eighth, venue in the city.

Circo is based on a vaudevillian circus theme, but there's no hurdy gurdy soundtrack. Instead, slick DJ mixes permeate the series of spaces that the Gutmanns have bagged in Britannia Pavilion, covering 17,000 square feet in all.

We missed the lady squeezing into the bottle (still in the pub), but arrived to find the plates and the turntables spinning with munchies and music, and a considerable crowd of well dressed types who seemed in no mood to go home early.

Circo comprises several themed rooms, some so dark that we had to warn the subjects in our pictures here about the possible health risks of posing too long before our struggling flash. But they manfully carried on smiling, like pros.

For lovers of the daylight, there is bright and airy steak house overlooking the dock where once pranced Fred Talbot on his weather map.

Having founded venues such as Blue Bar & Grill, Baby Blue and Pan American club, Korova sold its Albert Dock estate in 2005 and went on to launch Babycream, Alma de Cuba (now sold on) and Korova bar. It opened Geisha in Myrtle Street a couple of months ago and, now that it's settled in, you can expect our review soon.

But for now, have a look at this gallery of pix from Tuesday's opening party. But where was weatherman Fred?

Pictures by Phil Gorry.

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