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7 Bars You Can Have a Right Good Boogie In

· Imagine Selby · Food and Drink

These Leeds bars are the perfect place to lay down some moves.

Tiki Hideaway, Call Lane Social

Put on your dancing shoes and get yourself down to the dance floor at these legendary Leeds bars.

If you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy epic tunes and strut your stuff, you’re in luck. Forget the club, Leeds has loads of bars with stellar soundtracks and the bevvies to match. From noteworthy local haunts to swanky New York-inspired venues, cool craft beers to creative cocktails, we’ve rounded up seven of the best late-night hangouts to throw a few shapes in.

The Maven

The Maven Restaurant

The Maven is a speakeasy hidden behind an unmarked Call Lane door that blends coolness with a hint of eccentricity. Think prohibition style but with a modern (and legal) twist. Their ever-changing playlist covers everything from old-school Motown to modern R’n’B with a hint of classic indie. In between moves, the mixologists conjure up the unique cocktails that are the bar’s centrepiece. Named the Best Bar in West Yorkshire in the Pub and Bar Awards 2022, it has a big reputation for its buzzing atmosphere – qualified for a righteous boogie.

The Maven, 1 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7DH.

Queens Court

Queens Court

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Wander into the heart of the city’s Freedom Quarter and you’ll find Queens Court, a bar with a night-club vibe that has been a pillar of the Leeds LGBTQIA+ community for over 25 years. The DJs soundtrack the night with cheerful bops and witty banter, so if you’re down for a chilled-out jive, this is one to add to your list. It’s Pride every day on the Court and their Raving Rainbow Vibes cocktail is the perfect testament to this – Midori melon liqueur, blue Curaçao, Smirnoff Red Label and fruity mixers layered for a kaleidoscopic thrill.

Queens Court, 167 Lower Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LY.

Sandinista

Sandinista Leeds

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Tequila, craft beer and rock ‘n’ roll are what Sandinista is all about. Reopened after a grand revival, its exposed walls and gig posters carry a sense of nostalgia. It’s got a laid-back feel in the day that transforms into a full-blown fete come nightfall. Good time-seekers of all ages come together for a good dance and a few (or many) cocktails, spirits and pints. They’re open until 4am on weekends and 3am on weekdays, playing everything from rock and indie to hip-hop and soul, so you can party well in to the night Tuesday through Sunday.

Sandinista, 5 Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JP.

Smokestack

Smokestack

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Smokestack brings New Orleans-inspired cocktails and rhythm to Leeds city centre. This is a bar where you can really trip the light fantastic – it has two floors of funk, soul, blues, jazz and reggae, spun by its resident DJs. You’ll find yourself surrounded by black and white snaps of bygone music stars and moody decor that glows neon come evening. As for the liquid courage, the skilled bartenders pour effortlessly classy drinks with ease. Check the blackboard for all the bar staff’s favourites – a handy addition for the indecisive.

Smokestack, 159A Lower Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LY.

Mojo

Mojo

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Mojo is a rock ‘n’ roll, NYC-inspired dive bar that has been slinging scrumptious tipples and banging tunes since 1996. They’ve got a killer cocktail list, with American classics like the Long Island and the Alabama Slammer. If it’s mother’s ruin you’re seeking, try Novocaine, where Bombay Dry Gin meets Cointreau for a citrusy buzz. But we all know how fond they are of their tequila across the pond and that House Margarita is too good to pass up. There’s no dance or house music to be found – but the anthems of Led Zeppelin are more than worthy of a righteous boogie.

Mojo, 18 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PQ.

Call Lane Social

Call Lane Social

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Call Lane Social is an independent bar with a party-time atmosphere and proper tunes. Join them for a late one with music spanning the last five decades, attracting a diverse crowd every night from 5pm until 4am. If you get there before 9pm, you even can roll the dice for the chance to win free drinks. For something a bit different, head upstairs for a tropical escape to the Tiki Hideaway. A 1950’s-inspired slice of the tropics, it’s the ultimate destination for the cocktail lover with cocktails and sun-kissed singalongs to get you going.

Call Lane Social, 38 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DT.

The Shed Bar

Shed Bar

Into your rock ‘n’ roll? A vaulted ceiling gives The Shed Bar next-level acoustics, perfect for blasting all the timeless rock tunes until dawn. Exposed walls plastered with album covers of the legends, paired with a lively atmosphere, make this the perfect drinking hole for those partial to a good head-bang. Its menu is whisky-heavy in the best way. From rare single-malt scotch and bourbon to Irish and Japanese whiskies, this is the place to go neat (even on a messy night), but beer lovers are well catered for too.

The Shed Bar, 6 Heaton’s Court, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4LJ.

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