Bar review: The Brunswick, Leeds city centre

The Brunswick, North Street. Pic: James Hardisty.

The Brunswick, North Street. Pic: James Hardisty.

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THE focus of Leeds’ nightlife scene has shifted to the Northern Quarter in recent times.

And with newbies like Shuffledog and old favourites like The Reliance, competition is fierce.

The arts space at The Brunswick.

The arts space at The Brunswick.

But The Brunswick is tackling all that head-on and offering something a bit different.

The new bar, eatery and arts space opened on Regent Street just a couple of weeks ago but has already gained plenty of fans.

Walking into the bar, we can see why.

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The open, modern space offers a cool hangout whilst retaining a friendly feel.

The bright blue back wall behind the bar brightens it up and there are a few groups of friends perched on jet black bar stools and custom-made wooden benches as we make our way in.

It’s a far cry from the building’s previous lives as a bridal dress shop and Christian centre.

But the boys behind the project – four friends whose CVs boast bars such as The Belgrave and Tall Boys Beer Market – saw potential and worked hard to give an old building a brand new lease of life.

If you’re lucky you’ll probably find at least one of the team there on an evening.

They’re all clearly passionate about what they do and happy to talk to punters.

We are greeted by a friendly barman who is relaxed and chatty.

There isn’t a drinks menu as such, but the barman helpfully talks us through the extensive range of beer and ale, which are available on draught and in bottles.

There’s a great selection from local producers and breweries, as well as a range of beers from around the world.

There’s also a selection of spirits and mixers for those who aren’t big beer fans.

I order a large glass of sauvignon blanc, while my friend calls on the barman’s extensive knowledge for some guidance.

She eventually hedges her bets and chooses two – a raspberry-flavoured bottled beer and a Danish pale ale by Mikkeller, which both prove a hit.

The bill comes to a fairly steep £16.40, which we blame largely on the glass of wine we ordered.

We take our drinks upstairs to the first floor, where there is a more relaxed dining and seating area.

The second floor of the venue is where you will find the dedicated arts space, where regular exhibitions and events will be held.

The Brunswick offers something new and different that hasn’t yet been seen in this part of Leeds, and with a young, passionate team of friends behind it, we’re sure it will do well.

- The Brunswick, 82 North Street, Leeds, LS2 7PN.

****

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