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The best beer bars in the city

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If you’re heading for a night out in the city, the chances are that bars and clubs won’t be tough to find. However, if you’re after something a bit more specific from your drinking location, and don’t just want to follow the crowd, we have you covered. Cocktail bars and standard lagers are available in abundance in all major cities, however in an age where most of us look for something a little more refined in our drinks, many new establishments have seen growing success from serving craft brews. If you’re after a good craft serving bar to kick off your night before heading onto the major city centre venues, check out these destinations in Leeds, Newcastle and Manchester.


North Bar

Describing itself as one of the original pioneers of the city’s bar boom, North Bar can be found in the hugely popular Northern Quarter of Leeds, which has seen a rapid rise to popularity of late. With around 130 different beers on offer, patrons of the bar won’t be short on choice, and you’ll have plenty of scope to vary and broaden your drinking horizons. The draughts on offer at the bar tend to vary seasonally and the drink rotation that North Bar offers means that regular visitors will be provided as much choice as possible.  In recent years, draught beers from specialist craft brewers have become increasingly popular, and with beers from America, Europe and the UK all featuring predominantly on the drinks menu, you won’t be short on options when kicking off your night out with a beer.



Located in the popular nightlife area that is Dean Street, the destination is located perfectly between the historic Grainger Town and the picturesque Quayside of Newcastle and Gateshead. In a city more accustomed to cocktails and champagnes, BrewDog states that this particular bar ‘injects a much needed dose of hardcore craft beer into an area rising from the ashes of a previously Smirnoff-soaked landscape.’ With its impressive glass front that immediately catches the eye on passing, head into the venue and you’ll immediately notice the dual level setup. Popular and busy on most weekends, the venue is a true lover of British punk music and you’ll be greeted by the likes of the Sex Pistols and the Clash upon arrival; however if you head in at a less peak time when the buzz of activity isn’t at its peak, you can relax, hang out, play board games and even rock the vintage pin ball machine. Brewdog’s success since starting up in its original Aberdeen location has now lead to there being 13 locations of the bar throughout the UK.


Port Street Beer House

If you’re searching for craft beer in Manchester, then Port Street is the obvious choice, as its vast selection and great critical acclaim puts all competitors to shame. Described by  The Guardian as being in the “top 10 bars and pubs for craft beer”, Port Street gets it right by offering favourites from up and down the UK, along with offerings from over the Atlantic, and many European favourites. Their full and impressive drinks list can be found online, and the bar is located on Port Street, just a short walk from the Piccadilly area of the city

If you’re looking to enjoy an evening of entertainment this month, make sure you book in at Roomzzz, to enjoy a full weekend of comfort.

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Ta dah… It’s Newcastle Roomzzz!

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Super chic modern lifestyle and ultra luxe Aparthotel brand Roomzzz invite guests into ‘exquisite elite luxury’ when they open the front doors to the beautiful Friar House today under their protective custodianship ethos of ‘let the legacy of luxury live on’ as part of their £5M investment into their new location, Newcastle City.

The fifth location for Roomzzz sees an intensive restoration of one of Newcastle’s most historic and celebrated City heirloom residences which has been nurtured and brought to life back from years of neglect to be one of the North’s most exciting and luxurious new hotel experiences.

Guests will be treated to an experience of the grand stylish opulence of a majestic detached Georgian townhouse once belonging to a 19th Century ‘celebrity socialite’ Sir Robert Hopper Williamson who as Recorder of Newcastle and chancellor of Durham was amongst the elite of the North East and one of the most important men in the area. Sir Robert had invested heavily into his family home ensuring an eloquently designed interior and a spectacular exterior fitting to his social standing which still impresses today as it stands serenely amongst daily life on Clavering Place.

Roomzzz have gone to great lengths to channel the heady fine beauty of classic Georgian elegance and its combined grace and prestige of the era with subtle heritage touches from the area and lashings of carefully restored original features, including a grand stair and large Venetian staircase window which once looked out over extensive grounds and gardens.

Designers have combined historic significance with modern urban essentials and lifestyle ‘must-haves’ to create the ultimate hotel experience featuring 14 indulgent suites which brings back the golden age of exquisite elite living and focuses guests to concentrate on the carefree enjoyment of beautiful surrounds and luxuriating in extreme comfort.

Historic relics, curiosities and delights such as the original cast iron range, bank vaults and mysterious vaulted ceilings are found contained within the 14 suites whose layout follows the footprint of the original Friar House. Guests will experience top to toe luxe in suites complete with Apple technology, ‘best night sleep’ beds, state of the art kitchens and chic bathrooms cascading with the feel of opulence and exclusivity.

Head of Roomzzz Aparthotel UK Mark Walton comments, ‘Roomzzz Newcastle City dramatically improves luxury hotel stays in the North – there are some fabulous hotels in the area but the transformation of Friar House really raises the game…This is exquisite elite luxury but with the Roomzzz affordability factor’.

Additional Facts on Friar House

Friar House is considered of great national and regional historic importance and enjoys a grade II listed status so with this in mind the legacy of the building sets the tone for future use.

The complete Newcastle City location will host 44 suites and apartments in the £5M development of the historic Friar House site which is due for completion 2013.

A portrait of Sir Robert Hopper Williamson, former owner and resident of Friar House hangs in The National Portrait Gallery, London

Great views of Newcastle – #14

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Not long to go now before our fabulous city centre hotel becomes one of Newcastle’s great views!
44 luxurious apartments with studios, one bed apartments and a penthouse suite to choose from, so make yourself at home. Each apartment has been individually designed to create a spacious, well-planned living area. In fact, you’ll find the rooms are 50% larger on average than comparable hotel rooms. All are fully-equipped for day to day living. And, you’ll always rest easy on our generous, comfortable beds. Possibly the best night’s sleep in Newcastle? We think so.

Look what’s happening in Newcastle…

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One of our twitter followers @partynewcastle posted this picture of our fabulous new hotel in Newcastle in the making!
Opening in November and currently taking bookings…. 44 luxurious apartments with studios, one bed apartments and a penthouse suite to choose from, so make yourself at home. Each apartment has been individually designed to create a spacious, well-planned living area. In fact, you’ll find the rooms are 50% larger on average than comparable hotel rooms. All are fully-equipped for day to day living. And, you’ll always rest easy on our generous, comfortable beds. Possibly the best night’s sleep in Newcastle? We think so…

Great views of Newcastle – #11

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If you want to go to the beach Newcastle might not be the first place that springs to mind…. BUT there are a number of fabulous beaches on hand…
Longsands Beach is the nearest to the city… lovely golden sand stretches along the coast line, this beach has fast become one of the country’s premier surfing spots with lifeguard cover from May to September.
From here you can walk south to King Edward’s Bay which has the ruins of Tynemouth Priory and Castle, a pleasant sandy bay with good swimming and the cliff top walk has great views!
AND… as we all know there’s nothing nicer than a day on the beach followed by a snuggly evening and a good sleep… this is where we come in! Our Newcastle city centre hotel is now available for bookings!

Great views of Newcastle – #9

Newcastle United Football Club (NUFC) was founded in 1892, by the merger of Newcastle East End and Newcastle West End, and has played at its current home ground, St James’ Park, since, the ground has a capacity of 52,387. The club has been a member of the Premier League for all but two years of the competition’s history, and never dropped below the English football’s second tier, since joining the Football League in 1893.
They have won four League Championship titles and six FA Cups, as well as the 1969 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and the 2006 UEFA Intertoto Cup. Newcastle United has the eighth highest total of major honours won by an English club. 
They have a fierce local rivalry with Sunderland, and the two clubs have engaged in the Tyne–Wear derby since 1898. The club’s traditional kit colours are black and white striped shirts, black shorts and black socks. Their traditional crest takes elements of the city coat of arms which features two seahorses.

Anyone like a peak at our new hotel?

 This is the exterior of the historic Friar House which will be home to our brand new hotel in Newcastle…
 Check out that chandelier… what a glamourous welcome!
Imagine relaxing in here? A home from home still… but with a touch more luxury!

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