Round The Corner is now open on Kempston Street
BACK in September, Jennie Macaulay reported on the businesses breathing new life into London Road and Islington - the area known as Liverpool’s “Fabric District.” The area is undergoing a transformation - what was once an industrious area made up of tailors, seamstresses and material warehouses, is now seeing creative hubs and leisure spaces spring up.
Our aim is to create an inclusive space in the city centre
Now, another independent venue has opened on Kempston Street. Round The Corner is a brand new independent cocktail bar run by three friends; Andy, Jake and Sean.
They say the vision for Round The Corner is simple; “good drinks, good times and no nobheads.”
“Our aim is to create an inclusive space in the city centre, where you’re welcomed as if you are a guest in someone’s home rather than a customer," the lads say.
"Where you feel welcome, whoever you are, where the bartender knows your name, and you know theirs.”
The building has a fascinating history. In 1868, at the age of 20, with some help from Uncle Samuel, Owen Owen opened his own draper's emporium at 121 London Road, Liverpool.
Over the years the store expanded, and Owen Owen had the stables at 47 - 51 Kempston Street. Historian Philip Mayer notes that the stables were built in the late 1890s, between 1895 and 1900.
1890s illustration of Owen Owen's new stables in Kempston Street and how it looks today (but remarkable that the building is still there!) #Liverpool pic.twitter.com/SsdbCUnp4G
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Converting the building into a functioning bar was quite a task, as it had fallen into serious disrepair over the years. But Andy, Jake and Sean have done an incredible job of transforming the top floor and roof area into a bright and airy bar with a cosy cabin feel.
As part of the vision of creating a welcoming space, they have tried to build a bar for the modern age, by installing gender neutral toilets, and where possible, using reclaimed materials for the build.
Round The Corner features a partially roofed outdoor space, cocktail bar, and a lighting fixture made from recycled vintage cameras. There’s even a Mortal Kombat arcade machine free for guests to play.
The first major event taking place will be LGBTQ+ DJs Yeah Jackie's third annual Queer New Year on 31 December. Future plans include regular quizzes, open mic nights, student events and more.
Round The Corner will be officially opening its doors to the public on Sunday 28 November, but if you’re itching for a sneak peak then there’s a soft launch on Friday 26 and Saturday 27. Free tickets are available from Eventbrite.
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