Bar review: Brooklyn Bar, Call Lane, Leeds

PIC: Tony Johnson
PIC: Tony Johnson
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INTERNATIONAL themed bars are a tricky to thing to pull off without the results being tacky but I like Brooklyn bar’s location on Call Lane. Partially beneath a railway bridge, it’s as though it is a deliberate nod (and might be) to a hang out beneath Brooklyn Bridge.

Recently, North Americans have ridded themselves of a reputation in this country of consuming fairly average, generic beers like Coors Light and Budweiser and instead have a growing reputation built on the success of Brooklyn Brewery’s stable of beers and Samuel Adams.

Brooklyn Bar, Call Lane, Leeds.

Brooklyn Bar, Call Lane, Leeds.

Both can be found on tap at the bar here (alongside Budweiser of course), as well as Asahi and Cobra.

The exposed brick walls have street graffiti on them with some referencing New York neighbourhoods, while the dining menu is lent a US flavour with a chicken burger which comes served between waffles and layered with cheese and maple syrup.

There’s also burritos and nachos dishes to choose from.

On the cocktail menu are 18 options, most of which are named patriotically - think Lady Liberty which combines Absolut Raspberri and Chambord with lime and pineapple juice; The Big Apple with vodka, apple schnapps, Midori and lemon and apple juice; and American Dream, made up of Absolut Vanilla, Amaretto, Kahlua and Baileys with milk. Not one for me, the latter, but after a pint of Brooklyn Lager (£4.90), I was served up an American Zombie (£6.50), a cocktail which packs a punch: Bacardi, Mount Gay rum, grenadine, pineapple and orange juice, and topped with Wray & Nephew and a flaming apricot. Fruity and somewhat potent.

This a great place for offers and predictably, being on Calll Lane, it gets busy on a Friday and Saturday night.

Party starting offers come in the form of cocktails priced two for £10 at all times, there’s drinks that are £3 between 4-8pm and two shooters are £5.

Befitting its nook-like location, it is dimly lit and has tables big enough for four with red-leather benches and cushioned stools.

The bar itself, like the walls, is exposed brickwork; the music on this visit a bouncy mix of tunes ranging from Rick James’ Super Freak and WAR’s Low Rider to Dandy Livingstone’s take on Rudy, A Message To You and Madonna, Like A Virgin.

A small beer garden area extends out the back of the bar where the nightlife mixes with the overflow of punters from neighbouring Revolution Bar in the alleyway in between.

A long-standing lively spot with a taste of the US that avoids the tacky traps - must be that moody low lighting. Well worth a visit.