Coffee by day, cocktails by night at new cafe-bar

April 03 2021
Coffee by day, cocktails by night at new cafe-bar

A coffee-come-cocktail bar is set to breathe new life into Totterdown’s former Banco Lounge.

Coffee expert, and food and drink enthusiast, Dan O’Regan, 27, is behind the new Wells Road establishment, Bank, which is anticipated to open this June. 

By day, Bank will serve up a variety of speciality coffees plus an exciting brunch menu, which Dan says will be “creative, with an air of familiarity”.

Come evening, Bank will offer a casual bar service, with an array of craft beers, natural and traditional wines, seasonal cocktails, and small plates.

All food served will be sustainably sourced, says Dan.

Customers can enjoy specially selected house beverages, including coffee by Origin Coffee – a B Corp certified roasters, based in Cornwall.

Accompanying the house coffee will be a variety of guest coffees.

Different styles of beers and wines will feature on the evening menu, sourced from local, national and international producers.

The former Banco Lounge has been vacant since last summer when its owners, café-bar chain Loungers, announced it would not be reopening the south Bristol venue after its closure during the first lockdown.

Dan, who has worked in the coffee industry for over six years, said: “I was looking for spaces [for Bank] and thought Banco Lounge was spot on.

“It was somewhere I could incorporate everything I love – food and drink. It’s just the sort of business I’d want to go to.

“I’m really excited to meet everyone.”

At the time of printing, the refurbishment to transform the old cafe-bar into Bank was getting underway.

For updates on Bank, follow @bankbristol on Instagram

Photo: Dan O'Regan, the owner of Bank, which will be opening in place of the old Banco Lounge. Photo by Umair Arshad