They’re Back . . . . . Again

The Liverpool Sessions
*TRADE ONLY*

After an 8 month hiatus, The London Sessions are back. This time they’re taking to the streets (and bars) of Liverpool for what they’re pretty sure is their 28th session… It’s hard to keep track. From 12pm – 4pm on October 26th, you’ll be treated to three sessions in one day alongside BBQ and cocktails courtesy of Jack Daniel’s, with a not-so-little announcement at the end. Sound familiar? Think Glasgow 2016. Following in the footsteps of such luminaries as Gary Regan, Ivy Mix, and Dale DeGroff, they’re proud to introduce their speakers – Erik Lorincz, JJ Goodman & Cam Dawson, speaking on Creativity, Entrepreneurialism, Consistency and Quality.

No stranger to the sessions, this will be Erik’s third session with them and you know what they say about third time lucky. As well as being one of the most charming and charismatic people, Erik is the current (11th) Head Bartender at The American Bar at The Savoy and has picked up two coveted Spirited Awards for Best International Bartender 2011 and Best International Bar Team 2016, and was shortlisted for Best International Bartender 2017 (he was robbed). Erik recently flexed his creative muscles to launch his own line of cocktail shakers with Tetsuya Yokoyam ‘Birdy by Erik Lorincz’ and when he’s not behind the bar he can be found presenting on Jamie Oliver’s Drinks Tube, or traveling the world. Honestly, we can’t keep track. Accordingly, Erik’s session will be centered around Creativity.

Next up, as seen on TV…. JJ Goodman opened his first bar at the age of 24 in 2008 and has since opened seven cocktail bars under the London Cocktail Club umbrella, so who better to conduct our talk on entrepreneurialism? A seasoned professional, JJ won Best Bartender at the 42 Below Cocktail World Cup in 2008, is one of London Lifestyle Award’s 50 Most Influential People and was named as one of Zagat’s 30 under 30 in 2009. JJ won the BBC TV show The Restaurant which secured him a business partnership with BBC Dragon Sarah Willingham and Chef Raymond Blanc OBE. When he’s not busy running his empire, JJ works alongside The Prince’s Trust, Springboard UK and the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII), aiming to develop a community resource within the hospitality industry. Smart and Charitable, what more could you want?

Last but not least, Cam Dawson’s ten year career in the drinks industry has seen him work in a variety of Pubs, Clubs and Cocktail Bars around the world. Although originally from Stirling in Scotland, Cam learned his trade in Perth, Australia before returning to his adoptive home of Brighton, where he works as the Jack Daniel’s UK Brand Ambassador. In short, there’s nothing he doesn’t know about JD and the half a billion bottles maturing in Lynchburg as we speak. Have a burning question? This is your opportunity to ask it. Cam’s session will focus on consistency and quality.

As always, sessions are free to attend but are strictly RSVP only. RSVP’s open on Monday September 11th from midday. Email rebekkah@rebekkahdooley.com to secure your space. Remember, sessions book up quick, so set your alarms, pull an all nighter, or be smart and schedule an email. Whatever you need to do.

Advertisements

Sons of Armagnac Launches Across The UK

Lauvia

Sons of Armagnac is the new awareness campaign spearheaded by UK innovator Emporia Brands and its Armagnac partners Comte de Lauvia and Marquis de Montesquiou. Starting on June 12th and ending on 18th June (Fathers Day), many of the top bars and retailers across the country will be taking part in raising the profile of the Armagnac category with cocktail specials, menus, events, tastings and more.

Specially created Marquis de Montesquiou cocktails can be found across London, including Skylon, German Gymnasium, Looking Glass Cocktail Club and Hush, as well as Cottonopolis based in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, Manhattan in Liverpool, Nitehawks and Bonbar in Newcastle, Vice & Virtue in Leeds and Manhattan 34 in Leicester. Some of the UK’s premier dining arenas are also combining their expertise with Marquis de Montesquiou Armagnac by offering specials within Harborne Kitchen in Birmingham and the aforementioned Vice & Virtue in Leeds.

Comte de Lauvia has been the chosen brand to be highlighted within unique serves from venues such as Merchant House and The Light Lounge in London, to The Edgbaston in Birmingham and Petit Parlour in Liverpool. 155 Bar & Kitchen in London, World Service in Nottingham and Wygston House in Leicester have put together at a food pairing menu for the week to highlight the versatility of the Armagnac category.

Retailers from across the UK are also getting involved, including in-store promotions of Marquis de Montesquiou Armagnac within Riddles Emporium, South Manchester, 23 Wines & Whiskey in Leicester and Fenwick’s in Newcastle. Comte de Lauvia Armagnac will be highlighted across all Harvey Nichols stores, including in-store tastings, in the UK as well as Riddles Emporium.

Specialist online retailers are joining in, with 31 Dover offering £3 off a purchase of Marquis de Montesquiou Armagnac Fine, £4 off the Reserve expression, and £5 off the XO. The Drink Shop are running a week-long offer of 20% off both the Marquis de Montesquiou and Comte de Lauvia expressions, and finally Drinkfinder have put together 20% off the full Marquis de Montesquiou range until Father’s Day.

For more information and for a full list of activity during the Sons of Armagnac week, please visit www.emporiabrands.com/sonsofarmagnac and www.emporiabrands.com/s/Art-Of-Armagnac.pdf

#SonsOfArmagnac

St Lucia Distillers Set to Travel Around the UK

Distillers-Final-LogoThis March and April, UK distributor Emporia Brands have put together a calendar of events involving its award-winning St Lucia Distillers range, after the initial success of last year’s programme.

Brand Ambassador Dave Marsland and the Emporia Brands team will be touring fifteen cities as they bring together the Chairman’s Reserve range, which includes Gold, Spiced, White Label and Forgotten Cask, the Admiral Rodney, and an edition of premium expression 1931, plus a selection of the distillates from which they are blended.

In 1931, the Barnard family founded a distillery at Dennery, St Lucia. Now based on the other side of the island at Roseau, the distillery has been considerably modernized and new technologies and improvements constantly incorporated. The installation of pot stills in 1998 added considerably to the variety of rums being produced in this highly regarded distillery which received the accolade of Individual Distiller of the Year at the International Spirits Challenge, one of six trophies received in six years – a unique achievement.

With the premise of a flavour experience, the tour sees an approach to the range that offers bartenders and key industry figures invited to not only learn about St Lucia, but ideas on how to embrace the versatility of St Lucia Distillers, from the Spiced variety to the rare 1931.

Cities on the tour include Manchester, London, Leeds, Brighton, Liverpool, Birmingham, Nottingham, Leicester, Newcastle, Cardiff, Reading, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen and Glasgow, with Emporia Brands looking to strengthen their campaign as they look ahead to the next instalment of the ‘Chairman’s XI’ with their ever-expanding sales team seeking out some of the UK’s best and brightest to follow in the footsteps of some of the industries key figures, including Lyndon Higginson of The Liars Club in Manchester, Danny Murphy of Aloha in Liverpool and Adam Binnersley of the MOJO Group.

Places are limited for each session, due to the rarity of gaining the exclusive 1931 and distillates for the tasting’s. To secure your place, please contact Dave Marsland at dave@emporiabrands.com, stating the session you wish to attend from the list below.

Manchester       Mojo’s, 9th March, 1:30pm

London                 Burlock, 15th March, 2pm

Leeds                    Mojo’s, 15th March, 1:30pm

Brighton              Oki Nami, 21st March, 1pm

Liverpool             Maya, 23rd March, 1:30pm

Birmingham       Island Bar, 4th April, 2pm

Nottingham       Brass Monkey, 5th April, 3pm

Leicester             The Queen of Bradgate, 6th April, 2pm

Newcastle          Alvino’s, 11th April, 1pm

Edinburgh           Reekie Tiki, 16th April, 4pm

Cardiff                  The Dead Canary, 21st April, 2pm

Aberdeen           Bos’n, 23rd April, 3pm

Dundee                 Draffens, 24th April, 4pm

Reading                               Milk, 26th April, 2pm

Glasgow              Distill, 26th April, 4pm

 

Follow Chairman’s Reserve on Twitter @ChairmansUK, Facebook at www.facebook.com/ChairmansReserveUK and Instagram at  www.instagram.com/chairmansreserveuk

Follow Emporia Brands on Twitter @EmporiaBrandsUK, Facebook at www.facebook.com/EmporiaBrands and Instagram at www.instagram.com/emporiabrands

Festive Cocktails Hit Liverpool

castle-st-townhouse-christmas-cocktails-2016
Trattoria 51 is offering a true taste of Italy this Christmas with its festive tipple trio.

The popular OId Hall Street restaurant has put a seasonal spin on its signature Rossini cocktails to pay homage to the traditional yuletide colours and Italian flag of course.

Showcasing Verde Kiwi Rossini, Bianco Lemon Rossini and Rosso Strawberry Rossini, the fizz-based drinks collection can be enjoyed alone or aptly paired with the venue’s festive lunch and dinner menus.

General Manager and Co-Owner of Trattoria 51 Toni Karemanaj: “Year on year we like to put a seasonal twist on our food and drink offerings. Our assortment of refreshing Christmas cocktails will no doubt put our guests in the festive spirit whether they are visiting with friends, family or work colleagues alike.”

As part of Trattoria 51’s merriments, the restaurant will be serving up a selection of celebratory party menus ideal for group bookings and will once again open its doors on Christmas Day to provide a ‘big Italian family welcome’.

Festive cocktails are priced at £6.95 and are available throughout December. For more information about Trattoria 51 visit http://www.trattoria51.com or call 0151 236 4739.

Castle St Townhouse is getting into the festive spirit quite literally as part of its inaugural Christmas celebrations.

The all-day dining and drinking destination located in the city’s Commercial District has devised a merry medley of seasonal inspired cocktails.

Combining a series of sweet and indulgent Christmas concoctions, blends include (Gin, Fresh Lemon Juice, Gingerbread Syrup & Pomegranate Juice), (Vodka, Baileys, Milk, Cream & Chocolate Syrup), together with (Havana 3, Disaronno Amaretto, Ginger Syrup, Egg White & Cinnamon).

Owner and Director of Castle St Townhouse Jason McNeill said: “To celebrate our very first Christmas the Castle St Townhouse way, we wanted to put a subtle spin on our signature cocktails. Whether guests want sheer lavish indulgence or something a little more refreshing, our drinks trio has been created to offer a taste of holiday cheer. All three blends offer something totally different in order to excite all palates and tipple preferences.”

In addition to the Christmas cocktails, those wanting to enjoy a gloriously relaxed dining experience can choose from a diverse array of seasonal dishes that combine nostalgic flavours with a contemporary spin, courtesy of head chef Martin Simm.

For more information about Castle St Townhouse visit http://www.castlesttownhouse.co.uk or call 0151 363 7509.

the-brink-christmas-mocktails-1
The Brink

The Brink is offering a festive experience to remember with its limited edition range of seasonal Mocktails and pitchers.

The revolutionary social venture, located on Parr Street, has devised the exclusive offering to run alongside its already impressive 130 drinks menu of alcohol-free smoothies, juices, fresh presses and soft beverages.

Festive flavours include Mulled Mixed Berry Punch, Brink Toddy, Spiced Cherry, Seasonal Sherbet, A Little Bit of Luxury, Margarita and Brink Panther.

General Manager of The Brink Carl Bell said: “We are thrilled to unveil our newest offering in the form of our yuletide mocktails and pitchers. Each of the drinks have been specially created using ingredients and flavours synonymous with Christmas and can be served up alone or as a pitcher, ideal for sharing with friends, family and colleagues alike. With the cooler season certainly upon us, we have also presented a selection of hot drinks in a bid to warm up our customers.”

The Brink’s festive mocktails are priced at £2.95 per glass or £9.95 per pitcher (serves four). For more information about The Brink visit http://www.thebrinkliverpool.com or call 0151 703 0582.

Liverpool’s Castle St Townhouse Opens Its Doors

castle-st-townhouse-4

Castle St Townhouse has opened its doors to the public in the heart of Liverpool’s thriving Commercial District.

Complementing its cosmopolitan postcode, the all-day dining and drinking destination is providing a unique effortlessly elegant space for ‘legal eagles’ and socialites alike to while away the morning, noon and night.

By combining the ‘Three Bs’ (breakfast, brunch and bar), the new venue aims to blur the lines between social meetings and cocktail nights by rotating its core image and atmosphere throughout the day.

Owner and Director of Castle St Townhouse Jason McNeill said: “It is a great honour to open our doors on the increasingly popular Castle Street, and join a host of fantastic names within the hospitality industry. With Liverpool’s landscape ever changing, we wanted to provide an offering that was as unique as the city itself.

“To capture the essence of the brand’s mirror inspiration, the venue transforms throughout the day to reflect people’s changing faces and personalities to allow them to truly show their three sides as they wake, work and play.”

Early risers opting for the breakfast menu will enjoy a range of delicious breakfast bites including Poached Eggs, Chorizo Jam, Mushroom & Sourdough; Mascarpone & Buttermilk Pancakes with caramelised banana and maple syrup and Stornoway Black Pudding with Tomato, Hash, Poached Egg and Hollandaise. From 11am, the menu transforms to serve up innovative brunch dishes such as Shin of Beef with Kale and Carrot Celeriac; Hake Fillet with Spinach Hash, Avocado, Chilli and Chorizo and Rumpette Straw Fries with Béarnaise Sauce.

The venue also provides a duo of house specialities including the city’s first breakfast ‘afternoon tea’, aptly named The Townhouse Tier, which combines bitesize portions of breakfast favourites such as French Toast & Bacon, Danish & French Pastries and Fresh Fruit & Smoothie Shots. Meanwhile, the Bottomless Brunch offers delicious menu favourites along with unlimited Mimosas, Brunch Punch or Prosecco.

Jason added: “Our culinary offering, devised by Head Chef Martin Simm, is made up of a range of quintessentially British flavours paired with contemporary ingredients to create novel future classics and is inspired by the ritual of taking brunch at any time.

“By day we provide a gloriously relaxed meeting point for businesses to connect while grabbing a light bite to eat and drink, whereas come evening the lighting and music rotates and so does our core focus. In order to pay homage to New York’s pristine socialite culture, the venue adds a new dimension to Liverpool’s nightlife by combining a splendid interior with an immaculate service and genuine approach. Regardless of the time of day, we aim to create an unrivalled sunrise to sundown experience that goes on to make a lasting impression.”

Castle St Townhouse is open from 8am Monday-Friday and from 9am Saturday and Sunday.

For more information visit http://www.castlestreettownhouse.co.uk

The Northern Patrón Perfectionist Is Found

Patron
The team at Patrón came around to Manchester this week to host the next round of the current programme, the Patrón Perfectionist!

Hosted at Mr Cooper’s House and Garden, the competitors found their way to the northern heat by offering a unique Patrón serve, worthy of impressing the judging panel and ultimately winning a place in the final, held in London at The Lucky Pig.

Hailing from the likes of Alvino’s in Newcastle, Diabolica in Belfast and El Bandito in Liverpool, the competitors were joined by UK Brand Ambassador’s Karine Tillard and Dan Redman-Hubley as they re-created their serve to the panel of myself, Lewis Cooke of Epernay Champagne Bar in Manchester, and Sandrae Lawrence of the award-winning The Cocktail Lovers.

The top three will be showcased here today, so in third place saw Lincoln represent with Beckie Sullivan of The Strait and Narrow. Her ‘Especias Prohibida’ saw her shake and throw Patrón Silver, wasabi and ginger syrup, citric acid, Burlesque bitters and egg white, all garnished with the fragrant jasmine flower.

Beckie Sullivan
Beckie Sullivan’s ‘Especias Prohibida’

Shane Kilgarriff of Mr Cooper’s House and Garden, Manchester earned second place with his creation, ‘What The Water Gave Me’. Stirring down Patrón Reposado, German Riesling and rose liqueur, it came garnished with pebbles sourced direct from the Lake District.

Shane Kilgariff
Shane Kilgariff’s ‘What The Water Gave Me’

The winning serve though came from Joe Wild of El Bandito in Liverpool. Named ‘The Spirit of Sustainability’, it saw Patrón Silver, orange liqueur, lime juice, rosehip infused agave, orange blossom water and grapefruit juice, topped with homemade bee pollen soda water and a zest of fresh grapefruit.

Joe Wild
Joe Wild and his winning serve ‘Spirit of Sustainability’

So congratulations to Joe, who wins himself a trip to London to compete in the final against four other finalists from around the UK!

© David Marsland and Drinks Enthusiast 2016. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog/sites author and owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to David Marsland and Drinks Enthusiast with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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

Man's Ruin 4 LR
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.

Buffalo Trace Mystery Migration Hits Manchester

tumblr_obm29m3zMe1ttt0l6o1_540

The team at Buffalo Trace came around to Manchester once again to host their annual cocktail competition, but armed with a twist that saw the bartenders of the North West face a variety of challenges in a couple of unique settings.

Hosted at El Gato Negro, the competitors found their way to the final by offering a unique Buffalo Trace serve, but knowing that if they got through, a set of challenges awaited them. Hailing from the likes of Epernay in Manchester, Salt Dog Slims in Liverpool and Filter and Fox, also in Liverpool, the competitors were joined by UK Brand Ambassador Tim Giles, who alongside his team at Hi-Spirits (the UK distributor of Buffalo Trace) of Ross and Jack, set the day off with a ‘Buffalo Migration Tour’. Asking the bartenders to work on their starting clue, this led them to one of four venues across the city of Manchester, where once found, they were set a task that would test the knowledge of each individual when it came to the world of Buffalo Trace.

Tasks included getting the correct barrel maturation letters and numbers out of a series of 8 to choose from, a blind tasting of a selection of the Sazerac whisky range, including Buffalo Trace, as well as the family tree of the company itself. If correct, the competitor receives the key to the mystery box that contains items that can be used within their migration cocktail, if wrong, they have to pick an item, but not one you would necessarily find within a classic whiskey cocktail!

Once all 4 challenges have been completed, a rendezvous back at El Gato Negro kicked off the main portion of the cocktail competition, as each competitor had to re-create their Pioneering American cocktail that they entered with, as well as a Buffalo Trace cocktail using the ingredients won (or lost) over the four challenges.

file3
Bottle Shock, by Anthony Hogan

With myself, Tim and last years competition winner Joe Ballinger judging, each competitor showed off their skills in creation, as well as their knowledge of Buffalo Trace and the links from this to their ideas, both in the original recipe, as well as their quick-fire migration cocktail.

The top three will be showcased here today, so in third place saw Liverpool represent with Beth Leigh of MOJO Bar. Her original Pioneering Creation saw her create the ‘Trial by Jury’, which saw Buffalo Trace mixed with a spiced porter syrup, Giffard’s dark cacao, almond milk and egg white, served with an atomiser which contained White Dog whiskey, almond and chocolate bitters. Her Mystery Migration cocktail though saw her create the ‘Bloody Long Derby’, offering up Buffalo Trace, fresh tomatoes, lemon juice, mint, Antica Formula and sugar, topped with San Pellegrino Lemon and garnished with a mint sprig and fresh cherry tomatoes.

Anthony Hogan of Epernay, Manchester earned second place with his two cocktails. His Pioneering Cocktail, named the ‘Bottle Shock’ saw Buffalo Trace built with a Californian Cabernet Sauvignon, Peychaud’s bitters, lemon juice and blueberry with bluebell soda, garnished with mint and fresh blueberries. His on the spot Mystery Migration recipe, named ‘Hunters of Kentucky’, saw him build a recipe with Buffalo Trace, peach and Red Bull syrup, fresh tomato juice, Antica Formula and Peychaud’s Aperitivo, garnished with a peach fan and lemon zest.

file2
New Orleans Fizz and Celine Dijon by Will Meredith

The winning serves though, both seen as equal and of a high-standard when we were discussing the drinks in general, came from Will Meredith of El Gato Negro. His original entry saw him show off the ‘New Orleans Fizz’, a blended serve containing Buffalo Trace, egg white, milk and cream, homemade Creole New Orleans ketchup (fig, date, prune and cayenne pepper flavoured) and a corn, malt and rye syrup. His Mystery Migration serve saw a thrown creation of Buffalo Trace, Peychaud’s Aperitivo, a mango and Dijon mustard syrup, topped with Stella Artois, capped with the fantastic name of ‘Celine Dijon’.

So congratulations to Will, who wins himself a trip to the home of Buffalo Trace in Kentucky! A great idea for a cocktail competition, really getting the competitors to immerse themselves in the brands history and heritage, bringing it to the forefront in their Pioneering America cocktail, and testing their skills with the Mystery Migration serve. All whilst having their knowledge tested, really bringing out the best bartender in the North West and earning their stripes as they head to America.

Enjoy Kentucky Will!

© David Marsland and Drinks Enthusiast 2016. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog/sites author and owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to David Marsland and Drinks Enthusiast with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Castle St Townhouse Set To Open Its Doors This Summer

Castle St Townhouse
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

Void-owners-Dan-Joe-and-Adam
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.”