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Old Barrow nightspot to be revived as classy bar

A NEW bar is to open in a legendary Barrow venue, creating up to 15 jobs.

The Drawing Room will be based on the ground floor of the Lord Ramsden building on the corner of Duke Street and Abbey Road.

The new club, set to open on December 7, is the idea of Liam Smyth, 30, and Stephen Metcalfe, 52.

They described the venture as falling somewhere between a high-end bar and classy late night venue inspired by the Northern Quarter area of Manchester.

With between 10 and 15 members of staff to be recruited, the bar will open seven days a week.

It will open at 11am and cater for lunchtime and after-work trade, before turning into a relaxed bar in the evenings and a party venue at weekends, with a DJ booth and a Funktion-One sound system.

Mr Smyth, a DJ who runs the house music night Mi Casa with Peter Wilson, who is helping him promote The Drawing Room, said: “It came from me thinking it’s something Barrow needed.

“I know there’s a few bars about, but the nightlife seemed to stagnate a bit a few years ago, I felt.

“I just thought there’s a bit of niche there in the market and then this place came up and we thought it was an ideal location.”

The Grade II listed building is owned by South Cumbria Financial Services. The firm, part-owned by independent financial advisor Lee Neatis, bought the building in 2010.

The ground floor section occupied by the bar was once home to the nightclub Legends.

Mr Metcalfe, an accountant by trade who is making his first venture into the bar scene, said: “We’re trying to replicate some of the city bars to some extent.

“The late-night trade is not really catered for in Barrow, other than night clubs, so hopefully this will be an alternative.

“It was Liam’s idea originally, but when I started looking around the Barrow nightlife myself, I felt there’s definitely a gap in the market in Barrow.”

Have your say

Isn't a 'Classy Bar' and Barrow, a contradiction in terms.
A 'Cocktail' bar in Barrow, means WKD.
Stick to the usual and then you can drink too much and start fighting. Oh and of course the vomit and the remarks from 'local ladies' if any man should dress smartly. Chiswick has good bars , Barrow doesn't and never will.

Posted by Willy on 24 November 2012 at 13:05

Agree with Anthony - a classy bar/restaurant is long overdue. We dont go into Barrow at night now as theres nowhere decent enough to spend an nice evening with friends without music blasting out. Good Luck guys, hope it works out for you.

Posted by Speak Up on 22 November 2012 at 22:15

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