For almost 15 years Liverpool’s Newz Bar has attracted a number of famous faces from Merseyside and beyond.
Launched in 2000 by businessmen Paul and Julian Flanaganhis scintillating guest list included everyone from Lady Gaga and Ne-Yo to various members of Girls Aloud and countless premier league footballers.
But it is still remembered by all who have been there – including a number of local and international celebrities.
Here we return to a number of well-known names and moments in Newz Bar history.
MTV Awards after party
All eyes were on Liverpool in November 2008 when the city hosted the MTV European Music Awards.
Afterwards, the town turned into a giant after party, with celebs sipping champagne at Liverpool’s most exclusive venues, including Newz bar.
American rock band The Killers stole the show at the EMAs with their performance of Human, then quickly made their way to the VIP area of Newz Bar where bassist Mark Stoermer told the ECHO: “Liverpool are one of the greatest musical cities. We’ve played here before but never at the arena, it was great.”
Singer Akon was at a nearby stall after splashing £10,000 on 30 bottles of Dom Perignon Rose et Cristal champagne. Hollyoaks cast members Ricky Whittle and Sarah Jayne Dunn also attended.
Pussycat Dolls and Lady Gaga after an evening show
When the Pussycat Dolls performed at the Echo Arena, they were supported by Lady Gaga, who had only recently burst onto the music scene.
In February 2009, Newz hosted the star-studded after-party and the image above captures the now Grammy Award winner leaving New Zealand House.
Lady Gaga gave an hour-long performance on location and had pre-requested a special custom-made microphone to fit her outfit.
Guests included Alex Curran and Sheree Murphy, as well as Pussycat Doll Jessica Sutta.
Singer Ne-Yo performs
American RnB superstar Ne-Yo had revelers melting when he showed up at Newz Bar to perform a handful of hits in 2009.
Singing for fans from the bar stairs in 2009, he then headed to the VIP lounge.
Then he was heard to say, “I’ve never seen a bar like this before. The crowd is amazing.”
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MOBO after party
from Liverpool Rebecca Ferguson and friends hit the Water Street venue after the 2012 MOBO Awards, held at the Echo Arena.
Olympic champion boxer and later Strictly star Nicola Adams was also among the VIPs sipping champagne on the evening.
The venue also set up VIP booths after the 2010 awards ceremony visit to the city.
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Liverpool vs Essex fashion show
The Only Way Is Essex twins Adam and Simon Ryan staged a battle of fashionistas in September 2011.
Liverpool’s designers and boutiques went head-to-head with some of Essex’s best designers, on the catwalk.
Britain’s Got Talent star Pippa Langhorne, famous for her operatic duet with the dog Buddy, also performed for the guests.
Prime Minister’s visit
When then Prime Minister Gordon Brown was in Liverpool for a meeting at the BT Convention Center he took the time to call Newz Bar at a private Labor Party reception.
In January 2009, he arrived through a back door, gave a speech to his supporters, then spent the night mingling before leaving shortly after 9 p.m.
David Moyes was also among the guests.
Celebrities celebrate their birthday at Newz bar
At one point, the Newz Bar was the only place Liverpool movers wanted to celebrate being one year older.
Rebecca Ferguson hosted her 25th birthday party there in 2011, while Atomic Kitten Liz McClarnon spent her 27th birthday party sipping cocktails at the bar.
In 2005, actress Jennifer Ellison was treated to a surprise party for her 22nd birthday, where the tables were covered in rose petals, sparkling crystals and ice buckets containing magnums of Laurent Perrier Rose.
In 2004, Alex Curran, now Gerrard, celebrated her 24th birthday at the scene, where she arrived in red pants and Stella McCartney boots.
The Lily Center Charity Fundraisers
Newz Bar hosted many charity events in its day, but the Lily Center’s fundraisers were among the most star-studded.
In November 2007 Jamie Carragher, Coleen Rooney and then-Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez attended his Grand Charity Ball.
Earlier that year, Girls Aloud pals Nicola Roberts and a then-Cheryl Tweedy showed up at a fashion show to raise money for the Scotland Road Support Group, run by women with diabetes. breast cancer.
The band members were also pictured at the Newz Bar after attending the 2003 Grand National at Aintree.
After Newz Bar closed in 2014, businessman Riad Erraji moved in, transforming the site into the trendy restaurant Amanzi.
Amanzi launched just before Christmas with a glamorous VIP opening party where the guest list included Alex Gerard, Hollyoaks cast members Sophie Austin and Nikki Sanderson, former Desperate Scousewives star Amanda Harrington and Big Brother’s Mark Byron.
But although Amanzi briefly flourished and became popular with the city’s footballers, boxers and TV stars, it closed down towards the end of 2015.
In the summer of 2016 it was announced that the site would reopen as District House and there was a glittering launch party after Know Restaurants Water Street Limited invested £1million in the transformation of New Zealand House into a new restaurant and bar.
But in January 2017, he closed only six months after opening after owners Know Restaurants Water Street Limited (KRWSL) went into liquidation, 30 workers lost their jobs as a result of the closure.
Fast forward to this year, on February 15, the Liverpool ECHO reported how Hooters got a license to open a restaurant in vacant Water Street New Zealand home
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