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.

Last updated on 19th June 2020




The Maven

61 user reviews 5

Hidden from view and offering the finest cocktails around, The Maven is a quirky cocktail bar in Leeds that you need to visit. The speciality really is their mixed drinks, with their cocktails coming lovingly garnished with petals and greenery, and served up in quirky containers like tea cups.

Veeno Leeds

273 user reviews 5

While a wine bar doesn't necessarily scream something a little different in Leeds, Veeno has something that lets it stand out from the rest: the volume. This rustic hideaway is perfect for date nights and friends alike, with a wide variety of the finest bottles of wines lining the walls. Pick your favourite and get some Italian spuntini – perfect.

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. 

Zaap

1 user review 5

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.

It's all about Mexican charm at Neon Cactus. You can come here for authentic Mexican cuisine – think burritos, tacos, quesadillas – but it's their drinks list that shines through. Get your tequila and mescal-laced drinks while partying to their many, many DJ nights and you are in for a great time.

The Viaduct Showbar

1 user review 5

This award-winning showbar always strives to offer something different. This quirky Leeds bar offers glitterballs, drag queens, cabaret acts and tribute performers from around the country, as well as DJ takeovers, bingo, quizzes and more.

The Man Behind the Curtain is an experimental restaurant in Leeds that is trying to get rid of the stardom surrounding chefs. Instead, this Michelin-starred restaurant is all about the flavours, offering a twelve-course tasting menu with names like 'The Insecurity of Postmen in Oakley Sunglasses' – as well as offering a wine pairing menu to boot.

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.

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.

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.

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.