The staff of Pixel Bar in Leeds have hailed the “amazing” response from customers in the two years since it opened, as Tripadvisor ranks the Great George Street venue as number one for nightlife in the city.
Despite being forced to close by lockdown just five months after opening, the 90s-themed retro gaming centre has flourished since reopening, as customers flock to play video games and sample Pokemon-themed cocktails.
“The response has been amazing,” director Craig Ryan told the Yorkshire Evening Post. “Because we’re offering something different, and the way we’re offering it, customers are giving us support without us having to beg for it.
“There needs to be genuine love for customers to tell their friends, leave reviews or go online and talk about us.”
Following the success of Pixel Bar, Ryan, co-director Ed Ta, and owner Lee Davies are now planning to open a new larger venue elsewhere in the UK, as the demand for experiential leisure shows no signs of slowing down.
“Gone are the days where people just want to sit around a table and have a few drinks,” added Craig. “In Leeds, and in every city in the UK, you’re seeing beer pong, mini-golf and even go karting in bars. People want an experience.”
“Because everything moved online during the pandemic, people are eager to get back out and do things in person again.”