Two old favourites and five brand new names – it’s time to find out what’s on its way to Leeds in the coming months.
Can you believe it? We’ve got another 7 new additions to tell you about – although some of them may sound familiar. You’ve got a big move for a brand we thought was gone for good, a second venue from one of the city’s most popular bars and an all-new bottle shop. Plus, there are two new American-style venues on the way – which are you more excited about, the diner or the bar?
Lucky Number 7
Lucky Number 7 is the new concept bar from the owners of Friends of Ham. It’s an Irish American ale house, so you can choose from over 20 beers on draught, with loads more in the fridges. They’ll show all the US, UK, college and Irish sports games live on the telly – or you can beat your mates on the shuffleboard table and darts board. Hungry? Expect a menu of American street food, and if you’re there on a Sunday, you can grab a bargain beer as they Kick the Keg to start the week with new barrels on.
Lucky Number 7 will open in Grand Arcade in Spring 2018.
Once Upon a Vine
Once Upon a Vine is the new venture from former Friends of Ham wine manager Simon Cocks. He’s putting his expertise to the test on his own with a new bottle shop. Once Upon a Vine promises a handpicked selection of the very best wines from independent producers around the world. You can buy them to take home or enjoy them in the shop for a small corkage fee. It’s also going to have a tasting room where you can learn more about wine at their special events.
Once Upon a Vine will open in Horsforth in Summer 2018.
There’s a brand new American-style diner opening behind the Corn Exchange this summer. Harlie’s will be a real throwback, with big leather booths and retro signage. You can get your fill of comfort food from across the Atlantic – expect stacked burgers and decadent waffles. There will also have a selection of crepes and milkshakes – and if you fancy a few drinks, pore over their menu of classic cocktails or knock back a few craft beers.
Harlie’s will open on Crown Street in June 2018.
Bar Soba has left Merrion Street after 3 years, and found a brand new venue on Greek Street. They’re taking over the former Bem Brasil to give us two floors of boozy fun. Downstairs it’ll be a relaxed late night bar specialising in creative cocktails and craft beer with a DJ booth dedicated to classic tunes. Meanwhile, upstairs you can take a seat in their dining area where you can indulge in Asian-fusion street food, with everything from cheeseburger spring rolls to duck leg red curry.
Bar Soba is opening on Greek Street in July 2018.
Roxy Ball Room
Bar Soba has moved out and Roxy Ball Room is moving in. They’re expanding their empire with a second Leeds venue on Merrion Street and it’s going to be even better than the original. Downstairs, you can expect a cool, late night watering hole with a rock & roll soundtrack and plenty of craft beer. Upstairs, you’ll find a slew of pool and ping pong tables for you to beat your mates on. There’ll be even more games here, with a few surprises in store when they open in June.
Roxy Ball Room is opening on Merrion Street in June 2018.
Leeds has plenty of great Thai eateries, but this one will be a bit different. Thai Khrim specialises in hand-crafted Thai ice cream, made right before your eyes. They use a freezing steel plate to freeze thin layers of ice cream mix, then use a scraper to create traditional ice cream rolls. There are loads of flavours to ponder, from the Classic Oreo to the more adventurous Dime Bar, Eton Mess and Jammy Dodger. Top them with fresh fruit, marshmallows, sauce and more.
Thai Khrim will open in Trinity Leeds in June 2018.
Junkyard Golf Club
Manchester favourite Junkyard Golf Club will cross The Pennines in 2018, so you’ll soon be able to tackle one of their 9-hole crazy golf courses. They’re all made out of reclaimed materials, which makes the task harder, and they all have a different theme. From jungles to scrapyards and abandoned fairgrounds, they like to get creative. It’s more than just golf though. There will be loud music blaring and you can warm up with a few drinks in the Bunker Bar – think craft beer, wine and creative cocktails all served in red party cups. They do food too, with a menu of hot dogs, nachos and popcorn.
Junkyard Golf Club opens in The Light in 2018.