Atelier opening: New bar by award-winning drinks creator Robert Wood to open in Jewellery Quarter

The bar will be located in a restored factory in Newhall Square

An exciting new bar - named Atelier - is going to open in a Grade II listed building in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter giving customers a global and intimate experience. The creative drinks studio and cocktail bar from award-winning drinks creator, Robert Wood, will open later this month. The bar will be located in a restored factory in Newhall Square.

The dynamic duo behind 18/81 - Wood and fiancée Kyndra Vorster - will run the bar together. The couple met at Birmingham’s award-winning hotel and drinks destination The Edgbaston.

Atelier Robert Wood is located in the Grade II listed building which dates back to 1838 and formed art of the Elkington Mason & Co electro-gilding and plating works.The bar’s interior is designed with a strong influence from turn-of-the-century, ‘60s Scandinavian design, and Japanese fine dining, embodying the approach of Japanese minimalism.

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    What is the concept behind Atelier?

    It will be open only a few nights a week for a handful of guests each evening, and with each menu available for a limited time so that guests can expect a constantly evolving experience. Since it is a workshop and a studio, creative freedom lies at the heart of the bar.


    It is Wood’s personal creative space to explore his ideas and interests, and the bar seats only 26 people. Each menu will be available for 8 to 12 weeks. Terroir will be the first menu at Atelier, available three nights a week - Thursday to Saturday - from September 22 to November 12.

    This menu is a celebration of the native pantry of the British Isles, with three distinctive experiences on offer.

    Terroir, 874 Miles is a 7-course cocktail tasting experience that takes guests on a journey across the UK celebrating a plethora of landscapes and their esoteric flavours and ingredients. Guests can also enjoy house cocktails from the Terroir, a la carte menu. While, Terroir, GB365 is a 4-course menu that reflects British seasonal changes.

    Who is Robert Wood?

    He is a creative drinks creator who has been in the industry for twenty years and won many accolades like CLASS, Imbibe and Top 50 Cocktail Bars, during his career.

    He’s also the man behind many of Birmingham’s best loved drinks programmes, including cocktail bars 18/81 and Smultronstalle.


    His new venture, Atelier c/o Robert Wood, will be pushing just as many, if not more, boundaries than his previous ventures. His work is all about the spirit of restless curiosityand experimentation.

    Reservations for the first menu are open and advance booking is recommended.

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