San­gria bar talk­ing about a rev­o­lu­tion

The Chronicle - - What’s On - BY GOR­DON BARR

TAPAS Rev­o­lu­tion is set to open a new lounge and san­gria bar in New­cas­tle tonight.

The bar on Black­ett Street, in­spired by the lively, dy­namic bars in Spain looks set to be­come New­cas­tle’s lat­est drink­ing des­ti­na­tion.

The new bar takes in­spi­ra­tion from Chef Omar Al­lib­hoy’s home­town Madrid, a city that has more bars per capita than any other city in Europe.

Omar has worked with lo­cal in­te­rior de­sign­ers Col­lec­tive De­sign to cre­ate the sep­a­rate bar; vivid blue tiles, pot­ted green­ery and Ibe­rian mu­sic bring a taste of Madrid’s lively bar scene to New­cas­tle.

The lounge and san­gria bar is sit­u­ated next to the restau­rant, and can be ac­cessed via a sep­a­rate en­trance on Black­ett Street.

“I’m ex­cited to be open­ing our first lounge and san­gria bar in New­cas­tle, there’s a great bar scene here and I’m ex­cited to get in­volved and bring some Span­ish twists to the mix,” said Omar.

Guests can en­joy an ex­ten­sive San­gria Menu to share; Omar has cre­ated a unique se­lec­tion us­ing in­no­va­tive fruit and flavour com­bi­na­tions. High­lights in­clude the Skinny Tradi­cional (£16) with 30% less sugar, which is a mix of red wine, pineap­ple, orange and straw­berry.

Also on the menu is Sparkling Trop­i­cal San­gria (£18) – a blend of re­fresh­ing san­gria with crisp Cava, pas­sion fruit, wa­ter­melon, pineap­ple and White Berry San­gria (£16) made with white wine, blue­berry, rasp­berry, straw­berry and black­ber­ries.

Omar has also cre­ated a new Gin and Tonic menu. ‘Gin Ton­ics’ as they are called in Spain are an ex­tremely pop­u­lar night-time bar drink to the ex­tent that Spain has now be­come Europe’s largest gin con­sumer.

The Gin Tonic menu fea­tures a se­lec­tion of Omar’s favourite Span­ish dis­til­leries that use fresh re­gional botan­i­cals to pro­duce a fine aro­matic spirit.

Served in the tra­di­tional bal­loon glass, high­lights in­clude Xoriguer (£8) – a blend of ma­hon gin served with Fever-Tree Indian tonic, home­made lemon­ade and a lemon and lime gar­nish and Puerto de In­dias Straw­berry (£8) – a mix of del­i­cate gin made with An­dalu­sian straw­ber­ries and served with Fever-Tree el­der­flower tonic, straw­berry and mint.

An ar­ray of Span­ish beers from fam­ily owned pre­mium lager Estrella Gali­cia will also be on the menu, along­side a care­fully cu­rated se­lec­tion of craft beer sourced from all cor­ners of the Penin­sula.

For wine en­thu­si­asts there will be a large cel­lar wall with a wide se­lec­tion of wines from across Spain.

The de­sign takes in­spi­ra­tion from Madrid’s cool, ur­ban bars and is sep­a­rated from the restau­rant by a large glass fa­cade. Guests can en­joy a drink on the com­fort­able kaoba curved ban­quettes, or min­gle at the high bar­rels.

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