A team of entrepreneurs has transformed Liverpool’s former Newz Bar into a glamorous new destination for cocktails and food.
Amanzi – meaning “water” – has opened after a multimillion-pound refurbishment in Water Street in Liverpool’s business district ahead of a roll-out of the brand to Dubai, Los Angeles and Las Vegas over the coming months. The operating partner is restaurant entrepreneur Riad Erraji of Echelon Group.
Created by hospitality specialist Carroll Design, the luxurious interior features discreet tables and booths and, in keeping with the aquatic theme, a lighting projection to evoke the effect of running water.
It has a pan-Asian menu, with food sourced from local suppliers, including dry aged beef from British native herds and a board of regional cheeses. More exotic dishes include Pacific oysters and Alaskan king crab.
The bar offers a combination of twisted classic cocktails and original recipes, using ingredients from around the world to reflect the global influences in the food menu.
Ian McKeand, managing partner from investor MAC Capitol, said: “There was clearly demand for a destination venue like Amanzi in Liverpool.
“The quality of the food, drink, interior design and the calibre of the team all combine to create a truly special restaurant which will enhance the city’s offer within the hospitality market.”
Riad added: “We’re really pleased to be breathing life back into the former Newz Bar, which was once at the heart of Liverpool’s nightlife.
“Following the multi-million-pound refurbishment, we’ve put this Water Street address firmly on the map, creating a sophisticated, modern venue which will appeal to all those in this city and beyond who want to dine in style.”
Amanzi is open until midnight Monday to Thursday and until 3am on Fridays and Saturdays.
Amanzi, 18 Water Street, Liverpool L2 8TD