A little ice? Arctic Monkey decides to buy his own pub

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The Independent Online

The days when Arctic Monkeys were too short to be served alcohol are long gone. However, perhaps recalling the times before they were famous and had to queue for drinks, two of the band's members have decided to open their own pub.

The drummer, Matt Helders, right, and former bassist, Andy Nicholson, have joined the ranks of celebrity landlords by buying an empty property in their stamping ground of Sheffield and building their own watering hole.

"It'll be like going to your favourite local boozer, but in the centre of town," the musicians claim on their website. "The Bowery will be a hang-out for people who want to avoid the meat-market nonsense of city-centre bars."

Located in fashionable Devonshire Street amid expensive salons and trendy clothes shops, the bar will not be a spit-and-sawdust joint. It will host "live acoustic sessions with national and international guests", and a designer boutique on the first floor, managed by Helders, will "stock exclusive clothing and accessories from a range of hand-picked labels". So, somewhere in between The Ritz and The Rubble, then.

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