LIFESTYLE | Slate NQ (Leeds)

 I must admit, whenever I go into Leeds I’m often dumbfounded at the amount of new places opening.
I’m getting on a bit now and I don’t go out as often as I used to but when I do, I much prefer bars than clubs. I always have.
I was kindly invited to Slate NQ, which has been open since June to try their cocktails and pizza menu. I like cocktails and I certainly like pizza so that was an easy ‘yes’. Situated down the ever growing Merrion Street sector of the city, it immediately stands out as the building is tudor style and has a very historic feel.
As you enter, there’s a nice amount of benches for outside drinking which is perfect for this time of year (if the rain doesn’t persist). Inside, the vibe is instantly very laid back which the furniture depicts as there are benches and booths throughout. Who doesn’t love a good booth? 
The decor is a mix of the traditional style of the building with a trendy, modern twist. There is a pool table room, an attraction that is very popular these days with the influx of bowling, beer pong and other sociable activities in many bars.
Upon arrival, we were lead to the upstairs section which houses more pool tables and an outside terrace which I loved. Now, I’m not a huge pool player (I’m clumsy in general) but I definitely think it’s a fun way to socialise!
From the cocktail menu I picked the Elderberry Martini and I was so glad that I did because it was absolutely delicious. It was the right amount of fruity without being sickly and you could still taste the alcohol – definitely one of the best cocktails I’ve tried. My friend Beth had a mocktail which had a variety of fruit juices and I’m told was very nice!
After the cocktails (which went down a treat), we had two enormous pizzas which I wasn’t expecting to be so huge. I picked the Truffle Salami and Beth went for the pulled pork option. I really enjoyed the pizza but found the peppers a little acidic for my liking but I just removed these from my plate.
The menu is a good mix of nibbles, sandwiches and pizza’s so there’s definitely something for every appetite. I didn’t check the menu before my visit because I like to react when I’m there and I did expect it to be burgers and the like due to there being pool tables but I was pleasantly surprised to find it was very Italian focused.
Overall, I had a lovely evening at Slate NQ and I can definitely see myself enjoying a few drinks in there in the future. I think it’s a great stop off after a Saturday shopping session but also it would be a fantastic place to have some evening drinks too. I love when places have that transitional feel and don’t just fit in a particular category.
Thanks again to Slate NQ for inviting me!
Love, Kate xo
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