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Amoeba bar in Bristol’s Clifton Village closes after 18 years

A swanky new hotspot for gin lovers is about to open in Clifton Village, changing a long-serving bar which closed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.





Like many others, native businessman Rhys Thickett was saddened by the closure of Amoeba on Kings Highway, which constructed up a loyal following over its 18-year run due to a variety of cocktails, spirits and wines.

Eager to ensure the location subsequent to Clifton Arcade didn’t lay empty for lengthy, the 32-year-old snapped up the lease quickly after the bar’s earlier house owners introduced their plans to maneuver on and is now finishing up a significant refurbishment.

“Ameoba was a Clifton establishment and I’m planning to hold this ahead with an entire refurbishment and a brand new extremely distinctive picture which will certainly have the wow issue,” he stated.

“It had turn out to be an integral a part of the material of the group so I made a decision to take it on and hopefully give it new lease of life for the following eighteen years.”

Set over three flooring and intimate in nature, the brand new bar – which can have a brand new identify when it opens in September – might be a paradise for followers of the juniper-based drink.

Rhys plans to supply a bottle of each high prize-winning entry from this yr’s World Gin Awards and have all of them accessible for purchasers to get pleasure from.

To combine the intensive vary of gins Rhys is sourcing his tonics from The Artisan Drinks Co in London, with the goal of steering clear from the extra commonly-found Fever-Tree and Fentimans.

He additionally plans to host occasions together with ‘gin afternoon tea’ on Saturdays, whereas the venue might be accessible to rent out for teams of individuals trying to have fun occasions.

“Now that the brand new look is beginning to take form I am actually excited and may’t wait to get going,” added Rhys.

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“There are some nice pubs in Clifton Village however I really feel the world is crying out for an honest bar, and I am hopeful we will fill that void.”

Rhys hopes to throw the doorways open for a gentle launch subsequent month earlier than opening to the general public in September.

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