Inside Sunderland’s new £1million nautical-themed bar

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SUNDERLAND’S newest bar is looking shipshape after a £1million investment.

There’s been much hype around Port of Call in Park Lane opening after Chase was demolished to build the bar, which doffs its cap to the city’s shipbuilding heritage.

UPMARKET VENUE: Port of Call, Park Lane, Sunderland.

UPMARKET VENUE: Port of Call, Park Lane, Sunderland.

John and Karen Dickman, who own nearby pub Gatsby, bought the site in a bid to boost trade in this area of the city centre.

Spanning three floors, the bar’s taken months of planning and construction before opening its doors this week, creating more than 70 jobs.

Stephen Hunt, marketing director for Port of Call, said the careful planning had paid off.

“It’s really exciting to be open,” he said. “We feel like we’ve got what we wanted, everything’s come together to create an upmarket venue that’s totally different to anything else in Sunderland.

“It’s a bar that wouldn’t look out of place in Newcastle, but the owners are passionate about Sunderland and they wanted to open it here. They’ve had a vision from scratch with this project and I think the fact they’ve invested £1million shows their belief in the area.

“They’re aiming for something new and fresh, which is why they demolished the old bar and started again. The feedback so far has been great, there’s been a real buzz about us opening.”

The designer of the bar researched Sunderland’s shipbuilding heritage for the project and the design incorporates the city’s most historic ship, The City of Adelaide, and the former Austin & Pickersgill shipyard, amongst other nautical themes.

Port of Call includes two outdoor terraces, speciality craft beers and rum drinks and a kitchen that will be serving burgers, grilled meats and seafood.

Djs will be spinning classic soul, disco, funk and jazz tracks.