What’s a good night out without a cheeky cocktail or two? And if you’re in Leeds, one of the UK’s best party cities, you don’t want to be served a drink that looks like your Nan’s curtains and tastes like her trifle (i.e. full of booze and is that soap?!). GoHen have searched the city in order to bring you the 14 best cocktail bars in Leeds. It was thirsty work, but somebody had to do it (you’re welcome!).
Boozy brunch, bottomless boozy brunch, Hush Card (loyalty/discount card), student discount, superb location, fantastic atmosphere and really cool staff. This is one venue that really does have it all. To top it off, the cocktail list is manna from heaven, packed full of signature cocktails you won’t find anywhere else.
Address | 6 Greek Street, LS1 5RW
Top Tipple: Tiger Lily Colada
Bibis Italianissimo brings the very best of Italian style and class to the heart of Yorkshire. Even on a day of Yorkshire liquid sunshine, once inside you’ll feel like you’ve just parked up your Lambretta and skipped across the piazza. Not only is the food and drink fantastic (oh and they really are!) but there’s also live entertainment.
Address| Criterion Place, Sovereign Street, LS1 4AG
Top Tipple: Speziato Negroni
Electric Press (Revolution)
If you’re already a devout follower of Revs, you’ll already know about their good deals and good times including 2-4-1 cocktails. This fantastic Leeds cocktail bar overlooks Millennium Square and has three separate bars to choose from. There’s live DJs, packed dance floors, cracking food and of course those damn fine cocktails.
Address | 41 Cookridge St, Millennium Square, LS2 3AW
Top Tipple: Stud Puffin
In no time you’ll be ‘tawking’ like a native and ordering ‘cawfee’. While we absolutely love the décor and amazingly authentic ‘Big Apple’ vibe, it’s the staff and atmosphere at BB that really make the place. Whether you’re playing beer pong with friends or talking about your favourite episodes of Friends do it with a BB cocktail.
Address| 50 Call Lane, Leeds, LS1 6DT
Top Tipple: American Zombie
It’s certainly the highest cocktail bar in Leeds and at night has the most spectacular views across the city. The weekends are party time with live DJs and some of Leeds’ more discerning clientele turning up to one of its hottest venues. But topping the bill are the cocktails which are full on fancy and wonderfully sophisticated.
Address| DoubleTree Hilton, Granary Wharf, LS1 4BR
Top Tipple: Sky Tai
This is a party venue, perfect to hire for a do, but for the casual (or committed) cocktail connoisseur this should be one of the first stops on your Leeds cocktail bar adventure. Live tunes and a late license means it also works well as the last top on a big night out. In fact, you can spend all your stops here and still have an amazing night out.
Address| 5-7 Greek Street, LS1 5RW
Top Tipple: Coconut & Chilli Mojito
Absolutely, 100% proof, alcoholic magicians! If this were the dark ages, they’d probably be accusing Alchemist’s staff of witchcraft, their drinks really are that damn good. Full of theatre with more than a casual nod to the dark arts, the perfect time to pop in are ‘Destiny Tuesdays’, where you can see exactly what this fab venue has in store for you.
Address| Greek Street, LS1 5SH
Top Tipple: Colour Changing One
Serving panoramic views and some of the finest food in the city, you can enjoy your cocktails out on the wraparound outdoor terrace. This isn’t your average “shall we drop by?” kind of a venue, this is a special treat you look forward to and savour kind of place; just like their amazing cocktails, you might not want one every day but on the special days that you do… Wow!
Address| Level 6 Trinity Leeds 70 Boar Lane, LS1 6HW
Top Tipple: The Nutcracker
It’s all about the party baby! This is a venue that is unashamedly all about the good times. Sing, dance, smile and sample incredible, lovingly-crafted cocktails. Downstairs the kitchen and terrace bar are more casual and relaxed, upstairs you’ll find the club and party in full swing in this fantastically summer lovin’ venue.
Address| 3 Brewery Place, Leeds, LS10 1NE
Top Tipple: Life’s A Peach
Tiki Hideaway – Call Lane
For sheer “this is where I wanna be” cool, Call Lane is tough to beat. It just has the most amazing vibe and you instantly wish all the bar staff were your friends. Then you discover the Tiki Hideway and watch the cocktail staff do their thang and you realise, “no, this is actually where I want to live, now where should I put my bed?”
Address| 38 Call Lane, LS1 6DT
Top Tipple: Bahama Mama
Absolutely bonkers in the best possible way, Cuckoo IS Friday night. It doesn’t matter whether it’s Friday night or not, you get a feeling that 48hrs of good times are just waiting for you and it all begins on their cocktail menu. A truly fantastic place to hang out and just feel better about yourself, about life, about whatever happened to S Club 7.
Address| 37 Call Lane, LS1 7BT
Top Tipple: Watermelon Margarita
You’ll arrive ready for cocktails and leave having fallen in love with a Brazilian (menu that is). The food is served the Brazilian way which is virtually never ending and the cocktails are off the chart amazing! One minute you’re sitting their enjoying a quiet drink, the next thing you’re in the middle of your very own Carnival!
Address| 5 St Peters Place, LS9 8AQ
Top Tipple: Suave Brazilia
If you don’t come to glam, don’t come. That’s how we feel about Dirty Martini, with hints of roaring 20’s style, a touch of The Great Gatsby, this definitely feels like ‘the high life’. Bottomless prosecco, Martini brunches, vegan cocktails and so many signature cocktails you’ll just need to keep going back to try them all. “Mission/s accepted!”
Address| 31 King St, LS1 2HL
Top Tipple: Fancy Pants
If only we had a backroom like this in our house! This speakeasy/nightclub is without doubt one of the coolest places in Leeds or indeed the whole of Yorkshire! It’s a place where everything just seems to look, feel and taste better. Live DJ’s, top tunes and some simply spectacular cocktails (it’s also worth mentioning the eye candy in here isn’t bad either!).
Address| 50a Call Lane, Leeds, LS1 6DT
Top Tipple: Popping Candy Margarita