Talk of the neighbourhood
Specialising in artisan beers and dishes cooked on the rotisserie and the Robata, Neighbourhood all-day bar and kitchen is Southampton’s latest stylish new drinking and dining attraction.
The venue is the second opening under the Neighbourhood brand by restaurant and bar firm Faucet Inn, with the first being in Stratford, London.
Located in Above Bar Street in Southampton’s Cultural Quarter and featuring a relaxed, open-plan communal design, the 180 capacity warehouse-style space boasts a long feature bar, open kitchen and expansive communal dining area.
The venue was designed by Grapes Design, with Togel as main contractors, who were commended for their work.
Neighbourhood has been designed to be multi-functional and adaptable from day through to night. Industrial chic of timber flooring, polished concrete and scaffold lighting with filament bulbs mix with electric pops of colour, from blues to oranges and reds in the soft furnishings.
Unique décor details include reclaimed cabinets as bar details and creative murals directly sprayed onto the wall by a graphic artist.
Darren Grapes, director of Grapes Design said: “We also designed the Neighbourhood venue in Stratford and wanted to make this one more of a pop-up – almost like an art installation to suit the double height interior and spaciousness of the venue, which is in a brand new building with a glazed frontage.
“We wanted to create maximum impact within the double height atrium space and therefore have installed some very large lighting features.
“Neighbourhood could be viewed an an English version of a bierkeller and one of the major features of the design is to emphasise the beer offering through the huge exposed silver beer tanks prominently displayed at the bar. Tank beer is very much in fashion at the moment – and the fact that the beer from the tanks has a short run, being fed directly to the fonts at the bar means that it is very fresh.
“Although the venue has a pop-up industrial look, we also wanted to inject colour with a vivid palette of oranges, amber and teal blues, including coloured meshes and amber coloured lights at the back bar to inject vibrancy into the design.
“We also developed lighting rigs to go round the large internal full height columns. Another prominent design feature are the strong geometric patterns across the floor and up the front of the bar.
“The bar is very much open plan, with the dining area located to the rear of the space and overhung by a mezzanine, where the toilets and back of house accommodation are located.”
All the furniture is bespoke and has a fairly modern look. This includes a large number of session tables for group dining and drinking, together with both free standing and banquette seating throughout the venue.
Flooring is in a combination of polished concrete painted with geometric shapes, and timber.
The works also included a full mechanical and electrical fit out.
“This was a good project and went smoothly, the client was pleased and the new venue is reported to be doing well. The main contractors did a very good job, they knew what we wanted and developed a lot of detail together with us,” said Darren Grapes.
Beer runs through neighbourhood’s veins and the bartenders think in terms of malt, hops and yeast. There’s a regularly-rotating range of cask ales, no fewer than 13 lagers on tap and 16 bottled brews, as well as Krušovice which takes pride of place in the exposed silver tanks at the bar.
The food offering centres on sensational dishes cooked on the robata grill and the rotisserie; with the menu including succulent slow-roasted chicken, grilled seafood and steaks, marinated ribs, a varied selection of burgers and a menu of smaller plates.