OUR STORY

THE TALE OF THE HEDONIST PROJECT

HEDONIST PROJECT WAS BORN FROM THE PASSION, EXPERIENCES AND PERSONALITIES OF THREE TOP LEEDS’ BARTENDERS, BRUCE LERMAN, DAN CROWTHER AND TOM FINNON. THE HEDONIST PROJECT WAS BORN IN SPRING OF 2015, WHEN THEY LAUNCHED LEEDS’ FIRST EVER GIN POP UP - HOGARTH'S GIN JOINT - IN THE CITY’S VIBRANT NORTHERN QUARTER BEFORE RE-LAUNCHING AS A RUM SHACK FOR THE SUMMER. THEN IN NOVEMBER 2015, HEDONIST PROJECT ADOPTED A PERMANENT HOME...WITH A DIFFERENCE!

THIS FLAGSHIP VENUE BECAME THE WORLD'S FIRST AND ONLY BAR TO TO COMPLETELY REINVENT ITSELF EVERY QUARTER. TRANSFORMING EVERYTHING FROM THE BRANDING, DÉCOR, FOOD AND DRINK MENUS TO THE STAFF UNIFORMS, WHILE SERVING UP THE FINEST COCKTAILS - EACH AND EVERY TIME!

HEDONIST PROJECT LAUNCHED THEIR FIRST CONCEPT, LIQUOR STORE AND WHISKY PARLOUR, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE SCOTCH WHISKY BRAND, DIAGEO, SERVING UP ONE OF THE MOST EXTENSIVE WHISKY MENUS IN THE CITY IN A WARM, COSY SETTING WITH RUSTIC ATMOSPHERE.

FOR THEIR SECOND CONCECPT IN SPRING 2016, THE BAR WAS FITTINGLY TRANSFORMED INTO A OLD TOM’S GIN KITCHEN. GONE WAS THE RUSTIC DECOR, REPLACED WITH LIGHTER, FRESHER DECOR AND A GIN-FUELLED DRINKS MENU THAT SERVED UP INNOVATIVE COCKTAILS MADE WITH HOMEMADE INGREDIENTS SUCH AS ROAST BARLEY SYRUP, PEANUT BUTTER CREAM AND SOMERSET CIDER VERMOUTH.

F THE WORLD'S FIRST AND ONLY BAR TO TO COMPLETELY REINVENT ITSELF EVERY QUARTER. ROM GIN TO RUM, SUMMER 2016 SAW THE LAUNCH OF TRADER DAN’S SURF SHACK IN ASSOCIATION WITH APPLETON ESTATE, WRAY & NEPHEW, GOSLING'S RUM AND SURF BRAND QUIKSILVER. INSPIRED BY SURF HAVENS SUCH AS HAWAII AND SOCAL, THE BAR HAD A CARE-FREE ATMOSPHERE, ECLECTIC SOUNDTRACK AND TIKI-INSPIRED DRINK MENU TO WHILE AWAY THE LONG SUMMER NIGHTS. IN OCTOBER 2016, HEDONIST PROJECT LAUNCHED THEIR MOST AMBITIOUS PROJECT TO DATE, THE WINTER MOUNTAIN LODGE WITH BACARDI BROWN FOREMAN AND DC SHOES. BRINGING THE APRÉS SKI VIBES TO THE SLOPES OF LEEDS. THE BAR WAS TRANSFORMED INTO A RETRO SKI-CHALET WITH RUSTIC ALPINE WOOD PANELLING, SKI-MOUNTED WALLS, COSY SEATING AND FESTIVE COCKTAILS - MAKING IT THE PERFECT PLACE TO ‘GET PISTE’ THIS WINTER.

IN OCTOBER 2016, HEDONIST PROJECT LAUNCHED THEIR MOST AMBITIOUS PROJECT TO DATE, THE WINTER MOUNTAIN LODGE WITH BACARDI BROWN FOREMAN AND DC SHOES. BRINGING THE APRÉS SKI VIBES TO THE SLOPES OF LEEDS. THE BAR WAS TRANSFORMED INTO A RETRO SKI-CHALET WITH RUSTIC ALPINE WOOD PANELLING, SKI-MOUNTED WALLS, COSY SEATING AND FESTIVE COCKTAILS - MAKING IT THE PERFECT PLACE TO ‘GET PISTE’ last winter.

In March 2017 The Hedonist Project opened their most challenging concept yet, teaming up with American Whiskey bar heavyweight Haymarket Whiskey bar from Leeds’ twin city Louisville, KY in A Tale of Twin Cities, with support from the American Whiskey giants Wild Turkey.