Granary Wharf, Dark Arches, Leeds
The calm waters of the Leeds Liverpool Canal at Granary Wharf help to set a picturesque scene. It’s no wonder that the area’s mix of ex-industrial buildings, flowing water and Victorian railway arches have attracted bar, restaurant and hotel developers for punters seeking an escape from the busy streets just a few hundred yards away. Ossett Brewery, which is behind relative Granary Wharf stalwart music and real ale bar The Hop, has splashed the cash on two new venues – the suave date night retreat, Candle Bar, and now Archie’s Bar and Kitchen. ‘Eat, drink, disco’ is spelled out by a humongous light-up window display that stretches most of the two-arch broad venue – the rest is taken up by an orange converted VW camper van that dispenses real ale, coffee and juices.