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Stylish drinking spots, a new restaurant, and a stunning art gallery... Life is looking good in Leicestershire - read on for the latest news.

Audrey Bar

And just as lockdown lifts, there’s not one, but two brand new bars to visit to get your cocktail fix. The first one is opening up ready for the bank holiday weekend (!) in St Nicholas Place, near Jubilee Square. If you can’t get away on hols this year, this is the next best place to be. Expect unashamedly pink decor, flamingos (not real ones obvs), velour furnishings and lots of faux greenery and foliage thrown in for good measure to help transport you into a tropical paradise. Bookings went live yesterday, so hurry, if you want to bag a table for the weekend for a post-lockdown, girlie catch-up. It’s a beaut!

Olivia’s Townhouse

Meanwhile, get your glam gear on and head over to Olivia’s. This place is all about brunchin’ (bottomless BTW) and live music – sounds like a great place to let your hair down on a Friday night. This is their third branch with bars already open in Nottingham and Birmingham. Expect a stunning bar serving lavish cocktails (we like the look of The Social Butterfly) a relaxed vibe, with stylish décor and VIP booths. What’s not to love?

Nid’s Kitchen

Thai restaurants are few and far between across both our counties, so we’re excited about this new place that’s just opened up in Hinckley. Nid’ Kitchen is based in the town’s former Lloyds Bank but has been left empty for the past few years. Fast forward and this empty space is now a busy family-run restaurant spearheaded by Thai-born, Nid (of course) who creates authentic dishes from back home. Expect classics including Penang Curry and Pad Thai noodles as well as Thai desserts, beer and plenty for veggies too.

ART

Can you believe that our much-loved city doesn’t actually have a dedicated art gallery in the city centre!? How is that even possible? Well it’s all about to change now, thanks to Andrew Birks and a local Company of Artists including Loz Atkinson, Tim Fowler, Matt Macken, Lucy Stevens and Tom Van Herrewege. You’re going to want to keep your eyes peeled on this one because the building is stunning, built in 1876 in the ‘Italianate Style’ and on Market Street. Expect contemporary art when it opens late June/early July. The gallery will open with artwork by the talent mentioned above and we’re hoping to see more including pop-up installations, solo shows, an open call exhibition and more and we just can’t wait!

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