Close to the Cathedral on a back street known as Music Hall Passage, Chester is getting the latest in pub trends this February as craft beers, neon lights, shuffleboard, live sports and live music arrive after a £200,000 overhaul of a tucked away city gem.


‘Music Hall Tap’ – namesake perfect in character and location (previously known as Missoula), will look and feel every bit as suave as it does funky with reclaimed wood, urban décor, and industrialised finishes across its two floors, when it reopens 16th February.


“We’re bringing out the character of the building whilst putting in modern aspects like pool, a big sports offer, craft products and delivering it really well with open mic nights, quizzes and student society nights,” said manager John Barlow, returning to his Chester roots to run the bar.


“Music Hall Tap is all about identity and atmosphere. We’ll be choosing our Friday live acts at our Monday open mic nights so there’s every reason for locals to perform, bringing in Chester’s first shuffleboard, and offering table service during big sports games.”


True to a love of music, artists are currently being auditioned to claim title of being the first to play at the Music Hall Tap at a launch event on Friday 23rd February. From 5pm, tasters of signature dish stonebaked pizzas will be on offer alongside craft beer and fizz.


The upstairs bar has been kitted out with three boxes showing Sky and BT Sport, one big screen, ten TVs, and re-emerging on-trend pool tables. A shrine to craft beer, a neon-lit back wall of three permanent and four rotating craft beers illuminates the downstairs bar alongside ciders including Strawberry Lime Rekorderlig.


A ginventory of fourteen botanicals is just a part of a spirits emporium where tequilas are as premium as the on trend vodkas. A range of cocktails help make post-work wind down worth a hard day, 2-4-1 Monday to Friday 5-8pm, as does fizz Friday when bottles of prosecco are just £14.


Sourdough pizzas, tempting tapas sharers and an enviable line up of desserts make for an edgy menu inclusive of the veggie, trendsetter, and crav-able burger lover. The Japanese Wagyu Beef Burger ticks all the foodgasm boxes with oozing molten cheese sauce, wrapped for extra juice and succulence whilst the Sundae Pint of ice-cream, brownie, Churros, flake, marshmallows, caramel and raspberry coulis is just a sample of some amazing treats.


As well as sport, other week-long reasons to visit include Tuesdays bring your own vinyl nights; Wednesday student society nights and wing Wednesday with 10 wings for £3; Thursday is high value with pub quiz and 241 pizza; Friday has live acoustics; Saturday DJ; and Sunday is a relaxed affair with roast dinner and free shuffleboard.


Address: 2-3 Music Hall Passage, Chester, CH1 2EU

Tel:  01244 344802



29th January 2018


For more information please contact:

Lucy Macfarlane

t:   020 8605 3544
m: 0771 309 8243