Lockdown idea leads to eye-catching new venue for Newcastle

A cocktail delivery service created during the COVID lockdown has led to the launch of one of Newcastle’s most eye-catching bars.

The Mad House on Pink Lane was opened by Justin Loblack, who worked with Sintons to secure a licence for the venue.

Justin explained: “Lockdown not only led to me starting my cocktail delivery service, Mad Martini, but it also gave me time to plan this new venture.

“I wanted to create something which feels different from any other bar in Newcastle and I think we’ve succeeded. Everything from the service we provide to the look of the interior and the drinks we serve is about having fun and experiencing something out of the norm.”

The Mad House is designed to reflect the different rooms in a typical house, but with a twist. There’s an indoor garden area with swings and a sandpit, while elsewhere a neon bathtub serves as a table and the kitchen area has a breakfast bar and an oven.

The menu includes a huge range of colourful cocktails plus ‘shimmering’ pints.

The site on Pink Lane in Newcastle city centre previously housed an American diner and then a vegan café. Sarah Smith, partner and head of Sintons’ licensing team, worked with Justin to secure a change of licence for the premises.

“I knew it might be difficult to secure the changes to the licence which I needed,” said Justin. “Sintons had been recommended to me by a few different people and I knew that Sarah had an excellent relationship with the local council. Once I started working with her the process was smooth and hassle-free and we were quickly able to agree new terms for the licence.”

Sarah Smith said: “Securing the right kind of licence is an essential step in the launch of any new bar or restaurant. It’s something we specialise in and it means that my colleagues and I are able to play a role in the creation of some very special venues, like The Mad House. It has been a real pleasure to see Justin’s ideas come to life!”

Sarah Smith and her colleagues in Sintons’ licensing team are specialists in securing licences for venues including hotels, bars, cafes and restaurants. Find out more.

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