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Bar review: Bar Room Bar, Call Lane, Leeds

Bar Room Bar

Bar Room Bar

Who?

BRB is pretty typical of Call Lane, with its stripped back brick walls, warm interior and bassy urban soundtrack, so you can expect to see the archetypal Call Lane clientele in here seven nights a week.

The main customers are generally aged from around 18 to 35, indulge in skinny jeans and designer stubble and are mainly students and young professionals.

What?

There is a pretty varied menu at BRB, with cocktails and wine the order of the day. There are around 15 cocktails to choose from in total, which are included in a two-for-one promotion on Thursdays, while you can invest in a handful of sharer cocktails if you’re feeling in the party mood. Wine-wise there are around 25 whites, reds and roses, available by the bottle or glass, to mull over. Those feeling a little flush can also make the most of half a dozen bottles of champagne that are on offer too. In terms of beer and cider, there are dozens of exotic choices of both in the fridges and around seven draught beers and ciders, including Strongbow and San Miguel.

Why?

BRB is popular because it is clean cut, modern and harbours that Call Lane coolness all at once. As soon as you walk in there are hints of that quirkiness and simplicity that makes this famous row of bars something a bit special, with a mismatched collection of light shades in the centre of the main bar area and random metal and wooden chairs in the main seated area of this place, which has a second life as a pizza restaurant. Set out to appear like the interior of a house, this bar is aims to offer that chilled out house party feel, with its laid back living room on the right as you walk in featuring an open brick fireplace and eye-catching wallpaper made to look like piled up suitcases. The dark wooden flooring, thick tables in the centre of the main bar area and large elaborate framed mirrors are all aimed at making this place seem homely, relaxed and sociable but in truth it does lack a bit of spark. The beach party theme on the night Barfly popped by meant there was a live DJ playing bassy Ibiza-inspired house tracks and some cheesy palm tree props but on the whole it needs more than that to make it feel like something different. Its pretty formulaic Call Lane styling makes it blend in with its neighbours but in fairness if you’re after the Leeds bar experience, BRB is still worth a visit.

Where?

Based right in the heart of Leeds’s main collection of city centre bars, in Call Lane, BRB is one of the street’s most recognisable names. Just a few yards from the likes of Jake’s Bar, Brooklyn Bar and Norman Bar, you’re also on the doorstep of the bars in Hirst’s Yard and a short walk from the varied bars of Lower Briggate.

When?

This place is open on Monday to Wednesday, from 12noon to 11pm, and on Thursday to Sunday, from 12noon to 2am.

how much?

We decided to give the cocktails at BRB a go, with a fruity vodka, rum and amaretto Hawaiian Punch and a tropical Malibu and Midori June Bug, which both came in at £5.50 each. We followed those up with a large glass of white wine and a pint of San Miguel lager, bringing the bill to an agreeable £19.15. The prices here are no more or less than you’d expect to shell out at its Call Lane neighbours, with cocktails costing from £5.50 and pints coming to around £4 each.

 

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