Cocktails and hip hop: New bar to open in York by Easter

Popular place… Jalou in Newcastle. Photograph:
7 Apr 2017 @ 6.03 pm
| Food & drink

A bar which prides itself on serving up experimental cocktails to a hip hop soundtrack will soon open in York.

Just in time for Easter, the former St John’s Church on Micklegate will be resurrected as happening nightspot Jalou.

The grade II listed medieval building on Micklegate – formerly the Arts Centre and more recently The Parish café – will open its doors again on Good Friday, April 14.

That follows a £1.1 million refurb by the privately-owned Cairn Group.

DJ booth and chandelier

How the venue will be reborn
This is the second Jalou bar.

The first, opened in 2011 in Newcastle, is described as the city’s “premium cocktail lounge, dedicated to delicious drinks and R&B”.

Or, as its Facebook page puts it more succinctly, it’s all about “cocktails and hip hop“.

Jalou York, latterly The Parish, latterly The Arts Centre, latterly St John’s Church

The refurbishment includes the addition of a bar in what will become a VIP area on the mezzanine level, a new DJ booth, new flooring, seating and décor.

There’s also what every 11th century church needs – a feature chandelier in the centre of the dance floor.

Dedicated to drink

A Jalou cocktail
Expect some ‘out there’ cocktails when Jalou York opens.

They pride themselves on “pushing boundaries” when it comes to drinks.

From mystical dry ice, sweets, foams and amazing colour changing compounds, our team are always on the lookout for the latest trends, ingredients and concoctions from around the world to introduce into our menu.

Jalou website

That menu includes

99 Problems (Stoli Vanilla, Licor 43 with milk and cream topped with thick vanilla cream, a flake and a sugar cone – £7.50), and
Smoked Gingerbread Manhattan (Woodford Reserve bourbon, sweet vermouth, gingerbread syrup and aromatic cocktail bitters served over an ice ball with a smokey surprise – £7.95).

Masterclasses and music

A new mezzanine level is being installed

Jalou York will be open seven days a week, and will also offer cocktail masterclass sessions for groups and regularly host both resident and guest DJs.

The opening has created 30 jobs. Cairn group director Naveen Handa said:

Jalou is a brand which I am so passionate about and as a result of its popularity in Newcastle we were keen to bring the concept to York’s vibrant leisure scene.

We are making a significant investment into the venue whilst both keeping its employees and creating many new job prospects.