The Venue


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Auntie Ruth hung up her heels and closed the doors on January 1st 2016. 

After thirty three years of socialising, partying and making some amazing memories the time had come for her to move on to new adventures. We have left this site open for you to revisit and relive those memories.

About your Auntie Ruth... 

Originally known as The Black Bottom Club, Auntie Ruth's first opened its doors in 1981 as a Jazz Club – it appealed to the diverse, intelligent and interesting.

In the years since its formation, the venue had expanded to include Auntie Ruth’s Bar, The Basement and the Roof Terrace bar, but still remains dedicated to bringing unrivalled drinks quality and service to a discerning crowd.

Ruth's opened its doors every Saturday, helping you have a damn good time. Walking through the front doors into Auntie Ruth’s Bar – the heart of the venue and the melting pot where members and guests began their evening over high quality drinks and cocktails.

A descent into the depths of The Basement meant the discovery of an entirely different space, where one of our resident DJ’s sound-tracks the night for Northampton’s finest party cavalry.

The Black Bottom Club Bar itself – and the foundation from which all of this grew – continued to host bands and artists of both national and international repute, in addition to favourites of the local live music circuit. We can count Jimmy Carr, Lemar and Amy Winehouse among some of the famous faces to visit our secret haven, away from the tumult of busy Bridge Street.

With three separate indoor floors as your playground, we also boasted a beautiful and secluded Roof Terrace for warmer evenings and alfresco drinking.

Whether we were your ideal spot for after work drinks, a stylish night out or rooftop cocktails on a lazy sunset evening – we had it all, thank you.