If you fancy a bit of escapism then Cuckoo is the world for you; leave the dreary paths of Call Lane and slip out of reality into a neon coloured party that’s serving the more esoteric cocktail and pizza combination.
The Pizza ovens are fired up and ready to go. On the menu is a mash up of sweet and savoury stone baked pizzas that can cater for toppings of the more unusual kind. And what’s more… yeah it gets better… is with every drink before 9pm each one is free!
Some of the pizza combos that caught our eye include:
- Love or Hate? It’s actually topped with Marmite, cheese and pickle.
- Grande Fuoco, a classico roast tomato, pepperoni and spiced cheese.
- Vegalot, comes with a slew of peppers, tomato, spiralizer veg and a finish topping of halloumi.
They have a long menu of age old classics and original concoctions. Fittingly the NEON colours translate into a Matrix of mysterious cocktails: the green one; blue one; orange one; pink one; blue one; purple one.
A crafty side show of beer includes the usual suspects like Brooklyn; Beavertown’s Black Betty; Siren’s Liquid Mistress; and Lervig’s Lucky Jack.
And if you’re mind isn’t already blown then you need to order the 5 litre-tall giraffes of beer that essentially keep you and your friends pouring at pleasure without having to get up to go back to the bar.
Drink in hand, amongst a sea of NEON signs and hand painted murals you’re discovering the quirky themes that pop up in the most unexpected places. Like the fairground room (come event space) upstairs. Or the secret (Gin!) garden that’s sprouting up on top of the roof. And it’s also the first Call Lane establishment to create a sheltered and heated street-side seating outside the front door.
Like a Narnia doorway – the actual entrance to the toilets – there’s endless places to explore and interact with in Cuckoo. You can jump in the photo booth; have a few rounds of beer pong; or steady your hand at a game of giant Jenga. This cocktail bar stands out because it’s a playful take on a party from opening to closing!
Where to Park
The nearest paid place to park is at Trinity Leeds car park.
- Pay on the day at Trinity Leeds, postcode: LS1 4AG (Google Map Directions)
How To Get HereGoogle Map Directions
Cuckoo is a couple of minutes walk from the bus stops outside the Corn Exchange and a few more minutes further will take you to Leeds Bus station.
For Leeds train station head 5-minutes west on Call Lane.
Cuckoo bar has a single step entry on the ground floor. And a flight of stairs to access the events space and roof terrace.
What To Do Next
Walk to Briggatte, the street parallel to Call Lane, and get some fresh Vietnamese food from Viet Guy.