Greeted with two out of the fourteen craft beers available on tap, my plus one and I were given an exclusive preview of the Candlebar at Granary Wharf, Leeds.
The area is fast becoming one of my favourite destinations in the city, especially when the sun is shining.
Candlebar has the perfect view of Leeds dock, sitting at the base of Candle House. Intimate tables line the full wall of windows, or you can tuck yourselves away under the namesake decorations, mingled with obligatory stag heads.
Sit down with a drink and get to grips with the food menu. Minimal, but the ideal accompaniment to the specialised drinks menu. The intimate tables are perfect for a pizza or salad, while the group spaces are an open opportunity for a sharer board. The 'New Yorker' pizza - pastrami, gherkins, apple wood cheese and a mustard & horseradish dressing - lighter 'Fresh Leaves' selection or small serve upmarket bar snacks give you enough variety to keep up with the drink.
Each month debuts 12 new wines from a different destination, with the opening month premiering an Italian palate.
Despite building up an international wine selection, there's still a space reserved for a taste of home. The Ossett Brewery's own Yorkshire brew has an additional cask option, which would be my personal recommendation. Ask for the White Rat.
While on a lunch break, Friday night drinks or whiling away the weekend hours, I'm pretty excited to head back to Candlebar and sample some more of the taps. For the wine connoisseurs amongst you, head down on the 7th May for their exclusive 'wine producer event'.