Nottingham’s Das Kino team to open ‘hidden secret’ bar

Hockley Arts Club

The team behind Nottingham bar Das Kino are to open a new venue for cocktails, wine and casual dining, tucked away down a passage in the Hockley area of the city.

The Hockley Arts Club in Carlton Street is due to open this month across four floors of a Victorian grade II-listed building that was formerly the offices of George Wigley & Son’s silk merchants and importers (pictured).

The “hidden secret” bar is being created by Audacity Leisure which opened Das Kino in the city centre a year ago – a bar inspired by 1930s German cinema specialising in premium cocktails, handmade pizza, ping-pong and live music.

Adam Sumner, general manager of The Hockley Arts Club, said: “I have seen The Hockley Arts Club evolve from its conception. With such interesting local history and stunning Victorian architecture, it is impossible not to be creatively inspired along the way. We are also ensuring we preserve the beautiful nature of this building.”

The ground floor will feature mid-century furniture, Scandinavian wood panelling and an imposing back bar stocked with glass vessels of unusual aged spirits.

On the first floor, it will have the intimate feel of an exclusive members club. The bar will dominate a stunning main room full of original features, which leads into a series of grade II-listed spaces where the historic nature of this building has been preserved.

The kitsch Electric Garden lies in the loft space, enticing guests with its vibrant lighting, described as a “fabulous outdoor meets indoor” space.

Adam added: “Our chefs will be creating dishes that are designed to taste as good as they look. The menu will include a vast array of small plates designed for sharing and casual eating with the finest, fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

“Nottingham is an incredibly culturally diverse and vibrant city, with a ton of choice, so you have to work really hard to bring something new to the scene in terms of food and taste that will excite people.

“The team are thrilled to be opening a building with such unique identity and with The Hockley Arts Club we aim to provide a lasting legacy that Nottingham will be proud of.”

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