This vast underground café bar is Leeds’s most central bar, yet surprisingly it is 150 metres from any others, giving it a strange unknown quality. The place is almost always quiet enough to get a decent-sized table, even at times when the Call Lanes and Greek Streets are so rammed with people that it’s hard enough even to find spare oxygen.
The New Conservatory is an “everything” venue: It functions as a café during the day, serving light meals and cakes alongside a full (albeit not high-quality) coffee menu as well as their usual drinks. At night, it hosts private events in its large library area (which is packed with fiction books of all genres) and has regular live music.
The list of amenities in this bar goes on forever… as well as food, books and live music, it has a small beer garden at street level in historic Albion Place, free wifi, a pool table, sofas, and a recently installed AC/DC pinball machine!
The beer selection is OK but not brilliant: a couple of Kirkstall Brewery ales, Vedett, lots of lagers on tap (including Tiger and Pilsner Urquell) and a couple of bottles. In the past we’ve seen Coopers Red and Peroni Gran Riserva in the fridges but these were not about when we visited this time.
We really enjoyed this place in spite of the average beer selection. It’s a great place to have a quiet drink any time of the week and there’s certainly plenty to keep visitors occupied!