From toilet pitstop to converted cocktail hotspot...
The team behind Public, the new bar set to open in a former WC underneath Sheffield Town Hall, has confirmed it is set to open in November and revealed some of the finer details of their vision.
It is the fourth venue from James O’ Hara and James Hill, who already run Picture House Social on Abbeydale Road, plus The Great Gatsby and Daisy’s on Division Street.
They say it will be ‘an intimate, speakeasy style cocktail bar located underground in the converted public toilets of Sheffield Town Hall.’
The former men’s toilet is under the pavement beside the Town Hall, accessed by a set of stairs, and closed down around three years ago.
The space is part of the structure of the hall, which is a Grade I listed building.
Public will have a cocktail menu with five different sections - including Public Footpath, featuring recipes using local ingredients such as blackberry infused gin made with fruit gathered in the Peak District.
Other cocktails will incorporate a focus on limiting waste. The Knockbox City Limits drink from the Public Awareness section will infuse waste coffee grounds from cafe Steam Yard in Pedro Xinmenze while the Sherbert Foundation will use citrus peel for its sour flavour.
There will also be a small plates and sharing food menu, designed to compliment the cocktails and use seasonal produce, as well as an extensive wine list.
The converted loo will seat 40 people and promises a bright, colourful and stylish interior.
There will also be a‘vinyl only’ music policy, with all records provided by Sheffield’s independent record store, Bear Tree Records.
“Public will lead an emerging trend of exceptional cocktail bars outside of London and is set to become the first of its kind as Sheffield’s newest luxury drinking destination”, said the two James.