Having recently set up my own cocktail bar I was very keen to see if I could find the cocktail menus from some of my favourite cocktail bars. Sadly all of them have now closed and finding menus proved very tricky but I have now found 2…
The first cocktail bar I was a big fan of was “The Boston Exchange” in the Headingley area of Leeds. I later learned the ‘exchange bar and grill’ pubs were a chain, but it seems the chain has since gone. A while back though I found the cocktail menu on an obscure internet site somewhere that I have since lost the link for. It is below
The second cocktail bar I frequented regularly was “Sharkeys” just off West Street in Sheffield. I believe this was also part of a mini-chain but again it has since been lost as far as I can tell (although there are other places with similar names around the world). I have recently able to find a web link for the menu, although it doesn’t lend itself to downloading
The final cocktail bar of my cocktail-loving youth, and the best I’ve ever been to, was “The Ivory” in the Harrisons building in Sheffield. This closed over 10 years ago, and finding a cocktail menu for iot proced very tricky, but thanks to the Sheffield Forums (which had a link to the original website) and The Internet History Archive, I was able to find an archived copy of the website, which included a PDF of the menu!
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