Long time, no see! After a few months off catching up with work and moving house, I’m ready to re-commit myself to Tyne and Dine. What a better way to kick off the new era than with a sneak peak into Newcastle’s newest gin bar? The latest venture to come from the Vaulkhard clan (Pacific House, Barluga, Central Bean), Bealim House features the city’s only working gin still. Aware that Newcastle is breeding bars quicker than I can write reviews, Craig and I went along to the opening last Thursday to find out what all the fuss was about.
Formerly Fluid Bar and Kitchen, Bealim House has been restored to its natural glory. I’ve got to admit, Fluid wasn’t one of my regular haunts but I can imagine it looks quite a bit better post-refurb. The former printers, from which the bar has taken its name, has been transformed into a shabby chic haven, complete with exposed brickwork and copper taps. I struggled to see what made Bealim House different to the other slightly-upmarket bars that have popped up in the city over the last year or so. However, upon nipping upstairs to find a wide open dining area, I was pleasantly surprised with the venue’s square footage. In my opinion, some of Newcastle’s best bars are absolutely tiny, and as haters of crowds, we were outwardly impressed with the spacious seating and bar areas.
The drink selection was pretty good, Estrella and Aspall on draught – we were pleased. Since it was a special night, we opted for a couple of cocktails from the menu. I’m going to be a terrible blogger here and admit I didn’t actually try the gin! But after tasting a couple of non-gin cocktails, I’ll certainly be back to give it a go.
I went for the Pomegranate Caipirinha, which came garnished with fresh pomegranate and lime. Craig opted for the Blackberry Mojito, also featuring a ton of fresh fruit. Both cocktails were delicious and pretty strong – we found ourselves weaving to dinner after just a couple, but the empty stomachs might have had something to do with that!
All in all, our first glance into the newest bar in Newcastle (at least it was when I started writing this!) was pretty fancy – a bit too fancy for us, but I’m sure we’ll be back on pay day to try the gin nonetheless.