Bar review: The Liquor Store and Whisky Parlour by The Hedonist Project, Lower Briggate, Leeds

The Liquor Store and Whisky Parlour by The Hedonist Project, in Lower Briggate, Leeds. Picture by James Hardisty.
The Liquor Store and Whisky Parlour by The Hedonist Project, in Lower Briggate, Leeds. Picture by James Hardisty.
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The rich blend of bars in Leeds city centre means exciting niche venues are never too far away.

Whether you’re looking for specialist music, a prohibition feel, fun activities like mini golf, elaborate cocktails or your chosen wine or liquor, there are bars for pretty much any taste in Leeds.

The Liquor Store and Whisky Parlour by The Hedonist Project, in Lower Briggate, Leeds. Picture by James Hardisty.

The Liquor Store and Whisky Parlour by The Hedonist Project, in Lower Briggate, Leeds. Picture by James Hardisty.

Pop-up prodigies and bar experts from The Hedonist Project are making the most of the city’s nighttime diversity.

Having delivered the innovative reggae-ridden Rum Shack pop-up next to the Belgrave Music Hall, in Cross Belgrave Street, last year, the experienced team of former Leeds bar managers have revamped a space in Lower Briggate.

The Liquor Store and Whisky Parlour by The Hedonist Project is the result of a suave refurbishment of what used to be a Wok On noodle bar.

Focusing on – you guessed it – whisky, the venue opened its doors before Christmas and will remain until the end of March when it will be transformed into a completely new pop-up bar.

The Liquor Store and Whisky Parlour by The Hedonist Project, in Lower Briggate, Leeds. Picture by James Hardisty.

The Liquor Store and Whisky Parlour by The Hedonist Project, in Lower Briggate, Leeds. Picture by James Hardisty.

With liquor experts at American-themed 51% Bourbon just around the corner at Hirst’s Yard, we’re glad to report that the Hedonist team have carved a niche of their own in this subtle venue that has a Scottish flavour.

The weathered wood flooring, rustic metal-topped bar made of thick wooden beams, warm lantern lighting and retro framed pictures of the Scottish coast make you feel like you’re sitting by the fire with a hot toddy in hand.

The venue is encased in bare brick walls, dark green and grey walls. There is cosy boothed seating by the windows and a huge grey, high-sided sofa by the bar to nestle into.

All of this is set to a subtle hip hop and instrumental soundtrack that instantly modernises this space into a cool themed bar.

It’s a quite unusual but well put together look, which is mirrored with a food menu featuring Angus steak dishes and classic fish and chips. Drinks-wise you’re looking at over 60 varieties of whisky served by the dram along with 12 inventive whisky-based cocktails, a handful of wines and a collection of bottled and canned real ales.

We opted for a Blood and Strand cocktail made up of two 12-year-old whiskys, cherry liqueur, vermouth and an orange foam topping. Presented in a small cut glass chalice after being delicately put together by the bartender, it had an almost medicinal edge beneath the sweet citrus.

With the addition of a Northern Monk Mocha Porter ale from down the road in Holbeck, the bill came to £12.

Get to the Hedonist team’s latest venture while you can. It’s a top notch addition that, despite its temporary identity, leaves a lasting impression.

PIC: James Hardisty

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