Inside Hartlepool’s ‘biggest sports bar’ Eskimo Joe’s – opening in former Popworld club this week

The new bar will offer affordable food and drink./Photo: Joe Franks

Bosses of Eskimo Joe’s, in the former Popworld and Yates pub, have confirmed that the new bar will open on Friday evening November 18.

The site has been revamped and will feature 11 screens where fans can watch the latest sporting action, including the FIFA World Cup.

There are pool tables and arcade machines at the new bar./Photo: Joe Franks

Guests can also enjoy affordable burgers, pizzas, and homemade drinks, with pool tables and arcade machines also on offer.

While the bar will begin to welcome customers from 7 p.m. on Friday evening, it will mark its opening the next day with a fire-eater show at 9 p.m.

Manager Joe Franks said he hopes the bar will help people enjoy a fun night out and tasty food without spending a fortune.

“It’s good value, with a friendly touch,” Mr. Franks said.

The bar opens in time for the FIFA World Cup./Photo: Joe Franks

“It has a personal touch, but it has franchise value. The staff here are really caring.”

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The bar will be sporty during the week, turning into a nightclub on Fridays and Saturdays, when it’s open until 2 a.m. and DJs play a variety of music, including clubland.

“I think we have the best setup in town. We’re the biggest sports bar in Hartlepool. You can see a screen from all over the room. There’s no bad seating in the house,” said Mr Franks.

He added: “We are all ready for the World Cup.”

It is hoped that Eskimo Joe’s will mirror the success of The Open Jar and become a local franchise, with a second location potentially in Teesside.

The Open Jar opened its first restaurant in Hartlepool in 2017, followed by a location in Norton and an upcoming third location in Northallerton.

Eskimo Joe’s will be open 12 p.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday and 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

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