Dorset has a new bar on the nightlife scene, which promises a relaxed jazz bar feel and beautiful drinks to match.

Canvas Loft Bar, on Poole Hill, threw open the doors on October 23 and features two rooms for people to enjoy once they pass through the big main front door and climb the stairs.

It is the baby of James Maidment, the former operations manager of 1812 and Bar So, on Exeter Road, who hopes to bring a different late night experience to adults who want to dance the night away after enjoying expertly made drinks and food.

James says: "Bournemouth has been crying out for a new late night offering for the over 21 market for some time. We aim to offer something for everyone. 

"We are providing a unique first floor experience with a live lounge, complete with dance floor and state of the art sound system. The venue also boasts a club lounge with a relaxed atmosphere and great cocktails."

He explains that a concise tapas and 'finger and fork-style' bar menu completes the package of a venue where people can eat, drink and dance under one roof.

There's a whole range of comfy seats to choose from to sit upon for a glass of wine with friends, including big arm chairs and bar stools in a dark teal hue and quirky lighting displays featuring bikes hanging from the ceiling. Go through to what is being dubbed as the 'Live lounge' and there's a stage and wooden dancefloor which looks like the perfect room to hold a party.

James says that they want Canvas to have an 'engaging and personal community feel' with a membership club and live music performances, comedy nights and pop-up events. However, they will have live DJs and late night openings on Friday and Saturday evenings for those who aren't ready to go home early.

Ben Piercy, bar manager, who previously worked as the general manager of Frampton's in Ringwood and at 1812 before that, describes Canvas Loft Bar as a 'stunning' place to be.

"The place is amazing and it has given me the opportunity to run a high-end cocktail bar in Bournemouth," Ben enthuses. "We want to have fun with the menu, while being a bit tongue-in-cheek and some of the names will have references to films."

Just a few weeks after opening and as the big day looms, the staff are looking at ways to help people get in the festive mood for Christmas with specially-themed cocktails, mulled wine and spiced ciders, Christmas tapas and weekly party nights. Every Thursday in December the loft bar will play host to a big band tribute night from the likes of The Take That Experience, Bootleg Beatles and a Michael Buble imitator, which for £29.95 per person will include the show, arrival drink and tapas. 

Signature Festive Cocktail - A Miracle on 45th Street
Bar manager, Ben Piercy, has created a stunning cocktail bringing in some flavours of Christmas with a cheeky name which gives a nod to their location at 45 Poole Hill. It includes double espresso, 35ml of Skippers Demerara Rum, 10ml of Pedro Ximenez, 15ml of Grand Marnier, 15ml of orange liqueur, 10ml of honey syrup, which is made by mixing two parts water to one part honey and an egg white.
He says that all of the ingredients should be poured in together with a small amount of ice before it is shaken for a few minutes, before it is strained into a glass and garnished with a twist of orange peel. Cheers!