A couple of weeks ago, me, Jamie, Michelle and her partner Dan, were very kindly invited down to Popworld Leeds to come and check out everything before they launched, and after having one of the best nights i’ve had in ages, I thought that I would tell you all about it.
What is Popworld Leeds?
Popworld Leeds, is a 90’s nostalgia themed Bar, that serves a range of themed cocktails and plays classic 90’s music, that’s located in Leeds City Centre.
What happened when I visited Popworld Leeds.
Once we had made it into Leeds and had met up with Michelle and Dan, we all headed to Popworld Leeds, which is located on Cookridge Street, next to the O2 Academy in Leeds City Centre.
Once we had walked into the beautiful modern and stylish Bar, we were very kindly greeted by a really nice woman who said hi, and asked us if we were all ok. We said hi back, and that we were here for the prelaunch event, and after a second or so of her checking her guest list, she showed us to a massive booth that was opposite the Bar area.
Then after a minute or so of us all getting comfy, a really friendly barman came over and asked us what we would like to drink. So after a second or so of us all looking over the menu, we all eventually ordered an Absolute Cherry and Blackcurrant Flaska, which contained Absolute Cherry Vodka, Jagermeister, Blackcurrant Jam, and Apple Juice, served in a Jam Jar.
This was absolutely gorgeous, as it’s blend of Absolute Cherry Vodka and Blackcurrant Jam complimented each other brilliantly, and created a delicious yet sour cocktail that kind of reminded me of Cough Syrup.
Then after about ten more minutes of us all chatting and sipping our drinks, a really nice bar woman came over and said that we would be taking part in a cocktail masterclass. So after a few more minutes of us all sipping our drinks, she came back over and showed us to the Bar area and introduced us to a really nice barman who would be showing us how to make our cocktails. He said that Jamie would be making a Godfather, Michelle would be making a Sex on the Beach, Dan would be making a Porn Star Martini, and that I would be making one of the funniest sounding cocktails ever, a Woo Woo, haha! He then showed us to a few drinks stations that they had created, and we started to make our very own cocktails. The only trouble with this however was that it was incredibly dark and I couldn’t actually see what I was doing, which meant that he basically had to make my cocktail for me, but I did enjoy learning what was in a Woo Woo, and i’ll definitely be recreating one at home very soon.
After we had made our cocktails, we went back over to our booth and just chatted, sipped our drinks, and enjoyed the music for a while, before the barman came back over and brought us an enormous Woo Woo Pitcher, which contained Smirnoff Red, Archers Peach Schnapps, Lime Juice, and Cranberry Juice, served in a massive Martini glass.
I absolutely loved this, as i’m a massive fan of anything Peach flavoured, and this contained so much Archers Peach Schnapps that it actually reminded me of a Peach Iced Tea. I could definitely taste the Smirnoff Red, Lime Juice, and Cranberry Juice, but because there was so much Peach Snaps, they all just faded into the background.
The barman then came over again and asked us if we would like another drink, and not being ones to turn down a drink, we all of course said yes. So after looking over the menu again, we all decided to try one of their many Game Pops, which are a range of four cocktails that are all inspired by classic 90’s games, and include a Gintendo64 , a Donkey Kong, a Supersonic, and a Bulbasaur, that are all served with a retro glow stick, and after a second or so of us all deciding what to get, we all eventually went for a Bulbasaur, which contained Absolute Raspberry Vodka, Midori, and Red Bull.
I really liked the sound of this one, but unfortunately it had to be my least favourite of the evening, as i’m not the biggest fan of Red Bull. Don’t get me wrong, it was nice, and I liked it, but it mostly tasted of Red Bull, and as i’ve already said, i’m not the biggest fan of it.
We then all just chatted, sipped our drinks, and sang along to the amazing 90’s music, before the barman came back over with a tray of drinks that had a selection of some of their most popular drinks on it. The only trouble was that unfortunately the barman had absolutely no idea which drinks were which. So after grabbing a different drink each and taking a quick sip, we all started to look over the menu and tried to figure out which drink was which, and after much searching, it turned out that I had a Junebug, which contained Midori, Malibu, Pineapple Juice, and Orange Juice, served in a tin can.
I definitely think that this had to be my favourite drink of the entire evening, as it’s blend of Midori, Malibu, Pineapple Juice, and Orange Juice, made the entire drink taste extremely sweet and fresh. It also kind of reminded me of a glass of Sunny Delight for some reason.
Then after a couple more minutes of us all chatting and sipping our drinks, a really nice bar woman came over and offered us a few of the Canapes that were on offer, which included a Goat’s Cheese and Red Onion Marmalade Crostini, a Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Crostini, and a pulled Chicken Crostini, which were all delicious and helped to soak up some of the alcohol that we had consumed throughout the evening.
We then just chatted for a little while longer before the barman came back over and asked us if we would like another drink, and after another look at the menu, we eventually decided on a Cheeky V, which contained WKD Blue Raspberry and Port, served in a massive Martini glass.
I was a little apprehensive about this one, as according to the menu, it was supposed to taste just like Vimto, which it actually did. It also strangely reminded me of the Vimto dilute that I used to drink as a kid.
We then just chatted, sipped our drinks, and sang along to the music again for a little while before deciding to order one final round of drinks. So after another look at the menu, we all eventually decided to go for a Skittlebomb, which contained Cointreau and Red Bull, served in a shot glass.
I actually quite liked this, as even though i’m not a massive fan of Red Bull, because they had blended it with Cointreau, it actually tasted rather sweet. It also kind of reminded me of Lucozade for some reason.
Then after about ten more minutes of us chatting, sipping our drinks, and singing along to the music, the evening started to draw to a close, so we decided that it was time to head off, but before we could, one of the really nice bar staff handed us a goodie bag that was absolutely crammed full of 90’s themed things, including Now That’s What I Call 90’s, some bunny ears, a mini glitter ball, and some smiley face stickers. We then said our thank you’s and goodbye’s to all of the amazing staff, and headed off back into Leeds to catch our train.
I had an absolutely amazing time checking out Popworld Leeds, and if you would like to find out more, including what else is on their incredible menu and what’s currently on their events calendar, then you can find Popworld Leeds online here.
I would just like to thank Popworld Leeds for having me, Jamie, Michelle and Dan, and for hosting such an amazing evening.
Have you been to Popworld Leeds yet? What was your favourite thing about the 90’s? What’s your favourite cocktail? Please let me know down below.