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Bar Review SoBe Bar & Lounge

We escape the wintry weather with some Miami-inspired cocktails

Bar Review: SoBe Bar & Lounge

With the nights drawing in, we fancied being transported back to the tropical sights and sounds of a summer holiday – and we might just have found the ideal place.

Stepping off Call Lane on a dark evening, we ventured towards SoBe Bar and Lounge, a Miami-themed joint just off the beaten track. The bright colours and South Beach influenced decor lured us in for a midweek cocktail, as we attempted to bring back some of the sunshine from our summer holidays.

Looking through the drinks menu, we were impressed to find a combination of the traditional and some of the more unusual cocktails, which is always nice. There are of course the classic Singapore Slings and Daiquiris, but the Chocolate Martini certainly stood out: a naughty mixture of vodka and chocolate, hailed as "the ultimate sin". And if cocktails aren’t your thing, there’s always wine, champagne and even spirits by the bottle (go steady though!), plus we noticed a few beers on offer too.

We went down the cocktails route. While my friend opted for a traditional Dark ‘n’ Stormy, I chose The Flamingo, a specially-created drink from the SoBe Collection, which has been designed by the staff in the bar. My friend’s drink was, as expected, a fusion of Goslings black rum and ginger beer, and it was very refreshing. The menu mentioned a slight alteration to the traditional drink, but we weren’t sure what this was. Nonetheless, it certainly went down well. Meanwhile my drink neatly combined crushed fruit with Sailor Jerry’s rum, Midori and pineapple juice – and was worryingly easy to drink. It was really tasty and a perfect drink for fruit-lovers.

If you’re looking to save money but still enjoy cocktails on a night out, there’s always Fat Tuesdays, with two for one on frozen drinks, or Miami Vice Thursdays, offering the same deal but on Martinis, champagne and cocktails.

There’s also an upstairs room, available for hire for up to 100 people, and there’s not even a charge, just a minimum spend on the bar, which should be easy considering the array of choice.

This small bar, slightly hidden away off the main throng, should provide the perfect escape from the cold Leeds winter weather. Comfortably furnished and with a good soundtrack on our visit, SoBe seems set to be a popular choice for after-work drinks (especially during happy hour between 4pm and 9pm) or as a stop-off on a night out around town.

11-13 Hirsts Yard, LS1 6NJ, 0113 245 9637, www.sobebar.co.uk

Posted on Wednesday 16th November 2011
Rosie Bryan-Adams

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