A stunning 1930’s Prohibition inspired cocktail bar and restaurant is opening tomorrow in Exeter city centre.

The strikingly unique venue ‘The Bootlegger’, is located inside a 1920’s building on Fore Street within the city and is set to open tomorrow (Wednesday, December 2).

Ran by two brothers Gary and Lee Miller alongside Shaun Grundy, The Bootleggers Exeter venue is the latest to open, with two already establish in Cardiff and Bristol – both of which are ranked number one on Trip Advisor.

Lee Miller and Shaun Grundy

With jaw-dropping vintage decor to live music ranging from the 1930’s to the swinging 60’s, this venue is one of the most distinctive bars Exeter has ever seen.

Lee said: ”We don’t play music like Lady GaGa, we only play music from blues, swing, jazz to 1950’s rock and roll, we have over 90 different cocktails to choose from as well as some beautiful food platters.

The Bootlegger in Exeter

‘The bar is set in an open-spaced venue and we have covid-19 measurements in place.”

Set in an alluring lower ground unit underneath The Bike Shed, The Bootleggers boasts of incredible art work created by a talented graffiti artist.

Lee in action, creating a delicious Espresso Martini

The Bootleggers is made up of two bars – both of which serve cocktails – with the ‘moonshine bar’ containing a stage area for local artists and DJ’s to perform live music.

Additionally, the venue contains a smaller section named ‘The Drum’ – slang for ‘speakeasy’ – which is a slightly more secluded area and is available to hire out for private functions.

The Bootleggers venue in Exeter is vast

Lee, who has worked in the industry for many years, adds: ”We have Sicilian food platters made up of salami’s and breads. There is also delicious vegetarian platters.

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”We make over 90 cocktails and use locally sourced fresh fruit.

”We can make any cocktail – if anyone comes into the bar and it is not on the menu they can let us know and we will make it.”

The stunning artwork on the stage in ‘Moonshine Bar’

Although covid-19 restrictions are in place which eliminates dancing on a dance floor, Lee says there will be live DJ’s playing.

He said: ”It is table service only.

”We advise pre-bookings but we welcome walk-ins.’

For further information or to pre-book a spot at the Exeter venue, visit The Bootlegger’s website here.





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