The Rooftop at East Parade: The secret Leeds city centre bar which has a live DJ and serves alcoholic slushies

It's Leeds' secret rooftop terrace, where party-goers can sip on an alcoholic slushie while listening to live music overlooking the city centre.

Saturday, 1st May 2021, 6:00 am
The Rooftop Bar at East Parade

And tonight, Leeds-based DJ and producer Pete Melba is performing live at The Rooftop at East Parade bar.

The ‘secret’ venue is hidden by an entrance at the rear of the bar on Park Cross Street, and is guarded by a pass code which changes every day and can be accessed through The Rooftop’s Instagram page - @eastparaderooftop.

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Since coming out of lockdown, the speakeasy bar has a ‘fresh look’ and has launched new ‘fresh products’, including alcoholic slushie drinks, classic cocktails, beers and pale ales.

Taking walk-ins only from noon until close at midnight today, manager Amy Matthams wants everyone to be able to ‘have a good time’ this weekend.

She told the YEP: “We want our bar to be fun and upbeat, especially with our live DJ addition.

“We’ve had a great response from customers so far and we have a really good atmosphere.

“We have views over Leeds, we get to see sunrise and sunset and we can make the most of the full day of sun on our very open roof.”

The bar has recently extended its opening times due to demand, and is open every week from Tuesday to Sunday - rather than Wednesday to Saturday as originally planned.

Miss Matthams said: “We’ve had queues right down the street for the bar since reopening and we’ve attracted a lot of people who had never heard of us or been before.

“I think we actually underestimated the demand, no-one could have predicted how popular we’d be and we actually have quite a limited amount of outdoor space.

“That’s why we’re doing walk-ins - we want to avoid disappointment and give everyone the chance to come and say hello with the flexibility to stay as long as they want.

“We’re a small bar and where people wouldn’t necessarily just walk past us, we get a good crowd from those who tell us ‘my friends said I needed to come here’.

She added: “We’re a speakeasy bar with a bit of a difference.

“We might not be able to dance just yet but we’re bringing a good energy to Leeds.”