City Buzz: New ‘Beer and Ham’ bar set for Merrion Street

A new bar is about to join Merrion Street. Pic: Tony Johnson.

A new bar is about to join Merrion Street. Pic: Tony Johnson.

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MERRION STREET has proved to be a magnet for bars and restaurants in the past year – and it seems the attraction is continuing into 2016.

Not only is new bar Rum and Reason joining the ranks, but another newbie is looking to open its doors on the popular street.

City Buzz understands a new venue called Ham and Beer is set to open its doors on the street soon.

The details of what’s in store is being kept under wraps for now, but if the bar does exactly what it says on the tin, we’re pretty sure it will be on to a winner.

It is in a prime spot too – nestled between Zaap Thai and Bar Soba at the bottom of the road.

With plans to revamp the historic West Yorkshire Bus Station just around the corner, turning it into an arts, music and bar space, it seems the Northern Quarter’s success is spreading.

Combine that with the nearby £165m Victoria Gate development, which is due to open at the end of the year, and it’s sure to go from strength to strength.

Looking back over the past 12 months, Merrion Street has really made a name for itself as one of the top nightspots in Leeds, giving the well-known Call Lane area a run for its money.

With Mean Eyed Cat, Vice and Virtue and Rum and Reason arriving on Merrion Street recently, it seems the momentum is still continuing for this thriving part of the city centre.