New venue roundup: Nocturnal Animals in Birmingham plus third sites for Manahatta and Pint Shop

By Stuart Stone contact

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Venue roundup: new site news for the week commencing 29 October
Venue roundup: new site news for the week commencing 29 October
Concepts themed on the 1980s and 1860s come to Birmingham, while Arc Inspirations announces its 21st site

Nocturnal Animals

New Wilderness concept to open in Birmingham

Bar operator The Wilderness will open the doors of new 80’s pop culture themed concept Nocturnal Animals in Birmingham on 1 November.

Featuring a 42-cover fine dining restaurant and an upstairs bar with capacity for up to 60 people, the venue will feature an eclectic menu incorporating Japanese and Chinese cooking, as well as a cocktail menu from James Bowker, two-time GB finalist at the world’s biggest cocktail competition, World Class.

Moreover Brett Connor, a finalist on MasterChef: The Professionals​, will oversee Nocturnal Animals’ theatrical Champagne and cocktails afternoon tea.

Chef-patron Alex Claridge commented: “Nocturnal Animals takes food and drink dead serious, but that’s about it.

“This is fun dining above all else. We are bringing something very different and very new to the heart of the city.” 


Arc Inspirations to open Manahatta Newcastle

Arc Inspirations, the operator behind Banyan Bar & Kitchen and The Box, has announced plans to open a branch of New York-style premium bar-restaurant concept Manahatta in Newcastle.

Set for a September 2019 opening in a Grade II listed building, the new venue will join three Manahatta venues across Manchester and Leeds, employ approximately 70 staff, and take the total number of Arc Inspirations bars and bar-restaurants to 21.

Arc Inspirations chief executive Martin Wolstencroft, commented: “This is a very exciting time for the business as we look to ramp up our expansion and take our brands to new cities across the UK.

“We have refined and perfected the proposition of our core brands – Manahatta, Banyan Bar & Kitchen and The Box – so that we can open them in close proximity within a city with confidence that they will trade harmoniously.”

The new Manahatta site will open subject to a pending licensing application.

Pint shop

Pint Shop opens third site in Birmingham

Based in Bennetts Hill, Birmingham, the latest opening from Pint Shop in England’s second city boasts 27 beer lines and more than 100 gins.

The design of the new venue, set on a site dating back to the 1860s, mirrors the hybrid alehouse and city pub style of Pint Shop’s Oxford and Cambridge venues. 

Specialising in meat, bread, and beer, the Birmingham branch of Pint Shop – which opened its doors on 10 October – features a 55-cover dining room and brings more than 40 new job openings to the area.

Pint Shop co-owner Benny Peverelli commented: “In a word we have been ‘blown away’ with the vibrancy of the city and its lovely welcoming folk since beginning our search for our next Pint Shop. 

“Leading up to our opening we wanted to get in touch with the community and took part in a number of local events including ‘Taps’ and the ‘Lock and Key Beer Festival’. The welcome from foodie and drink folk has been so warm and informative.”

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