Eclectic to open new site for Japanese concept Sakura

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Eclectic Bar Group is to launch its first new bar under the Japanese-style concept Sakura in nearly four years in a revamp of tiki bar Lola Lo in Bournemouth.

Sakura is due to open on Richmond Hill, Bournemouth, on Friday (August 22), blending “contemporary Japanese cool with timeless glamour”. The last Sakura opened in Deansgate Locks, Manchester, in October 2010 (pictured) while Reading’s opened in 2008.

The company has also revamped its Cuban-themed venue Embargo 59 in London’s King’s Road, relaunching it as Embargo Republica, including a redesign and extension of its rooftop bar to emulate “a Caribbean island paradise”.

The new Sakura will offer an extensive range of premium champagnes, wines and spirits alongside a cocktail menu of classics such as a Bellini, Mojito and Cosmopolitan and drinks with a distinctly Japanese twist.

These will include Sake Snap, made with butterscotch-flavoured sake, butterscotch schnapps and Amarula liqueur shaken with hazelnut syrup, cream and milk, and Cherry Blossom, combining Luxardo amaretto and cherry liqueurs with lemon juice and cranberry juice.

Offering full table service, the new venue will have an interior of dark woods contrasting with light leather seating. Key features will include a sunken bar and illuminated dance floors.

Lee Nicolson, the company’s chief operating officer, said: “Japan has a very distinctive approach to design, and we like to think that we’ve managed to bring the best of it to Bournemouth.”

Eclectic is continuing to roll out its Lola Lo concept, with nine sites around the UK plus two more due to open by next summer in Sheffield and Liverpool.

Embargo Republica is designed to capture the “spirit, style and smoothness” of Cuba and bring an “exuberant mix of grit and glamour” to King’s Road in Chelsea.

It was last refurbished by Eclectic in 2009, when long-established club Embargo was relaunched as Embargo 59. The latest project has seen it revamped and expanded, including the larger rooftop bar. The whole venue is entered through a cigar shop and has a cool and contemporary new look featuring vintage furniture.

It will have a programme of live bands, DJs and acoustic acts, with Latin rhythms from the likes of Victor Hugo & the Mambo Boys and Salsa Fuego Trio.

The bar has an extensive premium champagne menu, featuring the best vintages from the finest houses. Its Rum Bar offers more than 20 rums from across the world, with a selection that covers everything from the classic to “the curious”.

Andy Johnson, the venue’s general manager, said: “We have gone all-out to create a tropical haven that oozes style and finery through the essence of Cuban al-fresco living, from the chilled-out vibe of the early evening to the all-out pleasure of dancing the night away to smooth, sensual beats.”
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