Stonegate set to open new Popworld in Leeds

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Stonegate Pub Company is set to open the 19th location for its pop nostalgia party concept Popworld which is taking over the former Baa Bar site in Leeds.

Due to open on May 26, the late-night venue in Cookridge Street has been developed at a cost of more than £250,000. Like its other sites, Popworld is dedicated to 1990s cheesy pop and other party music. In Leeds, it will celebrate the city as the birthplace of one of the most famous 1990s pop icons, Spice Girl Mel B.

It will offer a range of cocktails, supported by promotions, including the sweet shop-inspired Candy Pop list that features the likes of the Tingfastic, with Jägermeister, Chambord black raspberry liqueur and Ting grapefruit soda garnished with fizzy sour sweets, and the Bubblegum Martini with Smirnoff Red vodka, bubblegum syrup, blue curaçao and apple juice, served with a lollipop.

Other Popworld favourites include the Tin Pop, served in a tin can, from a classic June Bug to a Passion Fruit Hurricane made with Havana Club 3 Year Old Rum, passion fruit purée and orange juice, with a lime zest. Other popular options are the jam-jar Flaska drinks made with flavoured Absolut vodkas and the giant sharing Partini cocktails that include a Woo Woo and a Godfather.

Alan Armstrong, head of marketing for Popworld at Stonegate, said: “Popworld is one the most popular clubbing brands in the UK and it was only a matter of time before we brought its colourful personality to Leeds.

“The city’s nightlife scene is already one of the best in the country, and given the increase in demand for the brand, we can’t wait to open our doors to the people of Yorkshire.”

To celebrate the launch, S Club 7 duo Bradley McIntosh and Jo O’Meara will be live on stage performing their greatest hits on Saturday May 27. Popworld will open with a special invitation-only preview night on Thursday May 25.

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