lost bars of leeds city centre

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Postby kierentc » Fri 21 Mar, 2008 7:30 pm

following on from julesd's comment on the night club one, lol

there are too many to mention...but kicking off with my memories of the late 80s

start off at the bank, corner of park row/headrow, which was an oirish bar until a couple of years ago

then down to the conservatory which is still there i think

followed by the bond (vaguely under where new look is on albion street)

and over the road to oscars, which may be still there as mixing tin?

this was if were going to maddisons. if we were going to confettis it was in the other order, lol

my other fave was panama joes on wade lane, where i bought my very first alcoholic beverage, i was 13 and no way did i look it, but they had a reputation for letting anyone in. that had several reincarnations but has been empty for ages
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Postby David Raven » Fri 21 Mar, 2008 8:32 pm

Anyone remember a bar called 'Cullens' (sp?), on one of the streets off City square?

It was one of those bars where you had to descend steps to get into a dodgy-looking (from the outside) basement. They had a loose dress code, I never saw any trouble, and it was such a friendly bar.
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Postby frisbee » Fri 21 Mar, 2008 8:39 pm

Yes, Cullen's was on York Place, I remember it well and had some great nights in there too.
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Postby frisbee » Fri 21 Mar, 2008 8:40 pm

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Postby frisbee » Fri 21 Mar, 2008 8:44 pm

Anybody remember the old downstairs bar opposite the Town Hall where the Wildcats Lapdancing bar is. It was very rough, basically a bar in cellar with no attempt at decorations at all. I think it might have been called Hole in the Wall. It used to be one of the few places where you could get a drink after 11.00pm without paying an entrance fee.
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Postby raveydavey » Fri 21 Mar, 2008 10:13 pm

What about the near legendary "Stumps" under the library / art gallery? I've had some times in there I can tell you.
Now it's another faceless winebar (LS1, I think).

And the bar on the front of the Queen Hotel in the late 80's / early 90's? Not The News / Bondai Beach nightclub, but between there and the main hotel entrance. It was a bit down at heel and really didn't fit with the image of the hotel but it was right next to the bus stop (remember when buses stopped outside the Queens?) and did lager at 99p a pint, so it was the starting place of many a night out! I just can't remember the name.
I think it became the Piano Bar later.

What was the bar down the steps where the buses stop on the front of the Bond Street Centre - "O'Reilly's" was it? Probably about where the Birdcage is now Had a reputation for being a bit rough but we rarely saw any trouble and it was usually a good night.

Harveys on Merrion Street with the (near lethal) spiral staircase and inimitable American manager Chuck Brogden. Another bar that is a lap dancing bar nowadays.

And finally for now, Circus Circus opposite the Town Hall - never really a favourite in any of it's many incarnations. Think that is a lap dancing bar now as well.    
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Postby kierentc » Fri 21 Mar, 2008 10:37 pm

harveys, now how could i forget? with that moth eaten rabbit. i wonder if thats still in a cellar somewhere at blue coyote or whatever its called now?

was circus circus once the boulevard? i remember that, with the guildford on the same road (now oxygen?) and i'm sure there was a third one too in that run...
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Postby tyke bhoy » Fri 21 Mar, 2008 11:17 pm

Ravey, Harlequins??

Kierentc Quo Vadis?

I was amazed to know 3 friends who frequented Harvey's (and Stumps for that matter) with me didn't realise that the White Rabbit at Harvey's was the Pooka (invisible rabbit) from the film starring James (Jimmy ) Stewart
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Postby kierentc » Fri 21 Mar, 2008 11:23 pm

tyke bhoy wrote:


I was amazed to know 3 friends who frequented Harvey's (and Stumps for that matter) with me didn't realise that the White Rabbit at Harvey's was the Pooka (invisible rabbit) from the film starring James (Jimmy ) Stewart


and you'll now be amazed that an internet weirdie aquetance (sorry i know thats spelt wrong) didn't know that either, lol

i thought quo vardis was/is greek street?
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Postby russ » Sat 22 Mar, 2008 12:21 am

i remember the Bond very well i did prefer it before they refurbished it and put the bar area in the middle of the pub,and stumps that was a great pub as well like you say raveydavy they ripped the heart & soul out of the place when it was refurbished out and reopened up as Ls1 (totally killed the place for me) now circus circus was called The Boulavard before that was a great pub as well (only downside was the bar area i found very small and when it was busy it was a prat to get served LOL) an ex girlfriend worked in Circus Circus (after she left Yel Bar) i did up to very recently still have one of the Green T-shirts with the large clown face on the back and the company logo on the front that the bar staff used to wear.

O'reillys was a rough & ready place still a great atmosphere though (was usually a starting point for us) i remember the doorman that worked there his name was Leroy (i think) a black guy with a bald head (he had a nasty temper but still a great bloke to chat to).O'reillys
was the original Yates wine lodge well before the one opposite opened up.

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