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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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New upmarket bar opens in Carlisle

A new upmarket bar on a bustling city centre street is hoping to lead the way in Carlisle’s thriving nightlife scene.

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Mark Cole, manager of McQueens

The former Santander bank building on Devonshire Street has undergone a £500,000 transformation into swanky bar McQueen's and opened to customers over the bank holiday.

McQueen's, billed as a “modern contemporary bar”, will be the 11th nightspot within a few streets of each other – with four other bars already on Devonshire Street alone.

The area also includes the Thin White Duke, Le Gall, Eaten By Monsters, Club Britannia, Concrete, Picasso, Hell Below, Circle Bar, Bocata and the Gilded Lily.

However, those managing the newest addition to the city’s nightlife scene said they want to be a cut above the rest.

The bar is being managed by Mark Cole, 38, who has worked in Carlisle’s leisure scene for several years.

He said: “There is nothing like it here at the moment and I think as a city we need to push on with Carlisle’s nightlife, it can only be a good thing.

“We are trying to set a standard that’s going to be very high.”

The bar was set up by city businessman Ron Wood, who also runs Le Gall, on the opposite side of the road, and the city’s Border Rambler and Arroyo pubs.

His previous ventures include the former Freedom nightclub in Lancaster Street.

Mr Cole said they would be focusing on quality.

“We will be selling a selection of fine spirits and beers but we also have some amazing chefs working for us in our bistro,” he said.

“Everybody is totally excited and we have just been busy getting everything ready and making it look good. We think this is a brilliant new venture and we want to hit the ground running.”

Head chef Jonny Bell, said: “We have decided to go with a tapas-style taster menu so we can encompass a bit of everything that you can get on Devonshire Street in one place. Everything will be made fresh and made on the site. There will be a really good selection.”

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