Bar review: Lazy Lounge, Westpoint, Leeds

Lazy Lounge.   Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe
Lazy Lounge. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe
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AFTER A couple of hours sat inside this bar, it was easy to grasp why it contains the word ‘lazy’ in its name.

Such is the choice of gin, whisky and wine, it is far too tempting to while away an age here, parked on a red leather sofa and sampling from the fine depths of the drinks menus.

Lazy Lounge. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Lazy Lounge. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Lazy Lounge knows its crowd. The drinks aren’t cheap and the decor has a sophisticated quality, expect to find after-work professionals frequenting the bar, typically aged 30 and up.

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Its gentle atmosphere of easy listening music - Rufus Wainwright and Bob Dylan were on the soundtrack during this visit - a jolly ripple of lively conversation and clinking wine glasses also pulls in the odd couple. It is probably a good option for a date over a bottle of wine.

Opened primarily as a wine bar, there is a wide selection of tipples on the award-winning wine list with bottles priced between £16-125, but the bar has evolved since its early days and can now also boast separate and comprehensive whisky and gin menus.

What I particularly liked was that these menus were accessible to those discovering new drinks for the first time. Each whisky, gin and wine on the menus had detailed descriptions of their origins and flavours, so if you don’t know your Speyside from your Islay whiskies, you won’t struggle to choose one or the other that sounds like it could be to your tastes.

As I ordered a bite to eat - deep fried white bait with a side of green beans in chilli oil - the barmaid offered that I take a seat and served me from a stool at a high-seated table against an exposed brickwork wall.

Deciding to embrace the range of gin on offer, I opted for a mix from the specials board displayed by the bar, picking a Warner Edwards Rhubarb and Fever Tree Ginger Ale (£6.15), following this up with a single measure of 12-year-old Speyside malt, The Hive (£5), served on the rocks and in a small Glencairn whisky glass - glassware that the experts explain is the means by which to best enjoy whisky.

To finish I had a Leeds Pale Ale (£3.75) bringing my drinks bill to £14.90.

The bar also has a cocktail menu and groups booking a party or event can order a Gin Punch in a large punch bowl and served in bone china teacups. The punches start from £3.95 per person.

Lazy Lounge and its neighbouring bars and eateries should reap the benefits of significant building work in the nearby vicinity. The site opposite its Westpoint location is under development while new offices are going up down off Whitehall Road, and will no doubt provide a fresh stream of after-work customers. For indulging in an exploration of spirits, Lazy Lounge is a big hit.

Rating: 4/5

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