New £350,000 Leeds city centre riverside bar launches

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A Leeds brewery is making quite a splash as it unveils its third riverside bar in Leeds.

Archie’s Bar and Kitchen opens to the public today and is the latest addition for Ossett Brewery.

The company obviously sees potential in the Granary Wharf area, as it has invested £1m in its portfolio there.

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The brewery already owns neighbouring venues The Hop and Candle Bar, which opened earlier this year, and spent an impressive £350,000 on the new site.

However, their new bar is a different concept, offering punters the perfect place to eat, drink and party.

The all-day venue opens today, with a special launch party starting at 4pm.

It’s one of the brewery’s more eye-catching bars, with funfair mirrors, a sailing boat, rotating disco ball, jukebox, deck chairs and even a full-size 1974 VW campervan inside.

The stylish yet comfortable venue will serve eat-in and take-out breakfasts, weekend brunch and all-day dinner options.

Small plates include chicken wings with honey, five spice and lavender, salt beef croquettes with spicy mayonnaise and lamb shoulder with smoked aubergine.

Classics like fish and chips will also be on offer, and brunch includes items such as buttermilk pancakes with banana, caramel sauce and mascarpone and ‘Archie’s All Day Fry Up’.

Drinks include a wide range of beer (many of which are from Ossett Brewery, of course), cocktails, spirits, coffee and fresh juice.

During the day it aims to offer a chilled-out place to relax and socialise, but at night the party will start.

On Friday and Saturday nights you can hit the dancefloor from 9pm, with current and classic disco tunes from their resident DJ.

Speaking about their new venture, Jamie Lawson, from Ossett Brewery, said: “Granary Wharf is already such an exciting location and features some of the best hotels, bars and restaurants in Leeds.

“Archie’s Bar and Kitchen is the final piece of the jigsaw within this vibrant area of the city bringing a casual all-day dining experience with a great place to get your ‘disco groove’ on at the weekend.”

Archie’s takes over the former Wasabi Teppanyaki site under the Dark Arches, and is just a stone’s throw away from Leeds train station.

It’s a prime location, and there are plans in the pipeline that are set to help the area flourish even further.

The state-of-the-art, £17million South Exit scheme for Leeds train station is opening on Granary Wharf’s doorstep later this year, boosting the number of visitors to this part of town.

The popular water taxi service, which offers a free trip up and down the river between Leeds Dock and Granary Wharf, is also pulling in hundreds more people to the area.

It’s an exciting time for this part of the city centre, and after investing so much money into the area, it feels like it’s sink or swim time for the brewery’s big plans.

But they obviously know what they’re doing and have thought things through, and we feel pretty confident that this new riverside bar is going to make quite a splash.

For more information about the new bar, follow @Archiesleeds on Twitter.

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