From classics to crazy concoctions, Leeds is big on lavish liquor. Here’s where you’ll find the finest cocktail bars in the city – set tiny umbrellas to ‘up’!
If there’s one thing you can say for certain, it’s that Leeds loves a good cocktail. You can barely turn a corner without bumping into a bar tempting you inside with the celebrated staples or one-of-a-kind inventions. Whether you’re after high-class hooch in an independent or want to chug frozen margaritas with a gang of mates, these are the very best cocktail bars in Leeds.
There’s something about descending into an underground bar that screams ‘good night out’ and Below Stairs doesn’t disappoint. Their cocktails are designed by truly creative mixologists to take you on an emotional or sensory journey. The Meadow Rhubarb, for example, combines gin, rhubarb soda and meadowsweet syrup to evoke the great outdoors. And the Tardis-like bar with its atmospheric nooks and crannies provides the perfect canvas for these artistic drinks.
Below Stairs, 12 South Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AL.
With subdued lighting and soft booths to slide into, Thewlis is the kind of place you pop into for one and stay in until last orders. That’s what perfectly crafted cocktails can do to you – they concentrate on getting the tried-and-trusted perfectly right. Go for an excellent Espresso Martini, a punchy Negroni or a silky White Russian in a room designed to transport you to a decadent Manhattan bar. Like what you taste? Join one of their cocktail masterclasses.
Thewlis, 18 Park Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5JA.
Whether you’ve bagged yourself a spot on the terrace or a prime seat inside the main room with its New York loft vibe, East 59th delivers stunning views with cocktails to match. They handle classics like Long Island Iced Teas and Margaritas with aplomb but add their own twists too – you can take your pick of four types of Mojito. Eeny, meeny, miny, mojito! Their highly quaffable signature cocktails are great too – the Peach Blossom marries Ketel One vodka with Aperol.
East 59th, Victoria Gate, George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7AU.
The journey through the unmarked doorway and up the beautiful, tiled stairs to Maven is almost like one into the past as you enter a Victorian-era warren of rooms. The short-but-sweet cocktail menu punches well above its weight – their expert mixologists are happy for you to order off-menu, but you might not want to once you’ve sampled the Hibiscus Swizzle. It’s a heady mix of premium Monkey 47 gin, hibiscus syrup, blackberries and cranberry juice.
The Maven, 1-3 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7DH.
Bare brick walls, Tiffany-style lamps and neon galore – Brooklyn wears its NYC influence proudly on its sleeve. It also fits in perfectly in the party zone that is Call Lane, offering beer and prosecco pong along with cracking cocktails. There’s hip-hop inspiration in both the 99 Problems, with its combo of rhubarb gin and ginger, and the Big Poppa, with its two types of rum and fruit galore. It’s the place to be for a cocktail with real wow factor.
Brooklyn, 50 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DT.
Nam Song Caphe
The bright orange décor and scents of Vietnamese food may lure you off the street into Nam Song Caphe, but it’s the Asian-inspired drinks menu that may well keep you glued to their bar. Mekhong Thai rum updates a Dark ‘n’ Stormy, while the Phojito is a clever remix of a Mojito using the aromatic ingredients often found in the famous noodle dish Pho. A homemade syrup of ginger, lemongrass and kaffir lime bolsters the white rum and mint base.
Nam Song Caphe, 57-59 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JD.
The alchemy of music and booze is what you’ll find at Smokestack, a much-loved cocktail bar in Leeds. A fabulous soundtrack ranges from Northern Soul to New Orleans jazz, with legendary local DJs and live performances. Sip along on a stellar cocktail – perhaps the French Martinilla. This barnstormer mixes vanilla vodka with raspberry liqueur, pineapple juice and Champagne acid, topped with a toasted marshmallow. It’s just a hint of what the bartenders can do.
Smokestack, 159A Lower Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LY.
Whether you head to the Greek Street bar or the location on top of Trinity, The Alchemist is always buzzing. What’s all the fuss about? Maybe it’s the exceptional and often experimental cocktail list. Order up a Negroni and you won’t be disappointed. But if you’re in a playful mood, they’ve got the drinks for you. Lightbulb Moment looks like something out of a mad scientist’s lab as smoke curls out, but this meeting of gin, Pimm’s and ginger drinks like a dream.
The Alchemist, Trinity Leeds, Trinity, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW & Yorkshire House, Greek Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5SH.
With its dark wood furniture and retro fittings, Blind Tyger has a definite Peaky Blinders feel. This esteemed drinking den strikes out on its own when it comes to cocktails. A Clean Slate is the perfect wake-up call for your tastebuds, muddling prosecco, Cocchi aperitif wine and white port with plum and jasmine cordial. Or try Yorkshire in a glass with the God’s Own Cocktail, as rhubarb liqueur, Wyborowa vodka and pineapple juice create magic together.
Blind Tyger, 5A Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JP.
There’s a definite air of sophistication at Issho, whether you’re dining or taking root in the gorgeous Kori Bar. The décor and the drinks take inspiration from Japan, almost enough to make you forget you’re sipping cocktails in Leeds. Full Bloom pays tribute to the famous cherry blossom season, blending Roku gin, vermouth, orange bitters and Italicus Bergamotte liqueur to make a seriously grown-up drink. Even their Kabuki Highball goes next level with lychee liqueur.
Issho, Victoria Gate, George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7AU.
The Tiki Hideaway
Hidden away above Call Lane Social, The Tiki Hideaway is one of the most fun places to grab a cocktail or three in Leeds. The retro 1950s décor sets the tone perfectly, with fairy lights and vivid upholstery transporting you to Polynesia. The cocktails are made to match, with the Amputated Zombie an enduring new classic – rum is mixed with five fruit juices and set on fire in front of your eyes. It’s drama in a drink, but make sure you don’t get singed.
The Tiki Hideaway, Call Lane Social, 38 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DT.
Neighbourhood is not a shy and retiring place. It’s a bar that writes its own rules, with neon lighting, graffitied walls and a focus on fun that makes having a good time pretty much compulsory. That seeps through to the cocktails too, with a huge range of classics boosted by original hits such as James & The Giant Peach. Get your sweet teeth around Reyka vodka, peach and fig liqueurs, pear syrup, peach puree and peach sweets.
Neighbourhood, 5 Greek Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5RW.
Call Lane’s Cuckoo is exactly that – a crazy place that promises fairground fun, a Narnia wardrobe and, crucially, the cocktails of dreams. The neon-lit party goes until 4am at weekends, but arrive before 9pm for a dinky, hand-made pizza free with your drink. The madness continues with the cocktails – The Blue One is a mini masterpiece of blueberry vodka, blueberry, blackberry and orange liqueurs, accessorised with a tiny blueberry muffin.
Cuckoo, 37 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BT.
After more than 15 years, this venerable drinking spot on Call Lane isn’t resting on its laurels. They’ve got a fabulous USP – their own copper pot still called Tabitha which lets them create their very own liqueurs and spirits. Classic tunes are your soundtrack to world-class drinking, with the amazing Percy Pig Martini a must-try. Percy Pig-infused Ketel One vodka comes with Chambord, apple juice, lemon, egg white and, of course, a sweet as the finishing touch.
Jake’s Bar, 29 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BT.
Vice & Virtue
The building that now houses Vice & Virtue was once an unloved sports pub. Now, it’s one of the best cocktail bars in Leeds. Pull up a seat at the bar and let them take you on a journey of tastes with a menu that changes frequently – it’s a place that likes to change it up. Get things off to the perfect start with a Hive Mind, where salt and honey syrup take the edge off Honeycomb Tequila Reposado. The staff are happy to make suggestions or rustle up something unique.
Vice & Virtue, 68 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NU.
What better way to get a fix on the city’s ever-evolving skyline than at Sky Lounge, way up at the top of the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel? Walk into a room abuzz with party-goers, while the night sees people spilling out onto the balconies to drink in the skyline views. Drink in the cocktails too, with well-made standards and a batch that celebrate the city. Order The White Rose, a dreamy fusion of Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla and Yorkshire Tea syrup.
Sky Lounge, 2 Wharf Approach, Granary Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4BR.
Long-established Shears Yard has always had an inventive edge running through its food menu – and the same thing applies to its cocktails too. Whether you’re eating or dropping in for drinks, it’s a classy affair, with their own mix elevating their Bloody Mary. While the menu changes often, you can always order a Bakewell Fizz, where Famiglia Botter prosecco is lifted with Heering 1818 cherry liqueur, cherry syrup and lemon. It’s dessert in a glass.
Shears Yard, 11-15 Wharf Street, The Calls, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7EH.
Head upstairs from the Headrow House beer hall and you’re in Redondo Beach, a cool cocktail bar that also gives you access to the brace of roof terraces here. There are a dozen or so party-friendly cocktails, with a 2 for £10 offer that runs all day, seven days a week. You can’t go wrong with the Watermelon Cooler but make a start with the house cocktail. The Redondo Kiss is a fruity hit of vodka, raspberry liqueur, apple and lime.
Redondo Beach, Headrow House, Bramley’s Yard, 19 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PU.
Blurring the lines between indoors and outdoors, The Botanist is a firm favourite in Trinity Leeds, with its garden-style décor finding an echo in the serious cocktail list. Get back to nature with a Raspberry Beet Colada, a darkly delicious glass of Bacardi Coconut, pineapple, coconut puree, raspberry liqueur and beetroot. Does it count as one of your five a day? Let’s say yes! The Smoky Pineapple Negroni, meanwhile, is a great twist on a classic, best enjoyed on the terrace.
Trinity Leeds, 67 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW.
There’s more than one reason for Distrikt’s enduring popularity. Since 2009 it has been treating the good people of Leeds to top class DJs, fab food and wicked cocktails – all with a free entry policy. Premium spirits give all the drinks a chance to shine – a Whiskey Sour starts off with Chivas Regal, the Sidecar with Remy Martin VSOP. Want something new? Sake It to Me Baby boasts 50 Pounds gin, prosecco, peach liqueur and that all-important rice wine.
Distrikt, 7 Duncan Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DQ.
Bar Soba has been in its prime spot on Greek Street for years, and is a Leeds gem, but it hasn’t let its standards slip. The food and drink both pull their inspiration from Southeast Asia, as does the vibrant décor. Accompany your chicken katsu curry or spicy prawns with a Yellow Dragon or Tiger Lily Colada. The Mango Tango Skull is a showstopper made for sharing – Koko Kanu coconut rum, mango liqueur and passion fruit served up in a glass skull.
Bar Soba, 6 Greek Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5RW.
With a name like Dirty Martini, it’s no surprise that you can get a more than decent cocktail at this lively Leeds bar. The décor is art deco meets 1970s but with a modern touch, and the drinks menu is not messing about. You can dive into a dozen types of Martini, with funky takes on the staple including wild strawberry and lychee with rose. There are dozens more cocktails on offer too, all of them perfect party fuel – and this is definitely party central.
Dirty Martini, 31 King Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2HL.
Restaurant Bar & Grill
If there’s a box, Restaurant Bar & Grill ticks it. Breakfast? Check. Brunch? Yes. Private Dining? You’ve got it. But it has more tricks up its sleeve than just fab food and an outdoor space that’s the envy of many restaurants – there are some brilliant cocktails too. Tropic Like It’s Hot is a triumph of Arber pineapple gin, melon aperitif and juices, while Resting Spritz Face takes Aperol to the next level with notes of strawberry, elderflower and pomegranate.
Restaurant Bar & Grill, The Old Post Office, 3 City Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2AN.
Ten Bar has become a reliable choice since it opened in 2017, named for its location at 10 Duncan Street. You’ll want to go glam – there’s a no trainers or sportswear policy – but who needs an excuse to get dressed up? Pendant lighting and raw brickwork sets an industrial tone, while the cocktails soothe the soul. Try the Salted Caramel Espresso Martini or get the night off to a perfect start with an array of mango, passionfruit and raspberry mojitos.
Ten Bar, 10 Duncan Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DL.
With multi-hued flowers winding around the bar and floor-to-ceiling windows delivering stunning vistas of the city, Angelica is one of the most relaxed cocktail bars in Leeds. Get yourself out on the rooftop terrace when the sun is out and there’s no better place for a LS1. This is where lemongrass-infused Ketel One vodka merges with goji berry liqueur, peach, strawberry puree and both lemon and lychee juice. It’s typical of a cocktail menu made for al fresco fun.
Angelica, Trinity Leeds, 70 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW.
Be at One
It doesn’t matter if you’re at their Millennium Square or Boar Lane branch – you’re in safe hands with the Be at One bartenders. They know their way around a huge cocktail menu. If you’re stumped for inspiration, ask for a recommendation. It might be a classic, something sparkling, a frozen delight or a drink to give you lift-off like the Jet Pilot. Two Plantation rums, spiced lime liqueur, cinnamon syrup and absinthe take you on a journey to remember.
Be at One, 6 Millennium Square, Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AD & 19 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6EA.
With a trio of venues in Leeds – at Greek Street, Merrion Street and Headingley – you can take your pick of these New York-inspired joints. Manahatta delivers neon lighting, Americana on the walls and booths perfect for a bunch of you. The cocktail edit finds room for a floral Blossom Martini, made with 42Below vodka and St Germain elderflower liqueur. Don’t miss the Staten Island Iced Tea either, a heady mix of bourbon, rum, gin, Cointreau, hibiscus and lemonade.
Manahatta, 11 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PG & Minerva, 29 East Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5PS.
If you put ‘liquor’ in your name, then your drinks better stand up to scrutiny. Happily, the cocktail list at The Liquorist on Greek Street won’t leave you hanging. It’s a bright, breezy and buzzy place with a tasty bar menu that will help if you’re settling in for a session. A Bubblegum Martini comes with a surprise twist of popping candy, while Eton Mess G&T melds gin, Chambord and raspberry drizzle with your own mini meringue. Sweet stuff.
The Liquorist, 5-7 Greek Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5RW.
Landmarks don’t come any more landmarkier (look it up, it’s a word!) than Mojo. It spearheaded a new age for grown-up drinking in Leeds, with marvellous music and drinks that don’t mess about. It’s still a bar with some of the best cocktails in Leeds and a focus on getting the old standards perfect, whether that’s a Mai Tai or a Martini. The Killer Royale is their own invention however, Eristoff Vodka boosted with prosecco and house Ribena sherbet.
Mojo, 18 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PQ.
Boasting a late licence and a wonderfully eclectic approach to decoration, The Watermark might just be your new favourite bar. It’s shot through with the personality of owners and mixologists Filippos and Dariush, who keep the cocktail list short and to the point. They can rustle up the classics, but don’t ignore their Boomtingaling. Appleton white rum is infused with strawberry and tarragon, mixed with absinthe and ginger beer and laced with tongue-tingling lime sherbet.
The Watermark, 3 Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JP.
You know exactly what you’re getting when you head to Revolution – cracking cocktails and a roaring good time. Both Leeds outposts have a cocktail menu that reads longer than The Lord of the Rings, with all the drinks you love present and correct. It’s heavy on the vodka, with Reyka the basis for the Stud Puffin, along with giant strawb Revolution flavour and a trio of juices. However, they find room for gin, rum and whiskey cocktails too.
Revolution, 48 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DT & Electric Press, 41 Cookridge Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AW.
Revolución de Cuba
Revolución de Cuba is Revolution with an injection of Latin flair, taking its cue from rum rather than vodka. It’s spread over two floors with a prime corner Calls location and plenty of room for partying, perfect for the fiesta feel of this piece of Havana heaven. Ordering up a Guaquiri is the best way to transport yourself to the pastel-coloured capital of Cuba – Havana Club spiced rum, guava juice, lime and grenadine deliver fruit with a real punch.
Revolución de Cuba, 64-68 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DT.
The Lost & Found
The Lost & Found at Albion Place and Greek Street have distinctly different feels. Both have plenty in common however – mix and match furniture delivers charm in abundance, whether it’s leather booths or colonial-era chairs. A simple Blueberry Sour kicks things off, Bombay Sapphire stirred with blueberry and lemon. More complex is the Mythical Garden Martini, where Bacardi Carta Blanca Rum meets mint, lime and lemon among the foliage.
The Lost & Found, 12 Greek Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5PT.
Harvey Nichols Fourth Floor Bar
What better way to take a break from designer label shopping in Harvey Nichols than by nipping up to the Fourth Floor Bar for a crafty cocktail? In these serene surroundings you can plonk down your shopping bags, grab a seat with a view and sip on a Briggate Fizz (Slingsby rhubarb gin, elderflower cordial, pink grapefruit juice and their own prosecco). Don’t miss the Pink Princess, where Harvey Nichols brut rosé, comes with vanilla syrup and Fraises Des Bois.
Harvey Nichols Fourth Floor Bar, 107-111 Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6AZ.
In the grand surrounds of The Old Post Office, Banyan occupies a perfect City Square position. Even more so when the weather plays ball and you can make the most of the outdoor seating, the ideal spot for starting or ending a night in Leeds. Get tropical with the Pineapple & Coconut Mojito or, if it’s well and truly party time, order up a Martini Tree with Salted Caramel Espresso, Wild Strawberry and Pornstar varieties for you and your mates.
Banyan, 2 The Old Post Office, City Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2ES.
Waiting for you inside a Grade II-listed building is & Company, an all day bar and kitchen that doesn’t mess around when it comes to cocktails. Some are traditional favourites served up to perfection – we’re talking a perfect Peach Bellini and a marvellous Mai Tai – but there are new kids on the block too. A Hazelnut Old Fashioned is a classy take on a classic, while the Pineapple & Sage Daiquiri adds an intriguing herbal note to the sweet fruit.
& Company Bar and Kitchen, 10-12 East Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2AJ.
The drinks menu at The Ivy is a thing of beauty. It delivers a perfectly curated list of wines, beers and spirits but leans heavily towards crafted cocktails. Both floors are bright, airy and leafy, with a luxe feel, the perfect backdrop for you to work your way through that menu. The classics are given a marvellous makeover, such as a Negroni a la Peche, which takes the king of cocktails and adds peach liqueur, bitters and grapefruit zest.
The Ivy, Victoria Quarter, Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6BB.
The Old Red Bus Station
The Old Red Bus Station does everything well. Cantina 100% vegan menu ensures that even carnivores won’t be missing meat, while there’s a buzz from the electronic music that soundtracks your sessions. Even better, there’s a short but sweet cocktail list that means your evening can get perfectly messy. The Beauregarde combines violet gin with raspberries, while Rumming Out of Names delivers rum, pineapple juice and coconut syrup for a tropical delight.
The Old Red Bus Station, 104 Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7NL.
The social darts hub Flight Club has a unique atmosphere. The Victorian fairground décor and sharing platters combine to create a buzz, but the drinks won’t let you down either. There are signature boozy slushies and cocktails you know and love. The main event is a sharing cocktail served in a trophy cup and made for four. You and your friends can choose from the rum-based Champions’ Cup or the Triumphant Trophy with Ketel One Citroen vodka.
Flight Club, Sovereign House, 1-2 South Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5QL.
There’s no shortage of drinking spots on Call Lane, but Neon Cactus still manages to stand out. Maybe it’s the psychedelic Mexican decoration, maybe it’s the terrific tacos flying out of the kitchen. But really, it’s all about the cocktails, which whisk you south of the border. The brilliantly bonkers El Zorro throws roasted pineapple tequila, sweetcorn nectar, thyme oil, black peppered agave and lime chocolate mole bitters into a glass and, somehow, it works a treat.
Neon Cactus, 35 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BT.
The Brotherhood of Pursuits & Pastimes
The Brotherhood is the ideal modern sports bar. It’s got screens galore showing all the latest games, but that’s not enough for them. No, they also offer a tempting menu of burgers, wings and dirty fries alongside a classic cocktail menu that punches well above its weight. Grab a booth and take your pick of crowd pleasers like an Old Fashioned or the Brotherhood Punch – a potent potion of Captain Morgan spiced rum, port, raspberry puree and orange liqueur.
The Brotherhood, 54 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NU.
This grand art-deco space was once a building society, but you won’t have to take a loan out to enjoy proper cocktails at the heart of Leeds. It’s an informal place, where you might bump into families out for food, friends catching up or those in search of liquid sustenance. An Amaretto Sour is enhanced with the sweetness of almond, while the British Bramble is a hedgerow in a glass with Chase GB Gin, fresh blackberries and White Heron cassis.
Browns, 70-72 The Headrow, The Light, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8EQ.
Eat Your Greens
Combining a restaurant with an organic and local slant, a grocery store and a bar might sound like a tricky balancing act, but Eat Your Greens pulls it off beautifully. It transforms from day into night, becoming a place where you can get fab farm-to-fork food and some well-mixed drinks. Try the Gooseberry Sour, a mouth-puckering combo of Portobello gin, cold brew Earl grey tea, gooseberry and citrus. The Rhubarb & Rye also delivers fresh local flavours to savour.
Eat Your Greens, 42 New York Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7DY.
The Hedonist is dedicated to the art of the cocktail, and Leeds regulars will know this is the place to go for a serious sip of something imaginative. If it’s your first time, you may fall in love too. Their expert bartenders can whip up anything you desire but put yourself in their hands and they won’t see you wrong. Creations like Pear-fection – Patrón Silver, pear, rosemary, black olives and chilli oil and lime-infused agave nectar – demonstrate their credentials perfectly.
The Hedonist, 156 Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LY.
Rebound Social has given the Wellington Street drinking scene a real shot in the arm. You’ll be greeted by graffitied walls and the scent of pizzas being dished up. It’s the cocktail menu that’s the main talking point, however, with a 2 for 1 offer that isn’t on the fifth Wednesday of a leap year February, but all day, every day. The fun Sour Patch Martini is a great place to start – Smirnoff vodka, blue curaçao and a fizzy sherbet rim.
Rebound Social, 27 Wellington Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4EA.
Power, Corruption & Lies
Power, Corruption & Lies had big shoes to fill when it took over the building that once housed the legendary Norman’s. It’s already made quite the name for itself, however, with inventive Asian fusion food – the pulled pork bao is heaven – and a thoroughly grown-up drinks list. There’s a lot going in the Taste of Corruption – Jim Beam double oak, Ron Miel honey rum, chilli, apple, supasawa, lemongrass and matcha tea syrup – but it all makes sense in the drinking.
Power, Corruption & Lies, 36 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DT.
The Domino Club
One of the very best cocktail bars in Leeds is hidden from plain sight. But once you discover it, you’ll be going back for more. Head through the back door at Lords Barbering and make your way down to an underground speakeasy. Here you’ll find retro booths, blistering jazz performances and brilliant drinks drawn from a dizzying range of spirits. Set things off with Pioneer – Buffalo Trace bourbon shaken with lemon juice and raspberry and rosemary syrup.
The Domino Club, Grand Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PG.
With exposed pipework and brick walls, Farrands is very much channelling the on-trend industrial chic look. It’s a warm and approachable bar, however, with a short and sharp cocktail list that is the perfect accompaniment to the Melt Haus grilled cheese sandwiches on the menu. A great choice is the Drunk in Love, which builds notes of lychee and lemon juice on top of Bosford pink gin and St Germain, then adds a herbal finish with rosemary syrup.
Farrands Bar, 18 Swinegate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4AG.
Jamrock takes pride of place on Call Lane. Neon lighting, comfy seating and a soundtrack of sun-soaked classics welcome you as you stroll in from the street. The cocktails aren’t shy here, but that’s because they’ve got to keep up with addictive bar snacks like boldly spiced jerk chicken wings. The Reggae Rum Punch is a huge affair with a duo of rums (Blackwell’s and Wray & Nephew), Chambord, pineapple, lime and orange juice.
Jamrock UK, 42 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DT.
Step off the beaten track, dip into Hirst’s Yard and you’ll discover Mook, two floors of bars and dancefloors made for debauched dancing. It’s no place for wallflowers, but you can catch a breather at the bar and order yourself a cocktail – they’re 2 for 1 until 9pm Tuesday to Saturday, or all day long on Sundays and Mondays. That’s your chance to double up on Cheeky Chops, with Stoli citrus vodka, Chambord, lemonade and sours.
Mook, Hirst’s Yard, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NJ.