It seems your Questers just can’t keep up with all the new bars that are opening in Leeds City Centre! Roxy Ball Room is one of these, now occupying a long-vacant space on the corner of Boar Lane and Albion Street. It seems that the good people of Jones Bar Group have taken over this property and filled it with a vast craft beer bar full of amusements. Roxy is joining the ping pong craze (and the likes of The Pit and 51%) with several tables, along with beer pong and pool as well. And if that’s not enough to keep you busy there’s also a bowling alley in the works! It’s a bit of a hipster sports joint!
The space is huge with separate nooks for the ping pong and a second bar off to the side which will soon be dishing up pizza. Their ovens weren’t quite up and running when we visited but they do promise this is coming! £6 for a half hour of ping pong was too rich for our blood so we didn’t partake this time, as we wanted to save our pennies for what was behind the bar.
Even with all the amenities, they don’t skimp on the beer choices. There are 8 taps offering a range of lagers, ales and one cider, with choices from Ilkley and Leeds Brewery. And the fridge has a myriad good crafts including Flying Dog, Goose Island, Founders, Brooklyn, Wharfebank, Copper Dragon, and the newly discovered Firestorm. They also stock Pabst Blue Ribbon so you can play beer pong just as God intended. (Their pricing scheme to play is brilliant: “Just buy 4 cans.”)
The bar staff are friendly, though not necessarily knowledgeable about beer. (No, I wouldn’t like ice with my IPA, thank you very much). But maybe this will improve as they get their feet a little wetter. For now, Roxy is a great new space with lots to do and lots to drink while you do it.