Tonight Josephine to open in Liverpool

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Rollout continues at pace: Sarah Willingham chief executive of Nightcap is pleased with trade at its new sites (credit: Nicky Johnston)
Rollout continues at pace: Sarah Willingham chief executive of Nightcap is pleased with trade at its new sites (credit: Nicky Johnston)

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Cocktail and party bar brand Tonight Josephine has announced it will open in Liverpool later this year for its sixth UK site.

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Tonight Josephine, which is part of the Adventure Bar Group under the umbrella of the Nightcap group, opened a bar in Cardiff​ last week to join its sister sites in Waterloo, Shoreditch, Clapham and Birmingham. The Adventure Bar Group will have 11 sites when the Liverpool venue opens.

The latest site for Tonight Josephine will be located at 85-89 Hanover Street, Liverpool, with the site covering approximately 7,893sq ft, split across a ground-floor entrance, basement and lower basement and has an unrestricted capacity of 350. Its licensed hours are until 2am on Monday to Thursday and 3am on Friday and Saturday.

Rapid rollout

Nightcap, which owns The Cocktail Club​, the Adventure Bar Group and the Barrio Familia group of bars now has 32 sites within its estate and a further 24 premises under offer or in legal negotiations for all of its brands and continues to see favourable market conditions for site acquisitions across the UK.

Nightcap chief executive Sarah Willingham said: “The Tonight Josephine brand is ready to continue its rapid rollout across the UK. We opened in Birmingham, Clapham and most recently launched in Cardiff, with several sold-out events and evenings from the outset.

“All of these sites have traded very well since opening and we now cannot wait to start trading our sixth Tonight Josephine in Liverpool.”

‘Fantastic’ results

Other sites within the Adventure Bar Group include Blame Gloria, The Escapologist, Bar Elba, Nikki’s Bar Shoreditch, Jimi Loves Gloria, The Lost Alhambra and Luna Springs.

Nightcap recently reported its half-year results​​, which it described as “fantastic”. Its revenues rose by more 700% and also reported like-for-like revenue growth of almost a quarter (24.8%) for the nine weeks ending 27 February 2022, compared to the same period in 2020 and a similar percentage (24.6%) against the same time-frame in 2019.

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