Bardot’s Karaoke Bar in Aberdeen opened for the first time in 507 days
It wasn’t just nightclubs that first reopened yesterday, with many revelers enjoying karaoke, as restrictions eased across Scotland.
And one place where patrons flocked late last night was the Bardot Karaoke Bar, on Justice Mill Lane in Aberdeen.
Undergoing a major renovation while it was closed during the pandemic, the bar bosses were delighted to reopen the venue and eagerly await what they describe as “a busy week ahead”.
More than 150 people showed up to take advantage of the reopening of the Cheerz Bar on Exchange Street on Sunday evening when restrictions were relaxed at midnight, with hundreds of queues outside the city center, including ATIK, Prohibition , Unit 51 and The Tunnels last night.
In karaoke bars, it is not necessary to wear masks to sing, however, performers should stand one meter away from the audience.
At Bardot, there is a one-meter no-go zone near the stage, the microphones have disposable covers and are disinfected before and after each use, and there are also additional disinfection points throughout the room.
507 days long
Callum Morrison, the general manager of Bardot’s Karaoke Bar, brought his staff back to the venue for the first time in 507 days.
He said: “It’s a blast to be open. We are really happy to be back. We have had a renovation and we are all ready to go.
“I’m sure the staff are absolutely delighted to be back too.
“It’s been over a year since we sat twiddling our thumbs. We are fortunate that the company we work for has other locations so some of us did shifts elsewhere when they opened but it just isn’t the same as coming in your own site and open it.
Organizing his drink order ahead of time to make sure he had enough stock in place for what should be a “full” week is “business as usual” according to Callum.
“It’s more or less business as usual. We have our mask policy in place and always recommend social distancing where you can, but it’s not mandatory. We have implemented mandatory tracking and traceability policies like all other sites.
“We have three or four staff, including myself, who work during the week and we have gate staff who will make sure everyone signs up on our Track and Trace. There is a QR code at the front door that people can scan before entering.
“My favorite karaoke song is Macklemore’s Thrift Shop.”
Customers eager to go
And punters were just as excited to be back as Dillon Rae, 26, of Aberdeen, ready to sing his favorite karaoke numbers.
He said, “You must have some karaoke in your life. I am delighted that pubs and clubs are open again. I was at the Cheerz Bar on Sunday night and the atmosphere was quite different. It was good to be back.
“It was very busy and it was a very good night.
“I’ll definitely be doing a lot of karaoke and I’m thinking about Michael Buble’s Feeling Good. I guess it will depend on how drunk I am and how many songs I sing! “
He wasn’t the only one relishing the opportunity to sing in front of an audience with four friends from Aberdeenshire joining in on the action.
Rachel Halvin, 19, of Ellon, said: “It’s nice to see people come back and mingle again. It has been awesome. We’ve never been to Bardot before so can’t wait to visit.
“We took some LAVs (vodka, lemonade and blackcurrant) and maybe we’ll have some quick pics later on as well.”
Sophie, also 19, of New Deer added, “This is the first time we’ve gone out when the clubs have opened.
“It’s so good to be outside. We have already sung Breaking Free from High School Musical, Summer of 69 and we went to sing ABBA and maybe One Direction.
Amber Young and Nikki Christie, who are both 19, were also visiting the venue for the first time and are happy to party for the first time in 17 months.
Amber added, “We’ve been to a few pubs but nothing like it. This is our first night in the clubs so we are really looking forward to it.
“We’re going to a club after the karaoke and the rest, we’ll just wait and see.
Nikki said: “We went to sing Mariah Carey, Man I Feel Like a Woman by Shania Twain and a bit of ABBA!”