No need to wait for the bar staff!
DO you ever get sick of waiting at a bar to be served?
Well at Stockton’s newest establishment, Thirsty Souls, you won’t have to worry about that – you serve yourself.
The bar, a self-serve drinking spot, has opened in Regency West Mall, just off Prince Regent Street in Stockton.
And it’s a first for Teesside, with no other place offering this unique selling point.
“The wall has 10 taps,” said developer John Taylor, who is behind the bar.
“We have cherry beer, cider, craft beers, and even a prosecco tap.
“I had 80 people there as a bit of a practice run and it went down really well.”
But how does it work?
“You top up a card with whatever amount you want,” explained John.
“You then head to the wall, choose the drink you want, and pop the card into the wall.
“And because it is sold by the millilitre you can try whatever size you want.”
He added: “There is no bar – the company that installed it said we were the first in the UK to do it this way.
“But a common misconception as a result of that is that we have less members of staff, but that is not true.
“We have someone at the wall giving instructions, someone taking payments and glass collectors.
“As of next week, we will also be serving pie and mash after teaming up with Pieminister.”
Thirsty Souls completes what John is calling the “Regent Quarter” – a new drinking circuit in the area.
“It’s a nice area now and has been really well received,” said John, who owns a number of other drinking spots including nearby establishments The Looking Glass micropub and cocktail bar Dr.inks.
“I think it is really great for the town, and I have had some really positive feedback.”