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Apparently it means a contemptible, incompetent person.

Apparently it means a contemptible, incompetent person.

One word that’s not normally used to describe bars in the Call Lane area is modest, but I’m about to use it. Mook is a huge bar/club right in the middle of Hirst’s Yard. We’re not exaggerating when we say it’s huge: there are lots of side rooms with communal seating and a dancefloor in the middle. The decoration is cool but not excessive; well, I say not excessive… the club version of Leonardo’s Last Supper with Jesus on decks is maybe a tiny bit over the top. (No picture: you’ll have to visit to see it for yourself.)

It's a bar. It has some drinks.

It’s a bar. It has some drinks.

While Mook is cool, it’s also modest. The staff are nice to uncool people like us, and they each list their favourite things on the website, unafraid to mention competitors’ bars in their lists. They’re also happy to play music that people like, and they even have an indie club night once a week — something I’d never have expected to see in this part of town.


One of several large seating areas.

The beer selection is almost exclusively lagers (Guinness was the only other beer) but if you like lager there’s a reasonable selection including Moretti, Sagres and Krušovice (£4 a pint). Really this is a cocktail bar and the cocktails are 2-for-1 if you come early. There’s also a reasonable selection of whisky, including a couple of Japanese single malts.

If this was Leeds White Russian Quest there would be points.

If this was Leeds White Russian Quest there would be points.

There’s not a lot to say about this place, really. Obviously it’s not a place for beer lovers but they know that: it’s a place for any kind of people who want a place to dance and/or chill out without feeling like they need to fit in.

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Hirst's Yard
Leeds LS1 6NJ
0113 245 9967

One Comment

  1. The sort of place where your feet stick to the floor. The only time you’d go in is late night, and as you can’t see the walls and you can barely get to the bar, it’s like being in a smokey lift with lots of other people struggling to get their bearings. Beer is crap, atmosphere non-existent and it exudes a sort of rotting had-its-time obsolescence. It’s 2014, can we please move on from this?


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