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New to Leeds: Loop

· Joseph Sheerin · Food and Drink

Craft beer, cocktails and karaoke await at Loop.

Loop

Loop is Merrion Street’s newest party bar – get ready to couple karaoke with craft beer and cocktails.

The Pit is no more, but fear not, because Loop has now taken its place. It’s a brand new venue on Merrion Street from the people behind the Roxy bars – and it’s got a few surprises up its sleeve. They’ve given this old favourite a new lease of life, so expect a cool bar where you can sup on cocktails and craft beer, beat your mates at beer pong and sing your heart out in their private karaoke booths.

Loop

“We’ve wanted to do something with karaoke for a while and we’ve never put it into a Ball Room or anything like that,” Joel Mitchell, Loop’s Brand Development Manager, told us. “We needed to create a new brand to surround it, so when The Pit came up to be bought, it was obvious we were going to put Loop in there straightaway. Every time we have a management night somewhere, nine times out of ten we end up in a karaoke bar because of how fun it is. It’s one of those things, so as with everything that we’ve ever built, if we don’t enjoy going to it, we don’t open it.”

They haven’t completely transformed the venue, but they’ve put their own unique stamp on it. It’s got their trademark style with graffiti murals of famous singers adorning the walls to match the bar’s theme – paired with their chart-friendly, singalong soundtrack, it makes for a buzzing city centre hotspot.

The cocktail menu is straight to the point. You can get classics like their Long Island Iced Teas, French Martinis and Cosmopolitan, but they also have a range of signature cocktails. Try Top of the Pops, a fruity blend of Jack Daniel’s, passion fruit puree, lemon juice, agave and ginger beer. If you’re out with friends, why not order one of their four sharing cocktails? The Hendrick Lamar is an instant winner – it brings together Hendrick’s Gin, St Germain elderflower liqueur, lemon, elderflower cordial, prosecco and soda. And for beer-lovers, they have 12 taps serving an eclectic array of craft favourites.

But their secret weapon is the karaoke. It’s not outrageously obvious, you could have a drink here and never realise it was a singalong favourite, because all their booths are private. They’re kitted out with state-of-the-art technology – you pick your songs on a tablet, with a choice of over 100,000 hits, and stack ‘em up ready go back-to-back. You won’t even have to go to the bar for your next round because you can order your drinks from your booth and they’ll bring them direct to you. It’s £8 per person for the first hour, and £4 per person for every hour you book after that.

They’ve brought their ever-popular beer and prosecco pong over from Roxy, so you can challenge your mates to a game – just order four cans of beer, the same amount of cider or a bottle of prosecco to pour into the red cups on the ping-pong table, and they’ll give you everything else you need. They don’t serve food right now, but keep an eye out for pop-up street food vendors in the coming months.

Loop is another knockout for Merrion Street, a buzzing party bar where the good times flow, so whether you fancy a singalong or just a laidback pint, check it out. You can even get a free drink when you book an hour-long karaoke party with our exclusive offer…

Loop, 9 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PQ. It’s open 5pm to 1am Wednesdays and Thursdays, 5pm to 4am on Fridays and 12pm to 4am on Saturdays.

Cover image credit: Contakt Photography