We’re doing all right up here for restaurants, street food and bars. In fact, Leeds is currently playing a reet blinder. The last few years have seen an abundance of cool new places pop up in our city, and Meat Liquor is the latest.
Well known to our Southern friends, Meat Liquor had been spotted in Leeds before as a pop-up, which went down pretty well by all accounts. You’d be forgiven for thinking Leeds is teetering on the edge of a burger-saturation point by now, but we’ve room for one more – and based on the display from Meat Liquor last night, I’m certain there’ll be no shortage of punters lining up when the doors officially open on 9th September.
Meat + Liquor =
The name leaves nothing to the imagination there. This is what this place does, and it does it well. Burgers are served juicy, pink in the middle with lashings of Dead Hippie sauce. Best accompanied by Tobacco Onions – crispy thin strips of spicy goodness. Leave some room for the Monkey Fingers (I’ll let you decide if it’s real monkey…) and fried pickles with blue cheese dip.
No diet food here, but then if you’re going out for a burger, then go out for a good burger!
|Drippy mini burger. It was goooood.|
The website promises ‘Come hungry. Leave drunk’ – I think it’s a safe bet that Meat Liquor will live up to it.
The bars (upstairs and down) have a pretty nifty slushie machine that churns the most delicious Strawberry Daquiris, and the bar staff with a smile on their face, serve shots, cocktails, beer, beer and more beer to a large crowd without any jiggery-wankery that usually comes with a cocktail order (thank you).
The place itself? Damn good artwork, and ‘newspaper’ articles plaster the wall (‘Fury of Meat Mentals‘ raised an inward titter), make sure you look up when you go in…
Old school disco lights and booth at one end, kitchen at the other and a couple of alcoves at the side – one housing a pool table for meat-fuelled sharking. You can even pop into the photo booth upstairs and get some snaps that prove to your mates how you had a better time than they did last night.
|Get yer meat photos here|
|Strategic standing positions (in line of burger)|
I’d happily spend a night getting drunk here – so long as the fellas promise (please, promise) not to piss on the floor in the toilets. Yeah, the perils of unisex loos – the only slight negative for me.
Staff were really friendly and helpful. It’s great to see more and more places in Leeds with good service, without the faux airs and graces that off-puttingly often come with it. This place has it’s tongue in it’s cheek, but in a good way – it’s not trying to be something it isn’t. Go with an empty stomach, full wallet (for all the booze) and smile on your face.
Meat Liquor Leeds opens on Tuesday 9th September. You can find them on Bank Street – behind Victoria’s Secret in Trinity (or down the side of Monsoon outside).
I’ll see you there before long!
*I attended the preview evening with comp food and drinks. I didn’t drink nearly enough for this to have an impact on my review. Shame really, missed a trick there.