No need to wait for the bar staff!

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - HERALD & POST -

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.”

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