Lounge bar with bespoke cocktails and tapas to open at Ipswich waterfront

Jack Coughlan Manager at The Gallery. A new cocktail lounge and tapas bar 'The Gallery' opening alon

Manager Jack Coughlan with cocktail maker John Cox - Credit: Charlotte Bond

A new prohibition-style lounge bar is preparing to open at a former art gallery in Ipswich, offering bespoke handcrafted cocktails and plant-based tapas.

The Gallery is a new venture at the Isaacs complex along Ipswich Waterfront, at the site of the former John Russell Gallery in Wherry Quay, which closed down in 2018. 

Jack Coughlan Manager at The Gallery. A new cocktail lounge and tapas bar 'The Gallery' opening alon

Jack Coughlan is manager at The Gallery, a new cocktail lounge and tapas bar in Ipswich - Credit: Charlotte Bond

The new lounge bar, which has been described as "very relaxed" and "a diamond in the rough", is being launched by manager Jack Coughlan and assistant manager John Cox. 

Mr Cox said Ipswich has been missing something like this, as they prepare to welcome their first guests on June 3. 

Cocktail maker John Cox. A new cocktail lounge and tapas bar 'The Gallery' opening along the Ipswich

John Cox makes up a cocktail at The Gallery - Credit: Charlotte Bond

He said: "We are very excited to bring something new to the town. There really is nothing else like it. 

"The lounge bar has a contemporary look with a prohibition style bar and will serve bespoke handcrafted cocktails with a huge selection of wines and beers from all over the world. 

Cocktail maker John Cox. A new cocktail lounge and tapas bar 'The Gallery' opening along the Ipswich

John Cox making cocktails - Credit: Charlotte Bond

"The bar also pays homage to the former John Russell Gallery which used to be run at the site, with local artists showcasing their work for sale.

"Our ethos is that you can enjoy a cocktail, a spirit, wine or beer and invoke conversation with friends. It will be a great place to meet and drink."

Cocktail maker John Cox. A new cocktail lounge and tapas bar 'The Gallery' opening along the Ipswich

Cocktail maker John Cox - Credit: Charlotte Bond

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Mr Cox said the bar will offer a relaxed feel away from the crowds and will be run as a separate business which will add to the offerings of the successful Isaacs complex.

A plant-based tapas menu will accompany the wide range of drinks available. 

Jack Coughlan Manager at The Gallery. A new cocktail lounge and tapas bar 'The Gallery' opening alon

Jack Coughlan is manager of The Gallery - Credit: Charlotte Bond

Mr Coughlan said the tapas "opens up the market for everyone" and will showcase Mediterranean flavours. 

The Gallery's team members have a range of backgrounds, working in a number of different bars around the country — one as far as Dundee. 

Anthony Coe of The John Russell Gallery retired in January 2018. Photo: Wayne Savage

Anthony Coe of The John Russell Gallery retired in January 2018. - Credit: Archant

The John Russell Gallery closed in January of 2018, when owner Anthony Coe retired after more than 40 years of showcasing contemporary art at the Waterfront.

Since it was purchased in 2004 by Aidan Coughlan, the Isaacs complex has expanded its offerings and now provides takeaway food, bars, restaurants and even a wedding venue within the historic building.

A new cocktail lounge and tapas bar 'The Gallery' opening along the Ipswich Waterfront Pictrure: CH

Inside The Gallery, which is a cocktail lounge and tapas bar - Credit: Charlotte Bond

The Gallery will open from 4pm to 1am on Thursdays, staying open until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays and closing at midnight on Sundays. 

A new cocktail lounge and tapas bar 'The Gallery' opening along the Ipswich Waterfront Pictrure: CH

Inside Ipswich's newest bar, The Gallery - Credit: Charlotte Bond

Cocktail maker John Cox. A new cocktail lounge and tapas bar 'The Gallery' opening along the Ipswich

The Gallery specialises in making cocktails - Credit: Charlotte Bond


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