In a city jam-packed with new bars, don’t forget these old favourites.
Leeds is renowned for its nightlife and these five bars have been part of it for longer than we can remember. After plying the masses with quality drinks, foot-tapping tunes and tasty eats for decades, you can bet they never disappoint. Now why not give some love back to these classic haunts that always perform? Trust us, you won’t regret it.
Oporto has been a Call Lane mainstay for over two decades, and it’s still as popular as ever, serving up craft beers and cocktails to a foot-stomping rock ’n’ roll soundtrack. On weekends, the bar is bustling with revellers but it’s also a popular haunt for a midweek night out. They have live music on a regular basis and you can even grab a bite to eat from a totally vegan menu of indulgent eats at Knave’s Kitchen.
Oporto, 33 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BT.
Rum and rock ’n’ roll have been the order of the day at Mojo for over 20 years, and this stellar combo never gets old. The classic soundtrack of Blur, Bowie and the Stones will keep you dancing long into the night as you work your way through their cocktail menu. Make yours a Hurricane, a flaming tropical blend of El Dorado and Diplomatico Mantuano rums mixed with passion fruit, grenadine and lime. It always has a buzzing atmosphere, so it’s easy to see why Mojo is still a staple of the city’s nightlife.
Mojo, 18 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PQ.
An easy to miss bar on New Briggate, Wax is a hotspot for music lovers in Leeds. With framed records, boombox shelves and cassette tape lampshades, the decor is eclectic to say the least. It’s a laidback spot by day, but come the evening, it has a fun and lively feel that you just can’t beat. They have DJs on the weekends to keep the party going until late, and when you head to the bar, make sure you try their house beer Jever in a frozen stein.
Wax Bar, 20 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NU.
The Hop is the place to go for a proper drink in Leeds. A traditional ale-house, it boasts 10 hand-pulls, a fridge full of continental lagers and an extensive wine list, so whatever tipple takes your fancy, you won’t be disappointed. With a line-up of live bands playing everything from Motown to funk, and a delicious menu of award-winning pies to tuck into, it really does have all you need for a quality night out.
The Hop, Granary Wharf Dark, Neville Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 4BR.
Forget your usual, stuffy whiskey bars, Santiago is a rip-roaring drinking den that’s been serving up hard liquor and hard tunes for years. The bar is well-stocked with the classics – think Jameson, Benchmark and Red Stag. But they also have speciality whiskeys and craft beers for you to sup. Head down on ‘Whiskey Wednesdays’ to sample a dram or two at cut-rate prices while rock and heavy metal blast through the speakers. There’s nowhere else quite like it in Leeds.
Santiago, 1-3 Grand Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PG.Cover image credit: Adam Steals Light