BURGER bars are everywhere in Leeds right now.
A spate of them opened up in the city centre in the past year or so, and MeatLiquor is one of them.
The quirky American diner-themed restaurant is probably best known for its burgers, but it’s also one of the few newbie burger joints that also offers an extensive cocktail menu as well.
Finding the venue tucked away down a side street behind Trinity Leeds, we are given a warm welcome by a member of staff who ushers us downstairs.
The ground floor bar is empty, which we didn’t think was a great sign, but as we enter the large dining area in the basement, we are pleasantly surprised.
It’s midweek but most of the tables are full of diners tucking into their meals and chattering away.
Behind the dining area there is a bar at the back, and we make our way past the happy diners to the bar stools, whilst eyeing up some of their food on the way through.
The smell of burgers is enough to make you want to stay for some food but this time we resist.
The dimly-lit room makes reading the cocktail menu a bit of a struggle, but I eventually choose a Yellow Jacket cocktail for £7.50.
The drink is made with Zubrowka vodka, which has a cinnamon-like taste, and is shaken with passion fruit, fresh lemon juice, egg white and absinthe.
I underestimated how strongly the drink would taste of absinthe, which, in hindsight, was slightly foolish.
It’s not a subtle cocktail by any means, and the unusual concoction takes some getting used to but it was enjoyable.
My friend went for the Summer of Love cocktail, also priced at £7.50, which is served long and made with lemon vodka and fresh lemon juice, muddled with red grapes, passion fruit and Sauvignon Blanc.
Arriving in a glass tankard, the drink was a pale yellow and was refreshing and light.
We also ordered a glass of house rose, at £5.50.
It came served in a tumbler, which was slightly odd but it was in keeping with the cool, laid-back, quirky vibe of the place.
The drinks menu offers around 30 different cocktails ranging from £7.50 to £8.50, and my friend and I agreed we’d return at a later date to try out some others that caught our eye.
MeatLiquor also serves a good range of equally unusual wines, beers and ciders.
For the two cocktails and a tumbler of wine, our bill came to £20.50.
MeatLiquor may be known for its burgers but our visit proved it’s also well worth giving it a try for a drink.
Just don’t expect to be able to resist the food.