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New to Leeds: The Bottle Room

· Ali Turner · Food and Drink

There's a new wine bar in town and it might surprise you.

Harvey Nichols Gusbourne Tasting

Harvey Nichols has unveiled its new Fourth Floor drinking den – check out The Bottle Room.

First it was Yo! Sushi, then it was Polpo, and more recently, it was a prosecco pop-up, but now the upstairs space in Harvey Nichols has a new identity – and it’s here for keeps. They’ve just launched The Bottle Room, a new concept bar that has all the luxury of the Fourth Floor Cafe, but in a much more relaxed setting – and it has a few surprises in store.

First and foremost, The Bottle Shop is a bar. You’ll be able to go in, browse the menu and get a round in (complete with charcuterie boards, bar snacks and gin flights) – but as you’ll soon discover, there’s a little more to it than that.

They’ll be serving up a special menu of cocktails, giving you a chance to try classic concoctions with a twist – we’ve got our eye on the Well Oiled Mai Tai, with its mix of Plantation Pineapple Rum, Wray & Nephew, almond syrup, pineapple juice and lime juice, but perhaps you’ll be more taken with the Rhubarb & Elderflower Collins, which brings together Slingsby Rhubarb Gin, ginger-infused St-Germain liqueur, lemon juice and soda.

Harvey Nichols Fourth Floor

Gin is something they do particularly well here, so if you’d prefer a G&T, you won’t be disappointed. They have nine different options on the menu, each designed to bring out the best in the spirit. You could treat yourself to a classic Hendricks and cucumber or go wild with Star of Bombay, black pepper and strawberry – the choice is yours.

It’s not all cocktails and gin though. The bar will be well stocked with premium spirits, craft beer and even wine – although if that’s what you’re after, you might be more interested in this next revelation, because in many ways, The Bottle Room is actually an extension of the Wine Shop.

“We’ve had such great success with our Wine Shop, but it’s outgrown the space,” Sue Stone, General Manager at Harvey Nichols, told us. “So when the space became available, we decided to take the opportunity to move the wine shop into a much bigger space alongside the bar.”

But what does that have to do with The Bottle Room? Simple – you’ll be able to buy a bottle in the Wine Shop and drink it in the bar. Yes, there’s a £10 corkage fee, but when you think that a bottle of wine usually goes for twice the retail price in a bar, you’re getting a pretty good deal.

The result is a bar that offers an incredible selection of wine for a surprisingly affordable price. They already had hundreds of bottles on sale, but since the rejig, they’ve increased the selection by 30%. And contrary to popular belief, it’s not all big names – they also have wines from small producers, like award-winning English vineyard Gusbourne.

Which brings us to the next string in their bow – The Bottle Room will also act as their new events space, which means you can look forward to everything from cocktail masterclasses to wine, whisky and gin tastings in the coming months. It’s the perfect excuse to enjoy your favourite tipple, while learning a thing or two from the people who make it.

The Bottle Room is a forward-thinking space that will, hopefully, bring Harvey Nichols back into the spotlight as a nightlife destination. But as always, you have the final word, so let us know what you make of it in the comments.

The Bottle Room, Harvey Nichols, 107-111 Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6AZ.