Arts Bar have arrived!
Arts Bar was co-founded by Alex, Ben, Tom and Jordan. Alex trained as an actor and theatre
director, Jordan as a technician, and with Ben’s background in ballroom dancing and Tom’s
background as a musician and theatre performer, they first put their specialities together while
working on a musical. After that, they collaborated to host immersive, sensory events together
and soon realised they needed their own venue.
The opportunity arose and thus Arts Bar Hope Street came to fruition, where the team made the
transition from hosting to facilitating events, and have been supporting the local creative
Arts Bar opened its second space, here at Elevator Studios, in March 2023. Hosting exciting
events and live music makes it a great place to relax or network with fellow creatives, and the
team are passionate about the collaborative nature of business, here in the building and the
According to Alex, “We were attracted to Elevator Studio due to the creative dynamic of the
building, the projects that current tenants were working on, and the prospect of being the ground
floor hub of the building. We’ve always been drawn to the Baltic Triangle as it’s a creative district
that we knew we’d feel at home in.”
“We have culture right on our doorstep with the fabulous architecture of the old Cains Brewery
and fantastic local art such as Molly Hawkin’s murals!”
Commenting on Arts Bar’s biggest business success, Alex said: Arts Bar Hope Street survived
COVID, others weren’t so lucky. And now we’ve gone on to open a second site here at Elevator!
Arts Bar’s growing popularity and success has also been recognised through a number of
awards. They won Art Venue of the Year in the UK Enterprise Awards 2023, came runners up in
the Sound Music Awards for best music venue in Liverpool and they were nominated for the
LCR Culture & Creativity award for the best venue in the city.
Alex continued: “We’re now working to establish who we are in our Baltic venue, developing a
wide variety of events and building links with local residents and businesses.”
Based on Arts Bar’s previous events, we can expect to see originality at Arts Bar Baltic. Some
of the past events the venue has organised include; a cabaret night in a pizzeria with live
drawings, comedians, poets and musicians, and a satirical musical about equality called Long
Joan Silver (Girls can be pirates too!).
Alex concluded: We’re lucky enough to meet and socialise with everyone that comes through
the door at Elevator, with Arts Bar Baltic being the hub of the building.”