We unexpectedly came across The Lounge Bar on our recent Saturday bongo session, and as it is a bar within our NQ boundary, we had to nip in and check it out. Formerly the successful French restaurant 63 Degrees, this small unit on Church Street has been absorbed into the Light Aparthotel and become their hotel bar.

The bar has had a complete makeover since the restaurant departed, and the new look combines various shades of grey and chrome fittings, to provide a clean and modern looking bar. The seating comprises a mix of low comfy sofas and chairs, and long high tables (with equally comfy stools) that are well suited to groups.

On approaching the bar we asked for their ale options, to be told they only have bottles of Old Speckled Hen. Not a great start. The draft options were also limited to either San Miguel or Tuborg, and bottle options were the usual suspects – Peroni, Corona, Desperados and San Miguel. Two pints of San Miguel came to £9, but on this TNQR visit, we plumped for the promo deal of four bottles of San Miguel for £10 – the lesser of two evils. Like the beer selection, the wine and spirits options were limited but covered the basics, and included promos of two glasses of Prosecco for £9, and two cocktails for £10.

Being attached to a hotel, this was never going to be an NQ party bar with music going all night, but its location means the bar has a lot of potential. If as much effort was put into the drinks as the decor, it could become a great place to pop in to escape from the noise of the NQ, enjoy a drink after a long day of shopping, or alternatively as a starting spot to have a natter and warm up before moving onto the livelier NQ bars. However, right now, The Lounge Bar just fulfils its purpose as a functional but uninspiring hotel bar.

The Lounge Bar

Classification: Bar

Food: None

Drinks: Beer, Wine, Cocktails, Champagne

Price: ££

Related City Centre Establishments: None

Bongo Rating: 5/10