Popular Leeds city centre waterfront nightspot Oracle to close

A popular bar and nightclub which has been part of the city centre's vibrant night life for more than a decade is to close.

Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 7:51 am
Updated Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 7:52 am
Oracle Bar and Nightclub at Brewery Wharf

Oracle Bar and Nightclub at Brewery Wharf will officially open its doors for the last time on Saturday, February 1, after 15 years in the city.

It was first launched back in 2005, as a trailblazer in the city with its unique two-floor concept and received high acclaim from the industry winning ‘UK Bar of the Year’ at the National Bar, Entertainment and Dance Awards in its founding years.

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The ground floor bar and restaurant soon became ‘the local’ for nearby residents and businesses, a popular spot for after-work alfresco drinks and dining on the largest waterfront terrace in the city.

The venue was also recognised for its forward thinking ‘foodie’ trends, being the first Leeds eatery to launch a gourmet burger menu, before introducing street food operators on rotation and in more recent years bringing the daytime party concept that is bottomless brunch to the city.

In contrast, sitting above was one of the first boutique nightclubs in the UK. Pioneering VIP hospitality and bottle to table service, it became the ‘go to’ destination in Leeds for the city’s high- flyers and a regular haunt for celebrities and footballers.

Oracle co-founder, Deborah De Vittoris, said: “Oracle maybe closing its doors, but it leaves behind a legacy as a leading innovator of the leisure market in Leeds; a flagship venue that

continually adapted over its 15 years of trading to the latest consumer trends.

"I’m extremely proud of everything Oracle went on to achieve, the fantastic management and staff that worked at the venue and the many customers that enjoyed everything the venue offered. It’s great to see the landlord now breathing a new lease of life into the Brewery Wharf development, as it continues to adapt and evolve for the future.”

Although the change marks the end of a chapter in the history of Brewery Wharf, it also means exciting times ahead for the many residents and local businesses in the surrounding vicinity.

Rushbond, the original developer of the Brewery Wharf estate is to develop the building into a mixed-use space. The first-floor boutique nightclub will be turned into a creative office space, while the bar and waterfront terrace will be developed into an exciting new concept.

With planning permission already approved, redevelopment of the site will commence in the spring with new tenants expected to be in place for the summer.

Richard Baker, senior development surveyor at landowner Rushbond, said: ‘’Brewery Wharf spearheaded the renaissance of Leeds’ Waterfront and Oracle has been a popular flagship venue in the heart of the development for the past 15 years. We look forward to taking this opportunity to invest, develop and diversify the space ready to welcome new tenants to the area.’’