On Thursday night last week I dusted off my inner blogger, my Canon and my Louboutins, and popped along to celebrate the launch of the new member of the YOLO family; YOLO Townhouse on Highbridge Street. It was heaving. Which is really great for the venue, but not so great for taking photos or for getting a real taste of the place. So when I was invited back for a VIP Menu Tasting this week I, of course, said yes.

I’m familiar with the original You Only Live Once (to give it it’s full title) in Ponteland and it’s nice to see a local business doing well and branching out into the city centre. I’m certainly more than happy to be asked to quaff a prosecco or six in honor of the occasion.

I’ve been off the scene for a little while now so it was nice to see some old faces, and meet some new ones. The plan is to step up the game a bit more again over the next few months. (In other news, it was also the first official public outing for my engagement ring which was a nice little perk.)

A lovely addition to the ‘hood on Highbridge, YOLO is another snazzy little bar come eatery. And it is certainly ‘little’. Set over 3 floors, the venue boasts bars, a dancefloor, a lounge – The Parlour, a snug, a roof terrace and dining space. Live music or a DJ can fit on the small but adequate stage area on the first floor. You can rock up in the early am and order breakfast, or you can stay late and guzzle cocktails. My kind of place indeed.

The menu offers light bites, burgers, pizza, pasta, salads and the other usual suspects. The selection of dishes we tried included antipasti, carbonara, tempura prawns, calamari, a hanging kebab, rare steak salad and an assortment of pizza. They were all quite nice, if not outstanding, though I guess this is mainly a destination for cocktails and ambience, and the cocktails (of which we tried many) were wonderful. See the below slider for photographic evidence.

Thanks muchly to OPR and YOLO (and any other acronyms I’ve forgotten) for the invitation.
Yes, the evening was part of the launch celebrations and, as such, does not accurately reflect on the service¬†usually on offer in the venue. But this does enable me to be able to review the ambience, decor and location and report back to you readers on how things were on this particular occasion, ¬†in order to tempt you into trying YOLO now that it’s open to the public. Very handy if you look at it that way.

You can find out more on the YOLO Townhouse site.

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