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New bars bring business boom to Carlisle

A resurgence in Carlisle’s nightlife is well underway with businesses experiencing a boom in custom thanks to new quality establishments.

Denise Wood photo
Denise Wood

That’s the view of Denise Wood, who owns the Le Gall bistro and McQueens bar on Devonshire Street with her husband Ron.

The pair have been involved in Carlisle’s nightlife scene for 14 years and say that the current crop of socialising hotspots are as good as they ever have been due to their relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Denise says that the host of new bars that have opened in the area provided a welcome boost and a resurgence in trade.

“There’s far more choice for people, especially for the 40-plus group” she said. “Nightlife in Carlisle was always more aimed at younger people. However, now it is probably aimed at the 30-plus category.”

While Le Gall has been a staple of the area for around 15 years, their McQueens venture is the new bar on the block having only opened its doors in May.

The Devonshire Street area can now boast a healthy total of bars alongside those owned by the Wood family.

Also in the area is the Thin White Duke, Eaten By Monsters, Club Britannia, Concrete, Picasso, Hell Below, Circle Bar, Bocata and the Last Zebra. The street is set to receive another boost with the soon to be open Moo Bar providing another unique place to go.

The new hotspot has given revellers an alternative to Botchergate, the city’s former nightlife Mecca.

“Botchergate is a lot better than it used to be but as I said it gives people that choice. We hardly have any trouble or any bother in our bit. It all has definitely encouraged more people to come out and spend their money,” she added.

“People used to go out of town to places like Newcastle but we now get more people stopping here. We even get people from west Cumbria coming to us. They come through on the train because there is that choice.”


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