North Bar opened on New Briggate in Leeds in July 1997. Why did we open a bar? Because we wanted somewhere ace to drink. At that time, Leeds was a bar desert.
We opened with a draught selection which included Kronenbourg, Beamish Red, Guinness and Fosters… and we cared passionately about our customers. That hasn’t changed. Fortunately, the variety of drinks available for us to put on the bar has.
The Chimays and Duvels inspired us to stock better drinks. Anchor Liberty Ale inspired us to stock American beers. The first draught Erdinger, Sierra Nevada, Brooklyn Lager in the UK were all poured first at North Bar.
Over the years, we’ve steadily expanded to six venues, and we’re equally proud of every single one of them.
We find it difficult to explain what North Bar is. We find it strange to describe ourselves as “a brand”; we believe that our bars are living, breathing things, and the people who come to them play a massive part in that.
Our values are built on the values of our customers and what they ask for: unparalleled service, great drinks, an inviting atmosphere and an inspiring place to be. Our staff are passionate about realising those values every single day, and the people who visit our venues breathe life into them.
We’ve had our ups and downs, learned from a few mistakes, but we’re proud of what we are, what we do, how we do it and how our bars play a role in the communities they operate in. And we’re always working on getting better and better.
We put together the infographic below – ‘North Bar Ltd – A Pint of Beer’, to help illustrate how we work and we thought we’d share it with the people we are working for: you.
John Gyngell & Christian Townsley (Directors and Founders)
Company number; 04417652
Vat no. 686765273