Student bar could lose its licence over controversial ‘quaddie’ measures

Klute serves controversial quadruple measures of spirits, designed to get customers drunk quickly.
Klute serves controversial quadruple measures of spirits, designed to get customers drunk quickly.
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A student club’s booze licence is in doubt due to its sale of its controversial “quaddie” drinks.

Klute in Elvet Bridge, Durham, will have its permission to serve drinks reviewed after concerns about the extreme drunkenness and claims of lewd behaviour of its customers.

Klute nightclub prides itself on its reputation from the late 1990s of being voted the worst nighclub in Europe and continues to promote itself as such.

Anna Lynch, director of public health for County Durham

As part of Durham Constabulary’s case for calling in the licence by Durham County Council, officers cited the quadruple measures of spirits – made when a customer orders a double vodka and mixer and tips another double vodka into the same glass – as part of the problem.

The bar only opens during term time and is geared towards the city’s 16,000-plus students.

An article by student paper The Tab featuring a series of claims about incidents, is part of the police case to the council’s statutory licensing sub-committee.

Members could take a series of actions, from allowing the bar to continue to revoking its licence entirely.

Anna Lynch, director of public health for County Durham, said: “Klute nightclub prides itself on its reputation from the late 1990s of being voted the worst nighclub in Europe and continues to promote itself as such.

“It would appear that Klute is a premises where students, if they are not already drunk when they enter the premises, drink to get drunk quickly.

“The pricing and promotion of drinks at the club are managed in an irresponsible manner – their menu of shots and bombs as well as the infamous ‘quaddie’ is evidence of this.”

Supporter Stephen Brown claims the bar is being targeted after the deaths of three students found dead in the River Wear after drinking in the city centre.

No one from bar owner Tokyo Industries was available for comment.

The committee will meet at County Hall at 10am on June 1 to discuss the review.