Newcastle Quayside bar Flynn’s is poised to reopen this weekend under a new name as the city’s latest live music venue.
A significant sum has been pumped into the popular venue, set between the Tyne and Millennium bridges, resulting in a complete transformation.
The Grade II listed building at 63 Quayside will re-open on Friday as Charts, a stylish live music venue and art gallery selling food, ales, cocktails, wines and spirits with views across the River Tyne.
Artwork displayed on its walls will be available to buy and it will host live jazz and blues sessions.
The leisure operators behind Charts say the opening heralds a bright new future for the building, which has been in the planning for at least two years.
The building already has a long and eventful history, having narrowly survived the Great Fire of Newcastle Gateshead in 1854 which had destroyed many buildings to the west of number 63.
Historic records show the building played an important role in the history of the river after it was built in the late 18th Century to early 19th Century, with a shop of the lower floor, a house on the upper floors, and trade directories showing how it was home to Matthew S Dodds, a printer of books, maps and charts until around 1968.
It was here that sailors setting out on a voyage came to buy maritime charts that showed not only the safe passages and perilous channels of the River Tyne but also of the seas and oceans of the world.
The original ‘Charts’ signage can still be seen on the front of the building and provided the inspiration for the venue’s new name.
From 1968 it became Christies pub and nightclub and then Flynn’s, a famous (or sometimes infamous) pub that for a while housed a fish-and-chip bar advertised by a shark’s head above the door.
As the Quayside changed in the early 2000s the bar closed and has remained empty and in recent years had fallen into significant disrepair.
For the new operators, Pub Culture, this is another project transforming a prominent historic building into a vibrant cultural venue and follows the success it has had in Sunderland with the Fire Station, the Dun Cow and the Peacock.
Pub Culture’s operations director Joe Smith said: “We have invested significantly and believe we are creating a unique venue for Newcastle’s famous Quayside. Charts will be family-friendly during the day, offering an exciting food menu and stunning views across the river.
“As the sun goes down it becomes a stylish nightspot for grown-ups with an exciting programme of live music planned that includes jazz, blues and Americana.
“Charts is a place where people will meet to enjoy themselves in high quality surroundings and it will provide people with something special and out of the ordinary – internationally inspired food, a superb selection of drinks and a range of music – all in a stylish setting that is something really different.”
Source : Chroniclelive