Laki Kane Launches This Summer

Laki Kane

Laki Kane is a brand new bar launching in London, N1 this summer. Co-founded by ex-Mahiki bar manager Georgi Radev, the concept is inspired by the award-winning mixologist’s passion for all things rum. Derived from the Polynesian ‘lucky person’, Laki Kane will be an escape from the city, with beautifully designed interiors that will transport guests to faraway tropical destinations. Offering a truly unique bar experience, drinks include showstopper cocktails created with rums from all over the globe along with mouthwatering exotic fruits, natural ingredients and, in a bold move – no refined sugar. Laki Kane will also produce its own rums, re-distilled on-site and upstairs in its Spiced Dry Rum Club, where the curious can create and flavour their own spiced rums using real pot stills. Laki Kane opens its doors in June.

Set on Upper Street in Islington, North London, Laki Kane will be spread across two floors and offer two unique experiences.

Downstairs will provide a tropical escape for all those who enter, thanks to a meticulous eye for detail that encompasses everything from the interior and furniture to the menus and even the scents. Inspired by its founders’ adventures to sunnier climes, Laki Kane brought together exciting tropical locations to Islington, including Asia, Polynesia, Indonesia and the Caribbean. To drink, a menu of unforgettable cocktails of the tropics created by Georgi, featuring exotic ingredients from all over the world, sugar cane syrups and the best rums, all served in bespoke vessels and delivered with a theatrical twist. Laki Kane’s expert bartenders will also be on hand to mix up delicious concoctions based on the tastes of their guests. To eat, a menu designed by renowned chef Michael Moore, will feature tropical-inspired dishes to compliment the cocktail offering. Exceptional service will be at the heart of Laki Kane and each table will feature push buttons for guests to call for service whenever they need.

Upstairs the Spiced Dry Rum Club offers the chance to experience the world of rum like never before, as rum-lovers and new-comers are invited to create their own twist on one of the fastest growing spirits in the UK. Through tastings guided by London’s foremost bartenders and rum experts, and experimentation with Spiced Dry Rum Club’s own pot stills, masterclasses will delve into the re-distillation process and explore a multitude of flavours and ingredients. New methods and techniques will allow visitors to create and walk away with their own personalised rum to sip and savour at home. Tickets for Spiced Dry Rum Club will be available from mid-May.

Laki Kane is the collaborative creation of Georgi Radev, Sam Robson and life long Islington resident and businessman Steve Kyprianou. Speaking about the launch Georgi says:

“Over the last 15 years I’ve been travelling around the world, learning and teaching about rum, Tiki and cocktails, and discovering a host of weird and wonderful bars on the way. The exotic destinations I’ve been to have become a big part of my life and now I want to bring a taste of this to London for us all to enjoy, even though we might not get the same weather! Laki Kane is an escape and we’re creating everything with that in mind, from the decor and service, to the food and an exciting cocktail menu made with incredible tropical ingredients that most people will have never experienced before. Rum will of course be at the centre of all of this and we’re excited to also be sharing the knowledge of this amazing spirit upstairs in our Spiced Dry Rum Club.”

Laki Kane will launch in June.
For further information, visit Lakikane.com.

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Horatio Street Social Club To Launch In East London

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This February Horatio Street Social Club will launch in the basement of The Nelson’s Head, bringing a new cocktail bar to East London with neighbourhood vibes. The first venue from Simon Thompson and Jake O’Brien Murphy, who previously worked together at award-winning cocktail bar Callooh Callay, they’ll be bringing their unique blend of warm, relaxed hospitality and innovative cocktails to provide a new drinking den for cocktail lovers and locals. Horatio Street Social Club is the first ‘Social Club’ bar to launch, with plans for further venues throughout the UK later this year.

Hidden beneath The Nelson’s Head, Horatio Street Social Club will be an intimate space where guests can perch on stools at the bar or sit at one of the low-slung tables. Low  lighting, artwork on the walls and a playlist of eclectic, upbeat tunes will create a relaxed and informal atmosphere for a good night out.

The ethos of Horatio Street Social Club is underpinned by Simon and Jake’s belief that a night out is an important part of anyone’s social life. This means an emphasis on hospitality and making people feel welcome, as well as a cocktail menu which is innovative with world class drinks that are still accessible in flavour and price.

A menu of House Cocktails will showcase the team’s creativity, with regular changes and additions. Alongside this will be a list of Classic Cocktails, beer and a wine list by War on Terroir with something for all occasions – from easy drinking lager through to fizz for toasting a special occasion. The look of the physical menu will change monthly with new artwork inspired by a randomly picked theme.

Examples of House Cocktails priced at around £9 will include:

Naïve Melody – Campari, White Wine, Kola Nut Cordial
Inspired by the Bicicletta, an Italian café cocktail which takes its name from the idea that after one drink a bicycle could still be safely cycled home – the HSSC take on it is the perfect substitute for a Negroni or spritz. Exploring two of the world’s favourite drinks – Coca Cola and the Americano serve – the result is a cocktail with the aromatic notes of Bergamot and Kola, along with a moreish bitterness.

Garfield’s Funeral – Lot 40, Angel Share Syrup, Black Trumpet Mushroom Tincture
This cocktail is a celebration of the Old Fashioned. Angels Share Syrup takes its name from the evaporation of alcohol into the air during the whisky maturation process, and has been designed to be reminiscent of the dark, woody, musty smell of a barrel house – providing a strong backbone to the drink. The Black Trumpet Mushroom Tincture adds a note of umami. The drink takes its name from the first ever recorded reference to
the Old Fashioned cocktail at President Garfield’s funeral where whisky cocktails were reportedly served at a party that lasted five days.

Dirty Faces – Beeswax, Calvados, Gin, Apricot, Verjus
A modern take on the forgotten classic, Angel Face, by Harry Craddock for the Savoy Cocktail Book in 1930. Setting out to make the best possible version of the cocktail, the result is a deeply honeyed drink with stone fruit complexity – perfect sipped in place of a Martini or Manhattan.

Kill the Cook – Tequila, Red Pepper, Urfa, Red Iron, Lime
A drink that looks at tequila and agave, and the identity that comes with being a truly Mexican spirit. Traditional Mexican cooking methods are used alongside a look at the terroir of the Agave growing in Mexico. The Red Iron Solution is a nod to the mineralogy of Mexican red sand, whilst the red pepper and Urfa unite to create a sweet, smoky vegetal drink which is reminiscent of a Tommy’s Margarita.

Horatio Street Social Club is in soft launch from the beginning of February, and officially open from 15th February

Horatio Street Social Club
The Nelson’s Head
32 Horatio Street
London
E2 7SB

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Reservations: bookings@clubsaresocial.com

Open: 6pm – Midnight, Tuesday – Sunday

The Bassano Bar @ PizzaExpress Launches ‘Bassano Aperitivo Season’

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Pop-up innovators Bassano Events and their Manchester venue, The Bassano Bar @ PizzaExpress located on First Street, are launching a tasting calendar of Italian aperitivo over the next two months.

Focusing on Distilleria Nardini, the namesake of the bar name Bassano with its origins from Bassano del Grappa in Northern Italy, guests will enjoy one of the famous serves originating from the iconic Ponte Vecchio bridge distillery, the Mezzoemezzo, itself combined with soda and a twist of lemon. A closer look at the flavour profiles of Nardini Grappa Bianca 40 and a selection of their liqueurs, including the citrus peels of Acqua di Cedro, juniper led Ginepro and the almond profiles of Mandorla.

Each session looks to finish with a refreshing Nardini Ginepro and Tonic, as well as a classic offering of Italian Antipasto courtesy of PizzaExpress.

Each hosted by Dave Marsland, co-owner of Bassano Events and brand agency Drinks Enthusiast, the Bassano Aperitivo Season is said to demystify the Italian spirit category, showing off the tradition of grappa and aperitivo and its versatile use within simple mixers and flavours.

All sessions will be held within The Bassano Bar @ PizzaExpress, itself opening in June 2017 to bring the modern Italian cocktail bar concept to the North of England after it follows last summer’s successful debut for The Bassano Bar and its winning Italian drinks formula within the busy ‘Magic Roundabout’ venue in London’s Shoreditch.

Offering a selected menu that combines a focus on classic Italian cocktails such as the Negroni with Campari, Aperol Spritz, Nardini Mezzoemezzo and Frizzante Frutta with San Pellegrino, the bar is also including innovative home-grown recipes, with the ‘The Haçienda Sour’ and ‘The Manchester Negroni’ featuring local gin producer, Three Rivers.

Dates of the Bassano Aperitivo Season;

18th August
25th August
31st August
7th September
21st September
28th September

Price;
£15 pp – tickets can be purchased in venue or via http://www.thebassanobar.com

General Opening Hours;
Wednesday-Friday from 5pm – 11pm and from 12noon to 11pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Address;
The Bassano Bar @ PizzaExpress, First Street North, Manchester, M15 4FN

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ALL DRINK IMAGERY BY GEORGIE GLASS/ WWW.GEORGIEGLASS.CO.UK / @GEORGIEGLASS_

The Bassano Bar and PizzaExpress To Partner Up in Manchester This Summer

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The nation’s favourite restaurant chain PizzaExpress and pop-up innovators Bassano Events have joined together to bring ‘The Bassano Bar @ PizzaExpress’ to Manchester. Opening June 21st at PizzaExpress’s First Street restaurant, the modern Italian cocktail bar concept will be a first for the North of England after it follows last summer’s successful debut for The Bassano Bar and its winning Italian drinks formula within the busy ‘Magic Roundabout’ venue in London’s Shoreditch.

Offering a selected menu that combines a focus on classic Italian cocktails such as the Negroni with Campari, Aperol Spritz, Nardini Mezzoemezzo and Frizzante Frutta with San Pellegrino, the bar is also including innovative home-grown recipes, with the ‘The Haçienda Sour’ and ‘The Manchester Negroni’ featuring local gin producer, Three Rivers.

Augmenting the much-loved and increasingly broad PizzaExpress menu, The Bassano Bar is keen to promote a range of traditional Italian drinks, including grappa, Italy’s much under-rated national spirit. Originating from Bassano del Grappa in the Veneto region, Nardini is Italy’s most prestigious grappa brand, with the distiller’s home town providing the inspiration for the name of the bar.

Working alongside PizzaExpress, owners of Bassano Events Dave Marsland and Nick Hopewell-Smith have taken the opportunity to bring a flavour of Italian serves to the terrace of First Street, Pizza Express’ newest restaurant in the city, located in one of Manchester’s most dynamic leisure areas.

Dave is a well-known drinks expert and trainer, creating brand agency ‘Drinks Enthusiast’ in 2011, with his own spirits retail business in Altrincham and a national social media and publication presence as a drinks journalist.  A marketing professional with over 35 years experience, Nick is the initiator and creative driver behind The Bassano Bar in London and a specialist importer of Italian spirits and liqueurs from The Nardini Distillery.

With an al-fresco feel to the venue, making use of its natural light and, hopeful, Summer months, The Bassano Bar @ PizzaExpress will be a welcome addition to the Manchester bar scene.

Opening Hours;

Wednesday-Friday from 5pm – 11pm and from 12noon to 11pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays. 

Address;

The Bassano Bar @ PizzaExpress, First Street North, Manchester, M15 4FN

Image by Georgie Glass / www.georgieglass.co.uk / @georgieglass_

British Bartender Launches New Book, Bar & Art Gallery In Vietnam

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Cocktail-artist Richie Fawcett has invented a new dimension of drinking artistry which tantalizes the senses in every respect. As a self-styled ‘bartist’, he has launched his book Cocktail Art of Saigon featuring 41 original recipes. They are accompanied by his own cocktail illustrations, with fine-art street scenes of the capital Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and fascinating stories of the city’s history. He is set to open his own bar and art gallery later this Spring. The Studio Saigon will be located in the heart of downtown Old Saigon on the first floor of a 1930s residential block. Entry is through a hidden entrance that is used as a motorbike parking hall. The adventurous initiatives reflect the fast emerging bar scene in Vietnam, with many talented bartenders and an increasing clientele seeking discerning cocktail experiences with world-class standards.

British bartender Richie Fawcett moved to Vietnam in 2011. He set up numerous bars in the country and progressed to manage the city’s first rooftop destination, Shri Restaurant and Lounge, where he gained a reputation for inventive mixology. As a talented photographer and fine artist, he took inspiration from the exotic corners of old Saigon to create a portfolio of pen drawings. The energy and curiosity of his pen racing across the paper creates exuberantly detailed street scenes. His book Cocktail Art of Saigon draws ideas from the culture and idiosyncrasy of the streets and its characters. It immerses you into the city’s history, and his cocktails are inspired by everyday life, emperors and missionaries, poets and revolutionaries. For the first time, the Cultural Department of Vietnam has officially authorized the interpretation of the country’s history in this way. The lavish book serves as the cocktail menu at Shri Restaurant and Lounge, and will become the central inspiration for his new bar & gallery The Studio Saigon, where a selection of these cocktails will be served.

As a judge in the prestigious Academy for selecting the World’s 50 Best Bars, Richie has an expert’s eye for perfection. Describing his own dual venture, Richie adds, “My book is about how much I enjoy this amazing city, its warmth and its history. Each drawing is equally detailed, and the street scenes and friendly people have inspired me to create these new cocktails. My new bar is for friends and customers who I have enjoyed drinking with. The bar and the book reflects the way in which I discovered the city – hopping on a scooter or walking at random, and discovering a thrilling new experience around every corner.”

Cocktail Art of Saigon, the book / menu – drinks with a view
The hard-back book features 41 original cocktails by Richie Fawcett – to celebrate 41 years of peace after the war. His pen illustrations flow throughout, showing a tour of historic landmarks and lesser known corners of old Saigon, as the eye is drawn to the cocktails. Recipes feature ingredients from local markets, house-made specialities, local liqueurs, and premium spirits brands. Easy enough for fans of fine cocktails to savour and appreciate, they will inspire you to turn your hand to mixing yourself, even if to enjoy the heady aromas of the exotic fruits and spices. Fascinating narratives about the city keep you reading as you sip, and make the book ideal for fans of world-travel and gourmet discoveries. The book is currently available from Shri Restaurant and Lounge for VND500,000. (approx. £17.50 / US $22) and soon via Amazon.

The Studio Saigon, the bar
This curious hybrid bar-gallery is set to open in April 2017. It epitomizes so many aspects of Richie Fawcett’s admiration for the city. Even the balcony overlooking the historic street corner holds a significance – simply watching passers-by in every corner of the city inspired him to create his book and his bar.

Inside, classic white walls create a gallery space for Richie’s black and white sketches. Step in further to be surprised by a floor to ceiling panorama of the city. Walk through an invisible door cut into the picture, as if to enter Old Saigon by stepping through a frame. The bar area, in contrast to the gallery, is an intimate and cosy awakening of sensations. Enter through another door to an area which serves as Richie’s storage for traditional oriental herbals. It is decorated with tones of grey, warm orange and silver. Curios and ornaments which he has sourced from local antique markets are displayed on the many shelves. They include a collection of balance scales, which are also a symbol in his book to indicate the taste balance of the cocktails. The array of local herbs in the drawers are used in cocktails from the book for bespoke omakaze creations by Richie.

Sink into leather sofas and armchairs next to the fire and enjoy one of the cocktails from the menu, inspired by the country. As if you were in a private lounge, the open bar is like a bar in reverse. The open cabinet gives the impression you are sitting amidst the action, in the same way as at a chef’s table in a fascinating, skilled kitchen. With an additional drinks trolley for table side mixing, the mood recalls old Saigon during the height of colonial French rule, when it really was called the Pearl of the Orient.

From there, double doors open onto an intimate balcony. In early evening, as the heat of the day subsides, the sounds of the street echo into the room. The imagination drifts into the night, as calls from streets sellers grow fainter as they move past.

The cocktails
Exotic ingredients, through to simple, humble produce from local street markets, are adventurously prepared in Richie’s cocktails. Aromatic peach and vanilla, lychee and ginger, cucumber and elderflower, almond and cherry – then you are hit with the surprise of smoked barbeque or the refreshing tang of beer. The cocktails in the book follow three categories to reflect Richie’s artistic concepts: area, landmark buildings, and streets. Areas are represented by small batch bottled cocktails, and buildings and streets are individually represented in formats from handmade wooden carved boats, turtles to mini BBQ trays. His collection of six original small batch, bottled cocktails bear labels with illustrations of old Saigon. They are already on sale at the iconic lifestyle shop and bar L’Usine http://lusinespace.com Ho Chi Minh City.

All Hands On Deck For New City Centre Pirate Inspired Rum Bar Man’s Ruin

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A new pirate inspired rum bar is set to open in the heart of Liverpool’s vibrant Stanley Street.

Man’s Ruin will be unveiled on Thursday, August 25, and will provide a refreshing new dimension to the city’s bar scene by combining the look and feel of a pirate ship with aptly paired inventive mixology.

As the brainchild of owners Joe McMahon, Adam Ramsey and Dan Friend, whose ever-expanding hospitality portfolio also contains Graffiti and Wall of Fame, Man’s Ruin will be situated within the trio’s newest property, formerly operating as Wonderland.

The directors said: “Not to be confused with our recent announcement of the over-21 nightclub Void, Man’s Ruin is a completely separate rum bar housed within the same 10 Stanley Street building. The concept for Man’s Ruin was inspired by a venue that we visited in America as we wanted to introduce something a little more edgy and out-there to this end of town.

“While the original idea was to create a Tiki bar, we decided to expand on this and instead base it around the look and feel of a pirate ship, focusing on rum and things associated with pirates such as women, tattoos, gambling and drinks aka ‘Man’s Ruin’.”

Featuring an authentic dark wood interior, synonymous with traditional pirate ships, the lower-ground rum bar ensures a consistent tone throughout. In addition to barrel booths, focal points include quirky lighting, artwork and a luxury ‘Captain’s Quarter’.

In line with supporting the on-going development of the local area, Man’s Ruin will create 15 new jobs ranging from security to bar and hosting staff.

The directors added: “We hope that Man’s Ruin will become a firm favourite with local residents, students, corporates and those traveling from further afield for occasions such as hen and stag parties. Given our proven track record for providing a night out to remember, we are very much looking forward to adding a novel new dimension to the city’s world-famous nightlife.

“Man’s Ruin is not just about having a drink in a bar – it’s about experiencing an on-deck atmosphere like no other. Our motto is ‘Work like a Captain and play like a Pirate’!”

Man’s Ruin will open its doors on Thursday, August 25 and will be from thereon open Thursday-Sunday 7pm until late.

Scene

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Manchester has a new venue to impress its ever-expanding customer base, and a dose of India is hitting the pitch.

Positioned within Spinningfields, Scene shows off a Tardis of Indian delights in the form of its cocktail bar and street kitchen.

Upon arrival, expect to be greeted by friendly faces as they welcome you to the bar for a quick drink before the feast. With a drinks list of signature and classic cocktails, it’s hard to choose which to enjoy first, but a cold lager on the riverside terrace is always a welcome option (especially in the warm weather we’ve experienced lately). Corona, Cobra, Tiger and Estrella are part of the many options available as you wander the eyes over the elaborate street food menu.

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Tandoori Mixed Grill

Highlights include the King Prawn Tikka (£6.95) to start, which see’s King prawns marinated with yogurt, vinegar, delicate herbs and spices, cooked over charcoal and served with salad and Hydrabadi sauce. Or the Chicken Chapali Kebab (£4.95) that offers you a traditional dish from Pakistan, a very moist kebab that is prepared with minced chicken meat.

For mains? I can highly recommend the Tandoori Mixed Grill (£15.95) which serves up a delicious combination of tandoori specialities; tangdi chicken, chicken tikka,
seekh kebab, lamb chops and king prawn tikka. There’s also chef’s specialities and signature dishes, including the Monkfish Malai (£14.95) that offers fresh morsels of monkfish cooked gently in a mild masala sauce.

But it’s not the food, although excellent and well presented, that I’m concentrating on this piece for, it’s the cocktails and liquor! Once finishing your feast, expect to be offered a nightcap or two within either the bar or at your table (either position works as you are surrounded by an impressive Indian decor with striking, vibrant colours, plus the large windows overlooking the River Irwell.

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Bombay Bonfire

Instantly eye-catching is the Bombay Bonfire that see’s Chivas Regal, lemon juice, honey and ginger syrup, complete with an atomised Laphroaig garnish. Perfect is you’ve had a lightly flavoured meal. But if you’re after something more heavy and rich, the Besharam Lassi provides a blend of Old J Spiced Rum and Old J Tikki Fire, mango pulp, passion fruit, lime juice, yogurt, orange juice and Angostura Bitters.
The Kerala Cafe is a good substitute for perhaps your usual coffee, as Old Spiced Rum, Kahlua, cinnamon syrup and shot of Espresso works wonders to keep your night going. Indeed as does the Assam Negroni, with its combination of Assam Tea infused Beefeater 24, Aperol, Campari and Martini Rosso. All of these are priced at £8.95 each too.

A recommended dram or tot is also in order, as the likes of Plantation Panama and Havana Club 7 year stand out for the rum offerings, as do Lagavulin 16 year, Makers Mark and Chivas Regal 12 year for the whisky counterparts. A great way of finishing off what should be a cracking evening at Scene, and it compliments a variety of the flavours offered within the food too.

For a first-hand look at my visit to Scene, check out the video as seen on RickBVlogs.

Ladies and Gentleman. I give to you Scene. India has come to Manchester.

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Castle St Townhouse Set To Open Its Doors This Summer

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Liverpool’s bustling commercial district is set to welcome its newest arrival Castle St Townhouse this summer.

The Grade II listed building, formerly occupied by GT Law, will be transformed into a multi-level eatery and bar courtesy of Warrington based interior design and architecture firm, DV8 Designs.

Set to showcase a grand opulent bar and raised seating areas, the new venue owned by Circo director Jason McNeill, will pay homage to its historic surrounding while ‘adding character and urban charm’.

Jason said: “Over the past decade the city’s landscape has changed dramatically, whereby areas such as the business district have evolved to become more than just a corporate workplace, which is why we decided to open in the heart of Castle Street.

“We hope that the new venue will receive a great response from Liverpool locals and those traveling from further afield due to our novel brunch and lunch offerings, extensive drinks list and chic design.”

Managing Director of DV8 Designs Lee Birchall added: “In order to preserve the rich heritage and history of the Castle Street building, it is important that the venue remains true to its roots. With this in mind we will keep many of the building’s original columns, while rearranging the entrance area to create a central focal point that showcases the full length of the space.

“By combining a series of modern decors and a playful design throughout the building, the overall object is to carry out a restoration that suits the originality of the building and its setting, in addition to incorporating a grandeur feel.”

Castle St Townhouse is set to open to the public summer 2016.

City Centre Nightclub Fills The ‘Void’ For Cosmopolitan Party-Goers

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Liverpool’s Stanley Street is set to see the opening of an exclusive new nightclub following an impressive six-figure sum investment.

Void will open its doors in late August and is the brainchild of owners Joe McMahon, Adam Ramsey and Dan Friend, whose ever-expanding hospitality portfolio also contains Graffiti and Wall of Fame, which are both located on Victoria Street.

Set in the former Wonderland site, the over-21 nightclub will fill the gap in the market to offer an exclusive experience comprising high-end table service and a premium drinks selection.

Joe said: “Our previous ventures have seen us cater to such a wide demographic, including the younger generation who like to party at Graffiti and an eclectic mix at Wall of Fame, ranging from families, corporates and tourists. The idea for Void was conceived when we noticed a huge gap in the nightlife market for those who want to enjoy a cosmopolitan atmosphere in the heart of the city centre with a bit of extra opulence.”

Adam added: “The inspiration for the concept came from our travels across the globe, particularly locations such as London, Marbella and Las Vegas, whereby a premium standard of drinks and high level of customer service is expected. We want to replicate this approach here in Liverpool so that our guests will never have to worry about their glasses being empty. By providing the ultimate table service experience, Void is set to become the ideal venue for those seeking a unique and prestigious night out.”

The 175 sq. metre site has been completely transformed to feature lowered ceilings to offer a more intimate atmosphere, a raised DJ booth and a mirrored wrap around video wall. Located at 10 Stanley Street, the venue will be split into two separate sites, with the ground floor bar offering a different concept under the same ownership set to open in July.

In addition to supporting the on-going development of the local area, Void will create around 30 jobs ranging from security to bar and hosting staff.

Dan said: “We’re glad to be a part of the resurgence of the business district of Liverpool City Centre. In recent months, we’ve noticed a number of exciting new happenings in the form of both exciting independents and exclusive chain bars and restaurants set up shop – it’s great to see this side of our city thriving.”

George’s Restaurant. And Bar?

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It’s not all about the city centre of Manchester.

Bars and restaurants are a plenty in the city, catering for all tastes and minds in the various ‘zones’ we have to offer. It is satisfying then to remember that there are gems just outside the city limits. Didsbury and Chorlton spring to mind for many, as does MediaCityUK to an extent as well as Prestwich. But Worsley perhaps?

To many, Worsley is the leafy suburb with a meandering canal and a few pubs dotted here and there. It’s also home to a charming restaurant named George’s, a venue that is well-known for its food offering and named after the architect Sir George Gilbert Scott, seen as the most successful and famous architect of the Victorian era.

But it’s the bar that I was interested in. It’s always pleasant to hear that a restaurant offers great food and service when talking about such venues, but the bar itself is deemed surplus to requirements. It’s just ‘there’. An ad on. Well I thought I’d make an effort to view George’s not in a way of a foodie, but from a drinks led mind, and to see if it really is worthy of a trip out from the city centre.

George'sShort answer. Yes.

Why?

You walk in from the cold to be greeted by a warm, soft furnished entrance, with the bar in front of you, tall ceiling with draped single bulbs streaming down, and a long, high table to perch with friends and family. The restaurant to the right of you if you wish to dine, but a welcoming lit open room to the left with small, rounded wooden tables and wicker chairs to slide into.

To drink? A good selection of spirits can be found, and I’m sure something for everyone no matter what your mood. Take, for example, you’ve had a long day and you’re out with friends. a Singapore Sling ticks both the refreshing box as well as hitting the spot whilst your browse the extensive drinks list. Combining gin, triple sec, Benedictine, cherry liqueur, pineapple juice and grenadine, it’s perfect for either gender, and served within a mason jar for a twist on the usual Singapore sling vessel.

A gin and tonic is always a good shout too. Perhaps a large The Botanist and tonic would be a perfect remedy as you cosy up in the side room? The smooth palate offered from the Scottish Islay botanicals includes apple mint, heather and thyme. Tanqueray 10, Martin Millers and William Chase are some other highlights to enjoy on the gin front, but if gin isn’t your thing, may I recommend instead a classic Manhattan? Partnered with the ever reliable Woodford Reserve, the simple blend includes sweet vermouth and Angostura bitters to offer a delightful bourbon sip.

George'sThe menu itself will be seeing a slight change over the winter period as they reflect the change in temperature, but you will still see signatures such as the Negroni and Old Fashioned, as well as a selection of Martini serves ranging from the Classic to the French, Daiquiri’s from the norm to the strawberry and Margarita’s from the Tommy’s to the apple and mango.

The whisky category has a good focus too, seeing the likes of Glenfiddich, Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Jameson gracing their presence, alongside Haig Club, Makers Mark and the aforementioned Woodford Reserve.

All served with confidence, a smile and professionalism, and combining that with the atmosphere that George’s gives, you may need a taxi home.

Worthy of a trip? Well I’ll be back for sure.

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