With a secret side after dark, there’s much more to this tailors than meets the eye…
Leeds’ latest bar comes with a twist. Tailors is a gentleman’s tailors by day, but by night, it throws off the shackles and transforms into a 1920s-style gin bar, complete with a dress-up box and costumes to wear. “We wanted to bring the glitz and glamour of the 1920s back to life”, co-owner Matthew explained. “We loved the idea of mixing fashion, our favourite era and gin, because – what could be better?”
Having worked as a travelling tailor across Yorkshire for four years, Matthew has now found a permanent residence for his made-to-measure skills at The Gentlemen’s Tailor. Here, you can choose from a range of British fabrics, with everything from tweed and flannel to silks, cashmeres and fine herringbone – and Matthew will whip it up into a suit made specially for you.
But as soon as that clock hits 6pm, the tape measure drops and the shop is transformed into a bar. Inspired by a mixture of Art Deco and Prohibition-era style, this vintage bar keeps its clothing connection with a jam-packed vintage costume box and rail for visitors to rummage through. “The enjoyment of seeing customers walk in and shriek with surprise that they can get dressed up, try things on and dance is second to none,” Co-owner Jamila Juma-Ware enthused. “Our aim was to bring a bit of the fun factor to Leeds.”
But it’s not all costumes and dancing. The most important part of any gin lounge is the gin itself, and Tailors has its very own brand of Mother’s Ruin. Tailors Gin has been crafted with as much care as their handmade suits – it’s a tongue-tingling combination of lemon peel, chamomile and bergamot, and it’s best served neat over ice with a twist of grapefruit and rosemary. But if you want something a little more easy drinking, they have a whole range of tonics that will create the perfect G&T – why not pair it with Fentimans pink grapefruit tonic for a fruity twist?
They also have a trio of gin cocktails that, in keeping with the theme, were most popular during the roaring 20s. There’s the classic Negroni, a blend of gin, vermouth and Campari, or the extravagant French 75, a sparkling combination of gin, champagne, lemon juice and sugar. Alternatively, try a Southside – it’s pretty much a mojito, but with the rum swapped for gin. Said to be Al Capone’s favourite drink, it has a refreshing hit of mint, lime and gin. Of course, if gin isn’t your thing, they have a range of craft ales, lagers and prosecco too.
If you’re looking for a fun little bar where you can dress up 1920s style while enjoying gin cocktails or a pint, Tailors could be just what you’re after.
Tailors, 23-24 Grand Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PG.