Saturday 18 November 2017

The man behind the Crawdaddy and Tripod planning a big comeback with new music venue


John Reynolds has new club plans
John Reynolds has new club plans

THE high-flying impresario behind some of Dublin's once-trendiest nightclubs is making his comeback to the city's music scene.

Businessman and music promoter John Reynolds, the man behind the Crawdaddy and Tripod live venues, has just lodged an application to open a new venue at Clarendon Market.

His company Width of a Circle Ltd - named, perhaps, after the David Bowie song - is seeking permission to change the use of No 5, Clarendon Market.

The ground floor of the new establishment will be a bar and restaurant with an outdoor terrace. Meanwhile, upstairs will be transformed into a live music venue. The company has also asked for permission to have a new entrance and front.

Reynolds is listed as a joint director of Width of Circle Ltd, along with Robert Butler. The company was formed in June 2015.


The nephew of the former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds is no stranger to the scene, having run nightclubs here since 1993. He started with the Pod, a favourite hang-out for celebs such as Naomi Campbell and Bono.

In 2012 Tripod and Crawdaddy closed their doors, despite Reynolds investing some €2m in the venues.

Tripod had a capacity of 1,300 and hosted a diverse mix of acts including Christy Moore, Nile Rodgers and Chic and Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland.

Last year, Mr Reynold's company, Pod Music Ltd, settled out of court after taking an action over the operation of the festival Electric Picnic, which he founded in 2004.

He sued Festival Republic Dublin for allegedly excluding him from key decisions about the running of the festival after the company bought a majority share in the event.

Mr Reynolds is also director and secretary of Mercroft Taverns Ltd, which owns the popular tapas restaurant The Market Bar on Fade Street.

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