Upmarket without being too starched. Food is mainly sharing platters and snacks, though you can get afternoon tea on the weekend. Drinks are decent but pricey.
Everything about the SkyLounge is informal and relaxed, yet it retains an unmistakably upmarket feel. While The Botanist and Angelica’s at the new Trinity shopping precinct are currently the fashionable rooftop bars, SkyLounge, sitting atop the Doubletree by Hilton near the canal, still offers unrivalled views of Leeds.
The decor is bright, minimalist and breezy, and the bar boasts a breathtaking view of Leeds. If you venture outside on to the spacious balcony area, your view is dominated by Bridgewater Place and the canals below. However, these unique aspects mean that it’s almost always jam-packed on bright, sunny summer days, so a visit requires a bit of planning and no small amount of cash – particularly if you want cocktails, which cost the best part of £10 a go.
On the upside, SkyLounge seems to make the most of its upmarket status, and appeals to the well-heeled and affluent. It’s one of those places where, even though there’s no dress code, you almost feel obliged to dress smartly. It’s also certainly a place to take somebody if you want to impress them. In addition to the guests of the hotel, the views make it a hot spot for couples on weekend dates, and for suited business types toasting deals during the week.
The main attractions on the drinks menu are the sumptuous wine and Champagne selections, if you’re feeling flush with cash. In terms of food, the focus is on bar snacks and sharing, and afternoon tea is served on Fridays and the weekends. The relaxed atmosphere and sense of space and panorama make Sky Lounge a city bar with a difference.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
2 Wharf Approach
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I wouldn't say that the views are spectacular unless you perceive the southern view of Leeds and the baron wastelands of Yorkshire and the M62 a particular delight. The spot for the best view is occupied by the bar...handy. The DJ addresses his crowd by spinning his decks off an ikea unit, facing the lifts. The crowd rather than high brow looks like the crew from a homemade regional 80s porno, the idea of seeing any of whom naked would horrify you to your last days.
Although the staff outnumber the guests, the mere chore of vacuuming the floor or simply wiping down a table seems to be beyond their capabilities.
Overall, a delight in the heart of Leeds