Adrian Gomes will open the late-night venue, situated on the site of the former Belmont Bar on Belmont Street, on 15 October. The Tippling House will offer casual-dining, bespoke cocktails and Scottish regional beers in a tavern-style setting with space for 100 guests and a 50-cover restaurant which is sub-contracted to Beetroot Restaurants.
“Although the industry as a whole is going through a difficult period, those venues with a service-focused concept, high level of consistency and quirky food & drink offerings are continuing to buck the trend," said Gomes. "I’m looking forward to welcoming our first guests at The Tippling House.”
The idea for the bar has been in the pipeline for a number of years with inspiration drawn from research trips to New York, London, Montreal, Toronto and Barcelona. Gomes revealed that he is already looking at new sites for the concept, in Aberdeen and other parts of Scotland.
The Tippling House incorporates authentic design features such as reclaimed maritime lighting (tippling houses were underground taverns in 18th century Jamaican ports), imported ceiling tiles from the US and a custom-built stainless steel bar.
The concept offers late-night dining options, table service throughout the evening, a cocktail menu featuring contributions from bartenders around the globe and a wine list championing unsung regions and forgotten grape varieties.
Heading up the creative bar team is Chris Tonner of Beetroot Restaurants, who has taken the executive chef role in the kitchen. Using local suppliers and regional produce, Tonner has created a menu which will offer ‘a modern take on traditional and colonial cuisine’.
Gomes founded 10 Dollar Shake in 2010, with business partner Andrew Samways later joining the business.