The inspiration for The Thirsty Lawyer started with the location itself.
Strait Street, also affectionally known as The Gut, was once notorious for its exuberant nightlife musicians and singers filled the street with American jazz; locals fraternised with servicemen and people from different nationalities and all walks of life; and drunkenness, rowdiness and debauchery were the order of the day! But the war ended. The British Forces left Malta. And one by one, the bars, restaurants and music halls closed, leaving the street abandoned and desolate.
Fast forward a couple of decades and Strait Street is well on its way to being restored to its former glory - minus the debauchery of course.
During early 2017, designs were drawn up, materials were sourced, craftsmen were drafted in - and the Silver Horse began its painstaking resurgence as The Thirsty Lawyer. Inspired by the street’s iconic past, we ran with a 1920s American theme and weaved ‘Prohibition’ with ‘Art Deco’ to create the unique and stunning venue we have today.
Where possible, we managed to salvage some of the original features - the marble step as you enter the venue; the old A.Mc.Kay sign which remains in situ above the entrance door; and some porcelain tiles which now form part of the wall in the Garrison Bar. Furthermore, we made the decision to retain the stage - but to refurbish it in line with the interior’s new themed decor.
By the end of 2018, the venue was taking shape. Mood lighting had been installed, together with a state-of-the-art sound system, acoustic wood panelling, marble and brass flooring, and our striking mirrored/wooden bars. Finally, we were ready for our signature pieces - the imposing jail doors imported directly from New York’s infamous Rikers Island, and an intricate, fully functional steampunk clock.
We opened our doors to our first guests during January 2019 - and we look forward to welcoming you for many years to come.