Totally chilled out vibes bro: Pop-up bar Rum Shack lands in Leeds

A young entrepreneur named Ross Bailey once said ‘’To be here today, you need to be gone tomorrow’’. Now that might sound like some pretentious marketing bullshit, but this is the man behind mega successful pop-up shop platform, Appear Here, and I’m pretty sure he’s already a millionaire and not even yet in his mid-twenties – annoying right?

Well three guys behind The Hedonist Project have applied this business template to their Leeds based bar venture and if the quality of the cocktails on the Rum Shack launch are anything to go by, they too could soon be running their own empire.


The Hedonist Project. Catering to the fickle folk of Leeds.

Nestled in between Belgrave Music Hall and Sandinista, the pop-up bar will be providing Leeds with a little slice of Jamaican sunshine until 5 September when it will transform into an as yet unconfirmed new project. The plan is to change the theme of the bar every quarter, which keeps things fresh and caters to the increasingly fickle nature of the Leeds drinking crowd.


”I knew I should have shaved mi’ beard off”. A hipster ponders life whilst supping cocktail outside Rum Shack.

I went along to their launch night to sample some of their rather addictive concoctions. Priced at a  very reasonable six quid, their Pina Colada and Reggae Rum Punch are the perfect remedy to a shit day at work. They also serve a range of beers for the few genuine Yorkshire folk left who still think cocktails are for big girls blouses.

Walking into the bar itself, the shabby walls with chipped paint look authentic of a Kingston watering hole (or so I’m told – I’ve not had the fortune to visit Jamaica as yet).


Looking out into sunny Leeds.

During the summer months, Rum Shack will be inviting a number of different mixologists along to show off their own unique concoctions. Follow The Hedonist Project on Twitter and Facebook and keep in the loop about forthcoming summer events, which will apparently include the odd BBQ. Bring it on.