City Buzz: First glimpse of new The Alchemist’s new bar on Greek Street, Leeds

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A NEW bar opening on Greek Street is set to cement the area as one of the best nightlife destinations in Leeds.

After seeing places such as Call Lane and the Northern Quarter step into the limelight in recent years, this little corner of the city centre is finally ready to steal back some of the focus.

PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

The Alchemist, which already has a successful rooftop bar at Trinity Leeds, has invested in a second site in the city – this time on Greek Street.

The venue is set to open its doors on Monday, October 12.

But City Buzz was invited for an exclusive look around before the doors officially open to cocktail-loving customers next week.

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Speaking of cocktails, you’ll be pleased to hear there’s plenty to choose from.

The extensive list includes everything from the Smokey Old Fashioned to a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party creation.

A full food menu will also be available, including prawn lollipops, sticky beef salad and special fried chicken.

From Monday, a special introductory food promotion will be running for a fortnight for The Alchemist subscribers (check out their website for details).

The new bar takes over the former Prohibition site, which closed in 2013.

Simon Potts, managing director at The Alchemist, said: “We’re looking forward to unveiling our latest venue to the people of Leeds.

“There will be a few magical surprises of course.”

Speaking previously, he said: “Greek Street holds special memories for many people in Leeds, including myself but it’s an area that has been quiet for a number of years.

“We are excited to be bringing our brand of mixology to this quarter of the city centre.”

The Alchemist owns two other bars in Manchester and one in London.

The Greek Street site is the company’s fifth venue and is one of a string of new arrivals for the area.

In the past year, it’s seen a major revamp and plenty of investment.

Last month, steak restaurant Stockdale’s of Yorkshire opened on neighbouring street South Parade.

The venue followed hot on the heels of Italian eatery Gusto, which opened on Greek Street in July.

Interestingly, the Gusto brand was recently taken over by Living Ventures – the company behind The Alchemist – which also owns Blackhouse on nearby East Parade.

So it seems the company obviously has faith in the area for its many brands.

There’s been plenty of change on the bar scene too, with The Liquorist taking over the former Living Room site along with ‘secret’ underground bar Seven Greek Street Social.

Tapas restaurant La Rambla and The Office bar also took over the old OK Karaoke site.

Still to come is the boutique Dakota Hotel, which is being built at the former stacker car park and Akbar’s restaurant.

Evans Property Group has also submitted plans to turn the old Gourmet Burger Kitchen unit into a new business opportunity, complete with a street terrace.

The company also plans to transform the adjacent former RBS unit to a bar or restaurant.

The Alchemist is another big piece of the puzzle for Greek Street and we’re sure it will help the area flourish.

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