Grantham drinks business invests £100,000 in new speakeasy cocktail bar for town

Paul, Karen and Luke Adams, of the Trickling Tap, in Grantham, are opening a Speakeasy cocktail bar called the Tap and Tonic.
Paul, Karen and Luke Adams, of the Trickling Tap, in Grantham, are opening a Speakeasy cocktail bar called the Tap and Tonic.
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A Grantham business is ploughing £100,000 into a new venture which will see a speakeasy cocktail bar and lounge open in the town in November.

The owners of the Trickling Tap are opening the new cocktail bar in a building behind their shop in Market Place. It will be called the Tap and Tonic and is due to open on November 7. It will create at least four jobs.

The speakeasy will be reminiscent of those bars opened during prohibition in America in the 1930s. There will be room for 40 people on two floors and it will be table service. There will also be room outside during the summer. Entry to the bar will be from the Market Place which will include disabled access.

The bar will serve a wide range of alcoholic drinks, including premium spirits, classic cocktails, wines and craft beers. It will also serve non-alcoholic drinks and tea and coffee.

Paul Adams, who is a director of the Trickling Tap with his wife Karen and son Luke, said: “People can relax in pleasant surroundings within a cocktail lounge and speakeasy with the theme around the Prohibition period. The building is being refurbished in that style.

“We are not trying to be just another bar. We are trying to create an environment where people can enjoy some culture, relaxation and peaceful surroundings.

“The building is being restored to it original glory. It hasn’t been touched for 80 years. We think it used to be communal bath house or a cobbler’s workshop.”

Mr Adams said he envisaged most customers will book before visiting the Tap and Tonic. While it will not be members-only, there is likely to be a membership package.

He also said there are plans for musical and cultural eveings as well as private functions. There will be some live music, including jazz, by small groups and solo artists.

A series of storyboards will line the passageway that leads to the bar, telling customers about the Prohibition era. The family also plan to include a number of props in the speakeasy to help give it an atmosphere reminscent of the era.

The bar will be open from Wednesday to Sunday, with early opening at weekends.