Drink in decades of history at new look Sheffield bar

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From housing cabinet makers to cocktail creators, 113-117 Devonshire Street has seen plenty of history in over 145 years of use.

Now the building, formerly The Old House bar, has officially reopened after its latest transformation.

True North have turned the shabby chic cocktail and gin hotspot into a smarter and more elegant venue, with a deep green theme.

The bar has been extended - all the better for reducing those mojito queues - day-to-night lighting introduced and all fittings replaced in what is now called The Devonshire.

“It’s like an eclectic Georgian townhouse with Scandi elements”, said general manager Marcus Shewry at the launch event last Friday.

“It was overdue a refurbishment and when we look to transform our buildings we go back to the history of the building.

“This used to be the building for TJ Woof Ltd who were cabinet makers and showcase makers.

“We extended the bar as people fed back to us that we needed to serve quicker.”

Some classic Old House cocktails have been retained on the menu, but there is a new section focusing on vermouth concoctions, and a ‘weird and wonderful’ selection for those who dare to be different.

The latter features Doctor’s Orders, where drinkers inject a liquor into their glass with a syringe, and a super sweet mix incorporating Pernod absinthe and black sambuca - handed out at midnight at the launch.

Another sure to garner attention is The Pigfather, made with bacon washed Buffalo Trace and served with a slice of Parma ham, cut on the bar.

Marcus added: “I first saw cocktails made with meat or fat washed liquors in London but they are taking off because they are something a bit different.

“As far as I k now nowhere else in Sheffield has them - and we called it The Pigfather as a twist on the Godfather.”