Popular Coventry beer makers Dhillon’s Brewery is to open a new bar at the historic Christchurch Spire in the city centre – formerly home to popular nightspot Inspire.
It is hoped Dhillon’s Spire Bar will be ready to welcome punters at the beginning of February and revellers are promised a ‘“nice experience” in a “continental cafebar” by owner Dal Dhillon.
CoventryLive caught up with Dal to find out the details.
“It was always on the cards to move into the city,” Dal said, “it was just a case of finding a suitable location which has been difficult as we wanted somewhere quite quirky.”
When the building became available, Dal knew it was just what he’d been looking for.
“We needed a site that was inner city as our brewery by the Ricoh Arena, which is staying there, is quite difficult for customers and patrons to travel to,” he said.
“So when this became available we applied, and it took several months due to the nature of the building but finally we got it over the line.
“It’s been a long process, over 70 people applied for this location and we had to go through a lot of rigmarole to get it over the line – it’s taken over six months. There was a lot of due diligence as to who would be the most suitable applicants for the location.”
Inspire closed its doors to punters last November. It held a special place on Coventry’s nightlife map, proving popular with beer aficionados thanks to its array of unusual bottles and cans of beers and ciders from around the world. It was also frequented by revellers who’d been to gigs over in Birmingham thanks to its location near Coventry railway station.
So how will Dhillon’s Spire Bar differ from its predecessor?
“Where Inspire did bottles and cans, we’ll be doing draught beers as a more continental bar/cafe type establishment rather than what it was before,” Dal said.
“I want to make it more family friendly with soft drinks and a coffee machine, but we have a lot of outdoor seating where we’ll have lighting and heaters so people can stay out until late in the evening enjoying a beer, or a cocktail or a coffee. We’ll also be serving food.”
With Dhillon’s Spire Bar hopefully set to open in what could be a post-COVID social landscape, what sets it aside from other ventures?
Dal said: “We already have an established brand that has been going for five and a half years and the business has really been going from strength to strength.
“Dhillon’s Spire Bar won’t just be a pub opening up with Stella and Carling, we want to be somewhere people can come and have a fresh pint of beer, where they can sit inside or outside in the surroundings of this lovely building.
“I think what we’ll be offering will be a really nice experience for customers and I really think Dhillon’s Spire Bar will make a really nice addition to the city.
“I’m really encouraged with what the city is doing so I’m chuffed to be a part of it. It will be a really nice place for people to come and have a drink.”
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