Leeds nightlife wouldn’t be the same without sampling some of the city’s best cocktail bars. As we prepare to launch our new cocktail menu, we’re exploring some of this year’s most exciting cocktail trends – from smokey American flavours to hints of smooth vanilla.
The espresso martini has become a firm favourite among drinkers, and a regular request at Leeds’s bars and restaurants. This year though, the humble espresso martini is being adapted and upgraded. Bartenders will be adding complementary flavours to the original recipe – including honey and chocolate. Our own cocktail bar, Curve, will also feature 11 other new martinis on our drinks menu, with dark, bold flavour combinations and lighter, sweeter options for those who prefer a more delicate drink.
That leads us on to cocktails inspired by popular food pairings. Dessert is especially popular in the North, and we’ve designed our new cocktail menu with that in mind. The lemon drop martini is already stirring up interest thanks to its likeness to everyone’s favourite classic sweet, while the melon ball is a cocktail with a tropical edge – perfect for those with a sweet tooth.
Herbal flavours are also stealing the limelight on drinks menus this year, and cocktails with notes of elderflower or rose are ever-growing in popularity. Our honey and elderflower martini is shaken with Żubrówka Bison Grass, St. Germain elderflower liquor and honey to sweeten the deal.
Sparkling cocktails are on the rise in 2019, with flavoured Bellini’s and fruity, summery, prosecco cocktails taking centre stage. Angostura bitters, Chambord, mint and lemon all make an excellent addition for a variation on the classic glass of fizz.
Not forgetting the classics, drinks such as the Negroni and the Manhattan remain at the core of every cocktail bar’s menu in Leeds city centre, but with the odd twist, here and there. Bartenders will be using alternative spirits from niche brands in the masses this year to give a new taste to classic cocktail recipes. The margarita on our new menu is slightly sweeter than the average, thanks to a dash of honey, while our bramble is created using Brockman’s smooth, premium gin. Either drink makes the perfect accompaniment for taking in the view from our rooftop terrace in summer or relaxing for some after work drinks.
We’re delighted to launch our new cocktail menu in March, so if you’re looking for a cocktail bar in Leeds, come and be the first to sample one of our mixed-to-perfection martinis.
We’re pleased to announce that we’re geared up to mark our second birthday with the launch of a quirky new game of bingo and a public-facing treasure hunt.
Join us on Thursday 24th of January, as we and our PR and event partners kick off our second birthday celebrations by hosting a drag queen bingo-themed treasure hunt across the city centre.
Warming up the citizens of Leeds ahead of its official birthday party two days later, the stunt will see participants invited to take part in a unique treasure hunt.
Following the success of a golden ticket treasure hunt for our first birthday in 2018, this year will feature five drag queens hidden in various locations around Leeds city centre between 12pm and 2pm. Clues on the locations of the drag queens will be posted across Victoria Gate Casino’s social media channels on the day and you can track #VGCDragQueenBingo too.
10 lucky participants to complete the activity will win prizes including a meal for two voucher in the casino’s glamourous V restaurant, a shopping voucher to spend in Victoria Gate, bottles of champagne, wine and one lucky winner will be awarded a main cash prize worth hundreds of pounds!
We have also arranged for a drag queen to feature in a globe filled with bingo balls on Briggate, interacting and engaging with local shoppers. The hostess, alongside promotional staff, will be informing the public about the ongoing event as well as handing out invites to our birthday party on Saturday 26th January at the casino. Winners of Drag Queen Bingo played on Thursday will be announced as part of our birthday party on Saturday 26th January at 8.45pm.
We plan to hold regular games of traditional bingo as well as a few Drag Queen Bingos throughout the year. What better time to launch the quirky game than at our birthday? This Saturday will therefore see Drag Queen Bingo played in the lower poker area of the casino from 1pm with a fizz reception to welcome guests from 12pm. Entertainment will continue throughout the Saturday with a birthday buffet at 4pm before the celebrations move to Victoria Gate Casino’s Live Bar from 8pm for live entertainment from the Viaduct show team and musician Lucinda Vamp.
Patrick Noakes, managing director of Victoria Gate Casino commented:
“We are delighted to be celebrating our second birthday and toasting to what has been another great year in business for the casino. From our home in the city centre we have welcomed thousands of gamers, diners and people seeking a great night out. We look forward to our continued success over 2019 and building our reputation as the north’s premier casino – offering an unrivalled gaming and entertainment experience.”
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with us at Victoria Gate Casino
SET SPARKS FLYING WITH OUR NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY
JOIN US FROM 8PM ON 31ST DECEMBER
PERFORMANCE FROM VIBETOWN & A DJ ‘TIL LATE
See the year off with dazzling live entertainment, drinks and dancing all night long.
Plus free glass of ﬁzz for everyone as the clock strikes midnight!
VIP packages available:
Private table next to the dancefloor & band – Only 10 tables available (Minimum 4 people per table). £50 Per person.
- 1 bucket of beers (5 bottles) or 1 bottle of wine per person
- Chefs canapes
- £5 gaming chip and £5 slot machine cash match
5 Course Dinner in V Restaurant including glass of fizz on arrival and table for the night – £70 per person
To book a VIP package or 5 Course Dinner, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us on Wednesday 14th November to enjoy a superb rum and tequila tasting experience in our luxury Curve bar!
Hosted by Barcardi, during this one night only event you’ll get to learn all about the heritage of the spirits whilst indulging in a selection of premium samples.
Family-owned Bacardi has a presence in more than 170 markets worldwide and their portfolio includes more than 200 brands and labels including the world’s best-selling and most-awarded rum BACARDÍ® as well as PATRÓN® tequila, the world’s highest-quality ultra-premium tequila.
You will be greeted by our friendly team and Bacardi ambassador who will provide you with a welcome drink.
After a brief overview of rum history and production you’ll then get to sample a premium aged gold and dark rum, followed by a classic rum cocktail.
Refresh your tastebuds with a serving of delicious canapes before moving on to sampling a number of superior Patron tequilas including a Mexpresso Martini with Patron Silver & Patron XO Café.
Tickets are £20 per person. Availability is limited so buy yours now to avoid disappointment!
Your ticket to our Rum & Tequila Tasting Experience includes:
- Bacardi welcome drink
- Bacardi rum tasting including 2 samples and a Pina Colada cocktail sampler
- Patron tequila opening drink
- Patron tequila tasting including 2 samples and a Mexpresso Martini cocktail sampler
- Learn about the heritage and production of rum & tequila
Strictly over 18’s only. We practice a Challenge 25 policy. Please drink responsibly.
We’re excited to announce the launch of our new Gin Club – a menu of nineteen flavoursome Gins by top craft distilleries including The Botanist and Brockmans, so you’re sure to find your perfect serve.
To celebrate the launch, we’ve partnered with Fever Tree to host a one-night-only tasting experience. On Friday 5th October, guests will try a selection of the finest Gins paired with premium Fever Tree tonics in our luxury cocktail bar, Curve.
This is an event not to be missed! You’ll enjoy a tipple in the stylish venue, and be treated to a selection of canapes. Following the tasting, you’ll also have the option to sign up to become a loyalty member of Victoria Gate Casino which will unlock an exclusive 20% discount* on the Gin Club menu for the rest of the evening. And to end the night, you’ll receive a goody bag to take home.
The night doesn’t have to end there though… We have live music features every Friday and Saturday night from 9pm and our Live Bar features the biggest sports screen in Leeds.
Tickets for the Gin Club Launch event are limited, and can be purchased online here.
*20% discount only available to Loyalty members. Customers can sign up to Loyalty at Guest Service.
We are counting down to an action-packed payday weekend at Victoria Gate Casino…
Enjoy cocktails and canapés in Curve or food alongside the football in Live Bar – whatever your style, #LetsPlay this weekend.
Friday night sees super-middleweight world champion George Groves face Callum Smith putting his WBA title on the line, followed by Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds where you can get selected beers for just £3.00 from 5-7pm during happy hour!
Over in Curve, Becca will be performing live from 9pm where you can unwind in time for the weekend. Get two cocktails for just £10.00 from our selected menu or try some of the finest gins from VGC’s brand new Gin Club.
Our new gin menu is exclusive to Curve bar, so you can enjoy local favourites like Masons Yorkshire Tea – a smooth spirit with the warmth and bitterness of tea.
Saturday brings us even more live music with GP Thompson from 9pm followed by a DJ set in Live Bar with DJ Danny until 2am.
Over at Live: From 7am you can catch all the action from the 2018 Ryder Cup followed by the Russian Grand Prix at 10am. Man United play West Ham at the London Stadium and Liverpool travel to Stamford Bridge to challenge Chelsea, both from 5.30pm.
Watch all this and more on the biggest sports screen in Leeds, #LetsPlay this weekend at Live Bar.
Throughout February we counted down the days until Chinese New Year with a multitude of celebrations and events.
We held over 19 days of competitions giving our customers the chance to win £10,000 worth of prizes including a Rolex, a Louis Vuitton Handbag, Two Louis Vuitton purses and several cash prizes. To celebrate we enjoyed an extended Happy Hour, Chinese buffet and traditional lion and fan dances.
The month was a huge success with many people taking part in our events and going home with luxury items. Victoria Gate Casino was full of celebratory customers welcoming the Year of the Dog.