Every summer Spinningfields in the city centre brings a bit of beach life to city dwellers; outdoor Long Bar,and The Lawns are annual favourites. The purpose built open bar and grassy areas offer a luxe alternative to the otherwise boring (yet modern) Spinningfields landscape. A change of scenery is always good, so you can buy a drink and sit with your tipple on the grass or on provided deck chairs - if they're available. In the middle of the surrounding offices is the vast space, which is where the pop-up bars are found. This area is littered with cafes, shops, and restaurants, but it isn't the modern, and little eateries that attracts so many people - it's the transformation that takes place every summer. This year, Spinningfields have brought a new outdoor bar to the office district: In Bloom.
Either side of the lawns are Long Bar and newbie In Bloom. I've visited Bloom Bar during both the day and night, and I have to say, it's my new favourite. As the name suggests, it's a pretty venue, but achingly cool. During the day you can lounge on the plushy chairs on the decking with a cold one, but at night Bloom turns into a cool for school outdoor bar, with a resident DJ. The music at Bloom is a mixture of old school classics and dance music - think Teardrops by Lovestation and I got five on it by Luniz. As the sun begins to set, the fairy lights twisted round the decking are lit up, so it becomes ever so slightly magical.
Perfect for after-work drinks, lunch time soft drinks, and weekend visits, Bloom is decidedly apt for local revellers.
In Bloom - the bar
Children and babies are welcome during the day, but post-5pm Bloom is strictly for adults. It seems the bar has been built for the surrounding office workers, but if you're breezing past and fancy a drink, they won't turn you away. There are security men at the roped barriers, so if you're visiting during the day make sure you don't bring any glass, or alcohol - they will check your bag so be prepared to let them have a peek.
Unsurprisingly, day or night, In Bloom is extremely busy. To secure a deck chair I advise you get there early, or if that's impossible (like when you're on your lunch break), bring a small towel and sit on the grass - no-one likes a damp bottom, or an unsightly grass stain.
It's free entry, but the drinks are as (expectedly), expensive - £4.50 for a bottle of Corona, £6.00 for a cocktail, £12 for a cocktail jug and £1.80 for water. The surroundings make you forget about the price though, as you rub shoulders with the Spinningfields lot and mingle with like-minded drinkers, who want to enjoy their summer in style.