A huge outdoor party is happening in Leeds city centre this August bank holiday

A huge outdoor street party featuring some of the best bars in Leeds this bank holiday in Merrion Street.

A host of Leeds city centre favourites will be joining forces, along with neighbour, the Grand Arcade, to host the first big bank holiday celebration there since lockdown restrictions were lifted. On Sunday, August 29 visitors to the street can expect an eclectic mix of music from DJs, a packed entertainment programme and lots of food and drink.

You’ll able to wander in and out of the bars along the street, sampling cocktails from Manahatta and Liv bar; get yout chicken fix from Yard & Coop; dance away at MOJO, spice things up with authentic street food from Zaap Thai, slinge some bourbon and beer at Mean Eyed Cat, slamm a tequila or two at Verve and compete in games at Roxy Ball Room.

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Matthew Jones, chief executive officer of Roxy Leisure said: “This is the first time in two years that the bars on Merrion Street have been able to open over the August bank holiday so we all decided to come together to make this one really stand out. Each bar is running their own promos and activities throughout the day and we’ve opened up the barriers so visitors can flow freely from bar to bar, experiencing everything they have to offer, whilst still remaining safe.

“It’s going to be a real celebration of the staff who have worked hard to bring the street festival to life, as well as a ‘thank you’ to loyal guests who have stood by us and are helping us get back to where we were pre-pandemic.”

The outdoor seating area will be opened up to provide lots of space to enjoy the fun. As the party spills over into the Grand Arcade, visitors can hang out and listen to open mic at Santiago rock bar, sip on a wide selection of gins at the illustrious Tailors Speakeasy. watch traditional Latino dancing at Casa Columbiana, listen to live jazz at the Domino Club and have some fun at Better Days.

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Martin Greenhow, MOJO managing director, said: “We’re all looking forward to this event and have each put our hearts and souls into making it truly special for our much-loved guests. It’s about time everyone had a bit of summer fun and this will be the ideal way to celebrate the incredible social scene our great city has to offer.

“The pandemic has really taught us that we’re better together so we want to show the people of Leeds the best time so they can forget about the last year and look to the future. It’s going to be incredible.”

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The Merrion Street bank holiday festival will kick off from noon on Sunday, August 29.

You can find out more about events happening in our city by visiting our Best in Leeds homepage.

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