The End: Former Mook bar in Leeds city center undergoes £500,000 makeover ahead of November opening

Christened ‘The End’, the bar will be the result of a complete transformation of a historic building previously occupied by the Mook Bar on Hirst’s Yard. The bar, described as an “elegant and lavish drinking space”, will create more than 30 new jobs and is due to open on November 24.

Among those working to bring the bar to life is Shaun Wilson, the former manager of Bar Fiber and former Club Mission nightclub. He said: “We searched for 15 months for a place to create a fantastic destination bar. The location is perfect – it’s between Call Lane and Lower Briggate where all the cool bars are.

Entertainment will be provided by DJs playing funk, soul, nu-disco, funky house and classics. There will be a complete site overhaul and upgrade and the interior is reconfigured to create an upper and lower bar. There will be seating for 86 people as part of an overall capacity of 450. The front will have railway carriage style seating with overhead lighting in the windows, plus velor and leather covered cabins can accommodate up to six people each.

The new owners are experienced figures in the nightlife industry. Image: Mark Bickerdike Photography

The lower bar will have a mix of seating including booths, a cozy nook and a dancing area. There will also be new lighting and signage. The drinks menu will include wine, champagne, spirits, cocktails, craft beers, lagers and a selection of premium draft beers and soft drinks. It will be open on weekdays from 4 p.m. and from 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Alongside Shaun Wilson are DJ and event promoter Dale Castell, veteran promoter Eugene Osawke and a former manager of The Botanist, Jodie Osawke. The Hirst’s Yard building conversion work is being taken on by new licensees Twisted Amusement Ltd, as well as Heineken-owned Star Pubs & Bars.

Dale Castell said, “Our mission is to create a trendy consumer space with premium entertainment and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. We’re delighted that everyone sees what we’ve done with the place and can’t wait to open at the end of November, just in time for the busy Christmas period.

There will be new lighting and new signage.

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