Be At One, the Piper-backed cocktail bar chain, is close to securing its first site in Wales, in Cardiff.

The 23-strong group, which will open in Oxford this quarter, has is in talks to secure the former The Bunker bar site in the city’s St Mary Street, with an opening scheduled for late March if discussion are successful.

It recently secured the Teppan 260 site situated in The Electric Press, Millennium Square, in the city’s Great George Street, with an opening scheduled for May.

The company, which saw like-for-like sales climb 15% in the five weeks to 28 December, is confident that it can eventually grow its estate to up to 120 sites in the UK.

It plans to have 30 bars open by the end of next March and is thought to be looking at opportunities in Manchester.

In November, it appointed experienced property professional Chris James as its new property director to aid its expansion plans.