Bar review: Mr Nobody, Lower Briggate, Leeds city centre

Mr Nobody, Lower Briggate, Leeds. Picture Tony Johnson
Mr Nobody, Lower Briggate, Leeds. Picture Tony Johnson
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A new addition to the city centre cocktail scene, this mysteriously named bar-come-restaurant has successfully achieved being something a bit different.

This is a quality that is noticeable straight away. Its modern decor and brightly painted yellow and mint green walls, alcove booths and futuristically angular bar and stools give it a fresh flair.

There is a row of tables with wooden benches big enough for small groups as well as the booths which are sunken into the back wall. A comfy-looking sofa by the entrance is cunningly positioned for class A people-watching.

The concept here is tapas style dishes and cocktails. Fancying some snacks with a few drinks I was advised by the friendly staff to try an initial round of three dishes.

The sticky, carrot-flavoured popcorn with accompanying yoghurt dip, scattered with earthy herbs was, and at £3, the biggest hit, but the chicken dish and sharp Thai rhubarb salad were enjoyable too. Though at £8, I though the chicken was on the pricey side given the size of the portion.

Unconcerned about ambitiously attempting to match up a cocktail to those strong flavours, I tried two cocktails, a Banana and Rum and a Bourbon and Lemon.

My drinking buddy opted for the Passionfruit, Mango and Vodka and the simply named, Rum.

There were 12 cocktails on the list in front of us, which was brought to the table by a waiter - we actually didn’t need to get up and go to the bar once all evening. And the cocktails listed are split into groups of four on the menu, under fizz, stirred, tropical and sours.

The Chocolate and Mint caught my eye, so too the ‘Everything!’ purely because of its prolific alcohol content - there’s a dash of vodka, gin, tequila and rum in there. Too much for this palate.

The Banana and Rum was a little disappointing. It tasted nice and was clearly made with freshly chopped banana but its smooth creaminess hid its alcoholic depths almost utterly. Highly drinkable though.

The Bourbon and Lemon was a fine interpretation of a classic and my company for the evening enjoyed the Passionfruit concoction, though the Rum tipple was so strong it needed watering down.

The staff made plenty of effort to make us feel comfortable and were diligent at returning to the table, so no complaints on the quality of service at all.

There is an outside area with faux turf laid out that looks like it would be a lovely sun trap on a summer’s day. Musically, the soundtrack was funky mainstream hip-hop.

A welcome addition that dares to be different, even if it may be a tad pricey. Cocktails were priced between £7-8.50.

Rating: 3/5.