Tbilisi, Georgia's Left Bank club has opened a new community hub, Space One, in place of its original dancefloor.
The venue will still operate as a nightclub at Space Two, but now has a record shop, bookstore, co-working space, bar and café located at Space One.
Opened last Thursday (2nd November), Space One will serve coffee, alcohol and homemade sandwiches from Tuesdays through to Sundays (it's closed on Mondays), with 1,000 second-hand records sourced by a local collector in stock at the store. 200 new records are also on the way.
There are plans to host regular talks, DJ workshops and in-stores at the new space, while the outdoor terrace will be used when weather permits. Occasionally, Space One will be used for parties.
“The idea was to have something to offer during the week for our community, so they can work or hang out or listen to some records,” Left Bank co-founder Gacha Bakradze and resident DJ Ash Scholem told Resident Advisor. “We wanted a way to get closer to the people who frequently come to the club and give them new experiences.”
To mark the second anniversary of Left Bank, the venue founders launched a new record label with a compilation accompanying the celebrations in October. The debut release titled ‘Stop What You're Doing’ contains 13 unreleased songs from artists who are friends and affiliates of the club including Bruce, Pavel Milyakov, HVL, Sam Goku, Esi, James Bangura, eoin DJ, Sportsmanship, Maja, Vod Kasat, Wesley Wise, and Dali.
DJ Mag spoke to Left Bank’s Gacha Bakradze earlier this year for the On Cue series, in which the producer opened up about how family life and running a venue has changed his relationship with music.