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Mojo

#445 of 1,545 Restaurants in Leeds
$$ - $$$,
18 Merrion Street, Leeds LS1 6PQ, England
+44 845 611 8643
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Overview
  • Excellent49%
  • Very good30%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible8%
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“hen do” (4 reviews)
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CUISINES
Bar, Pub
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
18 Merrion Street, Leeds LS1 6PQ, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Oh my goodness such fun! We went to Mojo this weekend for a Cocktail masterclass, we are a slightly older Hen party of 6 women in their 50's. I really wasn't sure what to expect when we booked, Emily on bookings was delightful, helpful and...More

Thank SallyWatford
Emily A, Manager at Mojo, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Sally, Thank you so much for such an amazing 5* review!!! We are so glad you had such a fantastic time from start to finish... and we think you could have stayed until closing dancing on the tables ;) No judgment here! Great to...More

Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

Fun bar with good cocktails, great staff and music. Definitely come back. Even has good snacky food - perfect.

Thank Leila1970
Emily A, Manager at Mojo, responded to this reviewResponded 12 March 2018

Thanks Leila!! Really glad you had a great time, come back soon :)

Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

Great bar, great selection of cocktails, great atmosphere and music. Will return when I'm next in Leeds.

Thank Niki Y
Emily A, Manager at Mojo, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2018

Hi Niki, Thank you so much for the lovely review, really glad we managed to hit all our most valued points in MOJO!! Make sure you come back to Leeds soon :) Cheers Emily

Reviewed 4 February 2018

had a cocktail masterclass yesterday. A welcome drink plus learning how to make 5 different cocktails. A couple of fun games including shots. Thanks to our host Courtney she was fantastic. A good fun couple of hours well worth £30

Thank Diane H
Emily A, Manager at Mojo, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2018

Thank you so much for the fab review Diane!!! So glad you had a great time at the class, I'll make sure Courtney knows what a great job she did!! Come back again soon :)

Reviewed 29 November 2017 via mobile

Fab little pub with very polite staff. Can highly recommend the cider. Fab music and good atmosphere. Reasonably priced. Would definitely recommend a visit!

Thank Annaliese N H
Emily A, Manager at Mojo, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2017

Hi Annaliese, Thank you so much for taking the time to write in such a lovely review! Really great to hear that the music, atmosphere and staff were all on point! That's exactly what we want :) Come back soon! Cheers MOJO

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 7 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 31 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$4 - US$14
Cuisine
Bar, Pub
Meals
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
Sunday
4:00 PM - 4:00 AM
Monday
4:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Tuesday
4:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Wednesday
4:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Thursday
4:00 PM - 4:00 AM
Friday
4:00 PM - 4:00 AM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 4:00 AM
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
  • E-mail
Description
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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