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New pub The Dartford Sports Bar opens in former Industry nightclub on Spital Street

A new sports bar has opened in a former city center nightclub after a £400,000 revamp.

There has been a complete overhaul of indoor and outdoor spaces with the Dartford Sports Bar now open for business.

The Dartford Sports Bar in Spital Street. Image: Google

The building was taken over by licensees Chris Michaelas and April Reeves just before the first Covid lockdown in March 2020.

Chris said he had been looking for a place to run in the city center for seven years, but had been unable to find a suitable site.

But then the former Industry club in Spital Street became available and the pair jumped at the chance to take it over.

They both have experience in the pub industry and have links to the town, with Chris having set up the Halls 1919 Foundation, a sports charity based in Dartford, linked to Halls Athletic Football Club.

Chris said: “Taking a new location at the start of the pandemic was certainly a challenge, but it was worth it.

Each booth has individual TV screens and visitors can select which game or channel they want to watch.  Image: Admiral's Taverns
Each booth has individual TV screens and visitors can select which game or channel they want to watch. Image: Admiral’s Taverns
The Dartford Sports Bar has opened in place of the former Industry nightclub in Spital Street after a £400,000 refurbishment.  Image: Admiral's Taverns
The Dartford Sports Bar has opened in place of the former Industry nightclub in Spital Street after a £400,000 refurbishment. Image: Admiral’s Taverns

“I’m so glad we were patient and stuck it out because Dartford Sports Bar couldn’t be more perfect for us.

“We have worked so hard to create and perfect this space and it has been a pleasure to introduce it to locals.

“We do what we do because we love giving people a good time and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.”

Inside the pub there are two areas with a quieter restaurant and dining area and a booth area, each with its own TV screen to select any channel and watch any game on Sky Sports or BT Sports.

The venue also has a pool table, darts board and dance floor with DJ.

The pub is owned by Admiral Taverns and, being a nightclub in its past life, a late night license is in place meaning it can remain open until 3am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays evenings.

The place replaces the former Industry nightclub.  Image: Admiral's Taverns
The place replaces the former Industry nightclub. Image: Admiral’s Taverns

Outside is a large covered courtyard which has been given great attention during the refurbishment works and which again has individual heated cabins with their own dedicated TV.

The lunch and dinner menus offer different ranges of food, with evening offering dishes inspired by American diners and pub classics.

Richard Dement

The author Richard Dement