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New to Leeds: Hardy’s Bar

· Ali Turner · Food and Drink

Six of everything, but only six.

Hardy's Bar

It’s the latest addition to New Briggate, but what can you expect from Hardy’s Bar? We’ve got the answer…

Maschio Hair and Beauty is gone and in its place stands a new nightspot. Hardy’s Bar is a dark, atmospheric venue that’s a million miles away from its previous incarnation. The walls have been decked out in slate tiles, the ceilings have been adorned with industrial light fittings and the space in between has been filled with a mix of comfy seating, mini trees and neon signs.

Hardy's Bar

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It’s a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, a laidback space where you can catch up with friends, and they’ve gone the extra mile to make your life as easy as possible. How? By limiting the menu to just six – six classic cocktails and six house specials, six whites and six reds, six craft beer cans and six bottles – the list goes on, but it’s nowhere near as long as we’re used to.

“We decided from the very beginning that we wanted to run with the concept of having ‘six’ of everything – usually there’s too much focus on quantity rather than quality, we wanted to simplify your journey and make sure we could offer as much information on our menu as possible,” General Manager Jake Fincher told us.

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They spent six months researching – attending events, meeting brand reps and holding tasting sessions. So not only have they tried everything on the menu, but they’ve also chosen it over and above everything else on the market. There’s a focus on premium brands here, and they’ve tried to fill their shelves with hard-to-find labels that you may not have tried before. It wasn’t always easy, but it’s paid off – they’ve created a menu that challenges you to try something new.

Take their G&Ts for example. They’re not your usual pours – they’ve handpicked six straight and flavoured gins, then matched them with their perfect tonic and garnish. From Sipsmith’s Lemon Drizzle to Slingsby’s Rhubarb, they’ve picked some of the most creative gins on the market. So you could try a subtle mix of Masons Yorkshire Tea Gin with Indian tonic and lemon zest or embrace your adventurous side with Pink Peppercorn Gin served with pomegranate and basil tonic, lime and fresh pomegranate seeds.

Hardy's Bar

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Their cocktail menu is equally intriguing. You can try twists on classics, like the Salted Caramel Espresso Martini and the Blood Orange Negroni, or go for one of their own creations – but they’re also happy to make you up your favourites, if you already know what you want. And as for the beers, they’ve got Beavertown Gamma Ray and Magic Rock Fantasma alongside Augustiner Helles and Bacchus Kriek.

Right now, you’ll be lining your stomach with bar snacks, but in the not so distant future, they’re going to be introducing charcuteries boards to pair with your drinks – we’re thinking six meats and six cheeses. And as the evening turns into night, you can expect the atmosphere to get a bit more lively – they’ve got DJs on the decks playing an ever-evolving setlist, have your say and help to shape their future soundtrack.

Hardy’s Bar, 52 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NU