Sky Lounge, on the 13th floor of the DoubleTree hotel, is marketed as a luxury hotspot with prices to match.
The first thing you notice is the view – and it’s spectacular. A large terrace stretches across the bar, overlooking the glistening Leeds skyline.
But the interior was dated; huge disco balls, blue mood lighting, blue leather seats and patterned carpet. My friend compared it to a Wetherspoons and I couldn’t disagree.
We were shown to our seats and promised table service. After 20 minutes without being recognized, we wondered if we had misheard the waitress – but just as we got up to go to the bar, we were finally served.
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The service lacked the attention to detail you’d expect from an upscale bar – from the water brought to the table, the offer to browse the menu, or suggestions for some of the waiter’s favorite cocktails.
Cocktails range from £11 to £500 for six Sky High Club champagne cocktails. There is a good selection of wines, a fantastic champagne list and a range of draft and bottled beers.
I opted for the ‘White Rose’ from the Leeds Cocktails menu. It was made with Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla, one of my favorite gins, with Triple Sec, Yorkshire Tea Syrup, Apple, Lemon and Rose and Elderflower Foam.
From the description, I was hoping for a refreshing cocktail with floral and citrus notes. Instead, it was so sweet that my toes curled up, served in a big cup of tea, which made it hard to drink without having my face full of foam.
Later I noticed that the cocktail was marked as ‘sweet’ in the menu flavor profile map so that was my oversight, but it would have been helpful to have been pointed to the map while we were there. seated.
My friend ordered the Platinum Pornstar Martini with Ciroc French Vanilla and Moet & Chandon, which she enjoyed – but the metallic martini glass it was served in was showy rather than glamorous.
For £28, with a service charge automatically added to the bill, both drinks cost us a penny.
I’ve had some amazing experiences in bars in Leeds where you feel like you’re part of the family. And I’d gladly pay more for a lavish setting, intriguing drinks, and first-class service.
But my Sky Lounge experience did not reach the peak.
Address: Located at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Leeds City Centre, Granary Wharf, Leeds, LS1 4BR
Opening hours: Mon-Tues, closed; Wed-Thu, 2pm-11pm; Fri, 2pm-1am; Sat, 11am-1am; Sun, 11am-11pm.
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