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 3rd October 2016
Pray to the burger gods thanks to this converted church bar in Leeds. One of the most unique places to eat and drink in the city, not only does The Joint boast quirky interiors, urban art and beaming neons, guests are sure to find a burger they like thanks to a booming American inspired menu alongside cocktail sharers and filling milkshakes.
With delicious cocktails, sumptuous wines and an eclectic mix of worldly beers all served up at the bar, it’s hard to look past The Liquorist as anything other than a boozy emporium. There’s plenty of tipples to suit all tastes, and a choice of fresh salads, steak dinners and fabulous burgers for the foodie. A warm and inviting all-rounder found right at the heart of Leeds city centre.
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.
Spread across three floors and with a commitment to only using the finest local produce and and ingredients, the Trio restaurant & bar in Leeds plates up the very best that Yorkshire has to offer. Alongside their delicious food, the talented team of mixologists have produced a cocktail menu well worth its salt. With delicious concoctions such as the Russian Sling and the Kentucky Rose, they'll leave with a slight spring in your step and a boozy grin etched across your drunk face.
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.
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.
Got a penchant for the finer party lifestyle? Fancy yourself a socialite in Leeds, primed for high-end cocktails and lush interiors? Then Chill White is the venue for you. Not only boasting three floors worth of fun, this is where Leeds' most sharply dressed folk come out to play for champagne menus, VIP booths and more.
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.
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.
Those with a hankering for mighty Mexican morsels can do now wrong when it comes to a dally on down to Cielo Blanco. One of the best tequila bars in Leeds and toting a lush selection of small plates, the colourful whims of food at Cielo Blanco are equally reflected in their interiors with South American trinkets, cutesy booths, intricate tiling, and a lush beer garden to boot.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Those with tapas tinkerings can do no wrong as Sandinista, a Spanish themed bar in Leeds where the fun runs high and the sangria never runs dry. Unless you drink it all that is. While those with hungry hankerings can simmer down for European plates and Spanish tidings, other can crack into cocktails, enjoy a regular rotation of live entertainment and lush over their sandy interiors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.