Nottingham says Willkommen to Das Kino

Das Kino bar

A team of Nottingham entrepreneurs have transformed a former warehouse site into a striking new bar inspired by 1930s German cinema

New life has been breathed into one of Nottingham’s landmark sites with the opening of Das Kino. Inspired by 1930s German cinema, the venue is in a former lace warehouse in Fletcher Gate that has been through a variety of guises over the years from The Old Vic and Cabaret to Escucha. The new owners have created something unique to the city, offering premium cocktails, handmade pizza, ping-pong and live music under one roof.

Das Kino has been developed by three local entrepreneurs operating as Audacity Leisure who want to remain anonymous but have a background in Nottingham’s late-night scene. They have drawn influences from classic German cinema, bringing in theatre designers from Nottingham Playhouse to help them create striking artwork around the venue. The result is cinema seating, graffiti, classic pop art, bespoke industrial lighting and reclaimed wood flooring sourced from a local church.

As well as having two large bars, the venue features four ping-pong tables, which can be booked in advance, and a 1950s-style photo booth. The quirky 1930s German style extends to the menu, which includes some educational extracts from a German-English dictionary.

Adam Sumner, general manager at Das Kino, said: “We’re really pleased with the finished look and feel of the bar and we’ve been getting some great feedback from customers. The ping-pong tables are proving to be a real hit with some healthy competition developing between friends, and those not interested in doing anything energetic, are enjoying the chilled-out environment and the chance to try one of our premium cocktails.”

The drinks list was devised by Adam and his team, including a mixture of classic and original cocktails, priced between £7 and £8.50. One of the signature drinks is the Pechenye White Russian, twisting the classic party drink with caramel biscuit spread, topped off with grated dark chocolate – “pechenye” is Russian for “biscuit”. The Amaretto Sour is also twisted, with a dollop of rhubarb and ginger jam to eat on the side or mix in for added spice.

The manager’s special is the Sister Josephine, combining Hendrick’s Gin with freshly squeezed orange juice, coriander and black pepper. There is also a changing list of prosecco-based cocktails on offer. “We have all worked in cocktail bars from far and wide and have taken influence from a variety of different flavours and blends,” Adam adds.

The bars also offer a list of floats, served up with a locally sourced double vanilla pod ice cream
and a tasty topping. Options include El Flotador de Cuba, with a base of Havana Club 3 Year Old rum and ginger ale with raisins, and the Nutty Professor, made with Spanish beer Moritz and nuts. The Sassafras float combines dandelion and burdock with Disaronno amaretto and fresh cherries.

Along with a selection of wines, the bar stocks a regularly changing range of world beers, such as craft beers imported from Hawaii, Iceland and Seattle. On draught, the range at time of opening included Sharp’s Doom Bar, Krušovice Imperial and Kozel from the Czech Republic, and Blue Moon from the US.
Food is provided by Oscar and Rosie’s, a pop-up-style restaurant that first appeared at a Nottingham café earlier this year but has now taken up a residency at Das Kino. It serves classic fresh pizzas with a twist, which are available from midday to 4pm for lunch and from a late-night slice counter serving until the early hours. Desserts are also available such as a whole orange hole cake and meringue kisses with homemade salted caramel sauce.

Olly Hunter, the man behind Oscar and Rosie’s, said: “All the food is locally sourced and is created fresh on site. Our pizza sauces are made from scratch and even the cheese is cut by hand so it melts just right. It’s great to be taking residence in Das Kino and we’re looking forward to even more people trying our food, either for a relaxing lunchtime bite or a slice of pizza with friends after a few drinks.”

Das Kino is open seven days a week from midday until as late as 2am, with a programme of live music planned. Since opening in September, it has attracted good write-ups, with the Nottingham Post stating, “There’s nothing else in the city quite like it”. Adam, who has worked in other bars and pubs in the area, adds: “Das Kino has been created by a group of local independent operators keen to offer Nottingham something different.”

22 Fletcher Gate, Nottingham NG1 2FZ
Tel: 0115 947 3132

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