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Brooklyn Brewery Pop Up, 20-24 The Calls, Leeds City Centre

James Clay, importer of some of the best American, Belgian and German beers to the UK, have succeeded in an application for a licence to open a “pop up” Brooklyn Brewery bar in a warehouse on The Calls in central Leeds, despite police objections.

The bar will be in a currently empty warehouse at 20-24 The Calls, about 50 metres from BrewDog Leeds and 100 metres from The Stew & Oyster (Calls Landing).  The licence application documents, which can be read here, show similar objections from the police as were made in the BrewDog licensing saga, to opening any new bar close to “an area which is an alcohol related crime hotspot, Call Lane” and the same “appreciation versus inebriation” arguments.


The Yorkshire Evening Post reports that representations were made to the sub-committee that the bar was to attract, “the well-behaved and “discerning” drinker, prepared to spend £7 or more on a pint of speciality beer“.  A representative of the West Yorkshire Police stated that, “People with money still have the ability of causing trouble when inebriated.”  Surely not

The bar is stated to be temporary, although it is not clear for how long it is expected to operate.  The licence is restricted to Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.  Interestingly, it was stated that the bar is “a temporary arts and cultural space used for the purpose of marketing“, that it is primarily an exercise in promoting the Brooklyn brand and may operate at a loss.  However, at £7+ a pint I assume the loss won’t be made on the beer.

I’ll be interested to see how this pans out and whether the set-up will offer something different to the existing craft beer bars in Leeds.  When I read about it, I initially thought of the regular Friday evening “happy hour” sessions held in the brewery in Williamsburg when we went there in 2010 (see photo), with  picnic tables, plastic glasses, beer vouchers, pizzas delivered to the front door and ultraobscure beers.  I assume that this new venture, “pop up” as it is, will seem a little more permanent, but who knows? Spit and sawdust can be pretty hip.

  1. June 19, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    It’ll be an absolute hit, when the weather’s warm. Hipsters love paying for expensive pints. Sorry, did that seem a little cynical?

  2. June 19, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    I don’t need one but this may be an excuse to come back oer Leeds way to try this place. Then I’ll “have” to go to Friends of Ham. And the Grove. And some Leeds Brewery pubs. And North Bar. Oh the pain.

  3. Chris
    June 20, 2013 at 2:42 am

    7 quid though!

  4. June 20, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Surely it would be cheaper to fly to the States and have a fresh pint of Brooklyn there?

  5. James Taylor
    June 21, 2013 at 7:38 am

    I wouldn’t always believe pricing quotes in the media. The original piece in the Yorkshire Evening Post seemed a but sensationalist. Focused on crime rather than the project. …but depending on how you look at it £7.00 pint/£4.50 schooner or £3.50 half seems decent for beers like Sorachi Ace and Black Chocolate Stout. I hope they have them – if so, i’m there!

    • June 21, 2013 at 8:00 am

      Indeed, was just noticing how much a half of Brooklyn Sorachi Ace costs in Leeds now, and £3.50 would be reasonable.

  6. Al B
    June 26, 2013 at 2:11 am

    If it’s just to publicise their brand then they should be charging less. Fuck £3.50/half in the middle of a recession – still, if it keeps the yuppies away from the rest of us…

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