Caribbean-inspired cocktail bar to open in Liverpool

A Caribbean-inspired cocktail bar is to open in Liverpool city centre following the closure of the previous venue

Santa Chupitos
Santa Chupitos is closed for good and will be replaced by Manolo

 

A new bar brand is to open in Slater Street in Liverpool city centre replacing a previous venue that closed after 13 years.

Santa Chupitos has now disappeared for good and will be replaced by Manolo. This will offer “Caribbean-inspired cocktails, reimagined classics and bar snacks”. Salt Dog Slims owner Nick Thomas is behind the new venture.

He said: “I have been working diligently behind the scenes for years now on some of the ideas and concepts that I want to bring into Manolo.

“I have been working on lab-based projects and re-designed classic drinks, to what I believe makes a truly unique guest experience. A London hotel bar style service with Caribbean drinks. I can’t wait to get started.”

John Ennis, director of Santa Chupitos and of GSG Hospitality, explained why the venue had closed: “Since COVID, things have changed drastically for the hospitality industry – there’s been a huge shift in clientele and we recognised that Santas wasn’t trading the way it had done pre-COVID.”

 

El Bandito
El Bandito is located in Slater Street in Liverpool

 

Next door to Manolo on Slater Street, another bar El Bandito, owned by GSG, is currently closed. However, John says it will reopen after a refurbishment. There will also be a new outdoor seating area and new cocktail menu with the venue reopening in August.

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He added: “El Bandito was due an upgrade and we’re really excited to reopen Liverpool’s world famous tequileria this summer. This will give El Bandito another dimension, welcoming al fresco drinking and be a reminder for why El Bandito exists; to spread the good name of agave and that’s what it’ll continue to do.”

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