Shaker Group to open new cocktail bar in Birmingham

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A new cocktail bar and restaurant in Birmingham city centre is being developed by the team behind Shaker Consultancy and bar schools.

Gas Street Social is due to open in March in The Mailbox in Wharfside Street as part of a £50million redevelopment of the retail and leisure complex.

Described as an “urban neighbourhood kitchen”, the new bar and restaurant will serve craft cocktails, regional and international beers, fine wines and artisan coffee. With over 250 covers, it will specialise in “simple, seasonal, modern European sharing cuisine”.

Named after a nearby street and basin on the Birmingham Canal, it is “inspired by the cultural and industrial context of Birmingham’s rich history”.

Adam Freeth, director of Shaker Group and Gas Street Social, told the Birmingham Mail: “We are delighted to officially open our doors to the general public when The Mailbox’s refurbishment is completed next spring.

“We’ve brought together a fantastic team to create an incredible design and food and beverage offer which we believe will be a great addition to the newly refurbished Mailbox and Birmingham’s world-class culinary scene.”

As well as operating Shaker & Co bar and BarSchool in London, Shaker Group is based in Birmingham where it also runs training courses. Its consultancy arm works with bars and restaurants around the world.

Opened in 1998, The Mailbox was created out of a former Royal Mail sorting office. The redevelopment will also include a new three-screen 12,000 sq ft Everyman cinema and retailers such as Hugo Boss, Emporio Armani, LK Bennett, Jaeger, and Gieves & Hawkes.

Existing shops are remaining open throughout the refurbishment, along with the complex’s bars, restaurants, hotels, offices and car park.

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