A laid-back bar and music venue is the latest addition to Buzzworks Holdings’ portfolio of bars and restaurants around Ayrshire and beyond. The T-bar has opened next door to the group’s Tree House restaurant in Ayr, with a contemporary interior by leading designer Jim Hamilton & Company.
With an emphasis on upcycled and recycled materials, it features a pewter bar top that used to be at Buzzworks’ Prestwick restaurant Elliots and chairs from One World Interiors which specialises in giving stylish new life to old furniture. The wood finish on the wall was the old terrace flooring at The Tree House, while recycled bricks have been used to make up the frontage of the bar. Although part of the House brand, The Tree House and the new bar have their own unique identities.
The T-bar is designed to be a casual pub with a modern twist, offering a wide range of beers and cocktails as well as stone-baked pizzas made fresh to order, available all day from midday to late. Open till midnight Sundays to Thursdays and until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays, the bar will host a packed weekly schedule of entertainment, with a selection of live music performances and screenings of live sport events. The T-bar Sessions aim to support the local music scene in Ayrshire, showcasing a diverse and eclectic line-up at its weekly jam nights. The T-bar will host some bigger events with named acts, starting with Mark Morriss from The Bluetones on May 31.
Cocktails, priced around £5.50 to £7, include classics as well as original recipes such as the Hipster Highball, mixing Bombay Sapphire gin, RinQuinQuin peach aperitif, prosecco syrup, Monin peach syrup, lemon juice, Peychaud’s Bitters and soda. The Lady in Red combines Beefeater gin, Noval Black port, strawberry shrub, lemon, sugar and egg white, while Old Tom Morris #2 comprises Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban whisky, Ron Zacapa 23 rum, Pedro Ximénez sherry, pineapple oleo, Angostura Bitters, oak and thyme. The menu also features the Nitro Belvedere Espresso made with Belvedere vodka, Guinness, cold brew coffee, pineapple oleo, Fee Brothers Aztec Bitters and orange oil.
The T-bar also has a multi-purpose events space that can be booked for exclusive events. This striking indoor courtyard area features a selection of wall art from some of Scotland’s leading artists.
Buzzworks managing director Kenny Blair said: “The hospitality industry is constantly evolving and we saw an opportunity to create a cool and modern pub with a twist, which would both suit the local market and sit alongside our excellent restaurant offering at the Tree House. Although connected to The Tree House, we are keen for the T-bar to be recognised in its own right and look forward to welcoming both Buzzworks regulars and new visitors to our latest venture.”
The Tree House, which underwent a major refurbishment just six months ago, is one of five House brand venues within Buzzworks’ expanding portfolio of 10 bar-restaurants across Ayrshire and beyond to Bridge of Weir in Renfrewshire. The latest project means that the company has now invested over £750,000 in its Ayr venues over the past six months. It is also preparing to open a new bar restaurant, Scotts, at South Queensferry, near Edinburgh this summer.
The T-bar, 2C Boswell Park, Ayr KA7 1NP