Where to get Cocktails in Leeds

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Are you ready to embark on a cocktail-fuelled adventure through the vibrant city of Leeds? Whether you’re a seasoned sipper or a curious newbie, this guide will take you on a whirlwind tour of the city’s most exciting and innovative bars, where the drinks are always flowing and the good times are guaranteed.

From hidden speakeasies to rooftop oasis, from gin palaces to tequila temples, Leeds has no shortage of incredible spots to enjoy a carefully crafted cocktail (or three). We’ve scoured the city high and low to bring you the ultimate list of must-visit bars, each with its own unique atmosphere, creative concoctions, and unforgettable experiences. Whether you’re in the mood for a classic martini or a wild and wacky signature creation, you’re sure to find your new favourite drink (and maybe even your new favourite bar) on this boozy adventure.

So grab your besties, put on your fancy pants, and get ready to explore the best that Leeds’ cocktail scene has to offer.

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Angelica & Crafthouse Cocktails

Looking for a spot to sip on some seriously sublime cocktails? Well, you’re in luck! Angelica is a true gem, perched high above the city in the Trinity Leeds shopping centre. This rooftop bar is the perfect place to kick back, relax, and enjoy a tipple or two.


You’ll find Angelica wrapped around the penthouse of Trinity Leeds, offering stunning panoramic views of the city skyline. Access is easy peasy – just head to the top floor of the shopping centre via the fully accessible lift from the bottom of the Holy Trinity Church entrance on Boar Lane.


Now, let’s talk about the real star of the show – the booze! Angelica has teamed up with the fabulous No.3 Gin to create seven carefully-curated drinks that are available for a limited time only. But don’t worry, their regular menu is just as impressive, with a luxurious selection of spirits and liqueurs that will make your taste buds sing. The talented mixologists at Angelica have got you covered, whether you’re in the mood for a classic cocktail or something a little more adventurous. Sip your way through a wide range of classics, from margaritas and mojitos to Singapore Slings and Sidecars.

Or, if you’re feeling daring, try one of their signature concoctions, created with homemade ingredients and inspired by a journey through various countries. And for those who prefer their drinks sans alcohol, Angelica has a range of six delightful mocktails to choose from. The barmen are true experts, guiding you through the making of each drink with genuine interest and knowledge for the products and flavours.

The Vibe

The vibe at Angelica is chic and sophisticated, with modern décor that creates a truly appealing ambiance. Grab a table or sprawl out on a sofa and while away the hours. And don’t worry about the weather – with blankets and heaters on hand, you can enjoy the terrace no matter the season. On weekends, the chilled vibe gets dialled up a notch with resident DJs pumping out a euphoric mix of tunes. Angelica’s Ibiza Takeovers have even garnered a cult following, with many touting the all-day affair as one of the best rooftop parties in the north!


While the prices at Angelica lean towards the higher end, with an average range of £50 per person for food and drink, the experience is well worth it. The smart casual dress code adds to the sophisticated atmosphere, and the stunning views and top-notch cocktails make it a must-visit spot in Leeds.

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The Botanist Cocktails Leeds

Step inside The Botanist and discover a secret garden of food and drink, where resident botanists craft unusual concoctions that will tantalise your taste buds. This unique bar and restaurant offers a relaxed and intriguing atmosphere, perfect for a catch-up with friends or a special date night.


The Botanist is tucked away in the basement of the Trinity shopping centre on Boar Lane, right next to Trinity Church. There’s a platform lift into the main entrance of the restaurant, but it can be a bit temperamental – don’t hesitate to ask a member of staff for assistance if needed.


Get ready to explore a world of botanical cocktails at The Botanist. Their signature options, like the red pepper and Porcini Manhattan and the Fennel Floridian, showcase the establishment’s knack for experimentation. And for those who prefer their drinks alcohol-free, they offer a range of delightful ‘mocktails’ that are just as tasty. The resident mixologists at The Botanist are true experts, crafting intriguing and botanically-infused cocktails that will leave you wanting more. You have to be talented to mix up some of these unusual signature cocktails!

The Vibe

The Botanist offers a relaxed and unique atmosphere, with rustic, shabby-chic décor reminiscent of a Victorian greenhouse or potting shed. Hanging plants, wooden shelves, and antique gardening tools adorn the walls and ceiling, creating a secret garden vibe that’s hard to resist.

Tables and chairs have a homemade, mismatched style, adding to the jumbled aesthetic. And for those who want to appreciate the secret garden vibe no matter the weather, there’s an outdoor dining area lined with patio heaters. The Botanist also hosts regular live music acoustic sets on the weekends, adding to the lively and entertaining atmosphere. And if you’re feeling lucky, check out their musical bingo night – it’s a blast!


With moderately priced food and drink at around £30-40 per person and a smart-casual dress code, The Botanist is the perfect spot for a laid-back night out with friends or a casual date. The unique décor, live music, and botanically-infused cocktails make it a must-visit destination in Leeds.

While walk-ins are welcome, it’s worth making a reservation as tables tend to book up in advance. But don’t worry – it’s a large bar, so you shouldn’t be caught waiting too long for a table even if you do walk in.

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Cuckoo Cocktails Leeds

Ready for a wild night out? Then you’ve got to check out Cuckoo! This playful bar is like nothing you’ve ever seen before, with surprises around every corner.


You’ll find Cuckoo down Call Lane in Leeds city centre. The bar has a single step entry on the ground floor and a flight of stairs to access the events space and roof terrace. If you have accessibility concerns, it’s best to ring the venue prior to your visit to check on the bottom floor accessibility.


While Cuckoo’s classic cocktail selection is a bit limited, with just a Martini, Negroni, and Lynchburg on offer, their signature cocktails are where the real fun begins. With playful takes on mixes like ‘candyfloss carnival’, ‘solero sunshine’, ‘honey badger’, and ‘get slothed’, you’re in for a treat.

Unfortunately, the mocktail selection is a bit lacking, with only a non-alcoholic spritz listed on the menu. But hey, with all the bright lights and silliness going on, the bartenders are sure to mix you up something special if you ask nicely.

The Vibe

Step into a colourful world packed with surprises at Cuckoo. From the secret garden to the neon reef, there’s always something new to discover. And if you’re feeling adventurous, jump into the Wildside!

The music is cheesy as you like, with a heady mix of nineties and noughties pop classics that will have you singing along in no time. And with three areas available to book out privately, Cuckoo is the perfect spot for a party!


Cocktails at Cuckoo won’t set you back more than £10 a pop, and the free (small) hand-stretched pizzas make up for having to fork out cash for some food. Although, you might want to eat elsewhere before coming to enjoy these cocktails.

There’s no dress code at Cuckoo, so feel free to wear your brightest and boldest outfits. And with unique features like pink glitter rooms, neon graffiti, and 5-litre giraffes filled with beer (yes, you read that right!), there’s genuinely nowhere else like it.

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Smokestack Cocktails Leeds

Fancy a trip back in time? Then head on over to Smokestack, a speakeasy-style cocktail bar that oozes vintage charm.


Smokestack is located in central Leeds, just a short walk from both the city’s railway and coach stations. It’s also near several bus routes running through the city centre. However, keep in mind that the bar is inaccessible by wheelchair, as you’ll need to climb a flight of stairs to get inside.


If you’re a fan of classic cocktails, you’re in for a treat at Smokestack. With an impressive menu of close to 30-classics to choose from, including an Amaretto Sour and a Tommy’s Margarita, you’ll be spoilt for choice. But that’s not all – the bar also shakes up creative concoctions, offering twists on classic and forgotten cocktails. Popular options include rum-based drinks like the South of Soho, as well as absinthe cocktails like the corpse reviver no.2. And with 14-signature cocktails and a regularly changing menu, there’s always something new to try.

The Vibe

Smokestack’s speakeasy-style décor features dark wood, red drapes, leather chairs, candlelit tables, and exposed brickwork that give the bar a cosy, vintage feel. And with funk, soul, blues, and jazz records being played on the turntables, the atmosphere is always lively and danceable.

Booth seating across both floors of the venue and a wooden dance floor on the second floor provide the perfect setting for catching up with mates or getting into party mode. And with no dress code, the fashion is pretty eclectic – you might spot anything from formal work attire to baggy northern soul dancer clothes.


While the signature cocktails at Smokestack are on the pricier side, setting you back around £14 each, the bar’s unique atmosphere and expertly crafted drinks make it well worth a visit. And if you’re looking for a fun group activity, keep an eye out for the bar’s regular cocktail masterclasses, where you can learn how to mix up some of Smokestack’s signature concoctions.

Just remember to fill up on food before you come, as there’s no menu available at the bar. And if you’re planning to walk in, keep in mind that it’s first come, first served for both the booths and the bar.

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Skylounge Leeds Cocktails

Want to sip cocktails while taking in stunning views of the city skyline? Then head on up to Sky Lounge, a glamorous haven for cocktail connoisseurs that’s been delighting guests for over a decade and a half.


Sky Lounge is located at Granary Wharf, which is conveniently situated near Neville Street bus stop and Leeds Train Station, making it easily accessible by public transport. And don’t worry about accessibility – there’s a fully accessible lift that will take you directly up to the bar.


Before you dive into the signature cocktails, you’ve got to sample the originals that Sky Lounge does so well. With 15-stone-cold classics to choose from, including a Dark and Stormy and an Old Fashioned, you’re sure to find a favourite. But the real stars of the show are the signature cocktails, expertly blended and balanced by the skilled mixologists. With over 15-unique combinations to wet your whistle, including drinks with names like Yamamoto, Lorenza sours, filou club, and coconut rock, you’re in for a treat. And don’t miss the bar’s most popular signature cocktail, the Sky Lounge Martini, made with vodka, lychee liqueur, and cranberry juice, and garnished with a fresh raspberry.

For those who prefer non-alcoholic drinks, Sky Lounge also offers a small selection of mocktails, including the pineapple juice-based ‘mai way’ and the coconut water Del Monte.

The Vibe

Sky Lounge’s atmosphere is welcoming, with modern and stylish décor that’s perfect for special occasions. Take a sofa seat on the heated terrace and admire the glittering skyline of the city, or head inside for some upbeat vibes courtesy of the resident DJs and musicians.

The ambiance is lively, and the service is attentive, with friendly staff always on hand to help. And if you’re feeling peckish, Sky Lounge offers a multi-course menu that includes meaty offerings like chicken, duck, salmon, and eggs benedict, as well as a traditional afternoon tea that pairs perfectly with the more fizzy-based cocktails.


While the prices at Sky Lounge are a bit higher than some other bars, with cocktails starting at around £14, the quality of the all-round experience – from the drinks and food to the service and setting – makes it well worth the splurge.

Just keep in mind that there is a smart-casual dress code, and due to the bar’s popularity, it’s worth booking a table in advance via the Open Table booking page. And don’t forget to take in the views while you’re there – Sky Lounge is one of the tallest bars in the city, offering stunning vistas of landmarks like the Italianate towers of Holbeck Urban Village and Bridgewater Place – the tallest building in Leeds.

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Be At One Cocktails

Ready to get your cocktail on? Then head on over to Be At One, where the menu is split between different alcohol bases, making it easy to pinpoint your favourite boozy concoctions.


Be At One Boar Lane is located on 19 Boar Lane, in the city centre. The cocktail bar is situated just around the corner from Leeds train station

The bar is fully accessible throughout the venue to wheelchair users, so everyone can join in on the fun. And if you don’t want to be caught short, make sure to pre-book your spot using the online booking link.


With a whopping 100-cocktails to choose from, Be At One has something for everyone. The classic selection is split between strong, fruity, and sour, with 10 of the most popular options available, from a paradise punch to a sex on the beach. But if you’re feeling adventurous, the signature cocktails are where it’s at. While the creativity might not always be completely original, with many of the mixes being slight edits rather than brand new creations, the range and variety make getting a cocktail here an exciting experience.

And for those who prefer their drinks sans alcohol, Be At One has got you covered. Simply ask the bartender to make any of the 100-cocktails on the menu booze-less, and they’ll happily oblige.

The Vibe

With music and dancing being central elements at Be At One, you’re in for a party. The bartenders are ready to keep the good times rolling into the early hours, so grab a seat in one of the plush booths and get ready to let loose.

The bold décor creates a vibrant atmosphere, with lighting features and an outdoor area adding to the fun. And with no dress code to worry about, you can wear whatever makes you feel comfortable.


One of the best things about Be At One is the daily and long happy hours, which offer 2-for-1 deals on cocktails. Outside of happy hour, you can expect to pay around £11 per cocktail, which is still pretty reasonable considering the variety on offer.

Just keep in mind that Be At One is strictly a cocktail bar, so if you’re looking for food, you’ll need to make other plans. But with tons of different cocktails to try, who needs food anyway?

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Lost and Found Leeds Cocktail

Step back in time and find yourself in a resplendent world where the journey to freedom and inquisitive spirit never end at Lost & Found, a unique cocktail bar that combines prohibition vibes with a touch of the occult.


Located in a Grade II listed Victorian building on Albion Place in the centre of Leeds, Lost & Found is inspired by the mythical figure Professor Benedict Pike. The venue has wheelchair access and a disability toilet inside, making it accessible to most.


Lost & Found pushes the boundaries with the science of mixology, offering inventive cocktails inspired by the majesty of botany. The menu features nine classic cocktails, from a margarita to a whiskey sour, as well as six unique twists on originals and six brand new concoctions. For those looking for something creamy and indulgent, Jerry’s Biscoff Shake is a must-try, while the strawberry bon bon is a sweet treat of a surprise.

If you’re not in the mood for alcohol, Lost & Found also offers five mocktails with a nod to the classics, including a mojito and Passion Fruit Martino.

The Vibe

With wingback chairs, wooden floors, plants, and a touch of baroque in the décor, Lost & Found transports you to a bygone era where the world was moving forward at a dizzying speed. The atmosphere is cosy and inviting, perfect for catching up with friends or enjoying a date night.

The venue also hosts an open mic night once a week, so if you’re feeling brave, why not bring your own entertainment? Just make sure to dress smart-casual to fit in with the crowd.


Lost & Found offers a twisted-up British and European menu, with pasta, pizza, and aged steak among the popular picks. And if you’re in the mood for something a little fancy, the afternoon tea set menus come with lots of specialty teas to choose from.

The cocktails and food are reasonably priced, with an average cocktail costing around £10. But due to the bar’s popularity and location, it’s worth pre-booking a spot to avoid disappointment.

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Domino Club Leeds Cocktails

Hidden through a trap door in Lord’s Barbering in the Grand Arcade, The Domino Club is a live music speakeasy venue that showcases some of the best jazz, blues, funk, and soul in Leeds.


The Domino Club is only accessible by a staircase into the basement club, so unfortunately, it’s not wheelchair accessible. But if you can make it down the stairs, you’re in for a treat.


The cocktail menu at The Domino Club is small but mighty, featuring timeless classics, re-works of some favourites, and signature mixes created by the pros behind the bar. You’ll find a handful of classic cocktails, including the French and Espresso Martini, as well as original creations labelled by year.

The current signatures include the cadence, opus, and finale, but if you’re looking for something a little more familiar with a twist, you can pick from the edits made on the classics. Just keep in mind that there are no mocktails on the menu, so if you’re not drinking alcohol, you might want to stick to water or soft drinks.

The Vibe

The Domino Club is all about the music, with a three-piece band and a soulful voice that will have you grooving all night long. The atmosphere is classy and sophisticated, with cosy leather booths and a bar that looks like it’s straight out of an American novel.

While there’s no dress code, people generally veer towards a smart-casual vibe, so you might want to leave the flip-flops at home. And if you need a break from dancing, you can always prop up the bar and pretend you’re a barfly from a bygone era.


One of the best things about The Domino Club is the reasonable prices, with quite a few cocktails coming in at less than £10 each. That’s relatively cheap compared to other cocktail bars in Leeds, so you can afford to try a few different ones without breaking the bank. Just keep in mind that there’s no food or snacks available, so if you’re planning on making a night of it, you might want to grab a bite to eat beforehand. And since it’s a walk-in, paid entry venue, you’re likely to get a good spot whenever you visit.

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Power Corruption Lies Cocktails

If you’re looking for a unique cocktail experience that celebrates Japanese spirits, look no further than Power, Corruption & Lies. This bar offers a fusion of refined drinks and food within a space that can cater for a sit-down bite and dancing into the early hours.


Power, Corruption & Lies is located in what was the old Norman’s Bar on Call Lane in the centre of Leeds. The venue has a wheelchair-accessible entrance, making it easy for everyone to enjoy the fun.


The cocktail menu at Power, Corruption & Lies is fully unique, with even the long highballs being original edits of classic drinks. There are eight signature cocktails to choose from, all mixed with Japanese spirits like sake and roku gin. And if you’re a fan of unique cocktails, make sure to check out the “Disco Remix” edits, which are Power, Corruption & Lies’ very own take on some classic cocktails.

For those wanting something traditional, there’s a range of sakes available, from highballs to palate-cleansing citrus. All of the drinks are served out of ornate china carafes and cup combos, adding to the overall experience. Unfortunately, the drinks menu is light on mocktails, with only a single option mixed with mango, pineapple, and ginger. But the well-curated bar of limited spirits and small selection of special cocktails means that each bartender has a deeper understanding of the alcohol and mixes they combine. 

The Vibe

Power, Corruption & Lies has a tastefully renovated space, with plants and record sleeves adorning the walls and a disco ball hanging above the dance floor. The venue operates a table service, with a handful of stools available for a more casual bite.

Every Thursday, local DJs jump on the decks to play strictly vinyl sets of disco cuts, adding to the overall party atmosphere. And with no dress code expectations, you can wear whatever makes you feel comfortable.


One of the best things about Power, Corruption & Lies is the reasonable prices, with many cocktails coming in at between £8-10 each. Keep an eye out for the 50% off food and drink nights, you can save even more. 

The bar also offers a pick-and-mix small plates menu made up of Asian-style tapas, so you can nibble on something tasty while you sip your drinks. Just keep in mind that there’s no coffee available, so if you need a caffeine fix, you’ll have to look elsewhere.

For groups of six or more, it’s advised to call or book online via the enquiries page to ensure you have a spot. 

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Neon Cactus Cocktails

Headed to Call Lane for a night out? Neon Cactus is the perfect spot to kick off your evening with some tasty tequila cocktails! This vibrant Mexican-inspired bar serves up classic margaritas, signature concoctions, and straight sippers that will transport your taste buds south of the border.


Neon Cactus is conveniently located on Call Lane in the heart of Leeds’ bustling nightlife scene. The venue is wheelchair accessible, so everyone can join in on the fiesta!


Choose from a selection of 10-classic cocktails, including the original margarita and piña colada, with the option to spice things up with a chili-salted rim. Feeling adventurous? Try one of their 10-signature creations, featuring unique tequila and mezcal infusions paired with unexpected liqours like gin and rum.

The Vibe

Get ready to party at Neon Cactus! The bar’s colourful murals, low lighting, and shared seating create a fun, social atmosphere that encourages mingling and letting loose. Hip-hop beats keep the energy high until the early hours, so come dressed to impress (or in your favourite fancy dress) and prepare to dance the night away.


With cocktails starting at around £10, Neon Cactus is an affordable option for a night out on Call Lane. While they don’t serve mocktails or coffee, you can still enjoy some delicious authentic Mexican street food to fuel your fiesta. Don’t forget to book online to guarantee your spot at this popular party destination!

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The Maven leeds Cocktails

Step back in time and indulge in some award-winning cocktails at The Maven, a hidden 1920s-themed speakeasy in the heart of Leeds.


Tucked away in a Victorian building at the top end of Call Lane, The Maven is a bit of a hidden gem. Just be aware that due to its listed status, the venue unfortunately does not have wheelchair access.


The Maven’s talented mixologists craft elegant classic cocktails and vintage signature creations infused with Yorkshire-inspired ingredients like rhubarb. While there aren’t any mocktails on the menu, the bartenders are happy to whip up a non-alcoholic drink upon request. And if you need a pick-me-up, some of the cocktails even feature a coffee base!

The Vibe

Get ready to be transported to the roaring ’20s at The Maven. The eclectic art deco décor, cosy seating nooks, and intimate dance floor create a sophisticated yet eccentric atmosphere. Live DJs spin jazz, blues, swing, and R&B tunes, adding to the speakeasy’s vintage charm.


While the cocktails at The Maven are a bit pricier than some other spots in Leeds, you’re paying for quality. These award-winning creations are made with care by experienced mixologists and are well worth the splurge. Just be sure to make a reservation to secure your spot at this popular prohibition-style bar!

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The East Village Leeds Cocktails

Head to the Hyde Park area for a taste of New York City at The East Village, a laid-back bar serving up classic cocktails and American-style bites.


Located on Brudenell Grove, The East Village is situated in the heart of Leeds’ student nightlife scene. The venue is fully wheelchair accessible, so everyone can enjoy the NYC vibes.


The East Village focuses on perfecting classic cocktails like mojitos and martinis, with a few cheeky twists thrown in (Putin-themed vodka mixes, anyone?). The bar prides itself on quality control, ensuring a balanced mix of alcohol, mixers, and ice in every drink. While there aren’t any signature or non-alcoholic options, you can choose from an extensive selection of rum, gin, and whiskey-based classics.

The Vibe

Step into a slice of the Big Apple at The East Village. The dimly lit interior features exposed brick, music posters, and gig flyers, creating a laid-back dive bar atmosphere. Grab a booth in the heated outdoor area for some privacy, or challenge your friends to a board game in the playful indoor space. With an eclectic soundtrack ranging from disco beats to funky tunes, you’ll feel like you’re in the heart of NYC.


The East Village is a great spot for affordable cocktails, with daily 2-for-1 deals and happy hour specials. Pair your drinks with some American-style small plates like chicken wings or halloumi tacos, and you’ve got a recipe for a fun night out. Don’t miss their popular weekly quiz on Sundays at 7:30pm – it’s one of the most challenging in Leeds!

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Manahatta Cocktails Leeds

Feeling fancy? Then grab your besties and head on over to Manahatta Headingley, a glamorous New York-inspired two-floor curved cocktail bar that’s perfect for a boozy get-together or private party.


Manahatta is in the heart of Headingley, tucked off Ash Road, in and amongst an area of pubs and restaurants. The venue is wheelchair accessible, so everyone can join in on the fun.


If you’re a basic bitch (no shame, we all have our moments), you’ll love the selection of spritz and martinis on offer at Manahatta. But the real stars of the show are the nine signature cocktails. With names like Gossip Girl, walk of shame, and rum the world, these cheeky edits of classic cocktails are mixed mainly with vodka, rum, and gin. And for those hot summer days, there are even a couple of frozen mixes to cool you down. Just keep in mind that it’s all alcohol-fuelled picks on the menu, so if you’re the designated driver or not in the mood for booze, you might want to stick to water or soft drinks.

The Vibe

The relaxed, comfortable seating areas at Manahatta echo a New York loft, with mid-century style seating, graphic prints, and leather seats in soft, muted colours. And when the sun’s out, you can enjoy the outside terrace or get playful with the shuffleboard games.

Expect a “Juicy” DJ-fuelled party night every Wednesday, pumping pop songs and floor fillers that will have you dancing the night away. And with funky décor throughout, Manahatta is the perfect destination for a private party or boozy get-together with mates.


One of the best things about Manahatta is the 2-for-1 cocktails all day Sunday to Friday. If you sip at peak times on a Saturday, you can expect to pay a slightly pricier cost of around £12 per cocktail, but it’s still worth it for the atmosphere and vibe. The bar also offers a brunch and evening menu that takes 100% of its influence from Big Apple favourites, with options ranging from pizza with salad to the meatier side of burgers, hotdogs, and classic American bagels.

There’s no dress code at Manahatta, so feel free to come as you are. But keep in mind that it can get very busy on student or peak weekend evenings, so it’s worth booking a table in advance (just be aware that you’ll need to pay a deposit).

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Victoria Social Cocktails

Looking for a fun and vibrant spot to enjoy some classic cocktails and authentic pizza? Then head on over to Victoria Social, a stylish yet relaxed bar located in the heart of Leeds’ student-centric Hyde Park area.


Victoria Social is located on Victoria Road, near the University of Leeds. Just keep in mind that the bar is not wheelchair accessible, so if you have mobility concerns, you might want to try elsewhere.


While Victoria Social doesn’t offer any signature cocktails, they do have a great selection of classic drinks like spritz, margaritas, martinis, and rum punch. Many of these cocktails are variations on well-known recipes, so you can expect them to be mixed with skill and care. And with 2-for-1 cocktails available all day, every day, you can afford to try a few different options without breaking the bank. It’s worth noting that it’s all alcohol based cocktails, so if you’re not in the mood for booze, check out the soft drink side of the drinks menu before you visit. 

The Vibe

Inside, the bar and seating area at Victoria Social exude a welcoming, lively energy that’s perfect for catching up with friends or enjoying a date night. And if the weather’s nice, you can head out to the partially enclosed outdoor area, which features group tables and heaters for all-year-round socialising.

On Fridays, the bar hosts live music, with acoustic performances that add to the overall ambiance. And with a student-friendly vibe and no dress code, you can feel free to come as you are and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.


One of the best things about Victoria Social is the pizza, which is cooked in an authentic style and has been described by some as the “best in the area”. With a range of toppings to choose from, you’re sure to find something to satisfy your cravings.

The bar also hosts weekly events like Quiz Night Mondays, where teams can enjoy free pizza while testing their knowledge. And if you want to guarantee a spot, you can book a table in advance (which is especially recommended for the popular quiz night).

Standalone cocktails at Victoria Social are very reasonable, averaging around £8-9 each. And with 2-for-1 deals available all day, every day, you can afford to indulge without worrying about your wallet.

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Granvilles Cocktails Leeds

Attention all gin lovers! If you’re looking for a specialist gin bar with one of the biggest selections in Horsforth, then you’ve got to check out Granville’s Beer & Gin House.


Granville’s is located in Horsforth, north of Leeds city centre. Just keep in mind that the venue has a step entry for access and is not suitable for wheelchair users.


With a ‘gin-ventory’ of up to 30-different-gins, ranging from London Dry to Old Tom, Sloe Gin, and flavoured options, Granville’s is a true gin lover’s paradise. And while the classic cocktail selection is limited to just three gin-based options (think Gin Collins and Gin Martini), the bartenders here really know their stuff when it comes to balancing and crafting the perfect gin cocktail. But the real star of the show is Granville’s signature bramble gin cocktail – a sweet and sour delight made with lemon, blackberry, and a little sugar. Trust us, it’s a must-try!

The Vibe

Granville’s has a unique and intimate vibe, with a laidback, rustic atmosphere and wood-heavy interiors. The narrow space creates a cosy setting, with a decent crowd adding to the energetic ambiance. Seating options include stools by the large front window, perfect for people-watching while you sip on your gin cocktail. And with no dress code to worry about, you can feel free to come as you are and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.


One of the best things about Granville’s is the great prices for drinks and cocktails, making it a perfect spot for a casual night out with friends or a date night that won’t break the bank. The bar also offers a selection of hot pies from Pie Minister to accompany the drinks menu, as well as charcuterie and cheese boards for groups and events. These sharing platters feature quality meats, cheeses, fruits, and breads that pair perfectly with the gin selection.

While walk-ins are welcome, we recommend making reservations in advance, especially during weekends, to ensure you get a spot. You can easily make a booking online through the Granville’s website.

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Melody 71 Cocktails

If you’re in the mood for some delicious cocktails and eclectic vinyl tunes, then head on over to Melodie 71 in Kirkstall.


Melodie 71 is located on Commercial Road, just off the main Kirkstall Road in Leeds. The venue has a disability-accessible entrance, making it easy for everyone to enjoy the fun.


The bar at Melodie 71 has a well-stocked selection of spirits to satisfy all preferences, as well as a cocktail menu featuring both classic and unique concoctions. You’ll find a range of four classic cocktails, including a margarita and prosecco-based spritz, as well as the signature Melodie 71 Spritz – a gin-based mix that contains syrups and liqueurs. And if you’re not in the mood for alcohol, no worries! Melodie 71 offers four non-alcoholic cocktails, several of which use 0% Tanqueray Gin. There are also vegan cocktail options available.

The Vibe

Melodie 71 has a warm and inviting atmosphere, with cosy yet spacious interiors and relaxed lighting that creates the perfect vibe for socializing over drinks. There’s an outside seated area next to the venue that’s ideal for sunny days, as well as booth-style seating inside. But the real highlight of Melodie 71 is the music. The bar hosts regular vinyl DJ sets throughout the week, spinning eclectic selections from all around the world. And the best part? It’s all played through a rotary mixer, which makes it sound amazing!


In addition to the great drinks and music, Melodie 71 also serves decent coffee, with a sliver of cake that pairs perfectly. And while there’s currently no full food menu, the bar does offer a selection of snacks to accompany its drinks, with plans to expand the food options in the future.

There’s no dress code at Melodie 71, so feel free to come as you are and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere. And with walk-ins always welcome, it’s the perfect spot for a spontaneous night out with friends.

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Canteen Leeds Cocktails

Looking for a cosy spot to enjoy some classic cocktails and wood-fired pizza? Then head on over to Canteen in Chapel Allerton, brought to you by the same folks behind Sela Bar.


Canteen is located on Harrogate Road in the heart of Chapel Allerton. Just keep in mind that the bar has a single-step access and is unsuitable for wheelchair users.


While Canteen’s cocktail selection is on the smaller side, they do offer a handful of classic options, including Aperol Spritz, Espresso Martini, Negronis, and some frozen mixes for those hot summer days. And with regular 2-for-1 deals on cocktails, you can get more bang for your buck while enjoying a night out with friends or a date.

The Vibe

Canteen has a lovely atmosphere, with nice lighting, music, and even board games if you want to make things a little competitive and fun. The seating options suit both groups and dates, and the relaxed lighting creates a chill vibe that’s perfect for catching up with mates. On summer weekends, you might even catch a pop-up DJ set outside the front of the bar!


One of the best things about Canteen is the pizza, which is made with soft and fluffy dough that’s prepared fresh daily. The pizzas are cooked in a wood-fired oven, with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese topping the thin crust. In fact, Canteen is considered one of the best places for pizza in all of Leeds!

There’s no dress code at Canteen, so feel free to come as you are and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere. And with walk-ins always welcome, it’s the perfect spot for a quiet night out with friends or a low-key date. So whether you’re in the mood for some classic cocktails, delicious pizza, or just a cosy spot to hang out and play some board games, Canteen has got you covered. Just don’t forget to take advantage of those 2-for-1 cocktail deals!

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Alley Cats Cocktails Leeds

Ready to unleash your inner rock star? Then head on over to Alley Cats Cafe Bar & Music Emporium in Chapel Allerton, where the cocktails are flowing and the karaoke is always on point.


Alley Cats is located on Harrogate Road in the heart of Chapel Allerton. Just keep in mind that the bar has a single step entry and is unsuitable for wheelchair users.


While the details on Alley Cats’ booze, mixers, and ice are a bit sparse, we do know that they offer a range of classic cocktails, including mai tais, spritzes, and martinis of several varieties. So whether you’re in the mood for something fruity, bubbly, or strong, you’re sure to find a drink that suits your fancy.

The Vibe

Alley Cats has an eclectic, welcoming atmosphere with an inclusive vibe that’s perfect for letting loose and having a good time. The bar is musically inspired, with lots of memorabilia and pop stuff adorning the walls; it hosts regular karaoke nights and drag bingo events that are not to be missed.

When the weather allows, you can enjoy your drinks and snacks on the outdoor seating area, which provides a nice dose of fresh air. And with a soundtrack that leans towards the American underground, you can expect to hear some seriously cool tunes while you sip and sing.


In addition to the drinks and music, Alley Cats also serves up some tasty American diner-style dishes, like juicy burgers, fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, and loaded fries. And with coffee available all day, you can fuel up before or after your karaoke session.

The pricing at Alley Cats is reasonable, with cocktails coming in at around £10 each. And with no dress code to worry about, you can feel free to express yourself however you like. So whether you’re looking for a fun night out with friends, a quirky date spot, or just a place to let your inner diva shine, Alley Cats has got you covered. Just don’t forget to bring your singing voice!

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Number 8 Cocktails Leeds

If you’re in the mood for some fantastic cocktails and a cosy, welcoming atmosphere, then Number 8 in Meanwood is the spot for you.


Number 8 is located on Stonegate Road in the suburb of Meanwood, which is served by several bus routes. Just keep in mind that the bar does not have an entrance suitable for wheelchair users.


The cocktail menu at Number 8 is vast and amazing, with options ranging from winter concoctions like the spiced clementine daiquiri to teapot sharing cocktail jugs. And for those who prefer their drinks alcohol-free, the bar advertises mocktails in its Instagram bio.

Popular mocktail options include the ginger and lime fizz with ginger beer, lime, mint, and soda, the fruity Pa-no-ma, and the Hugh-no Spritz, an alcohol-free take on a G&T or mojito. But the real showstopper is the pineapple marg mocktail, beautifully presented in a martini glass to mimic a margarita.

The Vibe

Despite its small size, Number 8 packs a lot into a compact area, with a warm and welcoming atmosphere that’s perfect for a cosy night out. The colourful, arty exterior will catch your eye on the way in, and the limited outdoor seating on the path is great for people-watching.

Inside, the seating upstairs and downstairs is cosy and compact, with regular vinyl DJ sets on the weekends that keep the chilled out tunes flowing. The bar also has its own DJ booth, so you can expect some seriously good music while you sip your drinks.


Number 8 is an unapologetically bright and arty place with a good soundtrack that draws everyone from the alternative crowd to the locals. There’s no typical crowd here, so feel free to come as you are and enjoy the fantastic cocktails at decent prices. The bar is also baby and dog friendly, making it an all-round family winner. And if you’re feeling peckish, you can enjoy a Sunday roast hosted by the Dijon Boys, with options including pork, beef, and a veggie pick.

For those who prefer something a bit lighter, there’s also a limited menu of small plate bites available. While Number 8 doesn’t take reservations for drinks, it’s a great spot for a walk-in night out with friends or a low-key date. Just don’t forget to snap a pic of your colourful cocktail for the ‘gram!

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Tst Bar Cocktails Leeds

Calling all gin lovers and cocktail enthusiasts! If you’re looking for a unique and experimental gin cocktail experience, then Test Bar in Farsley is the spot for you.


Test Bar is located in the historic Sunny Bank Mills complex in Farsley, which boasts panoramic views over the grounds and courtyard. Just keep in mind that the bar is only accessible by a flight of stairs, so it may not be suitable for those with mobility issues.


As the name suggests, Test Bar is all about experimenting with gin cocktails. The bar serves an extensive selection of modern and immersive concoctions, with a core menu that is entirely gin-based yet wonderfully varied and incredibly creative. Their most popular drink is the “Flight of the Bumblebees” cocktail, but with so many unique options to choose from, you’re sure to find a new favourite. And similar to a test kitchen for chefs, this is where the bartenders at Test Bar can get creative with all things liquid, flavor, and presentation.

The Vibe

Test Bar has an intimate, industrial yet inviting atmosphere, with exposed brick, table seating, and large windows overlooking the courtyard and panoramic views of the surrounding area. The space is cosy and welcoming, perfect for a date night or a catch-up with friends over some seriously good gin cocktails.


While Test Bar doesn’t offer food, the focus is really on the unique and experimental gin cocktails made with local ingredients. The prices are mid-range, but the value is definitely there given the quality and creativity of the drinks on offer. Due to the small size of the bar, it can be worth booking ahead to ensure you get a table, especially on busy nights. But if you do manage to snag a spot, you’re in for a real treat.

The bartenders at Test Bar are passionate about their craft and are always pushing the boundaries when it comes to flavor combinations and presentation. So whether you’re a gin aficionado or just looking to try something new and exciting, Test Bar is definitely worth a visit. Just don’t forget to take a moment to enjoy the stunning views of the historic mills while you sip your drink – it’s an experience you won’t soon forget!

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Robert Marshall

Rob has been a resident of Leeds for over a decade, having moved here as a student and lived in various parts of the city. With a love for exploring Leeds’ parks, woods, and the local food and drink scene, he is always on the lookout for hidden spots. Spending time exploring the city has led to discovering places that offer a break from the busy urban life or a taste of Leeds’ diverse culinary offerings.


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