Romantic Bars In Leeds
Love is in the air... Or at least it is in these watering holes. Kitted out with beautiful interiors, pretty-as-a-picture tipples and ambience-setting tunes, drinking spots across the city are bringing their 'A' game to help you raise yours in the love department. So whether you're after an after-dinner sip with your partner, a midweek cocktail for you and your boo or a memorable place for a first date, you're bound to find somewhere to impress in our pick of romantic bars in Leeds.
Lay on the charm offensive with a trip to Veeno, a classy wine bar renowned for having some of the world's best bottles. Make a special night of it with their tasting experiences, offering five different glasses for you and your beau, accompanied by a sharing platter and tiramisu.
Nation Of Shopkeepers is a bar and live music venue in the heart of the city. Popular for its courtyard seating - guaranteed to be abuzz in the summer months - it also has a selection of gins and rotating craft brews on tap, as well as a regular roster of gigs to keep you lovebirds entertained.
When it comes to romantic bars in Leeds, Gusto has got to be up there for its fairy light-bedecked ornamental tree if nothing else. Whilst it might be better-known for its delicious menu of Italian plates, the bar also deserves credit for its extensive cocktail list, as well as housing a massive selection of beers, wines and fizz.
Looking to wow your crush? The Lost & Found will certainly do the job, with stunning decor and curious cocktails making it a great first date bar. Take your pick from honeycomb vodka, jasmine tea syrup and banana chip-infused rum concoctions.
Add a little glitz and glam to your date night drinks with a little help from Tailors, a 20s-themed speakeasy. Nestled in The Grand Arcade, The Gatsby-style drinking den is even kitted out with vintage costume racks and mannequins, adding some light-hearted fun to your evening, before sitting down for a signature negroni, made with their own gin.
For something a little different, look no further than The Alchemist, a gorgeous romantic bar in Leeds with swoon-worthy views and theatrical tipples. Located on top of Trinity, this cocktail lounge has gained a name for its smoky tipples and attention-grabbing interiors - also, if the sun's out, the rooftop terrace is a must.
Classic sips, chic furnishings and cityscape views to boot: SkyLounge is, without doubt, one of Leeds' most romantic bars. Situated on the 13th floor of the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, this popular spot is ideal for a drink during sunset - whether you're working your magic on the outdoor terrace or from one of their tables by their floor-to-ceiling windows.
Housed inside the historic Hepper House, Iberica is a great choice for a romantic drink in Leeds. A gorgeous Spanish restaurant on the surface, head downstairs where you'll find La Bodega, a stunning basement wine bar with over 70 bottles of Spanish vino to choose from and authentic tapas to snack on.
A heavyweight in Leeds' already impressive cocktail scene, The Watermark is offering two different date night spaces for the price of one. Upstairs, comfy couches and tables are matched with a menu of classic sips, small plates and charcuterie boards, whilst downstairs you'll find a more slinky scene and a selection of highball and lowball libations.
Located on top of Victoria Gate shopping centre, East 59th is quite literally raising the dating game. Bringing a taste of Manhattan to the city, the rooftop bar and kitchen is shaking up sophisticated drinks in the form of potent martinis and bespoke sips as well as whiskeys, wines and fizz.
Looking for a romantic date night bar in Leeds? Having been named by the official Top 50 Cocktail Bars as the 9th best in the country, Vice & Virtue is an obvious choice. Cocktails are created with locally-sourced and foraged produce whilst the interiors have been inspired by the Prohibition. Hungry? Their award-winning restaurant is only upstairs, waiting to serve you a culinary feast.
You're in for a stylish night of drinking at this award-winning gem - that is, if you can find it. Hidden behind an inconspicuous door along Call Lane, The Maven creates refreshing twists on traditional sips, presented in enchanting teacups and finished with a botanical flourish.
An evening at this Call Lane speakeasy will see you sipping on liquors distilled from an on-site 30-litre copper pot on comfy Chesterfields. Sounds pretty great right? Jake's Bar & Still Room is well worth a visit to check out some of their acclaimed spirits and seasonally-changing drinks menu.
Shears Yard may look unassuming from the outside but step inside and you'll find a gorgeous romantic bar and restaurant. Setting the scene with cool interiors, the Wharf Street eatery is sure to please with a seasonal drinks menu and homemade liquors - they've also got an adorable outdoor terrace for the warmer months.
If your other half's a cocktail enthusiast, look no further than Blind Tyger. Bartenders at this Victorian-themed joint are serious pros, using some of the world's best ingredients to whip up incredible concoctions. Expect unusual mixes of celery bitters, mint stalk syrup and green tea kombucha, topped off with a hefty dose of rum.