Vetro Bar, Essex

Vetro Bar BillericayA former rundown wine bar in the Essex town of Billericay has been transformed into a sophisticated new venue serving up cocktails and late-night DJs. Launched last month, it is the first bar project for entrepreneurs Laurence and Julie Holder who brought in leading design company Astounding Interiors to create a stylish interior to match their plans.

Astounding Interiors, headed by design director Steve Ward, has completely redesigned the former Stewarts Wine Bar into Vetro Bar, named after the Italian word for “glass”. “There was no expense spared in the procurement and build of this exclusive new venue,” Steve says. To appeal to a sophisticated crowd, Astounding Interiors used “sensually tactile materials” such as horse hide and snake skins together with stunning textures imported from Italy such as handmade liquid copper and steel tiles.

Backlit amethyst textured panels extend above the cosy booth seating and edgy cracked glass table tops. “The whole design has a VIP feel,” Steve adds. “Boundaries have been pushed, with every surface as visually stunning as the next whilst creating the perfect balance of aesthetics and lavishness.”

The bar houses media technology including an interchangeable LED video wall screen and a discreet JBL sound system, all controlled remotely via an IPad. Through cutting-edge lighting designs by the likes of Tom Dixon and bespoke seating throughout, Astounding Interiors has set out to create something original. “With a private room and bar available, it is destined to attract VIPs and is perfect for that special event,” Steve says. Outside, the opulence within is signalled by the external signage while frameless bi-fold doors create a stunning border to view the interior.

Vetro Bar Billericay

The managers, including general manager Mike Williams, have come to Billericay from Greece where they worked at super-club Rescue in Laganas, Zante. They have created a strong menu of twisted classics and modern cocktails, working with experienced mixologist Rod Eslamieh from the bar’s spirits supplier Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands (BBFB). Priced at £9, the cocktails include BBFB recipes such as the Gentleman Jack Sour, Grey Goose Le Fizz, Woodford Mint Julep, Elderflower Collins and Bombay Bramble while the signature cocktail, The Vetro, is a long drink full of fresh, fruity flavours, made with Bacardi Gold Rum, peach schnapps, lime juice, sugar syrup, pineapple juice and fresh mint leaves.

With its upmarket new look, the extensive wine list includes plenty of champagnes from Laurent-Perrier and Duval-Leroy up to Krug, Louis Roederer Cristal and Armand de Brignac. Both spirits and champagnes can be bought by the bottle, which is included in its booth packages for up to eight people available on Friday and Saturday nights.

Heineken, Amstel and Peroni are on draught alongside bottled beers such as Fuller’s London Pride, Staropramen and Asahi plus the full range of Rekorderlig ciders. Being open from 11am seven days a week, there is a strong tea and coffee selection plus cakes and snacks. Food ranges from sharing boards such as cheese or antipasto through to king prawn skewers and minute steak bruschetta.

Vetro is open until 1.30am on Fridays and Saturdays, with in-house DJs that are set to make the bar a destination for late-night partying. With its sophisticated offering and stunning interiors, Mike says the new bar is aimed at a “discerning” clientele. “It is an original and glamorous design for the stylish set.”

Vetro Bar, 2 Western Road, Billericay, Essex CM129DZ Tel: 01277 656581

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