Cool and Quirky Bars in Leeds
The UK's epicentre for the cool and the creative, you can bet your bottom boozy dollar that Leeds has a few quirky places to drink up its sleeve. From notable bars 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 most cool and quirky bars in Leeds.
Last updated on 15th December 2017
Manahatta is a glitzy addition to this roster of cool bars in Leeds. Defined by their plush interiors and their cocktail whims, Manahatta are not only serving up some of the most unique drinks in the city, they're doing it in a fun and frivolous fashion, all night long.
Banyan Leeds is located in the main city square and on top of its enviable location and massive outdoor seating area, the interior of this stylish bar and restaurant also promises unique design and quirks aplenty. Head here for delicious plates, bespoke cocktails and private party capacity of up to 130 guests.
Work your way to the sweet tidings of this tiki haven to experience one of the most unique bars in Leeds. A cool cavern for all things South Pacific, Tiki Hideaway is leading the charge when it comes to sweet cocktails, fiery drinks and themed fun.
Looking to catch a few cocktails in Leeds? Why not join Dirty Martini for a whole new kind of mixology experience as they promise the best in drinks, all set alongside interiors interiors and a smashing playlist.
It’s all in the name here. This weird and quirky Leeds cocktail bar is awash with neon lights, rainbow coloured mirrors, murals painted by local artists, and animal heads smothered in paint. All the better for you to enjoy their cocktails, craft beer, or pizzas in.
Looking for a ping pong bar in Leeds with party thrown in for good measure? Funny that, you've just found it. The perfect palace for antics and entertainment, The Pit in the city centre provides the ultimate backdrop for ribs, craft beers and ping pong matches aplenty.
Part-café bar, part-record shop, part-exhibition space, Outlaw’s Yacht Club is a creative and quirky bar in Leeds. The venue’s filled with cool sofas surrounded by artwork from local artists, as well as cutesy touches like vintage typewriters and globes. Come round by day and treat yourself to a cheese or charcuterie board – head there at night and they play host to the best local and international DJs around.
Head down the rabbit hole at this quirky Leeds bar. While the interior is weird enough, complete with pictures of kooky artwork on the walls alongside taxidermy deer’s heads and funky wallpaper, your drinks will be served in teapots and strange crockery.
One of the coolest bars in Leeds is East 59th. Channelling the effortless cool from New York, you’ll walk into the minimalist interior and enjoy grey-washed walls, floor-to-ceiling windows and plants dotted around. Feast on huge slabs of meat and bowls of ice cream in the morning, and at night indulge in expertly made cocktails, wines and beers.
If you’re looking for quirky things to do in Leeds, you’ve got the right place. The Viaduct Showbar is awash with glitterballs and dancefloors: the perfect environment to host their weekly cabaret from the best drag queens around. 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.
Proud of their prohibition stance and promising some of the best in cocktail mastery, The Maven is a quirky bar in Leeds with luster and vintage charm on its side. From drinks in cutesy tea cups to lashings of gin, their dated space promises the ultimate date night space.
Found in the Northern Quarter of Leeds, Blind Tyger is no less than one of the most unique bars in Leeds. From its opulent interiors and Victorian theme down to its creative cocktails and dated vibe, this is a treasure in the city for classy drinks and mixology combined.
A hybrid of entertainment in the city, Belgrave makes its mark as one of the most unique places to drink in Leeds in more ways than one. Whether it's the roster of exhibitions, quirky interiors, DJ nights, roof terrace or street food traders, Belgrave always has something that keeps you coming back for more.
Upstairs, it’s an unassuming contemporary British restaurant, serving up tasting menus expertly paired with drinks. But downstairs thinks get a bit risky. Vice is serving you up a variety of delicious cocktails, with menus focused on vodka, whisky and more – and a full Gentleman’s Club aesthetic.