The Wardrobe Leeds review: Here's what I thought of a city centre bar that serves Slap and Pickle burgers

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Everyone wants something different from a Leeds city centre bar.

Some seek stylish establishments with cocktails so fancy they almost don’t seem real. Others just want a half-decent lager on tap.

Some love noise and bright lights, others prefer a comfy booth and a reasonable volume.

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The Wardrobe, located on St Peter’s Square, has something for everyone.

The Wardrobe, Leeds. Image: James HardistyThe Wardrobe, Leeds. Image: James Hardisty
The Wardrobe, Leeds. Image: James Hardisty

The main bar itself is a relaxed yet lively space, with plenty of seating and a rather stunning array of drinks.

There are craft ales, cocktails and an eye-catching liquor range, making it hard to imagine anyone not finding something they want.

Of course, there are also people who won’t set foot in a bar unless they can soak up their drinks with some grub.

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The Wardrobe plays host to Slap and Pickle, an enormously popular burger joint that has taken up residence in various Leeds hotspots over the years.

Below the main bar is an events venue, intimate and subtly lit.

Posters adoring the walls advertise The Wardrobe’s packed schedule, featuring household names from the world of music and comedy.

A brief glance at their calendar is almost sure to alert you to a show you’d love to catch.

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I visited for a few pre-gig pints, warming myself up for some ethereal indie-pop from Gengahr downstairs.

A pint of Murk-Life Balance, a hazy pale ale from Magic Rock Brewing, was my drink of choice.

Beautifully hoppy and juicy with a sweet finish, it certainly hit the spot.

My partner plucked for an Aperol Spritz, a popular drink but one that many bars and pubs serve poorly.

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I’ve never been fond of the drink myself but I was assured it was “absolutely spot on”.

Truth be told, it is difficult to find anything to criticise when you visit The Wardrobe. Of course, you couldn’t call the drinks cheap, but it’s not a stick I’m willing to beat any business with in 2023.

Service is warm and friendly, while the clientele are a healthy blend of various ages. It does attract students but you are certainly not left feeling like a fresher.

It is a little bit outside of the hustle and bustle of the city centre, something that may be seen as a pro by some and a con by others. However, it’s still walkable from the very centre and a great option for stellar drinks in a fantastic atmosphere.

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