The popular Bar Soba in Leeds is to return in July with a new site in Greek Street after moving out of its original premises.
Bar Soba Group, which also has sites in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Derby, has taken over the venue formerly known as Bem Brasil and is investing £500,000 on a major refurbishment.
Bar Soba opened in Merrion Street over three years ago but the premises have now been taken over for the latest site of Roxy Ball Room which opened earlier this month.
The transformation will see the new Greek Street venue decked out in Bar Soba’s signature “urban luxe” decor, which will include striking geisha-style graffiti painted by local artists.
Downstairs will boast an 11-metre-long cocktail bar which will serve up innovative cocktails as well as Asian and continental beers.
The cocktails promise to “balance the best of the east with the west”. Using smoke, fire and ice alongside premium brands and ingredients, each drink on the new list will have a touch of “drama and theatrics”, making them “some of the most Insta-worthy tipples you’ll see in the city”.
They will include the Bubblicious, mixing Finlandia Grapefruit Vodka with Xante Pear Liqueur and glittery bubblegum. There will also be remixed classics including the Smoked Vanilla Old Fashioned and the Apple & Ginger Mojito.
The new food menu will be inspired by the street vendors of Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, China and Vietnam, remixed for interesting flavour combinations. They will include dirty katsu fries with buttermilk chicken, sriracha and mango mayo, and coconut onion rings with chilli-lime mayo.
In the small plates section, classic Soba dishes such as the cheeseburger spring rolls are back while new additions will include Korean popcorn chicken and bang bang belly ribs.
Dishes for people seeking gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options will include the buttermilk fried cauliflower katsu curry and the Super Thai Fries smothered in peanut sauce, sriracha and chilli mayo.
The ground floor will also house an integrated DJ booth with an impressive Void Acoustics sound system to rival the best super clubs. The line-up will include some of the best DJs from Leeds, Europe and beyond.
The first floor will be home to a 60-cover restaurant with flexible seating to accommodate both intimate and open dining experiences for couples and groups, as well as larger parties looking to celebrate a special occasion or host corporate events.
Gillian Soutar, group marketing manager, said: “We had an amazing three years on Merrion Street and our Greek Street venue will see us remix Bar Soba Leeds to bring our guests an even better drinking, dining and dancing experience.”
Bar Soba will mark its debut at 6 Greek Street in July with a launch party.