City Buzz: Last orders as city centre bar closes

The Lounge, Leeds.

The Lounge, Leeds.

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IT’S no secret that City Buzz has been pleased to see how well Merrion Street is doing at the moment.

For the past few months it’s felt like a new bar or venue has popped up every other week on that side of town.

Take Bar Soba, for example.The new Pan Asian restaurant and cocktail bar was the latest to join the ranks after opening at the former Pleasure Rooms site just a couple of weeks ago.

So we were sad to hear that with such successes, a long-standing venue is having to close its doors.

The Lounge Bar and Grill on Merrion Street has shut after years of trading.

The YEP understands that the company behind it – Popolo Leisure Ltd – is going into liquidation.

It’s the end of an era and the loss of a decent venue for the city centre.

The bar’s traditional exterior and sunny outdoor terrace offered something a little different for punters.

Now it seems there’s somewhat of a void between the so-called Arena Quarter and this end of Merrion Street, as the Mayaimi bar opposite has now been empty for years.

We hope some eagle-eyed investors see the potential and snap up both of these sites soon.

Thomas Williamson, photographer. Image by Paul Craig Photography

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