The GIN Bar to open in Newcastle's new Crowne Plaza hotel

The GIN Bar will be based in the ground floor of the new Crowne Plaza Newcastle hotel, which opens later this summer

Bar Manager at The GIN Bar, Gary French
Bar Manager at The GIN Bar, Gary French

Newcastle's newest hotel aims to stir up the city cocktail scene when its doors open to drinkers later this summer.

Based in the ground floor of the much-anticipated Crowne Plaza Newcastle hotel in the Stephenson Quarter, The GIN Bar is currently recruiting several staff ahead of its opening.

Mixologist Gary French has been appointed bar manager, bringing more than 15 years of experience in the drinks industry to the destination bar, and he is currently finalising drinks menus which will specialise in gin-based Martinis in which customers can engineer their own Martini from 23,000 combinations.

Meanwhile, interior designers are giving the GIN Bar a classic feel with a nod to the industrial heritage on its doorstep in the shape of the historic Stephenson Works – home to the Robert Stephenson and Co. Locomotive Works where the revolutionary Rocket was built in 1829.

Mr French said: “I’m excited to be working with such a great team and look forward to our opening in late summer.

“We will be focusing on offering the best customer experience, helping our guests to discover and invent their perfect Martini from a choice of around 30 gins and an extensive list of vermouths, garnishes and cocktail production methods. Simply put, we will offer drinks that are perfectly balanced to individual taste.

“From the invention of drinks to the design of our menus, the theme acknowledges the impressive industrial history that Newcastle, and particularly the Stephenson Quarter, is famous for.

“And we’ve added our own twist with retro bar equipment, newspaper-style, disposable menus and elegant glassware along with refillable cocktail hip flasks.”

Crowne Plaza Newcastle food and beverage manager Paul Walke said the GIN Bar will follow the contemporary and stylish designs of the adjoining hotel which will also open its doors in late summer.

Mr Walker said: “When deciding on the general ethos of The GIN bar we wanted something that would be attractive to both our business guests who need a casual yet elegant space to relax after a busy day; as well as local people who would visit the bar for something unique and different.

“We are hoping to work with a few local producers including Jack Cains, Lakelands Gin, Durham Distillery and Masons Yorkshire Gin, to support the local businesses and ensure that only the finest drinks reach our customers. Initially we’ll have around 30 gins with regular guest gins, but we’re also hoping to work with one of the local distilleries to create our own bespoke gin.”

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