A £1 MILLION cocktail bar and nightclub is set to open in Southampton later this year after plans were given the green light.

Revoluciòn de Cuba is to invest more than £1m on a new three-floor bar and nightclub on Above Bar Street in Southampton.

The venue would be located in the former Lloyds bank and Millets store at the junction with Civic Centre Road.

The brand, owned by Revolution Bars Group, focuses on selling premium Cuban rums and ‘creative, handmade cocktails’, with food influences from across Latin America and weekly live music.

Currently, the Latin-themed bar chain has 13 premises across the UK including Derby, Manchester, Norwich, Glasgow, and Sheffield which, when opened, have typically created between 50 and 100 jobs each.

Under the company’s plans for Southampton, the 9,074sqft bar and nightclub will be spread over three floors and would open between 11am and 1am seven days a week.

A Statement for the Revolution Bars Group confirmed that they were looking to open  in Southampton. 

“Our stated strategy is to open six new bars each year and we have more than doubled the number of Revolución de Cuba’s in little over 18 months, a testament to the strength of the concept and brand.”

In a statement issued on behalf of Revoluciòn de Cuba, Firstplan, the planning consultants said the plans would “contribute to the vibrancy of the area”.

Councillor Satvir Kaur, culture and leisure portfolio holder on Southampton City Council, welcomed the plans.

Cllr Kaur said: “No-one likes to see empty properties on our High Street, so it’s encouraging that businesses are interested in revitalising empty spaces and offering local jobs.”