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The 11 Best Wine Bars in Leeds

· Ali Turner · Food and Drink

It’s not always easy to find good wine in bars, but these 11 have it down to a fine art.

Looking for a great wine bar in Leeds? No problem, we’ve got 11 of the best right here…

If wine is your drink of choice, these 11 bars are guaranteed to please. Not only do they know their Malbec from their Merlot, but they’ve also created a space you’ll want to drink in. So whether you’re after a small intimate bar where the owners offer up their personal expertise or a big name with all the brands, you won’t be disappointed.

1. Wino

Wino Leeds

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A small independent wine bar in the heart of Leeds’ financial district, Wino offers a fabulously personal experience. The owners, Ben and Sakina Fotheringham, work the bar, and they’ll be happy to help you choose from their handpicked selection of wines, which range from Rioja to Prosecco. You can couple them with cheese and meat boards, or try one of their traditional snacks, like the Habas Fritas (fried salted broad beans). The venue itself is decked out in murals and wine bottles, with a statement bar that you’ll want to go back to, although you may not have to, because they’re big on table service here.

Wino Bar and Merchants, 69 St Paul’s Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2TE.

2. Candlebar

Candle Bar

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Although Candlebar is owned by Ossett Brewery, it’s actually the wine that keeps us coming back. They have an impressive selection from all over the world, and every month, they focus on a particular region, to help you step out of your comfort zone and try something new. Look out for their regular tasting sessions, which will see you moving from their house wines, up to extravagant and hard to find tipples, with tips and tasting notes from their wine experts. This is a rustic bar in an iconic location, and it even has a view of the Leeds Liverpool Canal, so you can’t go wrong here.

Candle Bar, Candle House, Granary Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4GJ.

3. Angelica

Angelica Wine

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Nestled at the pinnacle of Trinity Leeds, Angelica is a wine bar with a difference. Inside, it’s all luxury, with an impressive 360° bar that’s packed with premium spirits that are whipped up into cocktails – but it’s the wine menu that’s really impressive. This is a hefty affair, so expect to be spoilt for choice, especially if you’re after Champagne. If the weather plays ball, take your bottle outside onto the terrace, where you can enjoy a view of Holy Trinity Church and the rooftops beyond.

Angelica, Trinity Leeds, 70 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW.

4. Épernay

Epernay, Leeds

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The original Leeds champagne bar, Épernay has been serving the wine loving folk of Leeds for over 10 years. Their menu is extensive, especially now that it includes a selection of wines alongside the bubbles. Expect big names like Bollinger, Verve Clicquot, Laurent-Perrier and Krug to be served amidst a lovely decor of exposed brickwork, eclectic artwork and dimmed lights. Take your drink outside to the courtyard for an outdoors indoors experience that works even if it rains.

Épernay, 12 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3DW.

5. Friends of Ham

Friends of Ham, Independent Bars in Leeds

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This now legendary bar greets you as you leave the station. They’re most famed for their beer, but actually, they’re just as good with wine. The Pouilly Fume La Levee Bain is a firm favourite of ours, but their knowledgeable servers will be able to advise you on the best tipples for your personal taste – and of course, you can drink it while chowing down on one of their awesome charcuterie or cheese boards. The bar itself is beautifully rustic, with benches to share, whether you sit upstairs or downstairs – although there are a few armchairs for you to cosy up in too.

Friends of Ham, 4-8 New Station Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DL.

6. The Decanter

Wine at The Decanter, Leeds

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A fabulous Leeds wine bar that’s hidden in plain sight, The Decanter is the perfect hideaway for wine loving drinkers. It’s a chilled out venue, with its own style – think exposed brickwork, cosy leather booths and wallpaper that mimics wooden panels. The menu is what you really come here for though. They’ve handpicked their wines to give you the grapes you love, but they also serve a selection of tipples that you might not discover on your own – which means you might find a new favourite.

The Decanter, 17 Park Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5JQ.

7. SkyLounge

SkyLounge Beer Garden

The ultimate Leeds wine bar when it comes to the views, SkyLounge sits on the thirteenth floor of the DoubleTree by Hilton, looking out over the city to the countryside beyond. They have a vast selection of wines for you to choose from, but this is really a champagne bar, so whether you’re celebrating a birthday, anniversary or just Friday – this is the place to go. For the ultimate treat, try their Unlimited Prosecco Afternoon Tea, which comes with as much prosecco as you can drink for 90 minutes, as well as a tasty feed all for £32.95 per person.

SkyLounge, DoubleTree by Hilton, 2 Wharf Approach, Granary Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4BR.

8. Ipsum Vinoteca

New to Leeds: Ipsum Vinoteca

Ipsum Vinoteca often goes unnoticed, simply because of where it is. It’s tucked away in Munro House, which means it’s a good walk from the city centre – but it’s definitely worth it. They specialise in Italian wines and have a rather spectacular range, with 30 by the glass and 300 by the bottle. What we love the most though, is not the selection, but the style – you can try their wines in flights, getting a taste for different grapes and expanding your palate, which as far as we’re concerned, makes this the wine bar to go to in Leeds.

Ipsum Vinoteca, Munro House, Duke Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 8AG.

9. Harvey Nichols

Everyone knows the shop is the cat’s pyjamas when it comes to luxury fashion, but if you venture upstairs, you’ll also find they’re well acquainted with their grapes. Last year, they opened The Bottle Room, an extension of their shop that lets you buy any wine from their vast selection and drink it in the bar for £10 corkage. But they also have the Fourth Floor champagne bar, which is well equipped with the likes of Perrier Jouet Vintage, Veuve Clicquot Rosé and Bollinger Grande Annee, but you can also get their own Harvey Nichols Brut Champagne for under £50. Whichever you choose, you’ll be able to enjoy it in their sophisticated bar, or even out on their rooftop terrace.

Bottle Room & Fourth Floor Bar, Harvey Nichols, Victoria Quarter, 107-111 Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6AZ.

10. Lazy Lounge

Lazy Lounge, Leeds

One of our personal favourites, Lazy Lounge is a fabulous little find, tucked away underneath West Point. It has a vintage feel, with exposed brickwork, leather sofas and even an old piano that takes pride of place in the middle of the bar. The menu is extensive, with everything from full-bodied whites to robust reds, and they’ve got enough expertise to ensure you always get something you like. For the ultimate treat, sign up for one of their wine tasting classes and learn a thing or two about your favourite tipple.

Lazy Lounge, Unit D, West Point, Wellington Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4JY.

11. Wayward

Wayward

From the guys behind The Reliance comes a new wine bar and shop that’s obsessed with wine. Wayward doesn’t serve any old wine, they’ve hunted out the best independent producers to help you try something new. From Sauvignon Blanc to Pinot Noir, you can still get all your favourite tipples, but here they’re usually made with natural fermentation and little to no filtration. Everything in their collection is available to drink in with a blanket £10 corkage fee and they also serve a selection by the glass each day.

Wayward, 1C Regent Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4PE.