Cool and Quirky Bars in Leeds

This Northern gem is an epicentre for the creative, so you can bet your bottom boozy dollar that the city has a few fittingly unique places to drink up its sleeve. From notable watering holes in converted churches and ping-pong party houses to sultry speakeasies and hidden havens, we've left no stone unturned to bring you some of the best cool and quirky bars in Leeds.

Last updated on 28th May 2020

Bar Soba Leeds

332 user reviews 4

If you're looking for cool and quirky bars in Leeds, it's time to check out Bar Soba. Tuck into Korean popcorn chicken and other tasty Asian bites, whilst trying chocolate orange espresso martinis, apple and ginger mojitos or their infamous sharing 1.5 litre porn 'jar' martini.

The Maven

61 user reviews 5

Proud of their prohibition stance and promising some of the best in cocktail mastery, The Maven is a quirky bar in Leeds with lustre and vintage charm on its side. From drinks in cutesy teacups to lashings of gin, this stylish haunt is the ultimate spot for your next date night. 


141 user reviews 4

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It's all in the name here. This quirky Leeds cocktail bar is decked out with neon lights, rainbow-coloured mirrors, locally-painted murals and animal heads smothered in paint. All the better for you to enjoy their cocktails, craft beer, or pizzas, before dancing till the early hours on their dancefloor.

Manahatta Merrion St

783 user reviews 4

Manahatta is a glitzy addition to this roster of cool and quirky bars in Leeds. Defined by their plush decor and New York-inspired tipples, the Merrion Street hideaway's not only serving up some of the most unique drinks in the city, but they're doing it in a fun and frivolous fashion, all night long.

Nestled along Duncan Street you'll find Distrikt Bar, an underground drinking den, restaurant and nightclub. During the day, the eatery serves up Mediterranean and Middle Eastern tapas, but just wait until the sun goes down, the music turns up and the cocktails are flowing - that's when the fun begins.   

The Viaduct Showbar

1 user review 5

The Viaduct Showbar is awash with glitter balls and heaving dancefloors, making it the perfect environment for some of the best drag queens and cabaret artists to come out to play. The DJ takes over after the show too – and if that's not your jam, they've got amazing drink deals, bingo, quizzes and more.

Mezcal maestros, Neon Cactus, are bringing a tequila-flavoured taste of Mexico to Call Lane, along with vibrant decor and a few classics eats - think tacos, quesadillas and burritos. Work your way through their various margaritas or try one of their signature blends. 

Meet Vice & Virtue: a fine dining restaurant and risky speakeasy all in one. Begin upstairs, with an exquisite tasting menu expertly paired with drinks, before heading downstairs for a variety of stunning cocktails complemented by a full gentleman's club aesthetic.

Table tennis, beer pong and pool... it's all happening at Trinity Square's Roxy Ball Room. The social games bar is adding some entertainment to your drinks with the gang, with sharing pitchers, private rooms and a late-night licence keeping the good vibes going till 3am.

Found in the Northern Quarter, Blind Tyger is one of the most unique bars in Leeds. From its opulent interiors and Victorian theme down to its creative cocktails, this is a treasure in the city for classy drinks and mixology combined.

East 59th

1 user review 1

Looking for cool and quirky places to drink in Leeds? Look no further than East 59th, a rooftop drinking den channelling New York vibes. Hit them up for one of the best bottomless brunches in the city, enjoyed in their chic dining room or out on their gorgeous terrace.