COVID-19 has taken its toll on many industries, with hospitality being one of the hardest hit. With all bars, restaurants, and venues having to close for over a year, many of them are now able to re-open as restrictions begin to be lifted.
Now is a great time to showcase Service Station, a unique bar in Hull’s bustling city centre, as they have gone from strength to strength with their business since reopening this year.
The bar has been in its current residence of George Street for around 4 years with an aim of keeping the spirit of the street’s golden era alive from the nineties and noughties when there were bars and clubs lining both sides of the street.
Since their opening, they’re determined to make sure people remember that era with the hope that in the future it may return.
In the meantime, they’ll be showcasing plenty of local music talent along the way.
Service Station primarily functions as a sports bar and live music venue with disabled access and easy general access due to its position in the city centre.
The bar itself is a very spacious and clean venue, which is looking even nicer due to a general refurbishment and new furniture.
The hospitality industry has been highly competitive ever since bars in Hull city centre were allowed to reopen earlier this year. This, however, does not phase Service Station in the slightest. Having talked to the manager, Dan, he mentioned that even though it’s been somewhat tough since re-opening, they have managed to retain a loyal band of regulars that enjoy the venue.
This reputation can be seen through their copious amounts of fantastic reviews which all mention how great the staff are and how fun the bar is. To my eye this is all true as the bar has an amazing atmosphere coupled with competitive prices and the addition of the VIP booths for small gatherings.
The staff are also everything that reviews talk about; ‘attentive’ and ‘very willing to help answer any questions’ are just some of the comments made by reviewers on their social media pages.
Live entertainment every week
Music plays a huge part in the bar’s livelihood as they seek to keep live music and entertainment alive down George Street, and give some recognition to local music talent. When asked about live music at Service Station, manager Dan remarked “we’re keen on promoting local artists here”.
Service Station have hosted an impressive amount of live music events on the premises, all catering to different tastes and interests. These include rock/punk themed music nights, tribute bands, karaoke nights, themed quiz nights as well as hosting city wide events such as PRIDE.
One of the bar’s most popular events is the weekly acoustic night held every Tuesday.
Acoustic Tuesdays are aimed at giving local music talent – of all different styles – a chance to play live to gain some experience and recognition.
They’ve been running almost every week without fail since the bar opened in 2018 and is ran in collaboration with Darren Bunting, owner of O’Rileys on Beverley Road who also helps co-ordinate other live music events at Service Station.
Every weekend, you’ll find more live music with other artists booked to perform at the bar, with even some football and other sport being shown in between.
According to General Manager Dan, the venue are also looking into constructing a small stage in the near future to accommodate bands more easily, and quite literally, give them the platform they need to be seen around the city.
With legal lockdown restrictions being eased this month, keep your eyes peeled for some amazing live events happening at Service Station and no one will want to miss any of it so… get yourself down there and enjoy some normality.