Blue Collar Corner announces new look and full events programme for Autumn

Award-winning street food specialists Blue Collar have had a very busy year. Already established for their weekly markets in Reading’s Market Square and regular Forbury Gardens events, they launched Blue Collar Corner this March, a new bar and food venue featuring 10 beer lines, 4 kitchens, 2 floors, cocktails & live entertainment, in Hosier Street, near St Marys Butts. 

After a very successful summer, Blue Collar Corner is gearing up for a massive run up to Christmas. The site closes from Monday 26th September, enabling them to add covering above all seating, heaters on every table and to change their greenery to Autumnal colours. They reopen on Thursday 6th October with later opening hours, a huge events programme and screens installed for the upcoming World Cup.

Weekend opening hours at Blue Collar Corner will be extended to 12.30am with multi-genre party DJs on Friday and Saturday nights and indie anthems every Thursday. Booths for eight or more people can be booked in advance and they are available for private hires and Christmas parties.

Blue Collar’s Glen Dinning explains -

“We’ve had a fantastic Summer and are really grateful for people being so supportive of Blue Collar Corner. As we head towards Christmas, we’re really ramping it up, with heaters on every table, new food options, all seating covered and later opening hours alongside a huge events programme that promises to take what we’ve built to the next level. It’s a really exciting time and I think the venue is becoming better and better.” 

Headlining the grand reopening night on Thursday 6th October will be Jamie Reynolds from popular indie band Klaxons playing a DJ set alongside Indie Thursdays resident Rachael Chrisp & local DJ/promoter Pete Wheeler. The opening weekend’s events will also include a Drag Brunch on Saturday 8th October from 11am to 1.30pm and a free arts & craft workshop with local arts charity Jelly on Sunday 9th October from 11am to 1pm.

Other events across this month include a tasting evening from local craft brewers Double Barrelled on Wednesday 26th October, celebrating the upcoming World Cup with a knock out tournament featuring 16 of their different beers. Music lovers won’t want to miss their Blue Collar Record Fair & Social on Sunday 16th October with an array of music stall holders offering vinyl, CDs and merch between 11am and 3pm, while DJs dig their own crates to provide the perfect Sunday soundtrack.

Authors of the acclaimed book “Last Night A DJ Saved My Life” book Bill Brewster & Frank Broughton will be “In Conversation” at Blue Collar Corner on Wednesday 19th October, discussing the book’s recent re-issue before playing DJ sets. Justin Robertson, known to many as the man behind Lionrock and a key influence on The Chemical Brothers, plays a special guest DJ set at the venue on Friday 21st October.

On the night of Saturday 29th October, the venue will be transformed with glowing sugar skulls, Aztec imagery, face painting and much more for Blue Collar Festival Of The Dead.

Events already confirmed for the following months include a DJ set from local rockers The Amazons, whose third album this week reached Number 5 in the Official UK Album Chart, their highest chart position to date. Also, Reading’s Indie Market will be bringing their local craft stalls to the venue on 6th November and Sonning Flowers host a Christmas Wreath Making Workshop on 11th December.

For all information about Blue Collar Corner’s upcoming events plus tickets and table reservations, visit