If you’re looking for the coolest bars in Leeds, you’ve come to the right place…
Opinions will no doubt be divided, but we’ve rounded up what we think are ten of the coolest bars in Leeds city centre – and with everything from breweries to cocktail bars, it’s fair to say there’s something for everyone. So check out our list, and if you think you know somewhere cooler, don’t be shy, tell us in the comments.
Belgrave Music Hall
Come on, admit it, you knew this one would be on our list of the coolest bars in Leeds, because it so obviously is. Belgrave took the city by storm when it opened back in 2013 with a triple-whammy of craft beer, live music and what has since become one of the most popular beer gardens in the city. Add street food, both permanent and at their street feast, as well as a host of new, interesting and unusual events, and you’ve got an instant winner.
Belgrave Music Hall, 1-1A Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JP.
Vice & Virtue
Have you ever been? Tucked away just around the corner from Merrion Street, Vice & Virtue is right at the heart of the action, but so easily missed – and that’s part of the appeal. A venue for people in the know, it rewards you with an opulent decor, a vast cocktail menu that’s ever-so creative and that illusive gift – table service.
Vice & Virtue, 68 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NU.
It’s hard to put your finger on exactly what it is that makes Sandinista cool. It’s not the decor or the selection behind the bar, although you’re not short of choice when it comes to cocktails, spirits and beer. What makes Sandinista cool is invisible, it’s the magnetic pull of the dance floor, the atmosphere of the place and the memories you make while you’re there.
Sandinista, 5 Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JP.
Outlaws Yacht Club
What isn’t cool about Outlaws? It’s so fabulously different, with a hair salon out back, a vintage till full of sweets and a host of ever-changing art exhibitions that will have you taking in a little culture, even as you order your drink. They’re truly family-friendly too, making everyone feel at home, with ramps for push chairs and plenty of games to play.
Outlaws Yacht Club, 38 New York Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7DY.
Much more than just a bar, Northern Monk is a brewery that welcomes the folk of Leeds in for a drink and a bite. They’ve taken over The Old Flax Store in Holbeck, keeping all the character and turning it into a cool bar that serves up an awe-inspiring selection of their own and other local beers on tap, with a fridge full of bottles if you want to try something new. Their food offering is just as cool, with a world of new and interesting dishes to try – and don’t get us started on their events.
Northern Monk, The Old Flax Store, Marshall’s Mill, Holbeck, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 9YJ.
Blind Tyger absolutely oozes cool. Head up the stairs and step into a little slice of the past, just before the prohibition, when the cocktails ran freely and the bartenders dressed in suits and braces. From the premium spirits behind the bar to the absolute genius that goes into their menu of original cocktails, there’s very little not to love about this pint sized bar.
Blind Tyger, 5 Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JP.
North Brewing Co.
It was a long time coming, but North Bar finally did it. They started their own brewery with the folk from Belgrave and Headrow House – and then they opened it to the public every weekend. Their warehouse style taproom is rough around the edges, but that only makes it cooler, as does their family and dog-friendly stance. So yeah, we’re putting them on the list.
North Brewing Co. Unit 6, Taverners Walk Industrial Estate, Sheepscar Grove, Leeds, West Yokrshire, LS7 1AH.
The coolest hangout on Call Lane, Roland’s is a little bit different from its neighbours (so much so, that we almost want to keep it to ourselves). It’s a petite bar with loads of character, and they’ve forgone the party atmosphere of the street in favour of a more relaxed vibe, which means you can have chilled out drinks, even on the weekend. They’re bucking the trend, and if that ain’t cool, we don’t know what is.
Roland’s, 39 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BT.
What makes Shuffledog cool? God, it’s hard to decide. The fact that they have a vast array of beers behind the bar, and all on tap as well, is definitely up there. But it’s the three 22 foot shuffleboard tables downstairs that really tip the scales. Challenge your mates to a game as you work your way through a few of their mighty fine brews – it doesn’t get cooler than that.
ShuffleDog, Crispin House, New York Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7PF.
As if it’s not enough to specialise in craft beer, Bundobust have gone one step further by combining it with a menu of Indian street food that’s a little bit different to anything you’ll find elsewhere. It’s all veggie and all served up in a location that is nothing if not unique – expect an unusual obsession with doors and an outdoor area that doesn’t feel like it’s outside at all.
Bundobust, 76-78 North Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7PN.