Bars in Leicester

If you're out on a boozer in this part of England, make sure you check out this list of bars in Leicester for our best picks. From cocktails to real ales to top quality entertainment, there's something for everyone in this live wire city in the Midlands. Grab your mates, a date or your co-workers, hit these Leicester bars and let the good times roll.

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This secret venue, jewel of The Cultural Quarter, is a decadent den of 1930's glamour, combined with bespoke cocktails, American craft beers and refreshing real ales for all your tipple tastes. Combine this with acoustic sessions and open mic nights and you have a thoroughly entertaining night on your hands in one of the best speakeasy bars in Leicester. 

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Indulge yourself with a luxury beverage  (or two, or maybe three, oh maybe just one more) in one of the best cocktail and champagne bars in Leicester. This sophisticated bar is situated in the gorgeous setting of a grade 2 listed building. Don't just settle for a tipple in hand, because this place will have you alive and kicking with live entertainment, from chilled out acoustics to international DJ sets.

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Open until 3am seven nights a week, this thriving hub in New Walk is up there with the best of the cocktail bars in Leicester. Famous for their premium distilled vodkas, which are mixed with anything from apple juice to the chef's innovative take on barbecue sauce, this place fuses the master of spirits into innovative new forms.

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This genteel bar nestles snugly into Leicester's bar scene so find this cosy den on Cank Street for a tip-top night of delicious drinks to savour. Enjoy a touch of old fashioned glamour in one of the swankiest cocktail bars in Leicester that begs a touch of class, the perfect venue for a first date or a quaint catch up.

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This charming venue, restored within a grade 2 listed building, is great for those cutesie afternoon teas, with its floral wallpaper and white-washed furniture. But it's the beverages that steal the show at this cracking addition to Leicester cocktail bars, with crafty concoctions such as The Lucky No. 7, which involves amaretto, decadent chocolate spirits and seductive salted caramel pretzel syrup.

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Dose yourself on sport in Leicester as Rileys promises all the premium action. From live sports screenings of some of the best action in the business, to pool tables, darts and more, head on down to this cracking joint for affordable pints, fun nights and more.

Purrrfect for your quaint catch ups or your messy meet ups, stop by in one of the more cutesie cafe bars in Leicester for a classy cocktail and hit the dance floor running for a night on your feet. Great happy hours mean that this fat feline won't break your bank either, so what are you waiting for?

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This stylishly modern High Street haunt oozes charm with its luxurious vintage furniture and fresh tiling. With two bar spaces and an extensive food menu, there's not a tipple or a nibble that can't please your palate. Get a pulled pork sandwich with hickory BBQ sauce alongside your Amaretto Sours for a taste sensation in this Leicester cocktail bar.

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Add a splash of colour to your occasion with an orange tint to a charming interior, with rustic wooden surfaces and antique trinkets sprinkled around. Proud of their top notch cocktails, pints and deilicious dishes, this place even boasts live music entertainment and a beer garden for your moshing and sunbathing needs. Feel young and free at this vibrant addition to Leicester's city centre cocktail bars.

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Check out a bit of cosy vintage on the Leicester bar scene, with 70s patterened furniture and mustard tones. The cocktails are just as unique as the interior, with inspired concoctions such as the Toblerone Martini, containing Frangelico hazelnut liqueur and Giffard creme de Cacao for those sweet toothed partiers. The grub won't let you down either, with tasty additions such as the beetroot gnocchi. 

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Forget bars in Leicester, land yourself a night in the mountains in this Alpine Lodge. It's easy to forget you're on Leicester High Street when you're surrounded by mountain vistas on the walls and stag heads jutting out of the woodwork, so escape your workday woes for the evening and party late into the night with a tasty tipple in hand in one of the city's finest themed bars.

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Roll up roll up for your bare brick walls and 1920's art-deco interior in one of the sleekest restaurant bars in Leicester. Located in Leicester's financial district and named accordingly, this place is great for a crafty cocktail and a sophisticated evening with a date a mate or a gaggle, taste some Nepalese and South Asian dishes as you sip slurp and burp your way through beverages.

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Renovated from an early 19th century knitwear factory, expect spinning wheels, exposed stone walls and the old factory lighting one of the only time travelling bars in Leicester. Order in some bespoke cocktails and look out for a secret beer garden and the 'Loom Room', available for hire and complete with private bar for your own secret shenanigans and private parties.

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Dedicated to the beachy paradise of the South Pacific, this is the most exotic of the tiki bars in Leicester. With Hawaiian shirted bar tenders and balmy booths, put your feet up and get away from it all in a holiday retreat without buying those pesky flights. Kick back with a cocktail and set your taste buds alight with a smoking hot Hakamou Flaming Zombie and push away the work woes with new sunny horizons in the hottest themed bar around.

Happily Affordable ££

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A funky light bulb chandelier and neon London Underground signs light up this bright spark, the star of Leicester's nightlife. The liveliest of the basement bars in Leicester, this venue is great for your Long Island Iced Teas or your frothy pints and with live DJs each night, you can dance until you drop in a safe haven beneath the ground in this confidential speakeasy bar.

Happily Affordable ££

Your new second home is a quaint haven in the middle of Rutland Street, introducing edible etiquette and demure drunkenness to Leicester's cafe bars. Get your coffees, cocktails and real ales at this buntinged bar and indulge any sweet tooth with baked goodies on the side.

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