Something a Little Different In Leeds

While we're sure your local is just fine, sometimes you just want something a little different in Leeds. Which is great, because the city is positively brimming with alternative bars, bringing unique concepts, crazy cocktails and even conversation-starting decor. So if you're after quirky bars in Leeds, read our recommended list and have fun.

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Last updated on 12th March 2024

Paint a Pic Leeds

When in need of quirky ideas for things to do with friends or your other half, Paint A Pic has your back with their fun art classes. From grabbing drinks at the bar to fashioning your masterpiece, these events are all kinds of fun.

Escape Hunt Leeds

Take on a thrilling escape room challenge with your mates for a fun bonding experience. You'll have 60 minutes to complete a series of puzzles and challenges in a themed room of your choosing, in order to earn your freedom and gain the glory. 

The Wet Spot Burlesque & Cabaret

The Wet Spot Burlesque & Cabaret is a fab choice of unique things to do, as they're making sure you get treated to stellar performances at Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen. But that's not all, as tickets cost £18 too.

The Park VR Leeds

The Park VR Leeds is a great shut for date nights, team building activities and days out with friends alike, thanks to a range of fantastic virtual experiences available on high-tech headsets. Choose between chilling escape rooms, zombie battlegrounds or futuristic adventures, before unwinding at the bar with refreshing drinks and tasty snacks.


When you're in need of quirky things to do, head to YO! Leeds Trinity for their cool masterclass. You'll tuck into gyozas and a welcome drink on arrival, before learning some history, practising fish-cutting techniques and constructing four delish items.

Outlaws Yacht Club

The Outlaws Yacht Club manages to combine artistry with socialising in one space. This cool bar in Leeds is all laidback sofas, surrounded by artwork from local artists, lending the place a vibrant atmosphere. Couple that with the beer, wine and cocktails, as well as loose teas and local coffees, and you've got a great place to hangout.

Bulgogi Grill

This Korean restaurant gives a fun, interactive element to Chinese cooking. Delivering locally-sourced BBQ meats and seafood, marinated in traditional Korean seasonings and sauces, you'll get to cook them yourselves on the concave grill on your table.


It's not just Japanese food at Teppanyaki: it's about theatre too! You'll sit around the hot plate as the friendly chefs cook you up something great (delivering both tasty food and banter), creating a fun, social atmosphere.


Zaap hopes to transport people to the streets of Thailand with upcycled light features, lanterns and Thai street signs, as well as speakers playing a mixture of Thai pop or rock music. Really great for people looking for something different to do in Leeds, they also serve up a delicious array of authentic Thai dishes.

Mans Market

New-age Chinese food is king at Mans Market, offering a quirkily decorated restaurant that delivers on flavours. Expect kitsch oriental décor and hanging Chinese lanterns made all the better by a menu of delicious meat boxes and Dim Sum, washed down by Hong Kong-inspired cocktails.