With HUS opening its doors to Liverpool creatives, Getintothis’ Craig MacDonald takes a look at the latest events space to hit our streets.
“HUS is pretty much what it says on the tin – it translates as house in Swedish” said Alison Lockett-Burke, the director behind new Liverpool food, drink and music space HUS.
Situated on the corner of Tithebarn Street in the impressively decorated Tempest Building, the Scandinavian inspired social space is the latest creation behind the innovative minds behind The Baltic Social and becomes the latest edition to the bustling commercial district. “The idea from the very beginning was to create a space where lots of interesting things can happen, in a part of the city that traditionally houses just a standard food and drink scene.”
Filled with a plethora of delights across several floors, the new hangout has been resurrected from the ashes of The Golf Bar. A stunning building high mural greets you on the ascent up to the back of HUS, before you turn the corner to find an inviting courtyard area to the main entrance.
Opening the doors to its delicate interior, you are greeted by the illuminating main space spread out across the ground floor. An array of seating areas ranging, from booths to bars, brings plenty of room for groups of friends or individuals to enjoy a wide selection of Scandinavian delights, from breakfast through til late, seven days a week.
Despite being surrounded by concrete from floor to ceiling, the bright decor and ample windows enlighten the room, with plenty of greenery adding to the Scandi surroundings that Alison Lockett-Burke set out to achieve. “I’ve been a bit obsessed with Scandinavia for a very long time. I spent a few months living on a tiny Danish island in the early 90’s and fell in love with the lifestyle and general good vibes from then on. Since then I’ve spent time in Stockholm and Copenhagen in particular, and the simplicity of design and the understated relaxed vibes was something I really wanted to transport back to Liverpool.”
The bar in the main space is also home to the impressive Tank Beer, a first of its kind in Liverpool, with HUS offering its own beer and cider as Alison explains, “It’s basically an actual tonne of beer sat on top of our bar and so we had to put extra steel supports everywhere so it didn’t fall through the floor! We’d tasted Tank Beer in Manchester and London previously but knew Liverpool didn’t have anywhere that offered it so are really excited to be the first place in Liverpool to serve it.”
Taking the lift, the rooftop terrace provides a stunning view of the Tempest Building‘s surroundings, not least its very own beehives, with HUS hoping to make its own honey as well as teach others to bee keep. Downstairs, and what is likely to be the biggest point of interest for HUS, the basement provides plays host to the music space, KOLBOX.
Set within a concrete bunker, KOLBOX creates images of Berlin’s underground hidden gems, with a neon yellow back drop offering an eyecatching stage for acts to play. Although the interior is very much still in its infancy, the venue will be able to host around 50-70 people and be able to cater for solo acts, bands and DJ’s alike, with Ryan Ellis of The Vryll Society already playing sets there.
With live listings for now remaining relatively quiet while the venue builds up its popularity, with the intention of booking a host of events in the New Year, they will be welcoming Heavenly Records latest signings The Orielles and the hotly tipped The Mysterines on January 26.
As Alison explains, HUS will also be hoping to team up with Sound City and Liverpool Psych Fest this year, as well as as cementing it self firmly in the new lease of life that the North of the city is enjoying of late, “We’re looking forward to working with Sound City and Psych Fest a bit more and hopefully doing some fringe events with them. We’re really excited to hopefully be a big part of bringing new and exciting things to this district. The area itself is great – the buildings are amazing and it’s definitely the right time to use them for things other than offices and industry”.
With their doors now open and plans well underway, we can’t wait to see what they have in store in 2017.
- HUS is open on Tithebarn Street from 8am till late all week.
- The Orielles and The Mysterines play The Bido Lito Social on January 26