Why The New Nightclub ‘The Yard’ is Revolutionary for Coventry 

Back in summer this year, the revolutionary The Yard club opened its doors for the first time to the people of Coventry. The Yard is the first new gay club to open in the city since Rainbows opened its doors in 1997. However, this is a gay club with a twist, because it’s also a café in the daytime.


The Yard is based at The Old Bull Yard. It is in place of the old Italian Coffee Shop building, which is located opposite the Litten Tree Pub. After a £125,000 refurbishment, both floors of the old Italian Coffee Shop have been transformed into The Yard.

During the daytime, the downstairs of The Yard is a café open to people from all walks of life. While it is considered a gay club, the café is open to people of any sexuality, and welcomes families.


The upstairs of the club opens at 9pm every Friday and Saturday only, which is the nightclub part of The Yard.


The whole idea behind this new club is to change the way the gay community come together. For one, the club has gender neutral toilets, following their success in other venues. They also encourage cross-dressing, with their frequent drag-based cabaret shows.


The cabaret shows are on every Friday night.


Tomorrow night, the club is playing host to Drag Idol winner Shania Pain. The club is offering free entry to the venue for this event, and will be staying open until 4am.


Make sure you tune in to the iCov live TV broadcast at 3pm, to see an exclusive interview with the owners of the club about how The Yard will benefit the gay community in Coventry.

Kim Delaney

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