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BARS

THE ONE WITH THE THEATRE CROWD

School of Bock: The Bike Shed’s Justine shows how it’s done

THE BIKE SHED BAR

THE ONE FOR THE BEER LOVERS

THE BEER CELLAR

The vibe: Friendly, continental-style spot at the top of South Street, on the edge of Cathedral Green, that’s a magnet for all shades of beer fans from from the CAMRA tribe to the new-gen craft beer lovers. Take your pick from 12 everchanging beers on cask and keg sourced from across the country and further afield – try smaller measures like halves and thirds to truly appreciate the variety. Local ciders, spirits, and wines. Huge windows from which to peoplewatch and an off sales licence if you want to carry on the session in the comfort of your own home. Went viral (23.5k retweets) in May with their sign deterring anyone who might think it’s OK to hit on the female bartender. They say: “After four years I think we’ve really hit our stride,” says manager James Hornblower. Mine’s a… selection of the new wave of sour beers. www.beer-cellar.co.uk 46 I EXETER LIVING I www.mediaclash.co.uk

THINK DARK, WINTRY SPICES TO CURL UP WITH ON A SOFA

You don’t have to be seeing a play to enjoy the Bike Shed Theatre’s atmospheric, underground hangout, winner of the inaugural Exeter Living Award for Best Watering Hole. One of its main draws is bar manager Justine Bock, recognised by industry types as one of the UK’s most exciting new cocktail-makers – her travels across the globe inspire the drinks on offer. Look out for the inventive new Light & Dark cocktail menu, in which “every cocktail will have two versions – a light and a dark – so whatever the mood, there will be an option. Think dark, wintry spices to curl up with on a sofa, or bright citrus to keep you feeling refreshed as you destroy the dance floor.” They say: “Our cellar bar isn’t your usual theatre bar. It’s wonderfully unique, a little bit wonky and profoundly endearing. We like to think we’re a pretty fun and relaxed place.” Mine’s a… rum and cola (dark) – as in, popcorn-infused rum, cherry, Heering, bitters, lime, cola. www.bikeshedtheatre.co.uk/bar

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Exeter Living – Issue 220  

Exeter Living – Issue 220  

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