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18 Merrion Street, Leeds LS1 6PQ, England
+44 845 611 8643
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“hen do” (4 reviews)
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Bar, Pub
€€ - €€€
18 Merrion Street, Leeds LS1 6PQ, England
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Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

Came in for cocktails on a Wednesday and were served by the most lovely girl Courtney. She gave us very insightful recommendations and her drinks were delicious! Very nice atmosphere, I would definitely recommend coming in for a few bevs!

Thank Nathan H
Management response:Responded 4 October 2017

Hi Nathan, Thank you so much for taking the time to give us such a lovely review! Brilliant to hear that Courtney was all over it and you enjoyed the atmosphere and drinks! Really hope to see you back again soon :) Cheers MOJO

Reviewed 6 September 2017

the best little club in leeds , sorry just the best club brilliant music and atmosphere we had an amazing night here everyone should come here at least once I love the placeMore

Thank Andrew D
Management response:Responded 8 September 2017

Hi Andrew, Thank you so much for the amazing review!! So glad you had such a great time at your last visit and the music and atmosphere was bang on...exactly what we want to hear :D Let us know if you are ever on your...More

Reviewed 6 September 2017

Grungy vibe to the place. Had a hen party cockail masterclass upstairs in the private room for £30 each with about 9 of us girls. There were alot of drinks left as the cocktails were mostly gin or rum based which was not to everyone's...More

Thank Sam D
Management response:Responded 8 September 2017

Hi Sam, Thank you for giving us such a lovely review, and we're really glad you enjoyed the class! We are sorry you weren't a fan of the cocktails being made, it sounds like the organiser chose the MOJO masterclass which has primarily rum and...More

Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

Came here on Saturday night for friends hen party. Great little bar, downstairs was packed out so we headed upstairs. Great nostalgic music playing, great atmosphere , pretty quick service at the bar despite it being busy. Best bit being able to dance on the...More

Thank Alexandra S
Management response:Responded 1 August 2017

Hi Alexandra, Thanks for getting in touch and thank you for the lovely review. So glad you had such a brilliant time at MOJO and got the full experience by dancing on the tables!! Our apologies for the few drunken folks around bumping into you,...More

Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

We had a tremendous time here on a stag do. The 80's and 90's hits were being pumped out and the place was rocking. Great fun. You can also mingle in the street outside -some bars allow drinks outside by Mojo doesn't. I'd recommend this...More

Thank ScottishTemplar
Management response:Responded 18 July 2017

Hi there Scottish Templar :) Thank you so much for the fab review, really glad you had such a great night with us on your stag do! Were you at the bar after 11pm, as we do allow guests to drink outside, its purely by...More

Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

We visited Mojo in Leeds again yesterday and were left a little deflated... we've been several times before and always had a great time but not on this occasion... The inside bar area was mainly empty as most sat outside... the interior has not changed...More

Thank Phil07Manchester
Management response:Responded 27 June 2017

Hi Phil, Thank you so much for taking the time to give us a review, and its really nice to hear that you regularly come to visit! I am sorry there was a lot on the menu that wasn't available, would you mind just letting...More

Reviewed 15 June 2017

The bar was fairly quiet, and we actually sat outside as the weather was fine. Nice choice of cocktails available and service was good.More

Thank meryll83
Management response:Responded 16 June 2017

Hi Meryl, Thanks for taking the time to give us a review, really glad you had such a great time and you liked our choice of cocktails. Great to hear that the service was good too :) Come back at the weekend sometime, it gets...More

Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

Service and presentation here was outstanding I really enjoyed my visit last night the music was perfect.More

Thank Alex0095
Management response:Responded 22 May 2017

Hi Alex, Thank you so much for the 5* review! Absolutely brilliant to hear that we exceeded your expectations and both the service and music were on point!! If you ever wish to come back please don't hesitate to get in touch directly and we...More

Reviewed 13 April 2017

Everywhere else was closing at 11pm, well it was a Tuesday night. we found this place by chance its like an old rock bar, lots of pic's around the wall's & good music from the duke box, but the drinks are way over priced, young...More

Thank MagicbusDublin
Management response:Responded 18 April 2017

Hi MagicbusDublin, Thanks for taking the time to give us a review and we appreciate all your feedback. Glad you managed to find us when everyone else was closing, we always like to keep the party going!! Also great to hear the staff were on...More

Reviewed 26 March 2017

Last Friday night drinks with the boys... ended up at this small watering hole with awesome music, dancing on tables and great vibe. Drinks weren't at all bad either.

Thank David A
Management response:Responded 27 March 2017

Hi David, Thanks for the review!! Glad you had such a great time last Friday, we aim to please ;) Come back soon, and we'll get you back dancing on the tables in no time! Cheers Emily

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$13
Bar, Pub
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
16:00 - 04:00
16:00 - 03:00
16:00 - 03:00
16:00 - 03:00
16:00 - 04:00
16:00 - 04:00
12:00 - 04:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18 Merrion Street, Leeds LS1 6PQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Yorkshire  >  West Yorkshire  >  Leeds>  > Quarry Hill
  • Neighbourhood: Quarry Hill
  • Phone Number: +44 845 611 8643
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Much has changed since MOJO first opened its doors to the city almost twenty years ago. Where once Leeds’ original dive-bar stood alone, with its notorious cocktails and late night vibes providing the only reason to visit Merrion Street, it has since become increasingly surrounded by like-minded newcomers making the Northern Quarter a thriving corner of town.

As Leeds expanded, so too did MOJO, with openings in Manchester and Liverpool spreading their unbeatable penchant for hosting great times across the North. MOJO now intend to develop further by heading South and taking this Leeds success story to London.

Thankfully for the home crowd, the familiarity of what made MOJO’s much-loved reputation remains. There seems little reason to alter their winning formula of damn fine booze, effortlessly cool tunes, laid-back chatter and inclusive parties, all of which are as evident as ever inside their original two floor vital space.

The one addition MOJO has made is a lip-smacking food menu that only accentuates the bar’s rugged beauty. In keeping with the relaxed quality feel of the place, this is grub that fills the belly and warms the heart. Burgers, wings and sides are all hand-made in-house using top produce from selected butchers, bakers and flavour-makers, and the result is an unpretentious joy that both comforts and elevates.

Capturing the bar’s rock & roll traditions, the menu plays with classic US diner favourites and brings them to modern England. Beef, pork, chicken and bean delights are lifted by inventive additions of sauces, spices, smokes, slaws and spreads, of which many combinations read like an edible edition of the cocktail lists that made MOJO famous.

The fun continues for the greedy and the brave, who can take on giant portions and fiery heat by ordering The Behemoth burger or the Mad Dog Challenge wings respectively. The latter recently proved its credentials in a feature on a Leeds TV parody of Man vs Food; you can guess the winner.

MOJO’s increased focus on food coincided with the changed use of Merrion Street from a car-chasing alley into an attractive patio cafe area, allowing sociable outdoor seating and eating. Sunny days have been soaked up since midday thanks to all-day opening, whilst burgers and booze in the cosy interior may help fight off the coming winter chill.

Taking their street food literally, MOJO have taken their wings and flown to pop-ups at Belgrave Feast and Leeds Food & Drink Festival, amongst others. Occasional initial public scepticism of a bar ingrained in drink now serving food has been won over by the obvious whole-heartedness that has gone into this venture and the joyful flavour-punching produce. And for those not wanting to take to the road or the venue, there is a deliveroo service perfect for an evening treat or a daytime cure.

As much as Leeds and MOJO move on, they each equally retain their roots. Whilst the Northern Quarter has become a thriving destination, many go there and remember what MOJO do better than anybody else; serve up that friendly vibe of a lively old-time joint where everybody knows your name.

As clientele changes, generations grow with this place, and fittingly MOJO have this year given regulars special plaques on their chairs to commemorate what keeps this city celebration going strong two decades on; the people. And the people’s loyalty is repaid handsomely with tasty food added to the legendary drinks, faultless music and infamous parties. MOJO version 2015 sure have got their mojo working.
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