Outlaws Yacht Club is as random and quirky as its name suggests, with 1970s style mixing with left field music and an open plan layout.
It hosts a weird and wonderful mix of coarse industrial materials like concrete and metal piping along with cosy car boot sale furniture and old fashioned wallpaper. So as you can imagine, this isn’t your stiff upper lip champagne bar, instead it fits the bill for the more seasoned end of the Call Lane crowd. Young professionals aged 20 to 35 are most commonly found in here.
The menu is short and sweet, with a single sheet of paper on a mini clipboard at each table displaying a handful of Outlaws favourites, which are a mix of cocktail oddities and shots costing up to £5.20. Other than that you can choose from any of around 14 bottled beers and ciders, which include fruit beers and ales. There are also three beers and one cider on tap and a regularly updated specials menu at the bar, which featured some tempting winter warmers and mulled wine on Barfly’s visit.
Outlaws Yacht Club is a strange sight to behold from outside. It occupies the ground floor of a pretty modern building and its large street-level windows are steamed up with condensation, despite there being only a handful of people in early one weeknight. But it’s not a steaming working men’s club once you’re inside, but an open plan landscape of old fashioned wooden furniture, orange banquettes and green concrete underfoot. You immediately feel relaxed, no-one comes and bothers you if you don’t want them to and the casual staff are willing to give you the time to mull over the menu. Once you’ve been served you can bed down by one of the random armchairs, weathered board games or the retro globe and feel far from the hustle and bustle of the city. The music is often low tempo, instrumental or foreign and adds to the living room feel of Outlaws Yacht Club. It’s evening hours aren’t particularly late however, so this is somewhere to kick off a night or just pop in for a quiet couple. With it’s individual style and friendly service, Outlaws Yacht Club is a quality addition to the Leeds bar circuit.
Based in New York Street, Outlaws Yacht Club is a little out on its own. In saying that, the bar is only a short walk from the top end of Call Lane and bars like The Maven and Milo and its probably equally as far from The Wardrobe. It’s also close to Leeds City Bus Station.
It is open Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 11pm, and on Sunday, from 12noon to 11pm.
We tried a couple of the warm specials on offer here, with a Sazerac rye whiskey and maple syrup hot toddy and a white chocolate and Baileys hot chocolate. We followed those up with a pint of Stowford Press cider and a large glass of Sauvignon Blanc white wine, bringing the bill to a reasonable £17.20.