Bar review: ShuffleDog, Leeds

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BARS in Leeds are trying to offer that little bit extra with your booze these days.

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Just look at Roxy Lanes with its bowling, or Roxy Golf with its mini golf course.

It seems to be the thing to do to get more punters in and help keep them there longer.

Trendy craft beer offering BrewDog is getting in on it too, with its new site at the junction of North Street and New York Road.

ShuffleDog opened just a couple of months ago, but is already doing well.

Almost every night there are plenty of customers in there, sipping on beers and taking in the view from the impressive curved glass front that looks out over the street. We visit the bar on a Thursday night and it’s fairly busy without being too loud.

My friend is a bit of a beer novice but the friendly bar staff offer a sample of a few beers beforehand to help her decide.

She eventually orders an oatmeal pale ale called A to the K by the Alphabet Brewing Company, which is a big hit.

The bar offers an extensive range of beers and ales and often has guest beers available too.

Their main offerings are lit up in lights behind the bar, on an old-school cinema listings-type board.

But it’s good to see the bar isn’t alienating those who aren’t avid beer drinkers, and there’s a decent selection of wine as well.

There was only one choice of rose this evening, though, which was a little disappointing. I go for a glass of sauvignon blanc, which is light and crisp, and we take some time to soak up the surroundings.

The bar takes over a ground floor spot at residential development Crispin Lofts, which used to be a clothing factory in its former life.

The company has stripped back the unit and kept it simple, with exposed brick, modern furnishings and the odd neon sign.

Downstairs you’ll find the shuffleboard area, which is more dimly lit and has leather sofas and booths for bigger groups to sit.

It’s free to play, and we put our name on the list as we’re keen to give it a go, and wait until our designated time slot an hour later when a table is free.

A friendly waiter comes to explain the rules to us and some tactics, and we’re off.

It’s a simple but enjoyable game that’s a mix between curling and bowling, and is great in pairs or larger groups.

It does add a little something extra to the evening and everyone else here seems to be enjoying it as well.

With a great mixture of quality beer that’s not going to break the bank, and shuffleboard-based entertainment, we think this bar really could become top dog.

DECADENT: A dram in Whiskey Down.

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