This place is all about the music, with barrel-chested leather coated men in their 30s and 40s as comfortable as young couples and groups of girls in their 20s.
If you like indie, reggae or even the odd track from a crooner, then you’re likely to feel pretty welcome here. The whole venue is like a more habitable version of The Cockpit, which is just around the corner, so you’re likely to see plenty of weary gig goers refuelling in here too. In general you could see anyone from 18 to 50 in here on a night.
The Shed Bar is particularly good for cocktails, with a varied menu that features around 35 creations in categories ranging from fresh fruit and new to the scene to The Shed Bar creations and classics. As a result there are dozens of spirits to choose from, with a particular focus on whiskey. The bar also has a compact wine menu, with around 13 wines, sparkling wines and champagnes to mull over. Other than that there are several international beers on tap but the only cider available is bottled, while there is a very broad range of international and British beers in bottles here too.
This bar is very music orientated and has that gig venue spirit running through its veins. This long half cylinder is like a more civilised Cockpit and has bare brick walls punctuated by sections of wood, a set of drums and a guitar over the entrance to the toilets and weathered black club flooring. The fact that the walls are littered with vinyls and posters paying tribute to the likes of Led Zeppelin, The Ramones, Kings of Leon and Jimi Hendrix and there is an abundance of wall-mounted speakers makes it hard to ignore the musical theme in here. The bar also has a certain warmth however as red and orange low lighting points out its simple, aged wooden seating, long leather banquettes and thick-set wooden centre piece bar. This earthy back street bar’s soundtrack features everything from Frank Sinatra to The Killers, Bob Marley and David Gray, and the whole feel of the place seems to be geared towards catering to the overspill from gig venues and the city’s music-mad revellers.
Situated in Heatons Court, The Shed is tucked away on a back street behind The Cockpit which also joins up with Lower Briggate. Bar-wise there is plenty of company, with the likes of Fibre, Stone Roses Bar, Baracoa Luxe Bar and The Elbow Room just a short walk away. You’re also a couple of minutes from the main stretch of bars on Call Lane.
This place is open on Tuesday and Wednesday, from 4pm to 1am, on Thursday, from 4pm to 2am, and on Friday and Saturday, from 4pm to 3am.
The Shed Bar is full of offers, with two-for-one cocktails every day, from 5pm to 8pm, and all night on Thursdays. As a result we went for the post-work option and chose two tasty Amaretto and Cherry Marnier-based Bonjour Cheries. Along with a slightly reduced post-work small glass of house red wine at £2.50, we then chose a pint of Asahi Japanese beer. In general this place is good value, with cocktails from £5.90 and offers on every day of the week, so our tiny bill of £13.30 came as no surprise.