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New bar and events space Beresford Lounge to open in historic Glasgow building

Published: January 5, 2021
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The Beresford Lounge will open this year in the famous art deco building - the Beresford Hotel - on Sauchiehall Street.

Details of the venue have been slowly emerging, with residents of Glasgow being asked to choose the new bar's name last year.

Snippets from the venue's social media show that the Beresford Lounge looks to have been transformed into a 1930s style cocktail bar with a sleek interior of statement lights, feature seating areas and a pastel and metallic colour scheme.

The standout addition to the new look is a mural by artist, Catherine Abel.

Speaking of the lounge to Glasgow Live, owner Daniel Halasz said: "We want to create the kind of nightclub where people don't have to spend all night queuing at the bar so we're looking to create a self-service area which hasn't been done here before.

"We're planning on having different club nights and a networking event and talent show.

"We're really excited about opening on Sauchiehall Street and hope that it will bring other young business owners to the the area.

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"We want to create the kind of nightclub where people don't have to spend all night queuing at the bar so we're looking to create a self-service area which hasn't been done here before."

As well as a bar and club, there will also be a menu of seasonal Scottish and British dishes, made with local ingredients as well and a classic cocktail menu.

The Beresford Lounge is also offering a founding members card scheme, with access to the founders bar plus other benefits.

An opening date of August/September this year is expected but may be subject to change.

The Beresford hotel has a rich history, and was originally designed to welcome visitors and guests during the 1938 Empire Exhibition.

The Beresford Building was also the location of JFK’s address to survivors of the attack on the Govan-built passenger liner, SS Athenia, which was targeted by a German U-boat off the coast of Ireland on September 3 1939.

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He spoke to 150 US citizens who had been brought back to Scotland following their rescue and put up in the Beresford Hotel.

The building then went on to house troops during World War two and more recently, turned into student accommodation.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related.

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