Revolution is one of the biggest bar brands in the UK and is synonymous with its ‘sticks’ of shooters in more than most UK cities.
So this place appeals mainly to the city’s party-going night owls, who are out for a good time. You’re bound to see groups of young guys and girls dancing to chart music in here well into the wee hours. On a typical night punters in here are aged from 18 to 45 although they do also offer food during the day, which attracts visitors of all ages.
The menu at Revolution is relatively broad, focussing mainly on its array of around 17 cocktails, some of which can also be bought in pitchers and tea pots. There are also two Christmas mixes available over the festive period, with most cocktails costing around £6 each. The bar’s range of shot sticks also give you the chance to taste combinations of the bar’s flavoursome mini mixes. There are also around half a dozen beers and ciders on draught and an extensive selection of bottled beers and ciders in the fridges. Revolution does stock a reasonable selection of wines too.
It’s worth mentioning that Revolution, in the Electric Press, is pretty huge. There are three bars and three main areas for punters to gather, with a brown leather clad downstairs bar, a dance floor-based bar complete with DJ booth and a plush upstairs bar filled with chandeliers. This bustling venue is quite a luxurious place all in all, decked out with grand mirrors, leather booths, banquettes and gleaming surfaces, it shares the same decadent styling and bar/ club ethos as Leeds bars like Prohibition and Baracoa. By day it’s a comfortable, visually impressive but toned down affair and by night it becomes a magnet for groups and students due to its chart music and dance floor that is littered with metal bars and bright flashing lights like some sort of wrestling ring. Revolution is another venue that is all about appealing to the masses, it’s nice inside and plays to the crowd but it does feel a little soulless and generic.
This Revolution is one of two in Leeds, with a sister bar on Call Lane. This Revolution is part of the Electric Press site, which also hosts the Epernay champagne bar and an All Bar One. It is plonked right beside Millennium Square and another of the city’s mini-districts of bars, with Nation of Shopkeepers nearby and the bars and clubs of Merrion Street just a short walk away.
This place is open on Monday to Friday, from 11am to 2am, on Saturday, from 11am to 3am, and on Sunday, from 11am to 12.30am.
We decided to sample some of the cocktails on offer at Revolution, with a vanilla vodka, Baileys and coffee liqueur Frappatini Christmas special and a fruity vodka, amaretto and raspberry liqueur Jammy B*stard, which both cost £6.25. We followed those up with a small glass of Sauvignon Blanc white wine and a bottle of Becks beer, bringing the bill to £20.70.