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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.

Gin & Tonic

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…

Below Stairs

Below Stairs

Below Stairs isn’t the most obvious gin bar in Leeds, but their inventive use of Mother’s Ruin will have you coming back for more. You can keep it simple if you like with a G&T – they have a handpicked selection of gins, including Monkey 47, Plymouth Gin and Beefeater 24. But why not try something a little more creative? Each of their cocktails tells a story. Take the 109 Miles to Filey for example, it uses Seaweed Distillate Gin, wildflower eau du vie, whisky sea foam and an edible chocolate pebble to recreate a walk down the Yorkshire coast.

Below Stairs, 12 South Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5QS.

Lazy Lounge

Lazy Lounge Gin tasting

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 unique small batch that’s distilled with red wood ants. They mix their gin into cocktails too – their Hendrick’s Gin Punch is a favourite. Keep an eye out for their gin tastings, they hold them on Mondays and Saturdays.

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

The Potting Shed

The Potting Shed Gin Garden

The Potting Shed has a dedicated gin bar on the first floor where you can choose from a vast selection of G&Ts. They’ve even team up with The Artful Pour, a modern distillery based in Yeadon, to create a gin garden on their terrace. This leafy, tropical hideaway has a special menu of six craft gins, each turned into classic pours or artful concoctions. The later promises a more creative take on a G&T, like their mojito alternative, a mix of cucumber and mint gin, lime, sugar syrup and fresh mint.

The Potting Shed, Oxford Road, Guiseley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS20 8AA.

The Maven

The Maven, gin

This Prohibition-era speakeasy is one of Leeds’ best bars – and The Maven has got a particularly special relationship with gin that’s worth experiencing. They have over 50 gins 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 Hibiscus Swizzle, mixing WMonkey 47 gin, with hibiscus syrup, blackberries, cranberry juice and lemon syrup.

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

Salon Privé

Dakota, Salon Prive, gin

Salon Privé has the biggest collection of gins in Leeds. It’s a light, airy space with a long terrace where you can work your way through over 200 gins. Try Audemus Pink Pepper Gin with Fever-Tree Aromatic and grapefruit peel. Or go for something a little more local. Greystone Small Batch London Dry Gin is made by The Harewood Food and Drink Project using hand-picked mulberries from Harewood House. Whichever you choose, they’ll help you find the perfect garnish.

Salon Privé, Dakota Leeds, 8 Russell Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5RN.

Angelica

Angelica, gin and tonic

Not only does Angelica have incredible views of the city, but it also has an enviable selection of gins behind the bar. You can get your ideal G&T made to order with the likes of Death’s Door, Monkey 47 and Tanqueray 10. But if you want something a little more indulgent, take a look at the cocktail menu. Gin is the main attraction in many of their cocktails, like the Sloe Down Leroy, which brings together Sipsmiths sloe gin, with amaretto, cherry, Sicilian lemonade and prosecco.

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

The Botanist

The Botanist

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 English Mojito. 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 their special Secret Gin served with their own infused tonics.

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

Jake’s Bar and Still Room

The Blighty Mojito at Jake's Bar

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. They 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.

Granville’s Beer and Gin House

Granville's Beer & Gin House

Granville’s Beer and Gin House is a cool drinking den in Horsforth that’s obsessed with gin. There are over 75 gins to choose from and that number is constantly growing as they add to their offering. You’ll find all the familiar names here, but you can also broaden your horizons with a slew of small-batch gins – try That Boutique-y Gin’s Strawberry & Balsamico or give Nikka’s Coffey Gin a whirl. Whichever you choose, you can drink it in a venue that toes the line between rustic and modern.

Granville’s Beer and Gin House, 20 Long Row, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 5AA.

Water Lane Boathouse

Monkey 47 Gin and Tonic at Water Lane Boathouse

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.

Craft Asylum

Craft Asylum

At Craft Asylum, you can indulge your love of gin. They’ve scoured the length and breadth of the planet to put together an exciting menu of familiar and unusual labels. There’s favourites like Sipsmiths, Bombay Sapphire and Tanqueray, but if you want to expand your horizons, try Wrecking Coast’s Cornish Clotted Gin, made using cold-distilled clotted cream, or That Boutique-y Gin Company’s Spit Roasted Pineapple, which will add a fruity tang to your G&T.

Craft Asylum #1, Candle House, Granary Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4GJ & Craft Asylum #2, 26 East Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5BW.

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 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.