Recently after living in Leeds for some time i came across a new little bar called Distrikt near the Call Lane area of Leeds. Amazing Tapas menu, not your usual dishes, very interestingly put together and a great assortment of drinks and cocktails. The music was wicked, looking at the flyer listings it looks like the place to be at the weekends. I've been about 5 or 6 times now and the service is always great and the there is always a sound crowd in there with no pretentiousness whatsoever. Definitely worth a visit, i'm sure you will return whether it is to eat or to party.
It was 4pm, and I was in Leeds, shopping. Well - actually I was opining the loss of yet another Saturday afternoon to the grasping tills of consumer materialism. Whilst standing outside yet another department store, holding a selection of bags in both arms, and sighing in exasperation as my better half caught sight of yet another item of clothing (similar to all the ones in the bags I carried), and announced that we simply had to spend a few minutes in there 'just to have a look', I made an executive decision. Not one to be taken lightly of course, but nevertheless, the build up of tension and the erosion of my spirit had reached critical levels, and the ensuing thought came in a silent plea. Beer. I need Beer. Looking up Briggate from the corner of the Headrow I spied a sign. 'North Bar'. Having assayed the lack of banners proclaiming 'Drinkers Delight' and other such markers of a 'local' pub, I walked up to the door, not 30 yards from my previous hovering zone outside Primani. (I find calling Primark this helps to make me feel I'm fashionable yet cheap - definite signs of middle age). Pressing my nose to the glass and rubbing the frost from the windows (It does snow up North in November), I saw a narrow bar and a small seating area - a converted terrace-cum-pub. The décor looked modern but not trendy, the staff weren't wearing the uniforms of the Chain Pub, and then I saw it - a non-standard glass in the hand of a chunky sweatered toting patron. Aha! I should explain at this juncture - having been to Belgium, lived in Germany, and also a frequent attendee at CAMRA festivals - I am a bit of an ale connoisseur (self-professed of course). Not freezing cold gassy fare like Chavbrew (Carling) or Wifebeater (Stella), but proper ales brewed with the drinker in mind, and not the bank balance. The glass in question was one of the countless Belgian Glasses that accompany a specific beer - designed by the brewer to enhance the serving and taste, but also just to look different. Any pub with at least one of these ales would be surely worthy of my patronage. The sight thereafter of a table being served what looked suspiciously like enormous pies drowned in gravy, merely reinforced the notion that it was my right, nay my duty!, to sally forth and keep the good bar afloat against the hordes of Chain Pub. Obviously, tact was required. I repaired to my hovering zone to await the return of my better half. Some (considerable) time later...... Having been given a 1 hour pass and custody of all the shopping bags, I entered the North Bar and found an empty table. On the wall beside me was a massive wooden board, with lists of all the beers served, in neat 4 inch fonts. After salivating at some of the names - plenty known to me, but many more new and exciting - I plucked quite aptly for the standard house ale - Yankee's Rooster. A delicious pint that I had already tasted before in its native Knaresborough. Settling down in my chair, Cricket section of the Guardian (even in November!) spread out before me, I relaxed my shoulders and let the gentle hum of the background music - inoffensively mild rock of an unknown provenance - wash away my strains and bag carrying induced aches. The pub has roughly a dozen tables and benches, seating maybe 50, with standing room at the bar, and at various points. A smallish bar lurks halfway down its length, with gleaming and wildly different pump signs enticing in their outlandish design and font. An unashamed Drinker's Pub, North Bar offers little in the way of extraneous facilities or trendy offerings: no Fruit Machines here, nor will you find any WKD or other vile alcopop-kin. I considered the proud and glorious wall mounted list further, whilst quietly revelling in the sophisticated yet relaxed air of the surroundings. Nothing brewed on license, and all imported direct from brewery of origin. Over a 100 usually on offer, and split helpfully into the following sections on the board: (a few of each included) Beers on Tap: Dortmunder Union, Jupiler, Lindeboom. Bottle Beers: La Chouffe, Chimay (Red, Blue and White!), Orval, Quintine Blonde. England: Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout, Harvest Ale 2001. Germany: Fruh Kolsch, Schofferhoffer. Holland: La Trappe Dubbel & Tripel. Mexico: Dos Equis Obscura, Bohemia. USA: Anhor Liberty Ale, Goose Island IPA. Rest of World: Tusker (Kenya), Quilmes (Argentina), Lion Stout (Sri Lanka). Other drinks - they generally stock dozens of spirits of an exotic and different nature, aiming, as with the beer to steer away from the stock brands. All spirits are served in the continental 35ml amounts, a change from some pubs that sneak 25ml into a glass before drowning it in coke. Food: decidedly home style and in keeping with the attitude of the bar. Pie is the main item - indeed the only hot item available - made locally, but what a choice of fillings: Angus Steak, Spinach & Feta, Beetroot with Horseradish and Wensleydale, Balsamic Beef & Potato with Caramelised Onions. Ok - they sound a bit poncy - but they appear steaming hot and plated up with mushy peas from the cellar, and they certainly had my tastebuds tingling (Except for the peas....bleurgh). Other things of note: I took it upon myself to read the noticeboard, whilst waiting for my second ale to be magicked into my hand. Every 6 weeks, a different Artist has their work displayed on one wall of the bar. It appears to be mostly graphic design, comic drawings and other such lowbrow fare - which is fine. If I wanted to see a copy of a Monet or a Raphael, I'd ponce around an Art Gallery muttering about the subtlety of the implied shading and the quality of the light. Festivals: Beer ones I mean. Oktoberfest, Belgium Beer, Summer Ale - these and more take place at North Bar annually - a chance for them to rotate the beer menu towards the festival of the time, and encourage merriment and a wider appreciation of regional and international ales. Music: bands sometimes play the bar too - although the allocated area is room enough only for two chaps on stools and a small amp - so I'd imagine there are happenings of Acousto-Rock and crimes against Folk mostly. After the alarm in my head went off to signify the end of my allotted free time, and I felt the burning imprint of the Thumb appear on my forehead - I found myself outside the bar, reflecting on an enjoyable time while away, and the serendipitous happenstance of such a quality establishment located right on the edge of the desperately trendy and needlessly busy central shopping area of Leeds. Having decided to return once more, some other time for another sample of fine ales - this time spreading the gospel by bringing a few of my fellow learned ale devotees, I entered back into the business of my waning Saturday afternoon, glad at least of a thoroughly enjoyable respite. I should add a final note, in case of research. North is actually part of a chain of 4. The others: Further North (Chapel Allerton), The Reliance (North St, 5 mins walk from North Bar), and The Cross Keys (near the Railway Station). Given, however, their total lack of homogeneity, I feel safe in not referring to them as a Chain in the usual sense (Wetherspoons and their ilk).
Only a few minutes walk from the railway station, the Birdcage entrance hall looks out onto the bus stops outside Bhs on Boar Lane. Don't let that put you off though, immediately you descend a flight of steps into the basement of the shopping centre that houses the bar/club. A stylish interior, well illuminated steps with a fantastic water feature at the bottom - a wall of water continuously pumped into an indoor pond containing about 15 koi. There are two bars, plenty of space to sit down and a dance floor as well as cigarette machines and fruit machines. The toilets are again stylish and well maintained with a window through to the pond on the approach. The main attraction of the venue, however, might be the professional dancers who perform cabaret on various nights of the week, which i thoroughly enjoy each time i see it. (Please be aware that on certain nights the DJs can be crude and those who are easily offended should steer clear - these are clearly advertised so there should be no misconceptions) The prices are reasonable and there are often fantastic special offers to tempt you. Staff are friendly and helpful. Everything about the place is geared to you enjoying a great night out.
Anyone thinking of buying shares in the Slug & Lettuce group ought to think carefully before doing so. My experience of the premises in Leeds on Sunday 26 May 2002 left me with the impression that when the general public at large find out what they charge for drinks they will desert the place in droves and thus may possibly have a knock on effect on the share price. Large spacious bar with leather seating, very nice. However they give you sticky tables to put your elbows on. A pianist and a violinist played very nicely and loudly also free newspapers to read. But the crux of the matter and the real reason people frequent pub/restaurants is to drink alcohol. I will merely state that a pint of Kronenberg is £2.70 and a Bacardi and splash of lemonade costs £4.85!. My partner had previously commented that a glass of wine at £3.70 seemed expensive. The food was excellent and fairly priced, the service was fine, but the price of the drinks... I felt that if the premises were half the size maybe the drinks would have been half the price.
The Oak has the BIGGEST BEER GARDEN IN THE WORLD....EVER. And, yes, it is actually a beer 'garden'. This is not just a few tables set on concrete slabs, but lots of huge tables set on grass. The atmosphere in the beer garden in the summer is second to none. The Oak is actually in Headingley/'Studentville', and its greatness is not only in its beer garden. Get inside on a cold winter night and the atmosphere is just as good. The Original Oak is basically a good, old-fashioned pub. The staff are all very friendly and I would want no other local. grolsch and Heineken are the lagers sold on tap but there are many bottles, bitters on tap, etc. There is also a free membership card, which entitles you to drinks offers. The doormen are also friendly and there is never any trouble. The Oak in a nutshell is a perfect example of a local where you go to prop up the bar with a pint and put the world to rights with all your mates. Perfect.
After residing in Leeds for nearly 2 ½ years now and putting a lot of work into my ‘research’, I finally feel ready to tell the world the results of my findings in the form of this opinion. I know I haven’t included all of the bars in Leeds, but it’s a better man then me who could find the time and resources to visit all of the city’s drinking dens. So, here’s a round up of the bars that I have been in, some a lot, some not so often, I hope it will help any of you planning a trip to Leeds, but it probably won’t, because at the end of the day, I’ve written it and since when did I talk any sense? So, lets get on with it… I’ll start my round-up at the canal end of the city, by the corn exchange, a very nice area of the city, and work my way up towards the student homelands of Headingley (but they’re another story), not such a nice area. So, hold tight cos here we go: Aire Bar: A little bar in the calls area of town, just behind the Corn exchange. It used to be called Sparrow’s Wharfe but it’s name was changed for no apparent reason, nevermind. A favourite with students staying in the Clarence Dock halls Aire bar is a basement bar looking out over the river that has a very relaxed attitude at any time of the day. Open from 11-11 it is often quite busy around lunch time with business men, but don’t let that put you off. It’s quite expensive at £2.20 a pint but it has good well comfy leather sofas, so it’s all good really. Verdict: Great for a quite pint (or two) but not really one for the night out. Pitcher and Piano and Town House: Despite never actually venturing into either of these establishments I’ll give them a quick word anyway. They are both quite smart bars, positioned just behind the corn exchange, they are open all day and both hold 2 am licenses, as do most of the bars in Leeds city centre. In the evening they are generally packed, often with long queues and they seem to attract a ‘townie’ sort of crowd. They have drinks at £2.20 a pint and are both large, spread over two floors. Verdict: I’ve never been but I’ve been warned away, not my sort of thing me thinks. Fudge Bar: Also positioned behind the Corn exchange I had not ventured into the rather strangely named Fudge bar til just last week, though I reckon I’ll be back soon. It’s just been extended and refurbished and in my opinion is more like a club than a bar. It’s got a dancefloor and not much seating but overall is very smart, but then it should be at £2.50 a pint. It has also got a late license and plays credible house til the early hours, also check out their Sunday sessions, I caught MYNC project there the other day and other guests include Cream resident Yousef, so get down there to catch some top jocks for free, the perfect end to the weekend. Verdict: A very stylish bar with the perfect Sunday blues cure. Elemental: Situated in the basement of the Corn exchange is this very stylish bar, usually pumping out a house soundtrack. Their Tuesday student night stand out for a lesson in drinking, especially vodka! Open til 2 every day they’ve even got a dancefloor to shake your stuff on to the very good resident DJ’s. Verdict: Went for the first time the other day and will certainly be returning. Nice bar with a great soundtrack. Café Inseine: Just up from the Corn exchange and opposite the Space club café inseine is a small bar split over two floors, they play host to DJ’s on certain nights, most notably their warm up to Base at Space on a Wednesday night, hard house all the way. They also do cocktails, rather potent ones at that and some lovely food curing the day. Open til 2 at the weekend and 12 during the week you’ll pay £2.00 a pint, not bad, eh. Verdict: A bit small but great for closeness to Space. Revolution: Down towards the can al comes a multitude of bars, most of which I haven’t been in due to their rather big queues and my lack of patience, an exception to this rule is Revolution, part of the vodka bar chain it is a relatively big bar with a lovely outside seating area for the summer, oh, I wish it was summer again. Revolution has a superb selection of flavoured Vodkas at a very reasonable £1 a shot during the week and £1.50 at the weekend, I would particularly recommend the dime bar one, it’s absolutely gorgeous. Their pints are reasonably priced at £2.00 for Heineken, but the bar does get very busy at the weekend, so go during the week and enjoy the laid back hip hop selection being laid down by the DJ. At the weekend the tempo is upped a bit to a fine blend of funky house, can’t go wrong really. Verdict: Great bar during the week and in the summer but can get a bit packed during the winter months. Rock Bar: Situated by the train station Rock doesn’t look much from the outside, but once you venture in you’ll discover the basement, which is more of a club than a bar, with a large dancefloor and not much seating. It’s a very dark bar with black walls which gives it quite a dingy feel, but it works quite well. The drinks are very expensive at £2.50 a pint, but then it is nearly a club, and it’s open til 2 every day. Verdict: Nice if you’ve got the money but not really for the students amongst us. Becketts Bank: Moving past the train station Becketts Bank is situated in the financial district of Leeds, and, yes, you guessed it, used to be a bank. It’s part of the Weatherspoon chain and as such provides very cheap drinks at all hours of the day and they also provide mouth watering food at knock down rates. Brilliant I hear you cry, what more could you want? Well, although the décor is very nice and the layout also brilliant with a balcony surrounding the large room the bar keeps with the Weatherspoon tradition of not p laying music. Now, this is ok during the day, but come night time and the place is full to bursting, it really does start to do your head in not having any music pumping out. Also the crowd is mainly made up of Ben Sherman blokes and mini skirted middle aged women, not my idea of fun. Verdict: Great during the day but avoid at night. Courtyard: Voted bar of the year for students last year the courtyard is a rather large bar situated by the newly renovated Millennium Square. Aptly named ‘the courtyard’ because of it’s massive outside, yes you’ve guessed it, courtyard. It’s all undercover and fully heated so you can enjoy the fresh air at any time of the year. The bar is usually busy with special offers during the week and some more funky house at the weekend. It’s got a small dancefloor, in front of the DJ box to bust a move on, but if you’re outside then the tables will suffice. The drinks are expensive at £2.50 a pint but go during the week and take advantage of their very cheap offers as it’s open til 2 every day. Verdict: A great bar with a very friendly clientele. Bar 38: This bar is located on the Headrow, directly opposite the town hall, part of the chain and like the others Bar 38 offers a very stylish bar spread over 3 levels, with unisex toilets no less! Definitely for the more stylish amongst us they have a strict dress code at the weekend, no trainers etc.. But this is relaxed during the week. The drinks weigh in at £2.20 a pint, so not too bad then, and they have offers on rather nice cocktails during the week to save you a packet, but, they don’t have a DJ and the music can be a bit eclectic to say the least, which is a bit of a let down. Verdict: Very stylish but there are better options around. Walkabout: A very large bar, split over two levels, featuring a large dancefloor pumping out only the purest cheddar every day of the week. Has a fine range of Australian lagers a nd is decorated in a ‘down under’ kind of way. It’s got quite a studenty crowd and gets packed at the weekend as it’s as big as a club yet only £1 to get in (after 11). The drinks are around £2.20 a pint, so not too bad really, and there’s 3 large bars so the queues aren’t generally too bad. Verdict: Great for a cheesy night out, but if you’ve got any musical standards avoid like month old milk. Yates: Situated opposite Morrisons, Yates win lodge is another large bar on two levels with a large terrace for the summer. Featuring a DJ and dancing on the weekend, when it fills with the locals on the pull, it’s best to keep away when they invade. During the day it’s a different story though, as they offer cheap drinks (£1.60 a pint) and quite tasty food. Verdict: Avoid at night but worth a look if you’re on a budget. Springbok: Directly opposite Yates is Springbok sports bar. The amount of tv’s (and I’m not talking men in drag) that this place contains is amazing, showing any sporting event that you could think of. They also have a DJ playing cheese at the weekend, when this bar also becomes a bit of a local’s hangout. They have student offers at all times, £1.50 for a pint of stella, which is never bad and also cheap cocktails which are rather yummy. Verdict: As with Yates give it a shot during the day but avoid at the weekend. Dry Dock: A proper student hide away if ever I saw one. With Leeds Met just over the road this converted boat, yes really, is always crammed with the ‘brains of Britain’ wasting their lives away. Part of the ‘it’s a scream’ chain a reduction on nearly everything is available on the production of a yellow card, which you can get with a quick flash of your student card and the payment of £1. What a deal. In the summer this place is packed with people overflowing onto the grass outside. With it being open til 1 every day it’s an ideal student pub and if you haven’t been in it yet then you should be embarrassed. Verdict: Get yourself down there, don’t be a square. Well, that about rounds up my whistle stop tour of Leeds bars. I know I’ve missed loads out but never mind eh, maybe I’ll do another review on them… WARNING: I have given my opinion of these bars, do not blame me if they are not as I described, I’d had a few after all.
Having been a studen in leeds for the past two years and never venturing into planet earth (planet slap as it was known as due to the ladies who ventured inside and the pissed up lads who tried to pull them only to slap it on the revolving dance floor) I was pleasently surprised when earlier this month I stumbled upon the recently reopened Bondi Beach Bar. Cheap, Cheesey and Cheapfull. Lets start with Cheap, free entry with the good old NUS card and 2 for 1 drinks all night sunday to thursday. Cheese, which other club could give you such a range of music Abba to the A-team theme, Westlife, Chesney Hawkes, van morrison to name just a few. Then theres Cheerful after a few drinks the revolving dancefloor is very appealing and then you have to get on it, if your lucky it stops and you jump on before it starts, if your not that lucky you step on and slap it on your face in front of the fittest girl in the club. After a good boogie refreshments are in order and if you make it to the bar in one piece you may as well have your 2 for 1 shooter followed by a 2 for 1 cocktail, it would be rude not to you tell yourself. after you get those down your neck (or that nice new shirt depending on your level of intoxication) you realise you have no chance of getting back on the dancefloor, thats where the fun begins, find yourself a good seat near the edge of the dance floor and sit and watch and laugh out load at all the dodgy boys and girls as they jump and fall on and off the dancefloor. As long as you arrive at the Bondi Beach Bar knowing what to expect you won't be disappointed.
Ok so I've only been living in Leeds for the last 4 years but I have been a student which makes me excellently qualified to judge the pubs, bars and nightlife in Leeds and I think I will say a little bit about the Bar that I frequent. Here we go, my favourite bar. Walkabout Inn - for some reason I am the ony one of my friends that actually likes this place, prolly because I like cheese and Walkabout Inn is Brie on Toast, it is sooo cheesy that it makes Wensleydale look like a piece of fish! So what do we have/? Well its an Australian Bar which sstays open till 2am almost every night!!! Need I say more, well if I dont then people reading this will complain so I will. It is mainly a sports bar with massive TV screans where you can watch all of the latest football or sports highlights any time of day or night. They serve food too, although it is a little pricey the portions are enormous. The range of food runs from a simple salad to anything that used to be alive running or hopping around down under (yes you can order:Springbok, Aligator and even kangaroo!!! the springbok is the nicest though tastiing a little bit like vennison). Night time is the time to be there though, it beomes almost a club and with its two levels you find people dancing on the tabes dancing aanywhere they can. During the week (usually on wednesdays) there are live bands and I have seen Robbie Williams and Queen tribute bands, both have been really good. There is a wide range of drinks on offer, all you fave beers and bottles are on offer, as are your shots. There are also some australian beeers such as Victoria Bitter on offer which is worth a try (like the Austrailian rugby team). As a nice toutch too all the staff seem to have aussie accents.. Great.. Alex (please feel free to comment) Ta X PS G'day mate, I think that should have been at the start???
By day a quiet relaxing pub where businessmen chat over lunch, by night the best live music venue in Leeds, this is Josephs Well. With the closure of both The Duchess and the T&C, Josephs Well has stepped up to the plate as THE premier music venue in Leeds, offering a diverse range of bands and styles, as well as a regular comedy night, both taking place in the stage area downstairs. Upstairs, is the bar area, a large airy space which combines a traditional pub atmosphere with a vibrant, young air to be one of the main spots for Leeds many students to hang out. With sports regularly being shown on the big screen, along with pool table and leisure equipment, a night at Josephs Well can last as long as you want it to without ever getting boring. Added to this the recent extension of drinking hours to midnight, and you have the perfect place to go. This is easily my favourite pub in Leeds, and with a friendly staff, and accomodating locals, it is THE place to go.
My personal preference is for a real pub, but in Leeds these are few and far between now... usually seperated by around 25 Cafe Bars, Coffee Houses, etc. filled with pretentious posers. At first glance, The Empire Bar on The Headrow opposite the Henry Moore Musuem, seems like just another city centre bar that have spread across Leeds faster than the designer shops in recent years. Standard bar pumps, including the usual mega-brewery range of 4 drinks (2 lagers, a crap 'smooth-flow' bitter and a cider) and Guinness add to that familar anonymous feeling. But hang on, most of the clientel (or staff) don't really seem to fit the image. Ok, so the sign on the door used to say 'no construction clothes', but Fridays excepted this is not just your usual pre-clubby crowd that you can find flowing around on a week-day evening. A whole range of office workers, shoppers, bus-queuers and general drifters can be found here every night. But what is it that they know ? Happy Hour 2 for 1 on most drinks, every night is what they know - what better way to relax after work, than not spending many of your hard earned pennies on a few drinks - hey, I might even buy a round ! 2 pints of Guinness for just £2.20 and I'd probably drink anywhere. However, Art's (still can't get used to the new name) has more than just cheap beer, it also has a friendly atmosphere, almost a Cheers-like feel to it, that means you just come back time and time again. The main downside is sometimes the music is a bit loud, but recently it only tends to go up after 9pm - as the drinks do - and the clubbers wake-up. They don't know what they are missing.
This outlet is a family type pub/restaurant situated in Oulton, South of Leeds. THe decor of the interior is very cosy, a bit olde worlde but comfortable without being too twee. You can eat or drink there in a friendly atmoshphere, surrounded by rugby league memorabelia. The staff are polite and eager to help, although my wife once ordered a sweet white wine at the bar and back came the sourest (it must have been off) dry wine you could every wish to taste. Having said that, we have drunk and dined there many times and the food is hearty but relatively inexpensive. Garlic Mushroom starter is about £2.50, while main courses range between about £4 to £10.99 for the larger steak type dishes. What's great about this venue is it has a children's play area, so after they've eaten, when they start to get bored, they can go and play a bit while you enjoy a few more drinks. In the summer the Beer garden with a playground and often a bouncy castle is open.
Cazbar is the grooviest bar I've been to lately. It's small size, warm colourings and lighting make it very cosy indeed. Hidden down a side street off Chappletown Road, the bar is pleasantly tucked away to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Cazbar offers a quiet retreat for anyone, with its' relaxed atmosphere boasting wines, beers, largers and so on exported from across Europe and farther. What's so special about this bar? I hear you ask? Well, apart from the fact that it hosts beautiful live music and entertainment, is run by joyusly relaxed and friendly people, it serves THE finest selection of alcohol known to man! One of the 7.5% 25cl glasses of beer I sampled, sent the Fosters and Carlings of the market wimpering back under the rocks from which they crawled from! After two drink I decided not to tempt fate and have another,I wanted to be able to walk home with some dignity! Another bonus is the food. Although I did not eat there, I plan to do so this week. From reading the menu, and nosing over a couple devouring large bowls of pasta! I came to the conclusion that the food is freshly prepared and looks to be cooked with passion! Everything seems to be sauted, marenated, siced and spiced! Upon this week's visit then, I doubt if I'll be able to do up my trousers! let along walk home!
As a member of staff of Bar Censsa my opinion on the bar may be very different to a typical customer, who range from townies to suits, students to couples. As it is a chain bar they are of course overly obsessed with image and rules, which causes friction with staff and supervisors, however customers will never notice this, and the bar generally has a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere. The décor is bright with orange walls and modern art and during the day we play nice, chilled out music. We are fairly quiet during the day, so it is good for a relaxed lunch. Also during the day we provide a waiter service for the tables, and we do chat to customers and are generally friendly and helpful ( we're after tips of course ) . The food is pretty good quality and doesn't break the bank, eg £3.95 for a filled cibatta sandwich. In the evening the place gets busy, we offer a range of cocktail jugs are available at £6.50, including Sex on the Beach and vodka Redbull jugs, my favourite is Purple Haze. We also do shooters for £1, which are very popular. From sunday - wednesday prices are fairly cheap, £1.85 for a pint of Fosters, and the bar is open until midnight, however from thursday - saturday prices go up, £2.15 for Fosters, but the bar stays open until 2am. Half of the bar can be hired out for parties, and is actually a good venue for birthdays and stag/hen nights. During term time it is also popular with students. There are also rooms available upstairs for business functions. You can also order your food online, so it's ready for you when you arrive. You can do this from the website at http://www.barcenssa.com This is a nice cafe bar, one of the better in town, it's about 2 minutes from the station, so if you're ever in Leeds opo in.