Cuckoo has many strings to its bow: a rainbow interior, neon lights, quirky interiors and craft beer aplenty. But you'll also want to come to this fun party bar in Leeds for their wonderful range of cocktails, serving up signature and classics alike.
Cocktail Bars in Leeds
The cocktail is an art form and the bartenders of this city are the artists. Cocktail bars in Leeds range from the artisan and masterful to the strong and tropical, but have one thing in common - they are all made well. So if you have a tinkering for some of the tastiest alcoholic drinks in the city but need to know where to drink cocktails in Leeds, let us guide you round these fancy bars and party havens alike.
Sleek, luxe and a whole load of fun - Dirty Martini has made a name for itself across the country as the go to place for brilliant cocktails, party vibes and cool design - without even so much as a whiff of pretension.
Get the glamour of the Big Apple in this Leeds cocktail bar, with two floors of New York-inspired coolness. Enter this sophisticated spot and you'll be greeted with exposed brickwork, hanging lights and crystal cut glassware perfect for holding your expertly made Old Fashioned. They've also got an equally stylish venue on Greek Street.
When a cocktail bar in Leeds has an exterior as beautiful as its interior, you know you are on to a winner. Alongside a food menu serving everything from salads and steaks to brunch, this stylish hotspot also has a cocktail list of stylish, inspired and gin-filled mixes.
While there's no fault in cool bar Cool Lane Social, if you fancy something just a bit more tropical, they have something for you. Head upstairs and you'll find Tiki Hideaway, the South Pacific den full of Polynesian décor, Hawaiian shirts and fruity cocktails adorned with fire.
If the weather's bad outside, fear not, because you've always got Bamboo Door. Boasting over 25 different cocktails served in cute novelty cups, bar snacks like burgers, coconut shrimp and nachos, and a bar awash with bamboo shoots, tropical plants and a straw hut bar, you'll probably forget you still in Yorkshire.
When the bar knows how to distil their own spirits, they know how to handle a cocktail. So head into Jake's Bar, a speakeasy with industrial twinges, delivering a collection of creative tonics, potent liquors and tasty elixirs all in a cool, prohibition-era underground den.
Hidden from sight and secret to everyone but those in the know, you would be forgiven for not knowing about The Maven. Well, you should, because this prohibition style speakeasy offers as much fun as it does delicious cocktails. Come to this speakeasy bar in Leeds and you'll be treated to any number of unique concoctions in stylish, muted interiors.
Broody, sophisticated and all kinds of tasty, Blind Tyger is one of the best places to drink cocktails in Leeds. Located above sister location Sandinista, there's cosy booths to sink into, cool trinkets to look at and a whole Victorian lounge aesthetic that you might just fall in love with. Meanwhile, you can sip on classy cocktails created using some of the finest ingredients they can get their hands on.
Beautiful British dishes and stunning views, it's hard to think that people would choose other venues than Angelica. This sophisticated spot boasts an impressive rooftop terrace, panoramic views from the sixth floor of the Trinity Leeds building and a sleek interior lightened up with greenery. This is pretty much the perfect environment to enjoy one of their perfectly made cocktails.
If you're after a delicious meal, you could always be virtuous and go to their white-washed, calming restaurant Virtue. You could have a delicious tasting menu, paired with wine. Or you could give in to Vice, their Gentleman's Club-cum-cocktail bar in Leeds, featuring a wonderful mixed drinks list full of vodka, whisky, and more, as well as a much more sultry tone.
People who love to party normally descend onto Oporto. A vivid bar of colour, excitement and cool leather sofas, it matches contemporary stylings with the bombastic to create a really cool hangout. Alongside their hot dog offering, they're also known for their great cocktails and live music.
You can't think about cocktail bars in Leeds – well, any city really – without thinking about Revolution. The vodka masters are known to throw together a great selection of vodkas, as well as other spirits, wines and beer, perfect for when you dance to their regular DJ nights. And if you fancy shaking some up yourself, they hold cocktail masterclasses too.
If you're looking for one of those cool hangouts in the city, then look no further than Smokestack. It distils the essence of New Orleans into the city centre, bringing live funk, soul, blues and jazz alongside rum-and-absinthe laced cocktails perfect for pretending you are in the humid Deep South.
For a buzzing atmosphere and affordable cocktails, there's one place in town that fits that description exactly. This independent cocktail bar in Leeds is all cool lights, great music and even has an outside area with parasols for you alfresco sorts. All the better to drink some of the cheapest cocktails in town.
Clockwork is the theme for Call Lane Social – once work ends on a Friday, you'll end up there, their expert mixologists will shake you up a drink, and you'll party until the early hours, just like clockwork. And if the 9-5 is really getting you down, we hear there's a secret upstairs…