Bars in Leeds
Leeds may be ranked as a 'gamma world city', but it's also ranked as one of the most cracking places to go for a night out in the UK. A hubbub of hedonistic activity and brimming with all sorts of lush, liquid locations, the city is here to satisfy any and all needs. Whether it's for tiki tinkerings, tapas boozing or speakeasy supping, Leeds bars know a thing or two about keep those bellies stocked and those cheeks grinning. Check out our recommendations for the best bars in Leeds.
Last updated on 15th December 2017
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Boasting a slice of New York life, Manahatta brings a dose of the Big Apple to Leeds. One of the coolest bars in town, not only are there burgers and steaks to be found here, you can't miss the hardy selection of cocktails and craft beer either.
Think craft ales, a massive selection of wines and locally-sourced dishes at this Leeds favourite. Veritas combines its love of food and drink with exceptional hostpitality to provide its guests with one of the best nights out in the city.
The Pit brings barbecued meat, Americana cocktails and craft beer to its subterranean space in the heart of the city centre. Come this way for glazed and succulent ribs, and stay for a few cocktails after dinner; they’ve got a Taste of the Americas section which needs checking out. The Pit is a top dog party venue too, hosting cocktail masterclasses and ping pong facilities in The Den.
Bursting at the Hawaiian seams atop Call Lane Social is one of Leeds' most loved tiki bars. A wonderland or bamboo interiors and flambé cocktails, those needing a wee dose of sunshine know where to head. Hailed as one of the best cocktail bars in Leeds and brimming with tropical concoctions, young sprites and party people head down to Tiki Hideaway for a dose of something a little different.
The place to be for late-night cocktails in Leeds, come to this broody bar for great cocktails made from bespoke spirits, amazing happy hour deals and one of the coolest atmospheres around.
Doused in the style of New York City, take to this cool loft space in Leeds and experience the classic mixology of Manhattan's bygone drinking days. This two floor joint is a space of opulent nightlife where you can eat, drink and dance to a selection of the latest commercial jams. If you're fiending for a tailored tipple and cheeky boogie, this is your go-to.
Those with a penchant for late night shindigs, tiki tidings or karaoke crooning could learn a thing or two from Tiger Tiger. A wonderland of unique and verying party spaces, Tiger Tiger make for the ultimate party in Leeds. Whether you're belting out a ballad in their Lucky Voice room, making shapes in their Boogie Wonderland or supping on the South Pacific in their tiki bar, this young and fun joint has it all.
Things are getting a bit Bavarian at Bierkeller on South Parade; the traditional German beer house recreates Oktoberfest magic every day of the week. There's long shared tables, great steins of beer, Oompah bands and waitresses are bedecked in the traditional drindls.
Set in the heart of Leeds city centre, this unique bar and kitchen promises quirky design, delicious food (from breakfast through to dinner), and a bespoke cocktail menu, sure to impress. Banyan Leeds is also available for private hire for up to 130 guests.
Looking for some serious bottle action in the city? Let Veeno be your guide. One of the most notable wine bars in Leeds, experiences bottles from around the world alongside a mezzanine area, private hire spaces, wine tasting experiences and authentic spuntini.
When it comes to wine bars in Leeds, there's only one name for it, and that's Veeno. This Wellington Place branch comes at you not only with charcuterie bites and delicious sputini, there's a whole roster of wine bottles and tastings to go around.
Cuckoo might just be the most colourful bar in Leeds. There’s neon lights, all the colours of the rainbow on the walls, and zebras, crocodiles and rhino heads on the walls for a start, but add in their great cocktails, craft beer ‘giraffe’ sharers and wide range of pizzas, and you have the perfect picture opportunity.
A bar you can rely on for any and all night out hankerings, Revolution Call Lane is a hot tot trot party palace of affordable food and plush plonk. With its modern tidings, cool interiors and bustling crowd, Revolution not only serve up a fresh selection of cocktails and classic bottles of beer, there's cocktail masterclasses for those brave enough to try the art of mixology.
An independent cocktail bar just shy of Call Lane, Mook is just the destination for those that fancy cocktails without too much cash needed to be injected into them. A top selection coming in at just £6, including their bourbon laced Friskey Bison, Mook promise affordable drinks in and amongst contemporary interiors where the colour purple ever reigns supreme.
A broody wee booze joint where waistcoat clad bartenders and flocked wallpaper comes as standard, Blind Tyger is just the juice joint for those with vintage hankerings. One of the best cocktail bars in Leeds and brimming with a cocktail menu that most bars would envy, Blind Tyger will whip up concoctions the likes of a sweet tooth supping Popcorn Mai Tai, a Bloomsbury Blitz and more.
Revolucion de Cuba brings the Latin vibes in every sense of the word, from the vibrant décor to the pumping music, and the delicious food. One moment you could be around a table with your friends, eating tacos and enchiladas, the next you could sipping on cocktails while storming the dance floor with your pals.
If you want that sophisticated taste of Manhattan, you’ve got to take a trip to East 59th. This slick bar is an American eatery by day, serving up huge slabs of meat and ice creams to finish, and by night it’s a modern bar, offering cool and contemporary interiors alongside great cocktails.
For more Polynesian fun, head down to Bamboo Door. Awash with tiki décor, such as bamboo shoots, tropical plants and a straw hut for a bar, they deliver the holiday vibes with every visit. Which makes the 25 different cocktails served in Polynesian pots all the better.
While you might visit casual eatery Bundobust for the delicious Indian street food, they’ve got another trick up their sleeve: craft beer. So whether you’re here for dinner or to sample some of the tastiest beers around, Bundobust has something for you.
The flambé of cocktails, the flickering of flames, the hankerings of hipsters and the back bar brimming with international bottles. Neon Cactus is a Mexican themed bar in Leeds with attitude and antics on its side. Whether you're tucking into small plates brimming with South American yum, or watching the bartenders mix your creative concoctions, Neon Cactus is pumping and proud.
It's time to talk summer, and if anyone knows how to handle it, it's these folks. A veritable playground of food and fun, the Belgrave Music Hall is one of the most beloved events spaces in Leeds. Whether you're tottering over for their street food stalls, enjoying their warehouse hankerings or sunning it in their garden brimming with cutesy tricks, Belgrave is the ultimate in Leeds hipster haven.
Normally when someone tells you to head to the backroom, notions of alarm bells ring off. But not when it comes to this happening party bar in Leeds. A lush palace of speakeasy inspired cocktails with contemporary cavorting, The Backroom is where the young and fun of Leeds come to really let their hair down on the weekend, and enjoy the subtle 1920s party notes.
One of the most secret bars in Leeds and one of its most favoured speakeast lairs, The Maven simply dares you to find it amongst the hubbub of Call Lane antics. Known for their vintage charm and outlandish cocktails, The Maven make each cocktail a piece of art, whether that's tucked into a cutesy teacup or garnished with petals, those with a penchant for creative drinks need this Leeds cocktail bar in their repertoire.
Looking for a Champagne bar in Leeds? Bursting for those delicious bubbles? Then to Epernay you must head. Toting an after work crowd and brimming with bottles from the globe over thanks to types from over 21 houses (including Bruts, Roses and Blanc de Blancs), Epernay are washing away all weekly woes with their delicious lot of liquids.
A New Station Street nook for any and all meaty hankerings, this all-day charcuterie and bar is a laid-back joint for more sophisticated and date inspired lounging. With their fresh interiors, craft beer selection with nearly 150 bottles to boast, and one almighty array of ham, this is a happy-go-lucky palace of pints and meat ploughing.
A siren of speakeasy supping, Jake's Bar and Still Rooms boasts just the elixir for any and all nights out in Leeds. Toting their own 30 litre Copper Pot Still named Tabitha, Jake's are proficient in the art of brewing, bringing guests a true taste of something special, whether that's unique liquors, potent spirits or cracking cocktails, their mixology whims are sure to impress.
Lip licking times are afoot as one of the best restaurant bars in Leeds caters to any and all American inspired hankerings. With their penchant for piled up plates, fridges and pumps brimming with craft brews, and a salt rub you'd do silly things for to recreate it at home for yourself, you're likely to find some of the best BBQ ribs and burgers in Leeds at Red's. Take it from the cow's mouth.
A sophisticated destination boasting some of the best views in the city, Angelica is a must for those looking to add a more upscale note to their night out in Leeds. From their stunning island bar and sixth floor balcony boozing, to a variety of cuisines just waiting to garnish your plates, this Trinity Leeds destination will suit plenty of hankerings, especially if there's bubbly involved.
The Grill on the Square might be most known for their wholesome food menu, packed with premium steaks, seafood and fish, but their signature cocktail menu is worth a look too. Come here for a variety of tasty mixes, from classics to their own takes on amazing flavours.
Doing exactly what it says on the tin, Call Lane Social is not only a Call Lane bar, it's a social one at that too. Boasting raw interiors amongst the bright lights of its signage, Call Lane Social is everything you should expect from a party hearty boozer with charm. From walls dosed in vintage bits, to an affordable drinks menu, Call Lane Social is calling. You'd better pick up.
A New Orleans inspired nook with the antics to match, Smokestack is a rooting tooting joint for any and all juice hankerings. Speakeasy inspired supping where cocktails are dashed with a dose of southern-styled spirits, Smokestack not only bring South American to this fun tie party bar in Leeds, there's live music antics, regular dance floor beats and more.
A lush lair of hot dogs, international beers and sweet treats, Oporto is a Call Lane bar with Leeds cool under its belt. Boasting a mahogany edge with flecks of vintage circus shab, Oporto are famed for their cool interiors, laid-back party nights with the likes of Dead Young Records and Communion in tow, cracking cocktails and wondrous weekend romps.
Tapped care about two things: craft beer and pizza. They take their beer seriously, with vats of beer in the venue proper, and they have over 27 on draft, including 14 craft keg beers and 13 cask ales. Alongside the over 100 bottled beer, they deliver delicious pizzas made with fresh dough every day – and they include their beer in the recipe.