Why “Whistle Trago”?
I bought Whistle Trago back in June 2004, which was then named the Revolver Lounge, after working for the previous owner, Robbie, for a year. I took to this job after 24 years in the fashion and textiles industry travelling all over the world; New York, LA, Hong Kong, New Deli, Jodhpur & Paris. Having been settled in Hastings for 12 years and working in the bar, I was able to enjoy the buzz of bar work, the atmosphere and the socialising. Taking on the business was the next natural step.
In ’04, the bar was unrecognisable; more of an Internet café with not much to say for itself except six computers lined against the wall. Over time, with the help of the creative efforts of the staff and inspiration from travels across the world, the bar adopted a more European feel from the music to the decor.
In late 2012, eleven years after the Revolver Lounge originally opened, we began the steps to give the bar a total overhaul, ripping up the floors, redecorating the interior and exterior and replacing the original bar to match the original bar-stools designed and made by local artist Leigh Dyer, creating the unique installation you can see today. Once the finishing touches had been done, we relaunched in spring 2013 as Whistle Trago.
A question we often hear is ‘why Whistle Trago’? There is no real reason, besides the connotation that comes with the word whistle, feeling happy and contented, and trago, which came to me when my youngest daughter ripped through my CD collection and bought to my attention an old Spanish band called Trago. A friend explained the meaning of the word in Spanish is ‘one for the road’. And, happily, Whiste Trago was born.
Since the overhaul, many changes have been made including the drinks menu. We have added a range of imported beers, real cask-ales and a small selection of quality wines as well as keeping some of the original favourites such as the Killer Cowboy shooter and Jaffa Cake long blend.
We have also been keen to concentrate on the live music scene which Hastings is renowned for, and supporting local musicians is very important to our ethos. You can catch some upcoming talent on Tuesday evenings at our Open Mic night from 8:30pm, as well as regular bookings of local musicians, and occasionally the odd Belgian, on Thursday evenings and most weekend afternoons from April -September.
I’d like to finish by thanking all the staff and customers for their support over the years, as every single person is responsible for developing the creative and exciting place we enjoy today, and I look forward to the coming years, whatever it may bring.