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The Best Gin Bars in Leeds

· Joseph Sheerin · Food and Drink

When it comes to gin, these Leeds bars are a cut above.

Pintura

Looking for the best gin bars in Leeds? You’re in luck because we’ve rounded them all up in one place.

Right now, there’s no spirit in the world more popular than gin, but where should you go when you want to indulge your love of mother’s ruin? There are oodles of gin bars in Leeds and they know their Hendrick’s from their Portobello Road, so you can find your perfect G&T or a new favourite cocktail. Take your pick from secret cocktail bars, waterfront drinking dens and more…

Pintura

New to Leeds: Pintura

Upstairs, Pintura is a classy Basque-style kitchen, but gin lovers will want to go straight for the basement. Delve into their underground gin bar which pays homage to Spain’s favourite spirit offering more than 100 different labels from around the globe. Try Cien Gin from Leeds, Sikkem Bilberry from Spain or Ki-No-Bi from Japan – they have a rare bottle of Ferdinand’s Gold Cap from Germany too. You can also enjoy one of the wide range of gin cocktails, but you should really have a go at the 12 signature gin and tonics, which come served in 21 ounce goblets and are paired with a special garnish designed to enhance their botanicals.

Pintura, 1 Trinity Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6AP.

Lazy Lounge

Lazy Lounge Ante Gin

Lazy Lounge is one of the best gin bars in Leeds. They have quite an extraordinary gin list, with more than 100 different bottles on offer, from familiar names like Sipsmiths, Portobello Road and Tanqueray to more unusual brands like Anty Gin, a small batch that’s distilled with red wood ants. They mix their gin into cocktails – their Hendrick’s Gin Punch is a favourite. Keep an eye out for their gin tastings too, they hold them on Mondays and Saturdays.

Lazy Lounge, 102 Wellington Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4JJ.

The Gin Vault at 53 Degrees North

The Cocktail Experience

53 Degrees North is a classy cocktail bar, but it’s got a secret you might not have heard about – The Gin Vault. It’s a petite underground joint that feels like an exclusive VIP space and it’s dedicated to Leeds’ gin lovers. There’s a carefully curated list of 13 gins, from Mason’s Yorkshire Tea to Edinburgh Rhubarb and Ginger Gin. You can have yours as a G&T with loads of different garnishes and infusions to choose from, or as a cocktail – the Mediterranean Bramble with blackberry, thyme and bramble is an instant winner.

The Gin Vault at 53 Degrees North, Goodbard House, 15 Infirmary Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2JS.

The Maven

Nights Out in Leeds

This Prohibition-era speakeasy is one of Leeds’ best bars – but The Maven has got a particularly special relationship with gin that’s worth experiencing. They work with Hendrick’s Gin, so that’s in full supply, with over 50 more behind the bar including the likes of Whitley Neil, Sipsmith and Tanqueray. If you’re a G&T lover, the Old Tom gin with a twist of grapefruit is a winner, or you can go for one of their creative cocktails, like the Elder Lady, mixing gin, elderflower liqueur and lemon juice, served in a china teacup.

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

The Gin Garden at The New Ellington

The Gin Garden at The New Ellington

The New Ellington has one of the best gin bars in Leeds. The Gin Garden is a stylish venue with more than 100 labels for you to choose from, including a trio of Yorkshire’s own – Slingsby, Mason’s and Whittaker’s. They mix their gins into an array of cocktails and fruit cups – the top tip here is the Pepperberry Bramble which blends Gin Mare, strawberries and ground black pepper. Keep an eye out for their acclaimed gin tasting nights too, which will see you trying four different gins, learning how to pair them with the right tonic.

The Gin Garden at The New Ellington, 22 York Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2EX.

George’s Great British Kitchen

George's Great British Kitchen

It’s not just Great British food that George’s does well – as one look at their gin-centric bar will prove. It’s the main focus of their drinks offering, and they’ve scoured the world for the best bottles available. The menu is split into four sections to help you find your favourite gin and tonic – choose from sweet, spiced, dry and fragrant, or try them all. There are some crackers here, like Warner Edwards Rhubarb Gin, which uses rhubarb that was originally grown in the kitchen garden of Buckingham Palace under Queen Victoria, or you can go all out with the Flora Dora, which comes served in a Hendrick’s teapot.

George’s Great British Kitchen, The Light, 52 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8EQ.

The Botanist

The Botanist English Mojito

The name gives it away – The Botanist is obsessed with unusual botanical concoctions. They love gin in all its forms, with an extensive list, including some of the UK’s finest – from Leeds Gin to Hunters of Chester, Langley’s of Birmingham and Campfire Gin of Reading, you can try them all. They mix them up into a series of classic cocktails with a twist – try the Rhubarb and Gin Old Fashioned. If you love a good old G&T, go all out for the carafe to share – it comes filled with your pick of Tanqueray, Hendrick’s or Brockmans and their own infused tonics.

The Botanist, 67 Boar Lane, Trinity Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW.

Jake’s Bar and Still Room

The Cocktail Experience

Jake’s is the ultimate Leeds gin bar, and not just because they have their own Still Room where they make their own range of spirits and liqueurs in a 30 litre copper still. They love gin here – the owners are the founders of Portobello Road gin so you can be sure it’s in plentiful supply. They have over 30 more different labels to choose from, whether it’s Bathtub, Leeds Gin or Mason’s of Yorkshire, which all make a cracking G&T. The have an enticing array of gin cocktails too – try the famous White Lady, with its mix of Tanqueray gin, lemon juice, Cointreau and egg white.

Jake’s Bar and Still Room, 27 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BT.

Water Lane Boathouse

Water Lane Boathouse

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Sitting on the banks of the River Aire, Water Lane Boathouse has gone to great lengths to get the best gin they can find. They have a wide range of well known names, each of which have their own tonic and garnish. Try Pink Rives with Mediterranean tonic, strawberry and basil or Caorunn with tonic, red apple and raspberries – they’re perfect for sitting out in that impressive waterside beer garden under the sunshine.

Water Lane Boathouse, Canal Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5PS.

The Wrens

The Wrens

Did you know that The Wrens has its own dedicated gin bar? The Leeds pub is home to 61a Gin Bar, where you’ll find over 60 gins from around the world, alongside 15 garnishes and 30 gin-based cocktails. They have Audemus Pink Pepper Gin, Hayman’s Old Tom Gin and Koval Dry Gin behind the bar to name but a few. Prefer a G&T? Try Fifty Pounds gin with cucumber, pineapple juice, fresh lime and tonic water or Opihr Gin with honey, water and lemon juice.

The Wrens, 61a New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JD.

The Bottle Room at Harvey Nichols

Harvey Nichols Bottle Room

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Harvey Nichols is now home to The Bottle Room and if you love gin, you’re incredibly well catered for. There are nine gin and tonics, featuring both classics and unique concoctions, from the Bathtub gin with aromatic tonic and lemon to the Monkey 47 gin with elderflower tonic and blackberry. They also have a few cocktails like the Japanese Negroni, with sake, Kinzu gin and Suze. Going all out? The Gin Flight for two is just £30 and lets you choose three gin and tonics each from their full range, complete with FeverTree mixers.

The Bottle Room, Harvey Nichols, 107-111 Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6AZ.

Banyan

Gin Lover's Paradise at Banyan Bar

Banyan is a must-visit in Leeds because it dedicates two menus to gin. The first is the Gin Lover’s Paradise menu, featuring eight different gin and tonics partnered with herbs, fruits and spices. You can enjoy a Star of Bombay with orange and juniper or Portobello Road 171 with grapefruit and lemongrass. The second menu is the Platinum Collection, with each gin specially chosen for its unique botanical notes. You’ve got Bathtub with orange and green cardamom or Gin Mare with rosemary and olives – these are top of the range G&Ts.

Banyan, The Old Post Office, City Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2ES.