Arts and craft: The Hockley Arts Club in Nottingham

Hockley Arts Club Nottingham bar

The Hockley Arts Club is a new creative space for eating and drinking in Nottingham

Spread over four floors, The Hockley Arts Club in Nottingham has been described as “a seemingly endless adventure of a bar”. With an eclectic series of rooms, it has been created by the team behind Das Kino, the bar, restaurant and ping-pong venue in the city centre. It is located within a Grade II-listed Victorian building, formerly the offices of silk merchants George Wrigley & Sons, in Hockley, an area of independent stores, cafés and bars such as Boilermaker.

The ground floor of the new venue is furnished with mid-century furniture and Scandinavian wood panelling and features an imposing back bar stocked with boutique spirits and liqueurs. Moving upstairs, the rooms have the more intimate feel of a gentleman’s club, with original fittings and an impressive bar, all lit by moody lamps and striking neon lights. In the loft space is The Electric Garden where the outdoors has been brought inside, with a third bar enclosed by foliage. It was designed by the owners with designer Chris Guest, who operates The Brooklyn Social in Derby, plus artwork from collective Urban Canvas and graphic design by Allan Buxton.

Hockley Arts Club Nottingham bar

Alongside an extensive wine list, the bar offers classic and original “crafted” cocktails inspired by childhood memories and products unearthed on the team’s travels. Using high-quality, house-made and locally sourced ingredients, the drinks include When Life Gives You Lemons, described as a deconstructed lemon sherbet sweet, and the Dubble Bubble, evoking nostalgic bubblegum flavours with Baileys, milk and cream. The Twister is a deconstructed and reconstructed Ramos Gin Fizz made with ingredients including Reyka Vodka, strawberry and fruit cider.

A good selection of craft beers is available in bottles including Tank 7 saison and Single Wide IPA from Boulevard Brewing Co in Missouri, Devassa Loura lager from Brazil, and Camden Gentleman’s Wit lemon and bergamot wheat beer from Camden Town Brewery.

Hockley Arts Club Nottingham bar

The Hockley Arts Club is also a destination for casual dining, aiming to provide something different on Nottingham’s varied food scene. With an emphasis on “social eating”, the menu includes dishes such as savoury roasted chicken popcorn, black pudding and crisp bacon salad, with a special menu on Sundays offering traditional roast dinners.

Adam Sumner, who has moved over from Das Kino to be general manager of The Hockley Arts Club, describes the venue as a creative space for social eating and drinking. “Nottingham is an incredibly culturally diverse and vibrant city, with a ton of choice, so you have to work really hard to bring something new to the scene.”

The Hockley Arts Club, 20a Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN
Tel: 07469 977847

Hockley Arts Club Nottingham bar

Originally published in the March 2016 print edition of Bar magazine.

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