The Rock Bar subtitles itself Ibiza-Leeds, and this is obviously the vibe they’re going for. Like most bars on Call Lane, it’s a place for a certain demographic to get extremely dressed up and show off.
The Rock Bar is more of a club than a bar, with a permanent DJ and dancefloor: music seems to be an eclectic mix on Fridays and regular club music on Thursdays and Sundays (it’s not clear where the Rock in the name comes in). Unlike a club, however, you’re not paying for the DJ on the door… you’re paying for the DJ with every drink you buy. We spent £8.30 on a bottle of Mahou and a single vodka & Ting.
Beer choice is as limited as you might expect in a place like this: Heineken, San Miguel and Sagres on tap (all off when we visited) and Mahou, Quilmes, Estrella and Pistonhead in the fridge. The staff were very friendly and we felt very welcome despite not looking like Call Lane regulars.
The décor is quite surprising: it’s a kind of Moorish/Moroccan look with low tables (all reserved), extravagant lamps and a real (not actually real) tree growing right over the dance floor!
We definitely don’t fit in with the Call Lane set but I could actually imagine myself coming back here if I was desperate to get dressed up and have a dance to unidentifiable music, especially as the age range seemed pretty diverse and I wouldn’t feel too old.
But it’s definitely not one for beer lovers and the price especially keeps its score at the bottom of the barrel.
Some edits were made after communication with Katy from the bar in the comments.