Alexander’s: One of Chester’s best kept secrets

Alexanders, the longest running comedy club outside London (Pic: West Photo, Flickr)

Alexander’s; the longest running comedy club outside London (Pic: West Photo, Flickr)

SET in the centre of the small city of Chester, Alexander’s bar is famous for being the longest running comedy club outside London, and we can see why. Since 1991 Alexander’s has offered a friendly welcome for those looking for a bite or beverage, as well as combining a wide range of entertainment.

The leading North West venue that’s tucked away in a small courtyard nestled inside the city walls creates atmosphere with the joy of being close to the performance. Holding a capacity of 150 the jazz bar can put on an amazing range of music with something to suite everyone including blues, jazz, soul, roots, drama and its well- known alternative comedy nights every Saturday.

The jazz bar was kept alive by the ‘Unplugged’ open mic night that was created ten years ago hosted by Root Chords. It gives the opportunity for unsigned acts to perform in front of an audience to gain real life experience and to get noticed. Talent found on the stage is incredible and there is not a seat left not sat on.

Alexander’s popularity is increasing significantly with people of all ages travelling from all regions to visit. The bar has something to offer most nights, from jazz and comedy to tapas nights as well as live music on a Sunday to unwind and relax. Private weddings and functions have also increased in numbers.

The Manager at Alexander’s believes the bar is not just any old bar, they said:” There is a vibe about this place that’s inviting. We are the longest running comedy club because of our consistency with hosting every Saturday night as well as offering great value for money with regards to a meal and show, not to mention the comedians are as funny as ever.

“When I think of Alexander’s I think of warm sunny days in our beer garden, dancing to the live bands we have on the stage outside, I think of mulled wine in the winter while sitting under the heaters outside admiring the giant Christmas tree.”

Abigail Briggs, a student at the University of Chester said: “I love going to Alexander’s on the weekend after a long week at University. It’s a great place to relax during the day, especially in the summer with the beer garden outside. The evening entertainment is brilliant creating a lively ambiance and tickets are cheap which is a bonus for students like me.”

Because of its location Alexander’s is one of Chester’s best kept secrets.

Chester Intelligencer reporter, Lisa Jones


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