Moto Covent Garden

Moto, a new Japanese-inspired bar and retail space, is preparing to open in London’s Covent Garden. The 25-cover bar will serve a range of independent craft sakes and Japanese spirits sourced direct from breweries, which can be enjoyed alongside a contemporary Japanese food and snacks offering. To create the concept, the venue’s founders spent years …

London’s Bermondsey has welcomed Vermouth 49, a new experiential bar that celebrates vermouth and Spain’s aperitivo culture. Located under a Victorian railway arch in Bermondsey, Vermouth 49 is inspired by the vermouth bars of Spain. It serves the fortified wine drink neat or on the rocks, accompanied by a selection of “salty nibbles”. The bar’s …

Colours Hoxton

The Mothership Group, the team behind venues Queen of Hoxton, The Book Club and Brighton’s Patterns, has opened a new multi-arts bar and club in Hoxton called Colours. Residing on the former site of Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, Colours has been created in collaboration with east London live music venues Hackney’s Village Underground and …

Jimmy's Liverpool

Nightlife and music venue Jimmy’s has opened its doors on Liverpool’s Bold Street following a total refit of the former Cabin Club premises. The team behind the Jimmy’s brand have transformed the infamous Havelock Building into a “rock ‘n’ roll haven”, incorporating features such as neon signage, classic lava lamps and bespoke posters and prints. …

Cirque Manchester

Cream Group, the operator behind renowned London nightclub Cirque Le Soir, has opened a new venue in Manchester. Aptly named Cirque, the club, which is located on Manchester’s Queen Street, features risqué and exhilarating performers, star guests and funfair interiors. Operations director John Common said: “We’ve been planning to open our new concept, Cirque, for …

Luigi's Bar cocktails

Jim Fisher, founder of Spelzini, the Italian café and all-day eatery, is launching Luigi’s Bar in Shoreditch this September. Located on Shoreditch High Street, Luigi’s “takes its cues from the best of modern Italian design”, with low-slung leather sofas, elongated marble tables and minimalist pale oak dining chairs. Inspired by Jim’s Italian heritage and the …

Darling House

Darling House, a new experiential house party-inspired cocktail bar, has opened beneath Hello Darling restaurant in Waterloo, London. Masterminded by theatrical set designers Darling & Edge, the two-storey residence features six lavishly decorated rooms, which have been designed to resemble a home. Guests arrive through a secret entrance disguised within a painting on the wall. …

Berkeley Bar and Terrace interior

Zoe Fryday checks in to The Berkeley, London to discover the hotel’s new luxury cocktail bar If you’re familiar with The Berkeley, you’ll know of the Blue Bar. This legendary hotel cocktail den has a new sister venue, and its offering a fresh kind of drinking experience for residents and walk-in visitors alike. The Berkeley …

Manahatta

Leading operator Arc Inspirations is opening the doors to its New York-inspired bar concept Manahatta in Harrogate, Yorkshire this September. Residing off Parliament Street in the site currently occupied by The Pit, a £400k investment has seen the space dramatically renovated, with a glamorous interior featuring peacock blue booths and neon signage. Manahatta Harrogate will …

Murder Inc interior

Zoe Fryday visits Murder Inc in London’s Fitzrovia, the latest bar from The Cocktail Trading Co The Cocktail Trading Company (CTC) never fails to impress and excite when it comes to serving a bit of tongue-in-cheek theatricality, taking imbibers on a tantalising journey into the weird, wacky and wonderful. Murder Inc, the team’s latest venture, …