City Buzz: Rum bar sets its sights on Call Lane, Leeds

The former Revoluci�n de Cuba bar in Harrogate.
The former Revoluci�n de Cuba bar in Harrogate.
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AS THE old saying goes, ‘when one door closes, another one opens.’ That’s certainly the case for Leeds city centre at the moment – and Call Lane in particular.

Earlier this week we reported that Elbow Room had finally closed its doors after more than 15 years in the business.

The shock closure caused fans to flock to social media to have their say (we’ve used some of the best tweets in this week’s Twitter section).

Many of us you have happy memories of Elbow Room, whether it’s seeing Craig Charles take to the decks, The Sugarhill Gang performing there or just chilling out and playing pool with your mates after work.

So it was a surprise to see it go, but with the rise of venues like Roxy Ballroom/Lanes/Golf, which offer a more diverse range of fun group activities, the market for game-based bars has become increasingly competitive over the past few years.

Like most of you, we’re always sad to hear about a bar having to close – or any business for that matter.

And after the Elbow Room news broke it started to look like troubling times for that area of town – especially as the bar’s next door neighbour Baracoa Luxe Bar closed earlier this year.

The huge site on the corner of Call Lane and Lower Briggate shut in January after four years.

As previously reported in City Buzz, with new bars set to descend on Greek Street this summer and a new event or bar popping up at Merrion Street every other week, it seemed the nightlife traffic could start drifting to other parts of town.

But fortunately a new firm is about to step into the breach and spark up a Cuban revolution for the area.

City Buzz can exclusively reveal that top national nightspot Revolución de Cuba is thrashing out plans to open at the former Baracoa Luxe Bar site.

The company, which also has sites in Manchester, Sheffield, Cardiff, Norwich and Derby, serve up a range of tasty cocktails, South American-inspired food and good music to boot.

It’s yet another big name to add to the city’s ever-expanding nightlife scene, and a Latin American rum bar and cantina is a pretty untapped concept in Leeds so hopefully this new venture should do particularly well.

An addition like this can only be a good thing for this area, adding to the eclectic and diverse choice of nights out in Leeds.

Revolución de Cuba could also provide a welcome boost to the area’s other well-established night spots and help attract more customers through the doors.

City Buzz has visited the Manchester site in the past and had a great night out with good friends, music and food, so we’re very excited to hear the brand might soon be expanding to Leeds.

Now that Baracoa’s getting a new lease of life, surely it’s only a matter of time before Elbow Room will too.

As soon as we have more information about the Revolución de Cuba plans, we will of course let you know.

Just keep your eyes peeled for City Buzz in the Yorkshire Evening Post every Friday or have a look at our Twitter page @LeedsCityBuzz.

Viva la Revolution!