Take a peak around Hull's legendary nightspot Sharkeys as it reopens after three years
Can the venue be revived to its former 90s glory? (Image: Peter Harbour)
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 2 Jan 2018
One of Hull's most legendary city centre nightspots has been revived from the dead after lying empty for three years.
Sharkeys pub closed in 2014 and its George Street premises subsequently lay vacant and disused.
But now with a new owner and a lick of paint, hopes are high that the bar can relive its 1990s heyday, when punters would pack it to the rafters on Saturday night.
Also formerly known as The Georgian, the pub was a popular pit stop for those working their way round that part of the city, or en route to Pozition.
Sharkeys has reopened following its closure in 2014. (Image: Peter Harbour)
News of its reopening first surfaced back in July but logistical problems delayed business until the Friday before Christmas, when eager festive drinkers piled in for the launch night.
Manager Fess Traynor, who is originally from east Hull, said early business had been strong.
"It's been a few months in coming but we're finally up and running," he said.
"The actual interiors didn't take that long - it was more the logistics and getting the licence and the legalities sorted. But we're there now, so it's onwards and upwards.
Bar supervisor Demi Grayson (left) and bar manager Chloe Calder (right) celebrate with a pint. (Image: Peter Harbour)
"The place is pretty much as it was. We've not had a revamp as such, it's just a lick of paint here and there and we've kept everything pretty basic.
"We might do a big revamp down the line when the budget allows it, but people generally just want the pub to kept tidy and clean and that's what we've got."
Mr Traynor, who has managed two bars in Hull before, said he wanted to take advantage of Sharkeys' illustrious past.
"We want to exploit the good name it once had," he said. "We're rolling out the red carpet and going over the top in our hospitality because we want people to feel very welcome.
"You look at what a lot of people have said online and you see that Sharkeys was a place everyone wanted to go to, and a place everyone wanted to be brought back.
"Well, we've given it them back now so they can enjoy it again!"