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It's not so grim up North

15 April 2015
It's not so grim up North
As the bar and restaurant scene slowly blooms around North Bar located on New Briggate in a Northern Quarter set to rival Manchester’s, the bar still holds its own as a must-visit for any beer lover.

Self-lauded as Britain’s first craft beer bar, ‘probably’, North Bar is an Aladdin’s cave of beery gems with offerings for the more discerning drinkers and agnostic folk alike. At the helm of the recent ‘beervolution’, North Bar has been quietly and confidently mastering and sharing their knowledge of quality classic and exotic ales for some years now.

Having undergone a fairly recent refurbishment, North Bar has a lively aesthetic, with sauna-like wooden panels that curve up around the ceiling in a cosy embrace. The walls are adorned with eclectic miscellany and prints and the playful feel culminates in an in-house photo booth.

North Bar also offers a takeaway beer service with a carton that holds 2 pints of whatever tickles your fancy when your PJs and slippers are a-calling but the night still feels young.

Being the beer aficionados that they are, North Bar has also forayed into the world of brewing. Their collaboration with Kirkstall Brewery began way back when in 2008 and North Bar spent the next 4 years crafting their very own ‘North Prototype’. More recently, and still relatively under wraps, North Bar has announced in time for Leeds Indie Food Festival their very own North Bar Brewing Co, extending their franchise behind the scenes. They will be premiering their very first two brews at North Bar on the 12th May.

Other events they are heading up for Leeds Indie include their Nikka Whiskey tasting room and bar which will take place at Leeds Feast, the closing event of the fortnight on 22nd -23rd May and also the North Bar Magical Mystery tour which spans all 6 North Bar venues featuring 6 ‘iconic North Bar beers’, food and another chance to sample the North Bar Brewing Co’s brand new brew. The event runs on the 8th, 15th and 22nd of May where guests are transported around the venues which cover North Bar, North Bar Social, The Cross Keys, Further North, Alfred and Preston on the North Bar Bus - all aboard!

Emma is a Freelance Writer for Leeds Living. She has a degree in English literature from the University of Leeds and specialises in writing cultural editorials.