Stephen Hargreaves opens music bar Baha in Bowness

CUMBRIAN hospitality entrepreneur Stephen Hargreaves has launched his latest venue – Baha music bar in Bowness-on-Windermere.

Set over three floors, the lounge bar on the ground floor features live music from performers such as international star Spencer Read will be in residence at Baha for its first seven weeks after opening.

The lounge bar will offer a contemporary menu, in a relaxed environment to suit all, including sharing dishes and city-style brunch as well as specialising in quality gins, vodkas, rums and craft beers.

The first floor, opening in mid-September, will provide a tasting house, grill and fish selection, with international-themed dishes and an extensive wine list complimenting the menu while the top floor will open in late 2017 and comprise an exclusive space for private hire using the latest technology in music, AV and lighting.

Hargreaves developed Baha together with managing director Kay Harrison-Mann after identifying a “gap in the market for an upbeat on-trend establishment with a cool vibe which will appeal to tourists from all over the world.”

“I am really excited to launch Baha, which has been almost two years in the making to ensure it’s absolutely perfect,” he said.

“Once again, Kay and I had very clear objectives in its creation and were keen to offer a music bar with a sophisticated city-vibe at sensible prices, but with very personal touches such as bespoke live music.  We are also thrilled to have attracted the very best staff in the industry and very special artistes like Spencer.

“We’re creating jobs, something exceptional and drawing people to the area, which can only be good for the county as a whole.  Ultimately, Baha will be on-trend, unique and exciting and I’m delighted to be able to bring that to the Lake District.”

Looking ahead, Hargreaves, who is also CEO of the Cranleigh Boutique, The Hideout, the Boutique Church Suites and champagne bar The Fizzy Tarté will soon be launching luxury boutique villa Vonvivant, sleeping six and located close to the centre of Bowness.

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