You’ll never be short of something to do in Chester, but we will always welcome something new.

Chester has seen some wonderful additions over the last 12 months, from bars to trampoline parks to steakhouses.  We thought we’d take a look at some of our favourite new spots.


In May 2017, Chester saw the opening of the brand new, multi purpose Storyhouse theatre. 

Storyhouse serves as a theatre, library, cinema and arts centre and is located in place of the Odeon cinema, which had closed in June 2007. The building has an 800-seat auditorium, a 200-seat studio theatre, two bars, a restaurant and a 100-seat boutique cinema. The building of the cultural centre cost £37m and is apparently the biggest of it’s kind outside of London.

There was a turnout of 10,000 people over the opening weekend, giving Chester a new breath of life. The theatre has seen performances over the summer such as Alice In Wonderland and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and will play host to comedians such as Jon Richardson, Stewart Lee and Sarah Millican over the next few months.

For information on ticket prices and what’s on, click here.


The Alchemist

The Alchemist has finally landed and brought their luxury cocktail bar to the streets of Chester.

Located on St John Street, the bar/restaurant brings some intrigue and class to the Chester nightlife scene. Taking the place of Gin Rickey’s and Luke’s Eating House, this marks the 10th location for the popular brand.

The opening of The Alchemist has given Chester’s late night outings a well-needed shot in the arm and has received glowing reviews so far. Prized on their fantastic cocktails, they also offer a variety of food from different parts of the world, rather than your average pub menu.

With a great choice of drinks and food to choose from and well-praised customer service, this place is a must if visiting the Chester area.

You can find more information on the menu and reservations here.


All Bar One

All Bar One is a stylish new bar/restaurant located on Newgate Street, not far from the Roman Amphitheatre.

Opening in March 2017, the menu features something for everyone and they have a very good range of cocktails and wines available. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of beer as well.

They have received very positive reviews so far, with people appreciating the redesign and praising the atmosphere and service provided. All Bar One can be a fantastic place for breakfast meetings or a night out with friends; they really have something for everybody. If you’re more into the latter, they have a resident DJ on Fridays and Saturdays to get the party started.

If you’re after more information, click here to go to their website.


Flip Out Chester

Now let’s look at something fun for the whole family.

Flip Out Chester is a brand new trampoline park on Chester Gates Business Park. The park includes a total wipeout area, ninja warrior, adult & kids stunt box zones, dodgeball, soft play and a under 7’s area for the little ones. If that wasn’t enough, there’s also a great American Diner and a Café if you don’t fancy a bounce yourself. 

For more information on each activity, check their website. In order to save time when you arrive, it is advised that fill out and sign your liability waiver online in advance.

Opera Grill

Launching in August of last year, the Opera Grill is a must for fans of steak. 

The 400-seater restaurant offers a wide variety of dishes, including vegetarian and gluten free options. It has a very Greek façade and is a fantastic place to eat, whether it is for work or just dinner with a friend.

If you’re a fan of music, they have a Music Lounge that features live sets every Friday night, and even a gospel choir on Sundays. The bar also offers a range of different spirits, cocktails and beers from around the globe. 

Opera Grill is a great addition to the Chester restaurant scene, and perfect if you’re looking for a high quality, delicious meal.


Chester Bus Exchange

So technically this isn’t a place you HAVE to go to, but it’s still a great new addition to Chester.

The brand new £13m bus exchange opened this summer after being in development for a while and has 13 stands in total. The buses run from 6am until 11:30pm and there are friendly members staff available to help at all times. It also has a customer services office if you need any help and there are screens next to each stand with updating timetables and due times for buses.

If you’re staying in Chester, this is the best way to get to places like Chester Zoo and Greyhound Park and you can transfer here for the likes of Crewe, Holywell, Warrington, Connah’s Quay and Mold.


These are just a few of the many great new additions that we’ve seen recently in Chester. Let us know your new favourite places and maybe try out one or two of these spots if you haven’t already.