The Maven (Leeds)
May 11, 2018
One of the North’s finest speakeasy bars, The Maven in Leeds leads the way in the world of secretive bars, serving up vintage cocktails and an atmosphere that takes you away to an entirely different era. Despite strict instructions by the staff, you’ll want to tell everyone you know about The Maven. As per the genre, the entrance to The Maven is technically unmarked, but the venue has become so popular nowadays that you don’t even have to scan the bricks of Close Lane for the secret passageway anymore, you can just look for the crowds waiting to scale the entrance steps.
Once inside, the atmosphere of The Maven brings you back to Jazz Age America with gramophones serving as light fixtures, and hunting-lodge taxidermy flanking the smoky wood paneled walls – adding a true ‘bootlegger’s hideout’ vibe to things. As nice and pleasing to the eye as the decor is, you’re coming here for the cocktails, and they are true masterpieces. Tipples like the Spiceberry Swizzle – dark rum blended with fresh berries – and the Reggae Punch, which is topped with a flaming slice of passionfruit, set the tone of a menu full of creative old school offerings, some even served out of vintage tea cups.
In short, The Maven’s stated aim is to bring Prohibition-era America across the Atlantic, and they do so in spades. The Maven is technically supposed to be a secret, but it will have you talking for days.
Main photo credits: The Maven official Facebook page