2 Church Lane
There’s nothing to beat the ambiance of a good modern public bar, whether it’s an old pub revamped or a brand new purpose-built establishment.
In the case of Brook’s Wine Bar, the latter is the case, as there was nothing here up until June 1987, when the bar was opened.
It’s a fine, roomy, open-plan public bar, big enough to allow three ‘open’ snugs, and one lovely, large private snug, with its door, big enough to hold a party of fifteen.
The standard of finish in the construction and fittings is very high indeed, and the design is after the fashion 24 of a Victorian Saloon Bar. The high tables, high stools, and open fire recall past times; in the same way, when you see the large twisted brass bar counter lamps, the beautifully carved wooden showcase, the welcoming mat with Brook’s imprinted and the cast iron table stands bearing the Brook’s Wine Bar letters, it’s hard to believe that this is a three-year-old pub.
Brook’s is, generally speaking, a young bar with live music at weekends, and pub quiz through the week.
Work is progressing on an upstairs function bar, and Coleraine should have acquired another asset when it is ready if it matches the quality of the main bar below.