American style sports bar replaces Antler in Newcastle

American inspired Sports bar, Bar 52 is to replace Antler Bar in the city centre of Newcastle on the 29th February.

55 Degrees North in Newcastle has been home to many different bars and venues over the years. Recently Antler and the Fat Buddha have been bought by investment company High street Hospitality. This comes after the two bars went into administration in August 2019.

Peacock has opened where Fat Buddha used to be located and now what once was Antler, until just weeks ago, has been refurbished into a trendy American sports bar, with pool, ping pong and many more activities for the public to have a whack at when they are not watching live sports on the televisions. On top of all of the entertainment and drinks there is also a hearty American menu to go alongside it. From burgers to sharing buckets, everything is set to have an American theme.


The company are said to have signed a three year partnership with Budweiser, the American beer company. They have invested millions of pounds in renovating bars throughout Newcastle with Bar 52 being the most recent.

This refurbishment has managed to save the jobs of all the staff who were employed there, as no one was made redundant or asked to leave their job.

Rebecca Hewes, 24, is a member of staff at working at antler and now Bar 52.
She explained that they are hiring more staff soon and said that she hopes they get a lot of customers due to the changes being made.

A spokesperson from High Street Hospitality, Phill Brumwell has given a statement saying that:
“The High Street Group have a large, exciting growth plan for the city over the next 3 years and this was the first step”.

He then continued in stating that they “plan to create destinations within the city that cater for all demographics”.

When asked about the opening of Bar 52 he explained that there are “some exciting opening events coming up to promote the new entertainment programme and offering we have at Purple Peacock and Bar 52.”

Bar 52 is set to be the 3rd to open in the North East with one already in South shields and Whitley Bay.

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