Cocktail Trading Co team reveal plans for new Bristol bar

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The team behind London’s Cocktail Trading Co bar and consultancy have revealed details about their new bar opening in Bristol later this month.

Her Majesty’s Secret Service (HMSS) will be a cocktail bar and “punch house” specialising in “highly creative, fun and experiential” cocktails – “at an exceptionally reasonable price”.

The 80-capacity venue is due to open in Whiteladies Road in Clifton on July 24, taking over the old site of Charlie’s Bar next to Clifton Down station.

It has been developed by Ben Alcock, Elliot Ball, Olly Brading and Andy Mil, who are behind The Cocktail Trading Company Development Bar & Table which opened in Soho in January.

Like the London bar, HMSS is intended to be a “creative hub” for both consumers and the trade to sample new creations and it will host tastings, master classes and cocktail events.

The menu will be presented in the style of a passport, offering a continually changing assortment of “highly interactive, humorous and impeccably presented” cocktails, sharing punches and non-alcoholic “faux-tails”.

The mocktails promise to be made with seasonal ingredients and with care: “These drinks will be a far cry from the usual grenadine-based concoctions, offering non-drinkers a great experience which is not an afterthought.”

The interiors will be “classy but quirky”, with a design combining themes of industrial, gin palace and espionage to create a “regal drinking parlour” – described as “where Bond would hide from his associates”. It is set to feature vintage upholstered chesterfields, polished oak and gun cabinets.

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