Nothing beats a new discovery in your local area, even if you’ve lived there your whole life. These five discoveries often fall under the radar, but they’re well worth a visit.
These hidden gems are off the beaten track, so you’ll have the perfect excuse to dive into the depths of the city. From a rooftop bar hidden at the top of a Grade II listed building to a library stowed away above high street shops, they’re easily found if you know where to look. They’re just waiting to be discovered…
An independent record shop filled with one-off gems
Noiseisforheroes is an independent record shop tucked away on Great George Street. It’s a treasure-trove that spans every genre imaginable, from blues, jazz and hip-hop to indie, punk and rock. You can even pick up rare, original vinyls. They add to the stock daily, so you have the perfect excuse to pore over the racks and check out the new additions.
Noiseisforheroes, 74A Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3BR.
A secret cocktail bar hidden in a basement
Poison is an intimate cocktail bar tucked away under Remedy, the famous barber shop turned bar. Head down the stairs at the back of the bar to this dimly-lit room that seats just 25 people. It’s furnished with old fashioned leather sofas, a thick antique rug and flickering candles, but you don’t come for the decor. They serve a menu of original cocktails, with unusual concoctions like The Remedy, a deliciously boozy herbal infusion, served warm in a teacup.
Poison, 16 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NU.
A historic library stowed away amidst the shops
Established in 1768, The Leeds Library is one of the nation’s oldest subscription libraries, but you’ve probably never noticed it. You’ll find it hidden away above the high-street shops on Commercial Street – step inside to enter an immaculately preserved library that’s chock-full of local historic collections. You can even take a tour to explore its nooks and crannies.
The Leeds Library, 18 Commercial Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6AL.
The hidden roof terrace that looks over Leeds Town Hall
This rooftop terrace is hidden at the top of the Grade II listed building that houses East Parade Social. Head up to the fifth floor and settle down to soak up those almighty views of the city while you enjoy a well deserved drink. By day it’s the perfect spot for a coffee, as the sun begins to set, you can switch to beer and cocktails as you look out over Leeds Town Hall at night.
East Parade Social, 10-12 East Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2BH.
The secret media project at Leeds Central Library
Tucked away in one of the city’s most famous buildings, Studio12 lets you turn your ideas into real-life media projects. Whether it’s video, music or design, you can pick the brains of the creative professionals and borrow a huge range of equipment. From Sony HD cameras to graphics tablets, they have loads of top-of-the-range gear, and they also offer training on software like Photoshop and Final Cut Pro.
Studio12, Leeds Central Library, Calverley Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AB.Cover image credit: Nic Taylor