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) #464 of 1,524 Restaurants in Leeds ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ ,
18 Merrion Street, Leeds LS1 6PQ, England
+44 845 611 8643
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good30%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible9%
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18 Merrion Street, Leeds LS1 6PQ, England
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Reviews (86)
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1 - 10 of 86 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

The bar was fairly quiet, and we actually sat outside as the weather was fine. Nice choice of cocktails available and service was good.More

Thank meryll83
Management response:Responded 6 days ago

Hi Meryl, Thanks for taking the time to give us a review, really glad you had such a great time and you liked our choice of cocktails. Great to hear that the service was good too :) Come back at the weekend sometime, it gets...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Service and presentation here was outstanding I really enjoyed my visit last night the music was perfect.More

Thank Alex0095
Management response:Responded 4 weeks ago

Hi Alex, Thank you so much for the 5* review! Absolutely brilliant to hear that we exceeded your expectations and both the service and music were on point!! If you ever wish to come back please don't hesitate to get in touch directly and we...More

Reviewed 13 April 2017

Everywhere else was closing at 11pm, well it was a Tuesday night. we found this place by chance its like an old rock bar, lots of pic's around the wall's & good music from the duke box, but the drinks are way over priced, young...More

Thank MagicbusDublin
Management response:Responded 18 April 2017

Hi MagicbusDublin, Thanks for taking the time to give us a review and we appreciate all your feedback. Glad you managed to find us when everyone else was closing, we always like to keep the party going!! Also great to hear the staff were on...More

Reviewed 26 March 2017

Last Friday night drinks with the boys... ended up at this small watering hole with awesome music, dancing on tables and great vibe. Drinks weren't at all bad either.

Thank David A
Management response:Responded 27 March 2017

Hi David, Thanks for the review!! Glad you had such a great time last Friday, we aim to please ;) Come back soon, and we'll get you back dancing on the tables in no time! Cheers Emily

Reviewed 16 March 2017

As far as a bar goes i mean it fulfills what you need, they serve drinks - but its not a very 'nice' place. We went for afternoon drinks and it smells weird (like an old cigar shop) and we ordered wine which was just...More

Thank JoD7891
Management response:Responded 17 March 2017

Good Afternoon Jo, Thank you so much for taking the time to write in and tell us about your recent experience. We always appreciate feedback and use it as a tool to improve. Would you mind telling us when you came in so we can...More

Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Spent last Saturday afternoon having an 80s cocktail masterclass for my hen do. It was absolutely brilliant! Sean who taught us the cocktails was a great guy who put up with 17 rowdy hens. Drinks were gorgeous and I'm already planning my next masterclass!More

Thank MissW36
Management response:Responded 20 January 2017

Hi Miss W36, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review!! You were an absolute pleasure to host, and we are so happy you had such a fantastic time... not to mention finding out what a star Sean was...More

Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Shocking. Never had such tasteless chicken wings - the 'slaw' equally as bad. Really really disappointed.More

Thank Master_Sabin
Bigredmojo, Owner at Mojo, responded to this reviewResponded 10 January 2017

Hey Master Sabin Really sorry to hear you were disappointed. Could you let us know when you visited so we can check into things. TBH no one has ever said our wings were tasteless. They're smoked, roast and fried and the taste is fantastic. If...More

Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

Great place to visit for drinks on a night out with a great atmosphere and good music. There's a large choice of drinks and cocktails.More

Thank Alicehelena1208
Management response:Responded 23 December 2016

Hi Alice, Thank you so much for the lovely review!! Great to hear you had such a fab time and enjoyed the bar so much, always reassuring to hear that after 20 years in business we are still getting the fundamentals right!! Thanks again and...More

Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

I've been here a few times after work and always enjoy. The White Russian is a must have - gets better every time!

Thank edjwilkinson
Bigredmojo, Owner at Mojo, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2016

Hey Ed Thanks for the review and glad you like the White Russian! Hope we see you again soon and you have a great Christmas! #goodtimesforever Martin

Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

A feel a bit mean only giving this 3 stars as the music and drinks were great but it took 25 minutes for us to get served as there was only one barman serving. We stayed for a 2nd which was a bit quicker but...More

Thank Deb L
Management response:Responded 28 November 2016

Hi Deb, Thank you so much for getting in touch and giving us some feedback, really glad the drinks and music were spot on, but not so great to hear about your wait time. Would you please send me a private message to bookings@mojobar.co.uk and...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 4 - US$ 13
Bar, Pub
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
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
16:00 - 04:00
16:00 - 03:00
16:00 - 03:00
16:00 - 03:00
16:00 - 04:00
16:00 - 04:00
12:00 - 04:00
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
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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