A new wine and cocktail bar is opening in Hull city centre

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 12 Feb 2018

The owners of a new bar in George Street say they hope to see the area at the heart of the city’s late-night economy again.

Partners Mike Wrightson and Lloyd Grieveson are turning a former Black and Decker shop on the corner of George Street into a “community oriented” cocktail and wine bar.

The area is currently the scene of regeneration, with the reopening of popular bar Sharkey’s, plans to transform the recently closed Valbon into accommodation and the success of the Comedy Lounge in the former laser quest building.

The pair have been working on the development since December and say they plan to open the bar in March.

Mr Grieveson has previously been involved in pubs in the city, but the project is a major step change for former marine, Mr Wrightson.

He said: “I was in the marines until about 2012, and then worked in armed security in the Middle East. I came back here and worked as an urgent blood transport driver, but I just wanted a new challenge.

“My partner’s from a background where, with his family, he’s been involved in successful pubs around Hull so we think we have what is needed to make it work.

“The plan is open up in March and progress is going all right so far. We want to make it somewhere with a really nice, casual laid back atmosphere.

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“What we are going for is a bar with music at its heart, with a piano and guitar for people to play.

“We want to hold open mic nights and things like that, but also for people who may not have their own instruments any more to just come in, pick it up and play.”

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Mr Wrightson says he also wants the laid back wine and cocktail bar to have a very community-centric feel, with cocktail’s recognising its Hull heritage.

Construction is under way inside the George Street bar

He said: “The focus will also be on the drinks as well, with nice wine and good variety of cocktails. We are going to have a couple of special community cocktails to help raise money for charities - one in association with Hull for Heroes and another Jean Bishop, with 50p from each going the charities.

"We are going to have some special Hull ones as well, so hopefully people can see the community aspect of the bar.”

The pair say they opted for this location because of the positivity currently around the George Street area, with businesses reopening and apartments being developed nearby.

“We looked at a couple of possible sites and chose here because of the positive atmosphere in the area,” Mr Wrightson said.

The new bar is opposite the former Valbon club

“With the new hotel being developed, new flats, K2, and Sharkey’s reopening it seemed like a really good opportunity to come in, as it is really growing.

“The comedy lounge is doing really well, and we’d love to work with them, so we really think this is great chance for the area."

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