New DIVE bar opens on Princes Avenue

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Published: Friday 21st April 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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After touring America with his band, Joe Brodie returned to Hull craving a space where local creatives could hang out.

He teamed up with his best friend Tom Stratton to create DIVE.

“I toured extensively with my old band, Drowners, who are based in New York. We’d spend a lot of time in dive bars,” Joe tells us.

“They’re basically places that sell cheap beer and where a lot of musicians and artists hang out. Whilst the UK City of Culture has given us a lot of cultural events across the city, there’s nowhere to actually hang out.”

Along with Hull College English lecturer Tom, who also played in folk band Street Urchin, Joe decided to create a space where local artists, musicians and creatives could feel supported.

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“We’re just two lads trying to support other people in Hull’s cultural scene,” Joe continues.

“For example, local artist Joe Johnson works behind our bar and we’ve given him an entire wall to display his art. He also painted the shutters. He’s already getting more work from this exposure.”

The Hull-born musicians want to encourage new music nights, exhibitions, film screenings and cultural activity by putting on regular events at the bar.

“So far, a lot of our friends have played sets for us. If you’re new to the scene, it’s quite hard to get gigs, so we want to give people the opportunity.”

“We’ve got close connections with places like Fruit and Polar Bear. We plan to work with them closely to expand the cultural status of our hometown.”

DIVE is currently looking for people to contribute, whether you’re in a band, a photographer, an artist or do something completely different:

“We want you all involved, we want your ideas, so don’t hesitate to come and have a word with us.”

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Princes Avenue was an obvious choice for the bar owners, who have always lived and worked in the area:

“There’s been a huge investment in the city centre, but we wanted to bring something new to this area.”

Based on famous Manhattan bar Welcome to the Johnsons, DIVE has been kitted out with reclaimed furniture, giving it a New York style with a Hull twist:

“Everything has been recycled,” Joe explains. “The bar is made from old scaffolding boards and pallets, and even the light fittings are from The Warren.”

He tells us that the place has already taken on its own persona in a very time, having only opened earlier this month.

Sticking to the American theme, DIVE sells a selection of draft beers, bottles, cans, bourbon and an extensive selection of whisky. They also serve the usual wines and spirits.

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“We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped us,” Joe enthuses.

“There’s no way that we could have done this without our family, friends and the fantastic local people.”

DIVE is open daily from 1pm until late and is located at 59 Princes Avenue.

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Published: Friday 21st April 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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