Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Kuckoo, Chester: Grand Reopening


What's your favourite cocktail? Whether it's a pina colada (served in a coconut shell) or a Mad Men era old fashioned, Rock and Roll cocktail bar, Kuckoo Chester will have every cocktail need covered. 

Kuckoo Chester has a special place in my heart, Andy, infamously, spent £400 there one night not longer after we first met (long story) and we visited there on our first date. So I was really excited to be invited* to their grand reopening. 

After 3 successful years as one of the hottest bars in Chester, Kuckoo Chester closed it's doors for a few weeks to undergo a £50,000 refurbishment. 


Photo Credit: Andrew Paterson

When we visited the plans were just finishing up, a little later than first expected, but anyone who's watched any channel 4 restoration programme know that these sort of things happen!

The centrepiece of the renovation will be an eye opening ‘Onyx’ style bar – a stunning, modern bar top and fascia, backlit in red to create a warm glow. The newly refurbished Kucko Chester also includes luxurious leather and velvet seating areas, modernised washrooms and a striking black, granite floor with a sparkle effect.


Photo Credit: Andrew Paterson

Staying true to its creative drinks offering, Kuckoo have also revamped their cocktail menu which plays host to 65 inspiring, classic and cool cocktails to keep guests entertained all evening.

Whilst there we sampled a good portion of the amazing cocktail menu:


Kuckoo Chester

Kuckoo Chester


Space Cadet Caiproska - zinging with lime 

Bootleg Moonshine - A must if you're a bourbon fan



Kuckoo Chester


Superfly Thai Sling - Yummy, but I could have had more chilli in mine 

Spiced Rum Mai Thai - Very nice, again not very spicy (which was great because this was Andy's!) He also tells me you'd like it even if you're not a rum fan.


Kuckoo Chester


Suicide Blonde - Why don't I drink more wine cocktails? This was amazing!

Bramble - Andy's favourite cocktail and an off-menu request. His verdict: very nice, very sweet. His favourite of the night. 


Kuckoo Chester

Kuckoo Chester


But, thankfully, the look of the bar might be new but the music hasn't changed, as indie rock and roll favourites from various eras are still on the playlist - with popular tracks from Elvis and The Beatles to Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Stone Roses and The Strokes – providing a feel-good vibe and fun atmosphere where revellers will never want to leave!

Basically, the bar looks beautiful! The stunning red bar and new picture frames have made such a difference in lightening up the area while still ensuring that it feels cosy.


Kuckoo Chester


We spent some time with Kuckoo founder, Richard Powell who gave us an insight into all things cocktail and bartending but also the way the staffing and training works at Kuckoo (it's a managerless system!) and also the future of the Kuckoo brand. They're due to open Kuckoo Sheffield and Knutsford very soon, so watch this space. 


Photo Credit: Andrew Paterson

We were given a full tour of the refurbishment and got to see the downstairs table-service area, which I'm eyeing up for my birthday in February. 


Photo Credit: Andrew Paterson

Photo Credit: Andrew Paterson

Overall, a wonderful evening full of yummy cocktails and reasons to celebrate. I can't wait to visit again very soon. Who's joining me?


Kuckoo Chester can be found at: 58 WATERGATE STREET, CHESTER, CH1 2LA and is open 7 days a week - 5pm until Late.

You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. #KuckooRocks. 

*Thank you to Kuckoo Chester and Helen Wardley Communications for our invite, Drinks and tour were provided on a complimentary basis in exchange for an honest review. All views are honest. 


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