Stylish new cocktail bar coming to Bath's theatre district

PUBLISHED: 18:08 23 May 2011 | UPDATED: 19:26 20 February 2013

Andy Walsh & Craig Edney

Andy Walsh & Craig Edney

A brand new cocktail bar is set to open on June 25th on the site of what is currently Bar 1453 and better known to most locals long since it's passing as the Raincheck.

A brand new cocktail bar is set to open on June 25th on the site of what is currently Bar 1453 and better known to most locals long since its passing as the Raincheck.

Award winning cocktail bartenders Craig Edney and Andy Walsh have started work already and are opening their uber chic cocktail bar back in the heart of Baths theatre district.

Sitting on the site of the famed and award winning Raincheck Bar it might be seen by some as a hard act to follow but the team behind Door 34, as it will be known, arent phased. As well as being an award winner himself Andy has worked in many of the top end bars in both London and Edinburgh, and local entrepreneur Craig has run events worldwide bartending for amongst others Jamie Oliver and Bath Rugby at their last Christmas party.

Making the cocktail just right for your customer is just half of the job, Andy says, it is just as important to know what your customer wants- whether to chat or listen, have their next drink anticipated, spend an evening with friends without half of it queuing at the bar or just to relax in comfort.The team aim to bring a touch of New York style and buzz back to this thriving part of the city, where you can call in alone for one drink and find enough interesting conversation not only to stay the entire evening but be recognised by the staff on a return visit months later.

This is a bar for good measured drinking, using the very best fresh ingredients, local and globally sourced spirits, a place for grown ups to drink.

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Door 34 will open its doors officially on Saturday 25th June. In the meantime you can still enjoy cocktails and drinks from 4pm everyday whilst the refurbishment work goes on during the mornings to cause as little disrpution as possible.

Andy Walsh said: The Raincheck had a great vibe and buzz and we love the fact well be on the site which had all that association with good times. Were starting to refurb right now and have had lots of support and interest from the local community already, we cant wait to re-open the doors under our new name and style in June.

Craig Edney said: Bath has such a vibrant cafe bar scene and were really pleased to joining it and opening up on this prime location in the city. Weve decided to keep open for business in the evenings and do the work on the site during the mornings, so customers are coming in and watching a work in progress and giving us some great ideas in the process!

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