A new Sheffield bar and underground 'speakeasy' is coming – of a standard ‘never seen before’ in the city with indoor waterfalls

Work is well under way on a new bar in the middle of Sheffield which bosses say will be of a standard ‘never seen before’ in the city.

Tuesday, 23rd June 2020, 3:09 pm
Updated Tuesday, 23rd June 2020, 4:45 pm

Mr Wilson’s will be on West Street, spanning three former shops next to the Pizza Hut delivery store opposite the Jobcentre Plus.

From the team behind CODE nightclub on Eyre Street and Molly Malone's Irish Tavern, also on West Street just yards away from the new site, the bar will be divided into two.

“At pavement level is Mr Wilson's – a complete rethink of the modern cocktail bar featuring indoor waterfalls, a stunning island bar and a standard of finish never seen before in Sheffield,” the owners said.

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Visitors can then ‘venture underground to Mr Wilson's Speakeasy and go back in time 100 years’. “You'll find low ceilings, rich mahogany wood finishes, Chesterfield sofas and wing back chairs – Mr Wilson's is an exclusive hideaway where every single customer is a VIP.”

The name was chosen as the building was once part of Samuel Wilson & Son Limited, which had a service station and showroom on West Street that stocked agricultural and industrial vehicles. The place displayed tractors in its front windows.

“We really liked the name and wanted to keep the history as part of it,” said the bar's head of marketing Simon Tomlinson.

A definite opening date has yet to be announced, but the team is working towards a launch later this year.

Mr Wilson's promises 'a complete rethink of the modern cocktail bar'. Picture: Mr Wilson's.

The plans are a further encouraging sign for Sheffield's post-pandemic leisure trade. Last week it emerged that The Wick At Both Ends, another West Street bar, had been sold for more than £500,000, and that the operators of The Botanist – the Knutsford-based New World Trading Company – had applied for a licence to open a food and drink venue in the council-led Heart of the City II development.

"We're extremely confident that the nightlife industry can bounce back following lockdown,” said Simon.

“We recognise that the world has changed in the past few months, but we're incredibly proud to be part of the Sheffield nightlife scene, which is both fast-moving and forward-thinking.”

Visit www.mrwilsons.co.uk for details and to sign up for a free drink voucher before the opening weekend.

Outside the new bar as work continues on West Street. Picture: Mr Wilson's.

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West Street in 1964 - the motor showrooms of Samuel Wilson are prominent on the right.