Before running ARTBARS, Mella Faye & Lewis Punchard co-founded The Hurly Burly Festival Theatre Cafe, and made major arts festivals their home for 7 years.


The Hurly Burly lives on under the leadership of its new owners while Mella & Lewis' combined passion for indulgent hospitality and show stopping spectacle lives on in the ARTBARS cocktail emporiums.


Lewis sources beautiful old vehicles and will spend, on average, about two years converting each vehicle into a work of art.


Mella works in theatre (as part of Pecho Mama and various directing jobs) and pulls together a brilliant team of warm, talented and charming mixologists, musicians and circus performers.



The ARTBARS Cocktail Bars are converted from 1965 Morris Ambulances and are designed to function in fast paced environments, where quality is the most important ingredient.


The summer months are the busiest, with all three bars often out at festivals and events every weekend.


The winter months are quieter, giving us the opportunity to take on more private parties, birthday hires, weddings and corporate event bookings.


You can follow Lewis' work on creating and refurbishing the bars here.