One of the bars that led the cocktail scene in the 1990s is to be reborn in north London in a new project by its former owner, Redcomb Pubs.
Originally opened in 1997 by bartender Spike Marchant as part of a wave of new “style bars”, the now-closed Alphabet (pictured) in Beak Street, Soho, will be reinvented in the former site of Brazilian restaurant Cabana in Upper Street in Islington.
Due to open in August, it will be part of Redcomb’s new Urban Social division which is focused on creating independent and on-trend urban and neighbourhood social drinking and dining venues across London and beyond.
The new division includes Redcomb’s 180-cover bar and restaurant, Lockhouse Paddington in Merchant Square, London, as well as other new projects currently in the pipeline.
Redcomb, which operates 16 pubs and bars across London and the surrounding counties, is headed by Dan Shotton and Mark Draper.
The new site, sold via Davis Coffer Lyons, will undergo a £600,000 renovation to become a “second generation” Alphabet. Promising a laid-back atmosphere and upbeat service, Alphabet Islington will offer a menu that centres on “sharing and creativity, serving innovative cocktails with flair and internationally inspired dishes that aim to bring people together”.
With a 100-cover restaurant, the venue will also include a 50-cover roof terrace and bar and drinking area, all also available for private hire.
Mark said: “Alphabet Islington is a fast-moving and exciting new addition to Redcomb’s Urban Social portfolio of venues. Alongside our successful pub and bar operations, we see this new division as a key opportunity for growth, further expanding our presence across central London through the introduction of a range of independent social drinking and dining venues that centre on the neighbourhoods and audiences that they serve.
“This marks an exciting new chapter for us. Not only does it offer us the opportunity to take up residence in one of London’s most bustling neighbourhoods, but it also provides the chance to introduce a rejuvenated Alphabet offering to a new audience and generation.”