If you want to mix up your usual cocktail go-tos, try these hidden bars.
Favourites with those in the know, but undiscovered by everyone else, these secret cocktail bars are worth seeking out. But which will you try first? Will it be the basement speakeasy hidden in a barbershop or the party bar tucked away behind an unmarked doorway? Whichever you choose, you’ll feel awfully smug when you guide your mates inside.
Poison Cocktail Lounge
You can squeeze just 25 people into Poison, a secret bar tucked away in the basement of barbershop-turned-bar Remedy. The space is dimly lit with a smooth jazz playlist, creating the perfect setup to enjoy a tipple or two. Sink into one of the leather sofas and try one of their innovative cocktails, like The Remedy, a sake-based drink served warm in a teacup.
Poison, Remedy, 16 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6SU.
You’ll find Blind Tyger hidden above an empty (but not for long) unit on Cross Belgrave Street. It’s an old school drinking den that serves a twist on your usual cocktails. Expect traditional spirits brought to life with homemade liquors, unusual ingredients and skilled mixology. This is a tiny little bar with limited space and an exclusive feel, expect cosy booths, luxurious wallpaper and a soundtrack of classic jazz.
Blind Tyger, 5½ Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JP.
The Maven is a secret party bar stowed away behind an unmarked doorway on Call Lane. They have every liquor imaginable and some of the best mixologists in the city, so ask for an age-old classic or try one of their original concoctions, like the Maven Daquiri. Expect a mish-mash of old fashioned leather booths, dark wood and eccentric wall art, with an eclectic soundtrack that will get you on your feet.
The Maven, 1 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7DH.
Hidden in the basement of a Grade II-listed building, Below Stairs is the perfect escape from the streets above. Expect old school vibes, from the decor to the table service, and cocktails that will conjure images of Moroccan bazaars and freshly cut grass. The ‘109 Miles to Filey’ is a firm favourite – it’s designed to transport you to the Yorkshire Coast with ‘sea foam’ and edible pebbles.
Below Stairs, 12 South Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AL.
The Domino Club
A secret jazz bar reserved for those in the know, The Domino Club has become something of a Leeds legend. To find it, hunt out Lord’s Barbering and head to the stairs out back – once inside, you’ll be met with a speakeasy-style escape where you can watch live jazz from cosy booths and stage-side stools. Choose from a selection of classic cocktails or go for an old school boilermaker.
The Domino Club, Grand Arcade, Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PG.Cover image credit McFade Photography.