A champagne bar, an ice cream shop and a Tiki cocktail bar – find out about the new openings coming soon to Leeds.
Another month, another batch of new openings to shout about. Leeds has loads to look forward to in the coming months – there’s a church that’s going to be transformed into a hotel, a derelict building that will soon become a sky bar and an old pub that’s set to be taken over by one of our favourite breweries. But, that only scratches the surface, find out what else is in the pipeline…
The Bar at LS2
Ever get the urge for a glass of bubbly while you’re shopping? Well, next time you’re window shopping in Victoria Gate, you’ll be able to have a champagne pit stop because The Bar at LS2 will open soon. It’s an open bar in the middle of the new shopping arcade, where you can treat yourself to everything from champagne to prosecco, cocktails and Italian coffee. They’ll also serve cakes and platters, but if you’re after something a little more extravagant, you’ll have to join their Caviar Club.
The Bar at LS2 opens at Victoria Gate in October 2017.
Love ice cream? Amorino will soon be a favourite. Their new store is set to open in Victoria Gate, but it won’t be the first – they already have branches around the world. They specialise in the finest quality Italian gelato, and have all kinds of flavours, from Sicilian citrus to dulce de leche. It’s not just a scoop in a tub – you can get a mix of flavours in a Cono, a chocolate cone which will see your ice cream of choice presented as an incredible gelato flower.
Amorino will open at Victoria Gate in October 2017.
Mr Nobody is no more, but don’t worry, the Lower Briggate venue won’t be empty for long. This October, it will be transformed into Bamboo Door, Leeds’ newest tiki bar. If you’ve been to Sheffield recently, you’ll know it’s one of the most popular bars in the Steel City, and it’ll no doubt be the same when it travels north. Expect a Polynesian paradise with Hawaiian-themed cocktails and a Tiki-inspired food menu in a venue that’s dressed up exactly as you’d expect – think big leafy plants with a bar decked out in bamboo.
Bamboo Door will open on Lower Briggate in October 2017.
The Cardigan Arms
The Cardigan Arms certainly isn’t new to Leeds, but it is about to get a new lease of life. It’s been taken over by local brewers Kirkstall Brewery and they’ve spent the past four months restoring this historic pub back to its former glory. One of CAMRA’s 250 heritage pubs, Kirkstall have ensured its future by taking it on as their second venue after The Bridge Inn. The pub has kept many of its original fixtures and fittings across the five rooms, built all around a central bar. Kirkstall are preserving this Victorian-style set-up and adding their own touches (as well as their famous brews) to make The Cardigan Arms a popular haunt once again.
The Cardigan Arms re-opens on Kirkstall Road on Saturday 7th October 2017.
Merrion Street Sky Bar
There are exciting plans to turn the long disused Mayaimi venue into a stylish new bar. The neglected building will be getting a massive makeover with work starting in 2018. The ground floor will become a modern bar and restaurant and a live music venue on the first floor. Above that will be two floors of offices, but go up again and you’ll come to the really exciting part – they’re building a massive rooftop extension, which will be transformed into a 2,830 square foot sky bar.
Merrion Street Sky Bar will open sometime in 2018.
Remedy isn’t a new addition to Leeds, this cool-as-heck barber shop has been around for yonks, but they are bringing something new to the city. They’ve moved the barber shop up to the first floor and they’re transforming their ground floor space into the coolest waiting room in Leeds. It’s going to become a stylish cafe and wine bar, on the back of their super secret speakeasy earlier in the year. Remedy will be open from 7am to serve up your morning coffees, before becoming a hip hangout later in the day, offering everything from craft beer to fine wine.
Remedy’s bar will open on New Briggate in October 2017.
The Wesley Hotel
An old church may seem like an odd place for a new hotel, but that’s exactly what 2018 promises. Plans have been submitted to transform the Oxford Place Methodist Church into a new 70 bedroom hotel, which in turn will create 70 new jobs. It’s the brainchild of The Wesley Hotel, a Methodist company who run similar ventures in London and Rome. They’ll convert much of the current building for the hotel, which will include a brand new restaurant, outdoor terrace and conference facilities, with all profits from the venture going back to the Methodist Church.
The Wesley Hotel will open at the Oxford Place Methodist Church in October 2018.