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Fancy Another? – Wine bar officially opens in Nottingham

L-R: Arwen Makin and Samuel Benjamin inside Another

A high-end self-service wine bar called ‘Another?’ has opened in Trinity Square.

The unique 54-seater venue, which is spread across two floors, offers 30 different types of bottled wine, sparkling wine and champagne which customers pay for and dispense themselves.

The bar, which is the first of its kind in Nottingham, allows customers to use a top-up card to make purchases and the self-service approach is already popular in other major cities in the UK.

Formerly a nail bar, the 1000 sq ft premises on Trinity Square needed a change of licence to enable it to serve food and drink, this was secured with the help of local law firm Fraser Brown.

Samuel Benjamin, owner of Another?, has over 10 years of experience in the food and drink industry and hopes to expand the branch organically over the next few years.

Samuel, who lives in Daybrook in Nottinghamshire, said: “Nottingham has the highest number of independent businesses outside of London and it is well known for its food and drink offering, which is why it seemed like the perfect place for me to introduce this new wine bar.

“There are a lot of new things popping up across the city but I saw a gap in the market for something completely different and there are no other wine bars like this in the area, which is evident from the brilliant reception we’ve had so far.

“I’d like to thank Fraser Brown Solicitors who helped me obtain the premises license, without them this business wouldn’t have become a reality.”

The new bar will bring seven new jobs, including shift and bar supervisors, waitressing roles and other senior positions. Samuel aims to invest heavily in staff and training, with each new addition due to receive full spirit and wine education training. In 2018, Sam also plans to open a new roof terrace and garden at Another? which will seat a further 54 people.

Arwen Makin, senior associate in the Fraser Brown licensing team, and Liam Wilkinson, associate in the commercial property team, secured the premises license which allows the sale of alcohol on behalf of Another?.

Arwen said: “This bar is an exciting new addition to an already vibrant food and drink area in Nottingham city centre, and Liam and I are very pleased with the outcome of this project.

“The bar, which looks incredible inside, had a very promising opening and Samuel has been a pleasure to work with. I’d like to wish him the best of luck in his new venture.”