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#470 of 1,482 Restaurants in Leeds
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Quarry Hill
Bar, Pub
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18 Merrion Street, Leeds LS1 6PQ, England
+44 845 611 8643
16:00 - 04:00
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Sun 16:00 - 04:00
Mon - Wed 16:00 - 03:00
Thu - Fri 16:00 - 04:00
Sat 12:00 - 04:00
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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117 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As far as a bar goes i mean it fulfills what you need, they serve drinks - but its not a very 'nice' place. We went for afternoon drinks and it smells weird (like an old cigar shop) and we ordered wine which was just awful. We had to buy lemonade so we could just drink it. I think I... More 

Thank JoD7891
Management response:

Good Afternoon Jo, Thank you so much for taking the time to write in and tell us about your recent experience. We always appreciate feedback and use it as a tool to improve. Would you mind telling us when you came in so we can investigate the smell you spoke about, that's one thing we definitely don't want? Also, what... More 

Leeds, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Spent last Saturday afternoon having an 80s cocktail masterclass for my hen do. It was absolutely brilliant! Sean who taught us the cocktails was a great guy who put up with 17 rowdy hens. Drinks were gorgeous and I'm already planning my next masterclass!

Thank MissW36
Management response:

Hi Miss W36, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review!! You were an absolute pleasure to host, and we are so happy you had such a fantastic time... not to mention finding out what a star Sean was with you!! We hope you'll come back soon, and is you need anything for your... More 

Prague, Czech Republic
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Shocking. Never had such tasteless chicken wings - the 'slaw' equally as bad. Really really disappointed.

Thank Master_Sabin
Bigredmojo, Owner at Mojo, responded to this review

Hey Master Sabin Really sorry to hear you were disappointed. Could you let us know when you visited so we can check into things. TBH no one has ever said our wings were tasteless. They're smoked, roast and fried and the taste is fantastic. If you really had such a bland serve we would love to find out why. Martin More 

United Kingdom
Level Contributor
137 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

Great place to visit for drinks on a night out with a great atmosphere and good music. There's a large choice of drinks and cocktails.

Thank Alicehelena1208
Management response:

Hi Alice, Thank you so much for the lovely review!! Great to hear you had such a fab time and enjoyed the bar so much, always reassuring to hear that after 20 years in business we are still getting the fundamentals right!! Thanks again and we hope to see you again soon! Cheers Emily More 

Leeds, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

I've been here a few times after work and always enjoy. The White Russian is a must have - gets better every time!

Thank edjwilkinson
Bigredmojo, Owner at Mojo, responded to this review

Hey Ed Thanks for the review and glad you like the White Russian! Hope we see you again soon and you have a great Christmas! #goodtimesforever Martin More 

London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

A feel a bit mean only giving this 3 stars as the music and drinks were great but it took 25 minutes for us to get served as there was only one barman serving. We stayed for a 2nd which was a bit quicker but they really do need more bar staff on when the theatre turns out x

Thank Deb L
Management response:

Hi Deb, Thank you so much for getting in touch and giving us some feedback, really glad the drinks and music were spot on, but not so great to hear about your wait time. Would you please send me a private message to bookings@mojobar.co.uk and let me know the date and time you came in and I can have this... More 

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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

This is the second time I've been here. Later in the evening this time.so it had the atmosphere it lacked previously. Service was quick, drinks affordable and music top notch. Not a large venue but great for a few friends having a couple of drinks in a bar-hopping evening. Not somewhere I would spend all night, but certainly for a... More 

Thank Lauren H
Management response:

Hi Lauren, Thanks for taking the time to write in and letting us know about your experience! So glad to hear you were happy with the atmosphere and that we had improved from your previous visit! Hopefully we'll see you back again soon!! cheers Emily More 

Level Contributor
26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

Been coming here for years. Great music, staff and atmosphere. They've recently started doing food which is a great addition. Simple but interesting menu at reasonable prices.

Thank Butler82
Management response:

Hi Butler82, Thank you so much for taking the time to write in and give us a review! We always appreciate feedback, especially such glowing reports from our customers who have been coming back again, and again to us over the years! We hope to see you back again at the bar soon! Cheers Emily More 

Leeds, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

How do I like it? Plenty Great toilets, nice cans, beers alright too. We were having a great night but mine and my ex's song (Ram Jam -Black Betty) came on so I had to leave before I got mad.

Thank neilsonmeals
Management response:

Hi Nielsonmeals, So glad you loved the number of great toilets we have, and the admiration of our cans...we do try ;) Sorry bad memories were brought up for you, next time we suggest trying a 'Flatliner' shot ... all those pesky thoughts will soon melt away!! Hope to see you again soon! Cheers Emily More 

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52 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

I really like here, I once visited on a busy night and all I'll say is it's tight and cramped but get it on a quieter night and it's the kind of bar you'd never want to leave! Warm American style, layer back and easy to chill and have a laugh with friends. It really is one of my favourite... More 

Thank Sparkster74
Bigredmojo, Owner at Mojo, responded to this review

Hey Sparkster Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review and glad to hear you like us busy and quiet. Hope we see you again soon! Martin More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$12
Bar, Pub
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Seating
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
16:00 - 04:00
16:00 - 03:00
16:00 - 03:00
16:00 - 03:00
16:00 - 04:00
16:00 - 04:00
12:00 - 04:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18 Merrion Street, Leeds LS1 6PQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Yorkshire  >  West Yorkshire  >  Leeds>  > Quarry Hill
  • Neighbourhood: Quarry Hill
  • Phone Number: +44 845 611 8643
Much has changed since MOJO first opened its doors to the city almost twenty years ago. Where once Leeds’ original dive-bar stood alone, with its notorious cocktails and late night vibes providing the only reason to visit Merrion Street, it has since become increasingly surrounded by like-minded newcomers making the Northern Quarter a thriving corner of town.

As Leeds expanded, so too did MOJO, with openings in Manchester and Liverpool spreading their unbeatable penchant for hosting great times across the North. MOJO now intend to develop further by heading South and taking this Leeds success story to London.

Thankfully for the home crowd, the familiarity of what made MOJO’s much-loved reputation remains. There seems little reason to alter their winning formula of damn fine booze, effortlessly cool tunes, laid-back chatter and inclusive parties, all of which are as evident as ever inside their original two floor vital space.

The one addition MOJO has made is a lip-smacking food menu that only accentuates the bar’s rugged beauty. In keeping with the relaxed quality feel of the place, this is grub that fills the belly and warms the heart. Burgers, wings and sides are all hand-made in-house using top produce from selected butchers, bakers and flavour-makers, and the result is an unpretentious joy that both comforts and elevates.

Capturing the bar’s rock & roll traditions, the menu plays with classic US diner favourites and brings them to modern England. Beef, pork, chicken and bean delights are lifted by inventive additions of sauces, spices, smokes, slaws and spreads, of which many combinations read like an edible edition of the cocktail lists that made MOJO famous.

The fun continues for the greedy and the brave, who can take on giant portions and fiery heat by ordering The Behemoth burger or the Mad Dog Challenge wings respectively. The latter recently proved its credentials in a feature on a Leeds TV parody of Man vs Food; you can guess the winner.

MOJO’s increased focus on food coincided with the changed use of Merrion Street from a car-chasing alley into an attractive patio cafe area, allowing sociable outdoor seating and eating. Sunny days have been soaked up since midday thanks to all-day opening, whilst burgers and booze in the cosy interior may help fight off the coming winter chill.

Taking their street food literally, MOJO have taken their wings and flown to pop-ups at Belgrave Feast and Leeds Food & Drink Festival, amongst others. Occasional initial public scepticism of a bar ingrained in drink now serving food has been won over by the obvious whole-heartedness that has gone into this venture and the joyful flavour-punching produce. And for those not wanting to take to the road or the venue, there is a deliveroo service perfect for an evening treat or a daytime cure.

As much as Leeds and MOJO move on, they each equally retain their roots. Whilst the Northern Quarter has become a thriving destination, many go there and remember what MOJO do better than anybody else; serve up that friendly vibe of a lively old-time joint where everybody knows your name.

As clientele changes, generations grow with this place, and fittingly MOJO have this year given regulars special plaques on their chairs to commemorate what keeps this city celebration going strong two decades on; the people. And the people’s loyalty is repaid handsomely with tasty food added to the legendary drinks, faultless music and infamous parties. MOJO version 2015 sure have got their mojo working.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?