Where the walls were once shades of beige, upon entering the bar you are now greeted by rich, deep, turquoise blues set against black-blues and greys, with reclaimed timber panelling that has now created a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Concrete style wallpaper has been used, whilst another featuring yard sticks has added interesting textures, in keeping with the initial brief. The warm filament lighting set against the rich colours of the décor inside has created an inviting glow that spills out through the large feature windows into the bustling Yorkshire streets.
An existing oak floor was stripped back and re-finished to bring out the natural grain of the timber, which sits against a contrasting new black and white geometric tiled bar apron. The dark painted and distressed bar front, has now been highlighted with LED lighting and the clean, cool stainless-steel bar top sits in contrast against the aged steel finishes of the new over-bar glass racking and back fitting shelving.
One of the biggest changes we made to the venue, both from a physical and operational point of view, was the seating area. Once filled with sofas, these were rarely occupied and not the most effective use of the space. Throughout the course of the project, this area was transformed using a variety of different seating styles from large circular booths, dining seating, party tables to window drinking shelves and comfortable leather tub chairs. This area is now the first to fill up, with customers looking for a spot to sit and watch the world go by.
Being experienced multi-site operators within the E.i. Group Pub Partnership, the Publicans Rob and Alison were keen to be involved in the design and we built a great working relationship with them. They helped select the vast array of bric-a-brac creating a lively scheme with focal points in every direction. The finishing touch was a small, silver birch tree courtesy of Alison’s garden, which we decorated with hundreds of twinkling lights.
Overall, So! Bar now represents an all-round drinking and dining venue for customers who are looking for a quality offer, in an inviting and quirky environment.