City Buzz: Brewery to open new £350k riverside bar ‘Archie’s’ in Leeds city centre

Granary Wharf.
Granary Wharf.
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IT seems like only yesterday that Candle Bar opened at Granary Wharf.

The new venue confirmed the area as an up-and-coming drinking and dining destination when it took over the ground floor of Candle House back in April.

The former Wasabi Teppan-Yaki site, which will become Archie's.

The former Wasabi Teppan-Yaki site, which will become Archie's.

The owners – Ossett Brewery – are also behind The Hop a few doors down.

But it seems two bars just aren’t enough for the company.

City Buzz can exclusively reveal they are opening a new venue called Archie’s Bar and Kitchen – just a stone’s throw from their other venues.

The £350,000 spend takes the company’s investment in the Granary Wharf area to over £1million.

Archie’s (so-called because of its location underneath the Dark Arches) is set to open at the end of August and will take over the former Wasabi Teppanyaki site.

The double-plot is currently under-going a huge makeover and will offer punters traditional food in a ‘laid back and contemporary’ setting.

One of its more unusual features will be its full-size 1974 VW campervan, which will serve coffee and juice.

There will also be a large bar and a separate dining area that can seat 100 diners, along with funfair mirrors and even a sailing boat.

Archie’s, which has created 15 jobs, will serve a range of drinks including cask and craft keg ales.

The interior will feature steel, reclaimed wood and pallets and natural stone.

Operations director Sarah Lawson told us it will have a ‘completely different vibe’ from The Hop and Candle Bar, and will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

She said: “The term that’s been coined is a ‘chameleon’ bar, with a morning and lunchtime trade for commuters and city-types and an evening trade for the Friday and Saturday night crowd and out-of-towners.

“Our goal is to create a venue which reflects a relaxed vibe which gives customers a feeling of fun.”

It will also serve brunch at weekends and will have a designated dance floor area where a DJ will play live music on Friday and Saturday nights.

The owners told us it was a no-brainer to invest more into the area, with Candle Bar trade flourishing since opening a couple of months ago.

It’s no wonder, with the prime location offering stunning views of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal.

But the impressive trade at Candle Bar is just one of the reasons the company is investing further in the area.

Managing director Jamie Lawson said: “Granary Wharf is already such an exciting location in Leeds which features some of the best hotels, bars and restaurants.

“The new Leeds Station South Exit opens into the area in November making Granary Wharf even easier to access and creates a unique canal side location right in the heart of Leeds city centre.”

With the state-of-the-art, £17million South Exit scheme opening on Granary Wharf’s doorstep, the number of visitors to this part of town is set to sky-rocket.

Combined with the water taxis that now run regularly between Granary Wharf and Leeds Dock,it’s safe to say that thousands more punters are set to descend on the area.

It’s an interesting move from Ossett Brewery, and we hope their big investment pays off.