On the 7th of June, Pink Gorilla and Hairy Lemon hosted the launch party for Merrion Street’s newest addition, Roxy Ballroom. All guests were greeted with a celebratory glass of prosecco or Red Stripe on arrival.
We had the chance to sample a few of the bar’s unique cocktail concoctions. ‘Lets Bounce’ is a gin-based blend made with Bombay Sapphire, elderflower liqueur, agave and orange bitters. This is a simple drink, elegantly blended with a tangy aftertaste. My favourite cocktail was the aptly named, ‘Ping Star Martini’ made with Absolut vanilla, passion fruit and pineapple juice and served with a prosecco shot. There was also a rum-based cocktail on offer, ‘ Chalk is Cheap’ is made with spiced rum, amaretto, lime juice and topped with ginger beer. The drinks were all reasonably priced and there is also a wide selection of beers and wine available.
Throughout the night, Roxy staff served food tasters. The menu is inspired by American diner food and has something to suit most palates. We had onion rings, pizza, sweet potato fries and ‘mac ‘n’ cheese’ bites. Chicken wings were also popular among the launch guests. Pizza toppings vary from a classic cheese and tomato to chicken, pesto and sundried tomato. While the menu is simple and not the best for those on a diet, it hits the spot perfectly as an accompaniment to gaming.
The Merrion ballroom doesn’t have crazy golf like its counterpart , but you can find all the usual games on offer. Downstairs offers a large bar area and beer pong tables along with traditional arcade games. Heading upstairs, there’s an impressive glass roof overlooking the ping pong tables. You’ll also find air hockey, shuffleboard and pool tables upstairs. Ping pong got a bit competitive towards the end with a mini-tournament set up amongst friends. I’ll definitely be returning to challenge my friends to a game of shuffleboard.
An exciting feature to the new Ballroom is the UV room, decorated with 70s style UV paintings and lighting. It’s an easy way to spice up your average ping pong game.The Ballroom was buzzing for the whole launch night with none of the games left unoccupied for long. At £6 per half hour for each game, Roxy is an affordable night out with an exciting drinks menu to match.
The Ballroom is perfect for office socials or birthday parties, which you can book to come with a buffet and drinks vouchers.
If you’re heading down there this summer you can also enjoy the al fresco seating on the pedestrianized Merrion Street. All in all, it’s clear Roxy Merrion Street is set for success.
Esther is a contributor for Leeds Living, covering events all across the City, on topics such as eat/drink, retail therapy and culture.