Not one for doing anything by the books, Signature Living are involving the public in a race to find an interesting and unique name for the Cardiff cocktail bar opening within Exchange Hotel.
As with the rest of the Exchange Hotel development, we are looking for the new cocktail bar and its name to be historically or culturally relevant to the Cardiff area or the Coal Exchange.
Even though we can’t be entered into the amazing competition taking place on Facebook, we thought we’d have some fun at looking at a few possibilities for the name of this exciting new Cardiff social venue.
As well as hosting gatherings of coal merchants and traders in the hey day of coal trading, the Coal Exchange also had a bank in its grounds.
This old bank now has a glistening future ahead and is set to become the latest luxury dining experience in Cardiff; R.P. Culley’s Restaurant.
As masses of wealth will have been stored within the walls of the bank at the Coal Exchange, Bullion would be an ideal name for the new cocktail bar. Linking to the tonnes of gold bullion that may have laid in the bank vaults of old during the most prosperous times.
Simple short and expensive Millwn (million in welsh) would take reference from the first £1million deal to be struck on the premises back in 1901. The interior would be outfitted in the style of extreme wealth and affluence and further more the name would educate visitors to the fact that this was once a place where huge sums of money changed hands.
The interior would be outfitted in the style of extreme wealth and affluence and further more the name would educate visitors to the fact that this was once a place where huge sums of money changed hands.
Referring to the reptile or serpent that forms the letter G in the original stone carved ‘Exchange’ above the entrance door.
Many theories exist as to why this serpent-like figure appears where it does, the most prominent explanation is that the Exchange halls were once used for Free Mason gatherings.
One of the most amazing original features to be preserved by Exchange Hotel is the stunning carved wooden Dragon Clock in what was once the main trading hall.
Its exquisite craftsmanship is complemented by a poignant message “Tempus Fugit” (Time Flies).
A reminder to us all that time is fleeting and to make the most of every minute we have.
Where better to spend that time than in a new Cardiff cocktail bar?
Another reference to the wealth associated with the Coal Exchange, the meaning of course that coal itself was regarded as a highly valuable commodity not unlike gold.
The first £1 million deal was struck in 1901 bringing the Coal Exchange global fame.
These are just a selection of names that we’ve encountered during our research in Exchange Hotel’s invigorating past. There is undoubtedly so much more left to discover and much more that’s yet to happen. We can’t wait to see what the winning name of the latest Cardiff cocktail bar at Exchange Hotel.
Enter your suggestion on our Facebook page in the comments section to be in with a chance of making history and winning an amazing cocktail sampling session when the bar opens.