New cocktail bar, Bobby’s Lounge opens in Southsea
A new cocktail bar business, Bobby’s Lounge, has opened in Southsea and takes its interior design inspiration from the Art Deco movement.
Bobby’s Lounge – at 18 Marmion Road, Southsea – welcomed its first customers last month and is the result of owner and former architect Bobby Tera’s passion for the retro styles of the 1930s. The cocktail bar is located on the site of the former site of the Southsea Travel company and stands next to The Marmion pub.
Alongside wife Monica Tera, Bobby said that it has been his ambition to open a cocktail bar for a long time and realising the goal has felt like “a dream come true.” The couple originally hail from India and Poland respectively.
The design choices have come in part due the couple’s own interior design tastes, but former solutions architect Bobby also explained that he wanted the venue to fit in with the “classy” Marmion Road locale, adding that he plans to install pictures of the area as it was in the 1930s in the bar.
“This road used to be the place to be. Our customers are really happy with the service we provide and very excited about the styling. We are doing classic cocktails, which is what everyone likes around here.”
The venue is also open during the day, serving hot drinks like teas and coffees, and Bobby plans to expand this element of the business to eventually include cream teas and cakes.
Image caption: L to R: Diana Shpegam, architect/designer Rafal Orlikowski, Monica Tera, owner Bobby Tera, Amelia Savage-Reay and Cerys O’Shea.
Photographer: Chris Moorhouse