A revolution is coming in Warrington's bar scene

Warrington Guardian: The Lounge Bar The Lounge Bar

A REVOLUTION of the bar scene across the town is taking hold with a new breed of bars offering drinkers a niche style drinking experience more likely to be found in city centres.

The reputation of the town’s nightlife hit a low as national media drew attention to some venues offering cheap drinks with photographs showing revellers supposedly struggling outside on the street.

But if those cameras were placed outside some of the new bars cropping up you would get a very different impression.

The Lounge, on Springfield Street, first opened seven years ago as an alternative place offering continental beers and cocktails for people to drink who were looking for something different.

Owner Adam Lawson said: “When we set this place up we wanted to make it somewhere where we wanted to go. A lot of my mates used to go to Manchester on the train but now they are staying around here and keeping people in Warrington and the businesses going.

And bars say they are putting more of an emphasis on the types of drinks they offer - whether it is cocktails, spirits and beers to draw visitors in.

Sabz Thompson, bar manager at The Palmyra, on Springfield Street, said: “We gave the venue an identity of a cocktail bar then we expanded into the bar.

“There is a huge market in Warrington for cocktails but no one has ever tapped into it before.

“We do a lot of cocktail masterclasses which people really enjoy.

“All the cocktails are cooked up by us - there are no copies.”

Other venues such as Agave Rumbar and The Quarter Bar are among the newer venues which have opened their doors in the past year - each with its own different selling point.

“Any competition is good competition,” added Sabz. “We work closely with the Rumbar and The Lounge and we promote each other a lot.

“We are sending people over to them and they are sending people over to us.”

And with a number of long established pubs and bars across the town which have been catering for punters for years the widening divergence of the night scene is helping to boost the local economy.

“It’s a place to come and enjoy a few beers or cocktails and a meal,” added Adam. “It’s like the Northern Quarter in Manchester now.

“And Bridge Street is far better than its reputation from four or five years ago and the bars around there are doing a decent job too.”

The team behind The Palmyra is also busy working on a new venture and is set to open a new high-end cocktail and wine bar called The Institution Bar in the former council offices next door to the Parr Hall.

Comments (18)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

7:48am Fri 3 Jan 14

flashcoffy says...

Have to say the bars above are certainly different to the wild west of Bridge St and somewhere you can go for a drink if you're over the age of 18, however, the Northern Quarter is it most definitely not.
Have to say the bars above are certainly different to the wild west of Bridge St and somewhere you can go for a drink if you're over the age of 18, however, the Northern Quarter is it most definitely not. flashcoffy

10:14am Fri 3 Jan 14

MAD 4 IT says...

ANOTHER SLOB OUT FOR ALCOHOLICS !
ANOTHER SLOB OUT FOR ALCOHOLICS ! MAD 4 IT

10:49am Fri 3 Jan 14

flashcoffy says...

Maybe with the money you are saving by not drinking, MAD, you could replace your Caps Lock key?
Maybe with the money you are saving by not drinking, MAD, you could replace your Caps Lock key? flashcoffy

11:04am Fri 3 Jan 14

PageA says...

flashcoffy wrote:
Maybe with the money you are saving by not drinking, MAD, you could replace your Caps Lock key?
The caps lock key is his superhero disguise. When it's on he's MAD 4 IT! A homophobic, misogynist who is always the first to comment and hates all wards other than Stockton Heath. When it's off he's Grumpy Parent..everything else is the same. I wonder if he shouts 'time to go hero!' As he slams his finger down on the button.
[quote][p][bold]flashcoffy[/bold] wrote: Maybe with the money you are saving by not drinking, MAD, you could replace your Caps Lock key?[/p][/quote]The caps lock key is his superhero disguise. When it's on he's MAD 4 IT! A homophobic, misogynist who is always the first to comment and hates all wards other than Stockton Heath. When it's off he's Grumpy Parent..everything else is the same. I wonder if he shouts 'time to go hero!' As he slams his finger down on the button. PageA

11:18am Fri 3 Jan 14

flashcoffy says...

Comment win of the day.
Comment win of the day. flashcoffy

12:36pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Take2toTango says...

I've been to a few of these bars. More of a relaxed atmosphere over that side of town. The Quarter do some great cocktails!
I've been to a few of these bars. More of a relaxed atmosphere over that side of town. The Quarter do some great cocktails! Take2toTango

12:57pm Fri 3 Jan 14

PageA says...

The article is correct. If the national media returned now they wouldn't find venues offering cheap drinks. Where is the barrier that prevents interlopers from Bridge Street coming across?
The article is correct. If the national media returned now they wouldn't find venues offering cheap drinks. Where is the barrier that prevents interlopers from Bridge Street coming across? PageA

1:05pm Fri 3 Jan 14

MAD 4 IT says...

PAGEA ? WOT KINDA NAME IS THAT ? OBVIOUSLY DOESNT KNOW HIS ABC & LIVES IN A FANTASY WORLD !
PAGEA ? WOT KINDA NAME IS THAT ? OBVIOUSLY DOESNT KNOW HIS ABC & LIVES IN A FANTASY WORLD ! MAD 4 IT

1:52pm Fri 3 Jan 14

PageA says...

MAD 4 IT wrote:
PAGEA ? WOT KINDA NAME IS THAT ? OBVIOUSLY DOESNT KNOW HIS ABC & LIVES IN A FANTASY WORLD !
Mate, you were commenting on here in the am of New Years Day. Are you recently or soon to be divorced by any chance?
[quote][p][bold]MAD 4 IT[/bold] wrote: PAGEA ? WOT KINDA NAME IS THAT ? OBVIOUSLY DOESNT KNOW HIS ABC & LIVES IN A FANTASY WORLD ![/p][/quote]Mate, you were commenting on here in the am of New Years Day. Are you recently or soon to be divorced by any chance? PageA

2:00pm Fri 3 Jan 14

flashcoffy says...

Given his knowledge of the seedier areas of Dallam, sorry I mean "DALLAM", i'd say you're not far off, Page.
Given his knowledge of the seedier areas of Dallam, sorry I mean "DALLAM", i'd say you're not far off, Page. flashcoffy

2:11pm Fri 3 Jan 14

PageA says...

flashcoffy wrote:
Given his knowledge of the seedier areas of Dallam, sorry I mean "DALLAM", i'd say you're not far off, Page.
Haha! I just thought that myself. It's all falling to place. A man from Stockton Heath caught frequenting a house of ill repute in Dallam is left by his wife and invents a new alter ego on the Warrington guardian website utilising caps lock to frighten people.
[quote][p][bold]flashcoffy[/bold] wrote: Given his knowledge of the seedier areas of Dallam, sorry I mean "DALLAM", i'd say you're not far off, Page.[/p][/quote]Haha! I just thought that myself. It's all falling to place. A man from Stockton Heath caught frequenting a house of ill repute in Dallam is left by his wife and invents a new alter ego on the Warrington guardian website utilising caps lock to frighten people. PageA

7:39pm Fri 3 Jan 14

moleogod says...

good guy adam. nice bar as well been there quite few times.
good guy adam. nice bar as well been there quite few times. moleogod

8:22pm Fri 3 Jan 14

D_Blogger says...

These are nice bars on this side of town. Unfortunately the problem with the night life in Warrington is the thugs & bullies who act as bouncers who like to intimidate people, especially around Bridge Street. You never, ever get that in Liverpool, Manchester, even Wigan & St. Helen's. As long as these bars can use proper doormen & keep the thugs away, then they should remain nice places to drink.
These are nice bars on this side of town. Unfortunately the problem with the night life in Warrington is the thugs & bullies who act as bouncers who like to intimidate people, especially around Bridge Street. You never, ever get that in Liverpool, Manchester, even Wigan & St. Helen's. As long as these bars can use proper doormen & keep the thugs away, then they should remain nice places to drink. D_Blogger

8:39pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Little_Pixie says...

D_Blogger wrote:
These are nice bars on this side of town. Unfortunately the problem with the night life in Warrington is the thugs & bullies who act as bouncers who like to intimidate people, especially around Bridge Street. You never, ever get that in Liverpool, Manchester, even Wigan & St. Helen's. As long as these bars can use proper doormen & keep the thugs away, then they should remain nice places to drink.
Totally agree with this. We were out last Saturday in Level talking to a group of older lads who hadn't been out long. Next thing one of the fat bald bouncers comes over and asks them to leave, after one drink! They weren't drunk, just stood there talking. They really are a load of scary bullies who leer at us, sneer at the lads & definitely like the power over the pubs & act like they own them. They are the ones who cause most of the trouble. So different in the Northern Quarter, a lot nicer & friendlier there, great bars & nice people.
[quote][p][bold]D_Blogger[/bold] wrote: These are nice bars on this side of town. Unfortunately the problem with the night life in Warrington is the thugs & bullies who act as bouncers who like to intimidate people, especially around Bridge Street. You never, ever get that in Liverpool, Manchester, even Wigan & St. Helen's. As long as these bars can use proper doormen & keep the thugs away, then they should remain nice places to drink.[/p][/quote]Totally agree with this. We were out last Saturday in Level talking to a group of older lads who hadn't been out long. Next thing one of the fat bald bouncers comes over and asks them to leave, after one drink! They weren't drunk, just stood there talking. They really are a load of scary bullies who leer at us, sneer at the lads & definitely like the power over the pubs & act like they own them. They are the ones who cause most of the trouble. So different in the Northern Quarter, a lot nicer & friendlier there, great bars & nice people. Little_Pixie

8:50pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Little_Pixie says...

Sorry when I said Northern Quarter I am talking about this side of Warrington. Great place to be :)
Sorry when I said Northern Quarter I am talking about this side of Warrington. Great place to be :) Little_Pixie

1:38am Sat 4 Jan 14

Sammy_jj says...

This part of town is just as bad as the rest of it. Most of the 'cultural quarter' bars have been caught serving underage customers and often serve out of hours. I've also witnessed some horrendous fights in the lounge and palmyra. Don't kid yourself warrington.
This part of town is just as bad as the rest of it. Most of the 'cultural quarter' bars have been caught serving underage customers and often serve out of hours. I've also witnessed some horrendous fights in the lounge and palmyra. Don't kid yourself warrington. Sammy_jj

7:43pm Sat 4 Jan 14

old-codger says...

If the public house employ,s doormen and they want you to pay to get in then you should know what to expect, Doormen attract trouble and you should not have to pay to enter a public house. Bar,s are public houses, Clubs are not.

This town needs decent places to have a decent drink in decent company and a decent atmosphere. The more the merrier.
If the public house employ,s doormen and they want you to pay to get in then you should know what to expect, Doormen attract trouble and you should not have to pay to enter a public house. Bar,s are public houses, Clubs are not. This town needs decent places to have a decent drink in decent company and a decent atmosphere. The more the merrier. old-codger

10:39am Mon 6 Jan 14

irishwire says...

These bars are brilliant, I have never ever seen a fight round there and the fact more bars are coming soon is great news.
Leave the chavs to Bridge St they can have the sticky floors and idiot bouncers.
These bars are brilliant, I have never ever seen a fight round there and the fact more bars are coming soon is great news. Leave the chavs to Bridge St they can have the sticky floors and idiot bouncers. irishwire

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree