Fancy a good bottle of vino? From Sauvignon Blanc to Pinot Noir, these bars serve the best in Leeds.
Forget simple spirits and boring beers, it’s all about vino now. There are loads of great places to enjoy a glass or two in the city, but these 15 Leeds wine bars serve some of the best vintages in the city. From unusual organic tipples to lavish bottles of Dom Perignon, there’s something for every wine-lover to enjoy. So whether you’re after a rustic setting to sup natural wines or an exclusive spot to sup champagne, check out these bars.
Wayward Wines is a suburban spin-off of The Reliance that’s dedicated to all-things vino. It’s a shop and bar rolled into one, so expect an intimate venue with a handful of stools where you can enjoy a glass with a friend. They specialise in organic wines, so alongside familiar bottles like Prosecco and Cabernet Sauvignon, you can try more adventurous tipples like Pét-Nat. And if you don’t know what to choose, their expert staff will help you find your new favourite. Pair your drink with a charcuterie board in their cosy wine bar, or take it home to enjoy at your leisure.
Wayward Wines, 1c Regent Street, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4PE.
If you’re looking for a wine bar in Leeds that breaks the mould, check out Wino. This is a down to earth venue with a warm and comfortable atmosphere. The statement bar is plastered with old-school wine labels and behind it there are 26 handpicked vintages for you to try, with everything from fruity Riojas to crisp Chardonnays. In fact, you’ll be spoilt for choice, but the team are always happy to recommend their favourites if you want their help. Whatever you go for, you can enjoy your vino with a light bite from their menu of cheese boards and Spanish bar snacks.
Wino, 69 St Paul’s Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2TE.
The Decanter is a dedicated wine bar. Every bottle they stock has been handpicked by their expert sommeliers. There’s a wide array of reds, whites and fizz for you to choose from, and they really know their grapes, so if you tell them your go-to tipple, they can recommend an adventurous alternative. Chenin fan? Try the Chateau Tanunda Viognier. Merlot fiend? Go for the Lorosco Caemenere. The bar itself has a relaxed atmosphere and it’s a cosy spot to sample a glass or two, with comfy leather seats and warm lighting. Feeling peckish? Order a meat and cheese platter for the table.
The Decanter, 17 Park Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5JQ.
A relaxed bar with a cool vintage decor, Lazy Lounge can always be relied upon for a fine bottle of wine. They pride themselves on their award-winning wine list, which has one of the best selections of vino in the city. So whether you prefer red, white or rose, you’ll always find something that suits your taste. The Rioja Blanco and Dornfelder are particular favourites – but if you can’t decide, why not go to one of their regular wine tasting events? You’ll hear about the history of wine then try seven of their best vintages with tasty food pairings.
Lazy Lounge, Wellington Street, Leeds West Yorkshire, LS1 4JY.
For spectacular skyline views and flowing glasses of fizz, head to Sky Lounge. Nestled on top of the DoubleTree Hilton, it’s a sleek and stylish champagne bar in Leeds, with huge floor to ceiling windows and a balcony area, which is usually bustling with revellers until late. Join in and treat yourself to one of their lavish tipples – they have it all from Veuve Cliquot to Dom Perignon. Or if you want to forgo the fizz, they also have a wide selection of red, white and rose.
Sky Lounge, DoubleTree by Hilton, 2 Wharf Approach, Granary Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4BR.
Friends of Ham
Full of rustic charm, Friends of Ham is one of the best wine bars in Leeds. It’s got a laid-back feel, with long real-wood tables where you can kick back with a glass of vino or two. They specialise in organic wines like Samurai Chardonnay and they constantly rotate their offering, so you’ll always have something new to try. Their charcuterie boards perfectly partner a rich vintage and you can even build your own, choosing your favourite meats and cheeses to match with your tipples.
Friends of Ham, 4-8 New Station Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DL.
Veeno is an Italian wine cafe known up and down the country for its authentic Sicilian wines. There’s two different venues for you to choose from in Leeds and both offer a relaxed atmosphere where you can sup an array of Italian tipples. There’s a crisp Grillo and a fruity Inzolia, both from Sicily, but the rich and spiced Cusora Cabernet Sauvignon is a must-try. You can order by the glass, try three complimentary tipples in a flight or go all-out with a 90-minute tasting session. There’s plenty of tasty Italian dishes to snaffle too.
Veeno, 7 Duncan Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DQ and Veeno, 5 Wellington Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4AP.
Once Upon a Vine
Once Upon a Vine is one of the best wine bars in Leeds. It’s a shop-cum-bar in the heart of Horsforth with a simple and homely feel. Owner Simon Cocks is as passionate about wine as you are, so you’ll only find the finest whites and richest reds from his personal network of suppliers. Think Argentinian Malbec, Chilean Sauvignon and sparkling French Beaujolais. You can pick your bottle, pop it open, and while away an evening on their long communal table. Add delicious charcuterie boards and it’s a wine-lover’s dream.
Once Upon a Vine, 21 Town Street, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 5LJ.
A rooftop wine bar perched at the top of Trinity Leeds, Angelica is a luxurious spot for a tipple. Their huge floor to ceiling windows give you spectacular panoramic views across the city and their outdoor terrace is the place to be when the sun’s shining. At the centre of it all you’ll find a 360 degree bar that boasts an extensive selection of wines, from Chablis to Pinot Noir. They’ll even whip you up a fruity Sangria in the summer months. But it’s really all about the Champagne here – there are 11 different bottles you can pop, including Moet & Chandon Ice Rose, Dom Perignon and Rulnat.
Angelica, Trinity Leeds, 70 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW.
The Alchemist is famous for its crazy cocktails and bubbling potions, but did you know they also have an awesome selection of wines? There are over 25 types of red, white, rose and fizz for you to choose from at their two Leeds bars. The Pinot Noir is particularly delicious, a light and fruity glass with notes of cranberry. Or if you prefer white, the Vinho Verde is a rich, floral tipple. Once you’ve got your tipple, you can lap-up the bustling atmosphere and dance the night away or take a seat and tuck into a few bar snacks.
The Alchemist Trinity, Trinity Leeds, 70 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW and The Alchemist Greek Street, Yorkshire House, Greek Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5SH.
Vice & Virtue
Vice & Virtue might be better known for its cocktails, but it’s also one of the best wine bars in Leeds. Head upstairs to their prohibition-style lounge, sink into one of their comfy leather booths and have a flick through their extensive wine list. You’ll find favourites like Prosecco, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot, alongside limited edition tipples. You can sample anything from the exotic Turkish Kalecik Karasi to the lavish Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc. If you really want to push the boat out, book into their fine-dining restaurant and enjoy a 10-course tasting-menu with their signature drinks pairing.
Vice & Virtue, 68 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NU.
Curve is a Leeds champagne bar where you can enjoy the finest fizz in the lap of luxury. Nestled in Victoria Gate Casino, it’s a seriously glam spot complete with huge pillars, snaking staircases and plush sofas. They serve bubbles by the glass – you have the choice of Chio Prosecco or Moet & Chandon. Prefer a bottle? There are 5 to choose from like Veuve Cliquot and Ruinart Blanc de Blancs, but the Krug Grande Curvee is their most exclusive. Blended from 10 different vintages, it’s well worth splashing out on if you win big at the tables!
Curve, Victoria Gate Casino, Victoria Gate, 26 Eastgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7JL.
Fourth Floor Bar
Harvey Nichols is known for its exclusive products, and the wine in its Fourth Floor Bar is no different. It’s a stylish venue with plush blue chairs, golden fittings and statement lights. The wine menu is filled with their own-label vintages, which you won’t find anywhere else. You can enjoy all the classics, from Chablis to Shiraz, or if you fancy a few bubbles you’re in luck. They have their own Prosecco, Champagne Brut and Brut Rose as well as labels like Moet & Chandon. Each can be enjoyed by the glass, so you don’t have to splash out on a bottle either.
Fourth Floor Bar, Harvey Nichols, Victoria Leeds, 107-11 Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6AZ.
The Bottle Shop
There’s not one, but two places to enjoy a glass of wine in Harvey Nichols. For a more laid-back venue, head to The Bottle Shop. You can spend hours browsing their huge collection of wine and it’s all organised by country. There’s Italian Brunello di Montalcino, New Zealand Riesling and French Tavel Rose. Want to go all-out? You can even order bubbles by the magnum. Once you’ve taken your pick, it’s £10 for corkage and you can enjoy it on one of the high tables in the adjacent cafe-bar space.
The Bottle Shop, Harvey Nichols, Victoria Leeds, 107-11 Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6AZ.
If you’re looking for a laid-back yet elegant venue where you can enjoy fine wines, make a beeline for Salon Privé at Dakota. They offer a small but hand-picked menu of exclusive vintages, which is why it’s one of the best wine bars in Leeds. There’s a fruity Fleurie, an intense Chateau Potensac and a refreshing Gavi di Gavi, to name a few. You can also enjoy their special wine of the season, which changes every couple of months. They regularly host live jazz and blues nights, so you’ll be kept entertained as you sup your chosen vintage.
Salon Privé, Dakota Leeds, 8 Russell Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5RN.