Chapel Allerton has an ever-growing bar scene that mainly attracts the young professional clientele that live in the area.
The bar itself is compact, pretty modern, full of intimate leather booths and varied music, featuring everything from Selena Gomez to The Automatic, to try to attract a broad spectrum of punters. Its walls are decked out with widescreen TVs as well so sports fans can get their kicks. This place fits seems to fit the bill for drinkers aged 21 to 40. The menu at The Hub covers all the bases, while specialising in pretty good value cocktails. There is a two for £7 menu, which features around 10 concoctions available Sunday to Thursday all day and Friday and Saturday until 9pm, while the normal cocktail menu features around 20 mixes, costing up to £6.50, that are split into rock ‘n’ roll stars, mint drinks, old favourites and discotastic drinks. There are also around 10 varieties of red, white and rose wine, along with four sparkling wines and champagnes to choose from. The Hub stocks a good range of beers and ciders on tap, with Gaymers, Strongbow, Pilsner Urquell and Heineken among those available, while there are plenty of bottled selections to choose from. Given the number of cocktails on show there are also plenty of spirits available.
As part of the Arc Inspirations portfolio of Leeds bars, The Hub very much shares the inoffensive, stylish, youthful feel of its sister bars such as The Arc, Napa and Trio. The interior is pretty narrow but long and crams a number of comfy brown leather booths and stools into what is not the largest of spaces. The thick-set steel, wood and leather bar is curved and almost American diner-like, welcoming you as you walk in before you take a seat. Above the bar there are plenty of TVs to glare at and if sport floats your boat, there are usually a couple of different football or rugby matches to choose from. The whole demeanour of the venue is relaxed, with candle lit tables and spotlighting giving the place a dim glow at night, while the music is quiet enough for the atmosphere to feel chatty and informal. The bar’s dark wooden floors and attractive beer garden are other parts of the Arc Inspirations formula that make this venue a reliably welcoming bar that covers the bases but lacks that individuality of some of the city’s more exciting creations.
Based in the leafy suburb of Chapel Allerton, The Hub sits in the middle of a pretty vibrant group of bars, with the likes of Zed Bar, The Hummingbird, Suburban Bar and Further North all a short walk away.
This burgeoning area of Leeds has developed a pretty good collection of bars so it’s well worth a visit and it’s only around a 10 minute taxi ride to Leeds city centre.
We decided to sample the bar’s two for £7 cocktail range, giving a couple of the tasty, tall and pink El Furioso cocktails a try along with pints of Heineken beer and Pilsner Urquell Czech beer to bring the bill to a cheap and cheerful £14.75. Pints at this place do tend to cost around or over £3.50, which is not the cheapest, although there is plenty of variety here and the cocktail offers can make a night in here pretty good value.
The Hub is open Monday to Friday, from 12noon to 1am, on Saturday, from 11am to 1am, and on Sunday, from 11am to 12.30am.