Sick of the traditional larger that is currently severed at nearly every boozer up and down the country?
Sick of the hustle and bustle traditionally associated with most of the 'student' bars in Leeds?
If you have answered yes to any of the above I think I've found the perfect place for you.
No, you don't have to travel to Belgium or open your own microbrewery to enjoy something different. Acadia Ale and Wine Bar is situated in the 1960's iconic (but pretty ugly, to be fair) shopping center in central Headingley and has a reputation for stocking some of the finest locally brewed ales and beers.
Upon arriving at Arcadia the first thing that struck my friend and I was the friendly and intimate atmosphere in the pub. The clientele seemed to be a mix of younger students and older professionals with an excellent representation of the whole local community. Queuing was no issue as I was served within five minutes as my friend tactfully located prime seats next to the window. This was ideal as we could enjoy the atmosphere inside the pub whilst also enjoying an excellent opportunity to people-watch, which is a brilliant past time in Headingley mainly due to 'Oatly run' patrons frequenting the area in fancy dress at all times of the year.
The range and quality of alcoholic drinks available was outstanding and the staff were very accommodating, allowing me to sample several ales and informing me of the source and brewing techniques employed. The staff obviously have in depth knowledge and passion for what they supply which I found extremely impressive. One thing that is useful to note however is that the strength of these ales seems to be much stronger than your average larger –you know the ones which taste of watered down water! For this reason it is advisable to check the strength if you don't fancy doing the whole falling over/being sick/confessing your undying love for the girl you fancy routine.
Board games are utilised at Arcadia in the traditional sense to combat boredom and there is a whole range available for use including Scrabble and the old gem, Guess Who? If that wasn't good enough there is a world of local takeaways available to the tipsy weekend traveler to battle late night munchies. Look out for future articles as I will be reviewing the good ones in Leeds and most people who live in the area will appreciate that 99% of them are terrible.