The team behind hit restaurant Caravel announces a new floating bar
The restaurateurs behind Caravel, the floating dining room on the Regent’s Canal, are opening a new bar in November.
Fin and Lorcan Spiteri, son of Sessions Arts Club operator Jon Spiteri and Rochelle Canteen co-founder Melanie Arnold, will launch their project on November 11. He will be called Bruno’s, from the name of the Fin’s Staffordshire Bull Terrier crossbreed. Luckily, it won’t be dog-themed.
Like its sister restaurant, the bar will be housed in a converted barge, moored next to Caravel between Hoxton and Islington. The Spiteris say Bruno’s is ready to channel New York and London bars; thus, it will be a warm room with dim lights, with velvet armchairs at one end. There will also be bar seating overlooking the canal, through the portholes of the barge, while at the end of the boat will be two marble tables that can accommodate 12 drinkers. The brothers designed the space themselves.
As with Caravel, Bruno’s Fin will take the lead with drinks, drawing on his time working at bars 69 Colebrooke Row, Quo Vadis, Untitled and Ladies & Gents, as well as his years as a cocktail consultant for the likes of Polpo and Harrods.
Drinks will include the Peach Drop, which mixes vodka with lemon juice, peach syrup, egg whites and burnt sugar; and the Cookout, where grilled lemon juice and orgeat are mixed with mezcal. There will also be a nature-oriented wine list.
Lorcan, meanwhile, will prepare bar snacks which the brothers say will be a nod to the “lunchables” of their childhood – albeit more adult, consisting of sausage, soppressata and cheeses – which will be served on steel meal trays. .
Fin said of the opening: “I’ve always felt at home in bars, having spent years working in some of London’s finest establishments and Lorcan and I have long dreamed of opening our own.
“We loved every minute of Caravel, and so when given the opportunity to open something next door, we jumped on it. Bruno’s will be a place that doesn’t take itself too seriously, but will be a stylish place to spend an evening drinking smashing glasses.
The bar will be open from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., Wednesday to Saturday.
Bruno’s will open on November 11 at 172 Shepherdess Walk, N1 7JL. For more information, follow @Brunos.Cocktails