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Founded by Robert Cain, Cain’s Brewery was built around 30 years after the company’s initial inception in 1851. The thriving business changed hands and went through many different incarnations after Cain’s death in 1907, eventually being sold to the Danish Brewery Company who would then sell the brewery to British born entrepreneurs, and today’s owners, Ajmail and Sudarghara Dusanj.
Second-generation immigrants raised in the South East and working in the Midlands, the Dusanjs threw themselves into the task of reviving Cain’s after reading about the plight of the businessman, and the business itself. They are the first British Asians to own a British brewery, which is now a member of the Independent Family Brewers of Britain.
Recent years has seen the brewery embark on another new and exciting chapter in its history, one that thrusts it into the 21st Century whilst harping back to our city’s colourful history, retaining charm and authenticity. This year, a Liverpool born entrepreneur, Andrew Mikhail, has struck a deal with Dusanj to not only continue the development of the village, but to return Cain’s Brewery to its roots. Mikhail plans to get beer flowing through the building again, modelling itself on the pioneering Guinness Factory in Dublin. You can read even more about the £7m investment here.
With plans for a Sky Bar, Boutique Hotel and an Art-house Cinema, the site is only growing, in size and ambition. But, what’s there now? Well, a hell of a lot. Just take a look for yourself…
Perhaps one of the biggest traders in the new complex, The Baltic Market houses street food vendors, a bar, a coffee house and live DJs for punters to indulge in every weekend. The space also put itself on the map as a hotspot for catching a World Cup game or 5. This is one of the cities best new nights out.
Visit the website and see what’s on and what’s being served here.
One of the earliest adopters of this new home, Red Brick Vintage is the biggest vintage clothes and furniture dealers in the city as it is literally a warehouse. The owners are incredibly hospitable and you can find some amazing gems within its many walls.
You can follow Red Brick Vintage on Facebook here.
Another early adopter of the space, Ghetto Golf was one of the driving forces behind the buzz surrounding this development. The Hip Hop themed version of crazy golf has now become one of the cities favourite nights out, adding an edginess that will get any occasion in the swing. With amazing food on offer and plenty of quirky drinks, all you need to do is make sure that you get a hole in one!
Book your game now via the Ghetto Golf website here.
This café cross bike shop is the perfect pit stop for you cyclists, as well as just being a great café in it’s own right. The food is delicious, the energy shakes will give you that boost you need and the coffee is second to none. Couple that with a bike repair desk and all your cycling essentials, and you’re definitely being steered in the right direction.
Find out more on the Ryde website here.
Located just outside Red Brick Vintage, in the Brewery Courtyard, we have Alhambra, a wine bar that serves you the best wines from around the world as well as delicious cheese and meat platters. Throw some live music into the mix and you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to another world, especially in the summer.
Find out more information on this quirky yet classy joint here.
Located just outside of Ghetto Golf, Birdie’s Bar is a quaint outside bar that can keep the punters happy in any weather. During the summer the bar is sensational suntrap and, during the winter, blankets and heaters make it a cosy hideaway for your date night. With live acoustic music also on offer, this place makes you feel like you’ve stepped into a quirky Hollywood romance movie.
2017 saw perhaps the biggest opening of a venue in Brewery Village to date. Peaky Blinders fever swept the nation and this bar opened in the eye of the storm. This place throws you straight back to the 1920s and makes for one hell of a night out, I mean, it’s going to be when the Peaky Blinders are involved. Since a lot of the smash hit series is filmed on our shores, it makes sense for us to have the premier tribute venue.
Tattoos are more popular than ever as the creativity in the art form continues to grow and be appreciated by the general public. So, of course this innovative and edgy space is home to one of the most innovative and edgy art forms around at the moment. Citadel Tattoo specialise in providing their customers with the highest quality ink, tailor made for you.
Now little over 1 year old, Dockleaf has also become a staple of the Brewery Village as a sort of cousin to The Baltic Market. If the finest drinks, in a comfortably cool setting is what you’re after, then Dockleaf is the place. The food is amazing too, now offering brunch that is perfect to get your day session going.
Find out more info on the Dockleaf Facebook page here.
Craft Minded has its warehouse vibe down to a tee, quickly becoming one of the best bars the Brewery has to offer. Serving the finest, and most eclectic selection of ales, accompanied by food brought to you by Slims Pork Chop Express, this place encapsulates the Baltic Triangle perfectly. Live music is frequently on, as well as pub quizzes and, this autumn, Oktober Fest.
Keep up to date with what’s going on here, or just get yourself down there!
Another bar that fits perfectly in this rustic environment is The Old Gas Station. This wooden bar thrived this summer, pleasing punters with their beautiful hot dogs (vegan ones too), eclectic drinks selection and live music. The bar even featured as the backdrop for one of MiC Lowry’s latest videos.
Keep up today and see more pictures inside the bar on the Facebook page here.
Northern Lights is a warehouse space that houses many other small businesses, including Hub Studios and the out of this world restaurant experiences that was Xiringuito. The creative companies that inhabit the space can come and go, as is the Pop-Up culture that we live in today, so keep up to date with what you will find through it’s doors here.
Of course there is something to do with music located on the cusp of the village, what else would you expect from our thriving musical city? Sort Rehearsal Rooms offer the best quality and highest spec practice facilities our city has to offer, also with a guitar tech on site. And, if that wasn’t enough, the rooms double up as live rooms for The Cabin, a recording studio housed in the same walls.
Myo Interior Designs adds another string to the creative bow of this vibrant village. Specialising in sleek, Nordic inspired design, all it will take is one look at their classy website and you’ll be getting them to do up your entire house. I mean, just look at it.
One of the many creative, independent business that finds a home in Northern lights, Go Cre8 is a design and print company that have a hand in creating some of the most iconic logos and signage in the city, all created on sight within the Brewery Village. Check out their work here.
Another vintage shop in the Brewery Courtyard is Bijou & Vintage, a boutique that specialises in finding the highest quality vintage garments. Everything is personally sourced and vetted, finding rare pieces from collectors rather than whole sellers. If you take your vintage seriously, then this is the place for you.
Tusk Baltic is a new eatery located in the heart of the Northern Lights development. The sophisticated setting is only out classed by the food itself, of course in keeping with the urban, warehouse feels that are synonymous with the Brewery Village and surrounding areas. Tusk caters for veggie and vegans primarily but has many options for you meat-eaters too, making it perfect to spice up your evening meal out.
Check out the full delicious menus and more on the Facebook page here.
Hub is a collection of art studios and galleries located in Northern Lights. The space is home to 10 artists/creatives whose work is showcased and sold in the gallery. This place adds another colour to the palette that is the new creative home of the city. Hub Studios often hold charity events and open days, so keep up with what they’re doing here.
If it’s the best in vintage and antique furniture you’re after, then Vintage Barn has it for you. This place is a master in sourcing and restoring classic pieces of furniture to make them a one of a kind addition to your home. You can find it located opposite The Baltic Market, next to Dockleaf.
Situated in the former storage room of the old Cain’s Brewery, The Tank Room sits next to The Peaky Blinders Bar. This bar specialises in serving top quality beer, sourcing the its gold stuff directly from the Czech Republic. The space itself feels perfectly at home next to the 1920s themed Peaky Blinders Bar as it has retained that quirky charm of the historic site in which it is housed.
Once known as the Home Alone Christmas Bar, On Air is movie themed warehouse bar that is currently hosting a Hip Hop Orchestra that is blowing crowds away at every show. The space is filled with memorabilia and props, making it a perfect place for you movie fans out there.
There really is something for everyone down in the Brewery Village and things really are only just getting started. We can’t wait to tell you about what else is springing up in this new hub for culture in the city.
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