The bar will now be known as the Sodexo Live! Lounge and will offer a wide range of entertainment including live acoustic music sets from up and coming local artists.

Up to 110 guests will be able to enjoy a tailored dining menu for each event and a range of premium drinks in the upscale mezzanine bar which offers spectacular views across the waterfront.

The Sodexo Live! Lounge is open on event nights meaning visitors can relax and watch entertainment before and after arena shows in luxury surroundings.

Ben Williams, commercial director of M&S Bank Arena parent company The ACC Liverpool Group, said:

“We are pleased to confirm a partnership deal with Sodexo Live!, a global hospitality company with 500 sites worldwide including stadiums and arenas; convention centres; international sporting events and cultural destinations.

“We are particularly excited about providing a platform for up and coming artists from the local area to perform before select shows.  Guests can enjoy a whole night of entertainment and relax, drink and dine in style before and after watching a concert, comedy, sporting or family event in our venue.

“We have no doubt that this partnership will be a huge success and will benefit from our experience as the region’s leading arena together with Sodexo Live!’s world-class hospitality offer.”

Designed by 442 Design, the lounge features a wave-shaped light installation above the bar that takes inspiration from the River Mersey. Artwork featuring portraits of singers who have performed at the arena such as Katy Perry, Beyonce and Paul McCartney – painted by artist Peter Barber – feature in the venue.  A centrepiece installation of a white neon sign featuring Sgt Pepper lyrics lights up the back wall of the bar.

Rebecca Kane Burton, CEO for Sodexo Live! UK&I, said:

“We just love working with the team at the ACC Liverpool campus and helping them create the best possible experiences for every type of customer; from convention and exhibition attendees to a renewed focus on VIPs attending gigs at the M&S Bank Arena. The launch of the Sodexo Live! lounge demonstrates our commitment to the partnership by taking things up a level.

“Guests can enjoy paired-back acoustic sets – before the main arena act – from up and coming local talent in premium surroundings with high-end dining which all adds up to an unrivalled night out. “

The VIP lounge opened in 2017, complementing the arena’s existing premium offer Arena Club. Refreshments are also available on the arena concourse.

Sodexo Live! Lounge tickets are available for a range of forthcoming events including Ru Pauk, The Kaiser Chiefs and N-Dubz.

The new lounge is also available for private hire and functions outside of event nights.

For more information go to https://www.mandsbankarena.com/hospitality/sodexo-live-lounge/