Unusually for a Lounge, Drago Lounge sits in the centre of Newport within the vibrant Friars Walk retail development.
The Lounge is light, relaxed and contemporary, with all our trademark design quirks. It can seat just over 100 guests inside – and a large and airy glass frontage looks out on to a terrace with room for an additional 27.
In contrast to the complex’s modern architecture, the Frias Walk Shopping centre site is steeped in history. Ruins of a 600-year-old medieval friary – believed to be a house of the Friars Emerites of St. Augustine – were uncovered by archaeologists as building work took place. The Lounge itself is close to what was a famous mural commemorating the Chartist uprising of 1839, which was demolished to make way for the new commercial centre.
Keen to honour this rich cultural heritage, Drago Lounge has its own, full-size replica version of the mural that takes pride of place behind the bar and is proving popular with locals.