ONLY a few short weeks after we’ve waved goodbye to the Peaky Blinders film crews, the city is about to get another taste of Tommy Shelby and his gang. Well kind of. Sakana, whose steel maple tree artwork was always more impressive than the Asian fusion food, has been transformed into a Twenties themed destination inspired by the acclaimed TV series.
The Peaky Blinders Bar and Restaurant, opens on Peter Street on Friday, December 7. It will incorporate plenty of key elements from the show including character stills, show artwork and décor – fans can expect to feel like they’re immersed in the Peaky Blinders experience in the ground floor beer hall, cocktail bar and live music venue.
Even in the build-up to Christmas ToM doesn’t expect it will all recreate the kind of bother associated with the show’s inspiration – a real urban youth gang active in Birmingham around the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Certainly the design seems to move away from mob hideaway territory. Th nelaunch release reads:” “Burnt wood and ambient lighting, apparently, will create a speakeasy vibe where guests will be greeted by hosts who will ensure that they feel part of the experience from the off. Beer will be served in tankards and expertly created period cocktails inspired by the show will be served in vintage glassware, alongside contemporary favourites too…”
They are going for a singalong party vibe. From Thursday to Sunday guests can expect live music and DJs covering variety of genres from funk, soul and Motown to disco, rock ‘n roll, indie and pop.
Food comes courtesy of Ocean Treasure owner Simon Yip (part of the established Chi Yip supermarket and wholesale group). Ocean Treasure, who were operating in the Sakana building before the transformation, have partnered with the new owners and will be serving up their Chinese cuisine upstairs in the restaurant as usual as well as providing a menu of dim sum for customers who wish to dine downstairs in the bar.
The Peaky Blinders Bar and Restaurant, 23 Peter St, Manchester M2 5QR.