Cool And Quirky Bars In Leicester

Our city is no stranger to weird and wonderful watering holes. Whether they be effortlessly cool speakeasies playing the best live music, or retro bars perfect for hanging out with friends, there's a melting pot of drinking spots ready and waiting for you to walk through the door. Check out our guide to cool and quirky bars in Leicester here and make your next night out one to remember. 

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Last updated on 16th January 2024

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The Distillery Leicester

The Distillery Leicester is a cool sports pub where each booth has its own screen, while there are plenty of other TVs dotted about the space too. But that's not all, as you can expect unique afternoon teas, bottomless brunches and more. 

The Locker Room

You can rely on The Locker Room on Belvoir Street for a quirky night in the city. Not only do they have a plethora of HD screens to catch all the sporting fixtures, but also offer a delightful range of hearty fare, including chicken wings and pizza, alongside lip-smacking bevvies.

Apres Lounge

There's nothing quite like going away on a ski trip for some alpine fun, which is exactly what this cool and quirky bar in Leicester is channelling. Apres Lounge boasts great drinks, unique interiors and an unstoppable party atmosphere that's perfect for a big night out.

The Basement

Channelling London Underground vibes with its dimmed red interiors and neon lighting, The Basement is a quirky Leicester bar that's ready to cater to all of your party needs. Classic cocktails come paired with a roster of live DJs, with plenty of bookable private areas should you need them.


Inspired by the excess of secret drinking bars of the 1920s, Manhattan34 is one of the best cocktail bars in Leicester. Swing by and expect to find expertly mixed concoctions, live music nights and the perfect ambiance for an effortlessly cool night out.