Public Toilets Transformed into Underground Bar in Sheffield
Today we share some interior design gold from our home town of Sheffield. We are lucky enough to call the owners of this place our friends and we know that this project has been a personal endeavour for a long time, so it gives us great pleasure to be able to finally enjoy it with them and to share it here as well.
Public is an intimate (we're talking 35 people intimate) underground speakeasy-style bar that has been carved out of the former public toilets that have lived underneath the city's town hall since the 1890s. The transformation has been near-miraculous and we were there to see the whole thing take shape. Now, an atmospheric vision of pastel pink and snooker-table green, the space is a series of quiet nooks and comfortable cloth booths, all with a flash of polished brass.
A really humbling aspect of Public is that it brings together a plethora of local talent; handthrown ceramics (crockery and light fittings) by Grey Suit Clay, a vinyl player sits singing in the corner, provided by Bear Tree Records and all of the branding/identity comes from Totally Okay.
Now obviously it's a bar, and you're familiar with cocktails. These lot are a *little* different and use ingredients like truffle oil, fermented rhubarb, white cacao and fluffed orange, as well as some total spirit winners; Pedro Ximenez, Del Maguey mezcal, Tanqueray 10 and a Public own blend of Scotch. Reading the menu (a hand-bound book thanks to Totally Okay) we're promised of references to Kendal Mint Cake, the hedgerows of the Peak District and a drink inspired by a dessert at Tommy Banks' Black Swan at Oldstead. We've worked with Jack Wakelin (cocktail designer and maker extraordinaire) photographing his drinks over the years for The Picture House and Daisy's but this menu really is something else.
Our favourites are the Clayton Fold, Hedgerow Negroni and topping the list is the Public Highball but then we do really like our whisky...
Food-wise there's a selection of sharing plates and small sides that we didn't know whether to eat or just to look at... It's all. So. Beautiful.
Interior design by Public, build by Rocket.
Ceramic crockery and light fittings by Grey Suit Clay.
Branding and identity by Totally Okay.
Cocktail menu by Jack Wakelin.
Food menu by Tom Aronica.
Vinyl supplied by Bear Tree Records.
All photography is our own.
Public opens on Friday 24th November.