More News of the Halls Future

A new cocktail bar inspired by the Victorian age could be opened up in Hope Street inside the historic Masonic Hall .

This weekend the ECHO took a look inside the Victorian hall, whose plain exterior opposite the Everyman Theatre conceals a warren of colourful and fascinating rooms.

There is already a bar there dating back to when the building was renovated in the 1960s after a fire.

Thomas plans to change its current “60s social club” feel to create a venue he says will be in keeping with the building’s history.

He will keep the remaining original features including the giant windows overlooking Hope Street and the colourful stained glass above including Liver Birds and Masonic symbols.

Thomas – who in his day jobs runs an energy consultancy – said: “We’ll be going down the theme of a Victorian gentleman’s lounge with a Masonic twist.

“We’d like to pay homage to the building and open up a bit of the building to public use.

The bar is set to open in November.

For more, see its Twitter feed @masonicbar

News of Our Hall’s Future.

A new theatre is set to open on Hope Street opposite the famous Everyman to develop new theatrical talent in Liverpool.

The Hope Street Theatre will be created later this year inside the old Masonic Lodge.

And the 130-seat theatre will focus on encouraging new performers, directors and theatre companies in Merseyside.

The theatre project is being led by Sam Donovan, who’s also a director at two theatre schools in the building.

He said: “We’ve been very lucky that we’ve been in contact with the Everyman, the Unity, the Empire, who’ve agreed to form and advisory board to help us cultivate young companies so that they can support their progress once they’ve developed and gained an audience in our venue and so they can move on to those bigger venues, those curated spaces in Liverpool.