It invited SoGlos to get a first look at the new space before it officially opens on Friday 8 September 2023 — just in time for the Rugby World Cup!
The new mezzanine doubles Warehouse 4's capacity from 120 seated or 200 standing to 200 people seated or around 350 standing, which makes it the largest indoor event space at Gloucester Quays.
Boasting two 120-inch screens, it's also got the biggest screens in Gloucester — plus the mezzanine features a 'pour your own' bar, where punters can help themselves to a pint of Gloucester Brewery's award-winning beer.
The mezzanine can be hired on its own, or you can hire the venue in its entirety, for things like wedding receptions, private get-togethers, Christmas parties and corporate events — with full AV facilities and two boardrooms, each with a capacity of up to 20, that are ideal for businesses. Gloucester Brewery can even organise catering and to make events extra special, it's offering brewery tours and gin tastings as add-ons.
With new staging and lighting downstairs, it's expanding the scale and range of its own events, too, hosting regular comedy nights; drag bingo; PechaKucha storytelling sessions; live music nights; and festivals, including the upcoming Gloucester Americana Festival in September 2023.
The increased capacity also allows Gloucester Brewery to continue and expand its support for local charities, with managing director, Geoff Smith, saying the aim was to put Warehouse 4 at the heart of the community and make it 'the most inclusive venue in Gloucester'.
When he joined back in March 2023, he set out a mission to raise £50,000 for local charities over 12 months — and it's more than halfway there already, with the venue offering support through hosting free quarterly networking events aimed at senior charity staff; giving the venue over to charities for free to host their own events, from ambassador meetings for the Hollie Gazzard Trust to Age UK social meetings; and fundraising through ticketed events, like the upcoming Rugby World Cup game with Gloucester Rugby players Charlie Sharples and Shane Monahan attending.
It's even working with the Sam Polledri Foundation to install a public access defibrillator at Warehouse 4, after Sam — the brother of ex-Gloucester Rugby player Jake Polledri — died from a suspected heart attack aged just 24.
The expansion plans don't stop at Warehouse 4 either, as there's potentially two new bars in the pipeline in Cheltenham and Gloucester, but details of those are yet to be revealed.