Arc Inspirations have taken the plunge and renovated their extremely well known bar, Arc. Located in the heart of Headingley this was a firm favourite in Leeds but after 18 years it was time for change in the area.
The creators have chosen to develop it into one of their popular chains, Manhatta, the transformation cost £500,000 and was completed within an impressive three week turn around.
The venue still has the original layout with a large bar on each floor and outdoor seating at the front and back of the building.
Manahatta bars have a real contemporary feel portraying a New York City urban vibe, decorated with luxe furnishings, exposed brick work and neon signs throughout.
As explained by Arc Inspirations development manager, Mark Austin the one thing they are aware of is that competitive socialising is on the increase and so the addition of two shuffle boards brought a fun element to the otherwise sophisticated venue.
The Arc inspirations team have carefully created a food and drinks menu sure to be a hit with Headingleys residents prominently made up of students and young professionals.
I had the pleasure of sampling three cocktails. The first being Opal Fruit Fling, my favourite of the three, consisting of Vodka, white peach, orange cordial, strawberry and lemon which was refreshing and zingy.
The second cocktail, Tropicana was made with Bacardi Carta Blanca rum, lemon, pineapple, coconut soda and hints of banana, giving you all the summer feels.
The final cocktail was a twist on the classic Espresso Martini, with the addition of Vanilla and Hazelnut giving a nutty sweet twist to the well known cocktail.
As for food they have kept the menu simple with a few asian alternatives such as the Katsu curry,Bang Bang chicken skewers and Tempura asparagus thrown in. Their selection of pizzas are made the increasingly favourable Neopolitan way making them light and delicious with lots of topping options.
I would definitely recommend the Pollo, made with chicken, marscapone, tomatoes and smoked pancetta.
There are fantastic offers to choose from throughout the week such as 50% off food all day Tuesdays and Sundays from 6pm, 2-4-1 cocktails Sunday - Thursday all day and Fridays until 7pm and not forgetting the Bottomless Brunch to kick start your weekend at £19.95pp Sat & Sun 11am - 3pm, make sure you book to avoid disappointment.
Manahatta is a welcomed newby on the Headingley scene and I am positive its future will be a lengthy one possibly even outlasting its predecessor.