The cover page of North Bar’s website reads “We Love Beer,” and one simply need to step inside to know it’s true. This gem on the north side of the city centre looks like it could have been transported straight from Brussels, and has the stock to match. They promise around 150 varieties at any given time, with new beers always rotating through. Specialising in Belgian imports, North also has an impressive American selection, along with some from as far as Australia or as close as Kirkstall.
The bar staff are very knowledgeable and will be patient as you thumb through the drinks menu, which is pages and pages long. As their focus is imports, you could easily spend quite a lot of money here, but the prices are appropriate given the quality and variety, and not as high as some other venues in town offering similar specialties. They have a simple but enticing food menu, offering up pies, hot dogs, and cheese & meat platters.
North also reaches out to spirit and cocktail drinkers, featuring a notable array of spirits, particularly whisk(e)ys, rum and gin. They’ve even created a few unique “beer cocktails,” where possibly the best of both worlds meet. (But you’ll have to try for yourself, as we haven’t ventured into this territory yet.) Simply put North Bar has a little something for everyone. While we wish it were a tad larger, even when it’s crowded it’s crowded with genuine lovers of beer, so there’s not much to complain about.
This spot is always great just to drop in on, but it’s also worth checking their website for special events such as tastings, Beer v. Wine battles, and of course Oktoberfest. And be sure to have a wander to the toilets downstairs for a peek into the cellar — you’ll likely hear a faint echo of the “Hallelujah Chorus.” (Or maybe that was just me?)