Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Launch of Bar for the Deaf Where You Order Drinks in Sign Language

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Launch of Bar for the Deaf Where You Order Drinks in Sign Language

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Byline: Rachael Sigee

A BAR for deaf people where all the staff are trained in sign language has opened in London.

In a first of its kind, the venue will provide a social venue for the deaf in a club-style environment. Though ease and comfort for deaf people is the priority, the Deaf Lounge in Seven Sisters also welcomes hearing people.

Paul Cripps, 31, who co-owns it with non-deaf Domani Peir, came up with the concept after years of negative experiences in bars and clubs.

Mr Cripps, from Edmonton, has been deaf since birth. He said: "I've had problems ordering drinks, talking to fellow clubbers and sometimes even getting into clubs.

"The Deaf Lounge is open to both the deaf and non-deaf communities -- I'm eager that it encourages deaf people to socialise with the wider society. For example the bar will play music as that's really important to attract nondeaf customers."

Deaf people can also experience music through vibrations. The owners said they plan to set up salsa, zumba and DJ workshops where deaf people will be taught to read beats and play instruments. …

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