Bar review: Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds

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Leeds has a proud history of great music venues.

From the Old Town & Country (now the O2 Academy) to The Duchess (Nirvana played there you know) through to The Cockpit.

All of these venues have fallen by the wayside over the years for one reason or another.

But this is Leeds, and we have one of the best and most vibrant music scenes in the country, meaning that new venues always rise to take the place of the former rivals.

Belgrave Music Hall is just that and more.

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Part gig venue, part bar, part pizzeria, Belgrave has something for everyone.

The main foyer is bathed in the delightful aroma of pizza and burgers cooking in the kitchen.

As you work your way through to the bar you are reminded of an almost common room-style vibe, with large tables and lots of chairs in front of an extremely well-stocked bar.

A variety of craft ale and spirits abound with the taps regularly replaced with new ales from around the world.

Venture upstairs and you have a first class venue which has played host to the likes of Off! and Post War Glamour Girls in recent weeks.

A clear sound system and well-appointed room make for a great place to watch live music.

When not in use for gigs it screens films, ranging from classic movies to cutting-edge documentaries.

Upstairs however is the real feather in the cap.

The roof terrace is one of a kind. A small Tikki Hut-style bar sits at one end among deck chairs and tables, as well as a fake turf like grass, it is a quiet oasis of calm in the midst of a bustling city centre.

On a summer’s eve, there is no better place for drinks in town.

Belgrave manages to pull of the great trick that all top notch bars do, specially being cool without trying.

They make an effort what needs effort putting in.

Great food and drink are done without seemingly any great effort.

The venue makes you feel cool just by being in there.

A membership policy ensures that weekend crowds are kept to the faithful, with stag parties and the more rowdy element left with no way of getting in .

And the music? Forget about it, it never misses a beat and you will not hear a duff tune.

Belgrave represents a proud continuation of Leeds’s music venue’s venerable history.

It is quirky, genuine and never dull, much like the city in which it is based.

And the way things look it seems ready to reign for some time. Long live the Belgrave.

Address: Cross Belgrave Street

Rating: 4/5

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