Bar and music venue for oldies

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A NEW bar, cafe and music venue aimed at the over-30s opens in Sheffield city centre tomorrow night (Friday).

The former Alibi bar, at the corner of Trippet Lane and Holly Street, has been transformed into Maggie May’s - “an upmarket establishment with a more mature clientele,” according to owner Gary Sinclair.

Gary – Sheffield United stadium announcer and former DJ at the Bessemer bar in Leopold Street – will be in charge of entertainment, playing music from the 60s, 70s and 80s, with occasional live music. He has handed over management to former colleague Andy Parkinson.

“It’s our ambition to be a valuable addition to the culture of Sheffield city centre and want people to come and see for themselves our wonderful venue,” he said. “It’s going to be a classic oldies bar.”

Tomorrow’s opening night will feature tribute band The Beatalls, and the former VIP lounge is now the Lennon Lounge, showcasing Beatles memorabilia.

Meals will be available during the day. Head chef Brendan Hughes is aiming to appeal to the business community.

The listed building was originally Walter Trickett & Co’s Anglo Works. It later became the Green golf bar, then Alibi, until it closed earlier this year.

An amateur boxer was jailed for the murder of a father-of-two outside the Alibi in December 2010.