Players International manager Daniel Thomas sits alone in the bar as Ipswich experiences low turnouts to entertainment venues.
Players International manager Daniel Thomas sits alone in the bar as Ipswich experiences low turnouts to entertainment venues. Claudia Baxter

Night out in Ipswich CBD lacks life

IPSWICH’S wilting night life desperately needs variety or the city’s youth will continue travel to Brisbane’s “Valley” precinct, the city’s nightclub managers say.

Daniel Thomas, manager of Players International on Brisbane Street, said night life in the region had nosedived in the past months.

But Mr Thomas said the recent granting of a nightclub licence to Hotel Metropole, which resides in the same Top of Town precinct as Players, would increase inner city patronage.

“We have been scratching our heads wondering how we can get more people into the Ipswich CBD at night, because it is quiet,” Mr Thomas said.

“More competition would be great. We are tyring to create variety at Players, having themed nights because I think people in Ipswich want more than just a pub."

Hotel Metropole will now be open until 3am on Friday and Saturday nights.

The site’s manager Damien Stephen said Ipswich nightlife needed unique events to regain the interest of Ipswich’s early 20’s crowd.

“The people want something the Valley doesn’t have, and hopefully when our club reopens in March we will provide them that,” he said.

“No one wants money leaving Ipswich, which is unfortunately what happens every weekend at the moment."

Ipswich inner-city Councillor Andrew Antoniolli said increased CBD living was the key to improving Ipswich nightlife.

“It is quiet in pubs in the city at the moment, but I have also heard the Valley’s nightlife venues are not performing well either,” Cr Antoniolli said.

“Ipswich venues have been struggling for some time, but more people living near the CBD would dramatically improve the area’s nightlife.”

The Top of Town area in Brisbane Street is Ipswich’s sole entertainment precinct.

Provisions for greater housing density in central Ipswich are outlined in council’s Ipswich Regional Centre Strategic Master Plan.

“We will increase the housing around Brisbane Street, and with that will come a vibrant entertainment precinct,” Cr Antoniolli said.

“If you live in the Valley in Brisbane, you walk out your front door and in front of you are restaurants and night clubs, so you don’t need to go anywhere else.

“If more people live around the Ipswich CBD the restaurants and pubs will come and people won’t want to leave the area for entertainment.”



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