The pastel-coloured watering hole is hosting crazy golf, drag brunches and a whole village of food from around the world.
Now open to the public until September, Chow Down is now open for the 2022 season- and there’s going to be so much to enjoy this year at Temple Arches.
Hosting a summer themed haven with a new food village, three-tier sun terrace, DJ huts and crazy golf: Chow Down is the giant beer garden with far more to offer than just drinks.
A nine-hole alfresco crazy golf course will make an appearance for the very first time for those looking to make a tee whilst sipping on cocktails and pints in the sunshine.
Named Palm Swings, this is going to be a chilled-out golfing experience unrivalled in Leeds city centre- but if you need a ‘social media moment’ to convince you over to Chow Down’s version of Miami, the pastel-coloured golf carts offer photo ops aplenty.
After the opening weekend, one of Chow Down’s bestselling events, Drag Brunch, is set to return after an overwhelming successful stint in 2021.
With a full host of queens ready to take to the hallowed turf stage and perform drag anthems all afternoon and continue into the night as the sunshine turns to violet skies, expect an array of talent to take to the stage here throughout the summer season.
Meanwhile newly-built area ‘The Bay’ area will host all the music and entertainment at Chow Down.
The latest addition to the set will host a musical programme each night with headliners like Greg Wilson, The Cuban Brothers, DJ Paulette, Norman Jay, Shades Collective and Mr Wilsons Second Liners all performing throughout the summer season.
The idea is that each night will host a different genre: Thursday night will be a live band, Fridays are for DJs, then on the weekend Saturdays will see local musical talent on The Bay whilst Sunday will see these swapped for some of the coolest brass bands around.
Matt Long, Co-Founder of Chow Down is excited for the return:
“Chow Down is back and we couldn’t be any more excited for summer. With our brand new Art Deco concept, we have a host of new additions to our venue and some killer entertainment. We’re kicking off our reopening with a huge weekend- ‘We Are Fierce’ takeover on Good Friday and Norman Jay MBE spinning on Easter Saturday.
Of course, Chow Down’s foodie line-up is equally as important to Leeds as its musical headliners, and this year, there’s plenty of new street food to tempt you over to Temple Arches.
@thehootleeds Chow Down is back for 2022 with new golf course and sun terrace ☀️ #leeds #placestovisit #leedsfoodie #westyorkshire #thingstodo #summer #leedsuni ♬ Coming of Age – Blondes
The first seven weeks will welcome Middle Eastern, North African and Mediterranean food specialists, MorMor take over the food stalls, whilst Sarto, Leeds much-loved pasta and sharers restaurant will bring a one-off menu to Chow Down.
As spring turns to summer, the street food village will add Boro Slice’s Detroit-style pizza slices, Holy Mountain’s renowned BBQ food, Asada Kitchen’s steak and Manchester’s favourite parmo spot, Parmageddon will be joining the venue.
Dave Olejnik, Owner of Sarto has said: “Chow Down has been such a fixture on the Leeds hospitality calendar for so long that we jumped at the opportunity to be a part of it! We’ll be bringing a version of Sarto for the first seven weeks that features all the favourites people have come to know, as well as new ideas and menu items that will allow people to share and enjoy the spring weather”.
Simon Fogal, Founder of Chow Down has said: “The Winter Village proved the team at New Citizens can pull off an incredible user experience at Chow Down within such space limitations. Spring and Summer will be elevated again, literally. With different levels across the Sunset Club, the Tanqueray Terrace.
“It has me thinking about the sunny days, a few drinks, some golf and incredible food. The Resident Kitchens are back and we can’t wait to see what the chefs come up with through the whole season from“.
Chow Down is officially open every Thursday – Sunday until September with opening 4.30pm – 11 pm on Thursdays and Fridays throughout the season, tickets cost from £8 per person (sold in tables of 2-12) plus booking fee and include a welcome drink.
On the weekends, the venue will open 12pm – 11pm on Saturdays and Sunday 12pm – 9pm. For more information, including how to book tickets, visit the Chow Down website.
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