When the sun shines, the city’s rooftop bars come into their own!
Sunshine? Check. Views? Check. Beer, wine and all things fine. Check and double-check! Leeds is full of rooftop bars where you can indulge in a drink or two on a summer’s day, but which one to choose? From craft beer sessions to cocktail soirées and champagne toasts, we’ve got the lowdown on every must-try terrace in the city with all the handy details that will help decide where to go. Get reading, get booking, get drinking!
Nestled on the fifth floor of Trinity, Angelica is one of the best rooftop bars in Leeds. You can look out across the city from one of their stylish metal tables or luxurious outdoor sofas, which are all kitted out with parasols and heat lamps. Wine is what they do best. Take your pick from labels like Dom Perignon and Taittinger, or choose one of their hand-picked bottles of red, white and rose. Hungry? You can get everything from Hereford ribeye to native lobster.
Angelica, Trinity Leeds, 70 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW. Walk-ins only for drinks, booking recommended for dining.
Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen
Belgrave Music Hall’s iconic roof terrace is a must-visit. Sit down at one of their colourful picnic tables or shelter from the rays in one of the covered huts that line the perimeter. The atmosphere here is always stellar, and if you like craft beer, you’ll be in your element. Kirkstall and Five Points are just a taste of what’s on the pumps, with a selection of local and global favourites in the fridges. Patty Smith’s pizza and Dough Boys’ burgers await if you get peckish.
Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen, 1-1A Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JP. Walk-ins only.
This south-facing, horseshoe terrace is a real sun trap. Enjoy the sweeping views of Boar Lane, before settling down at one of the high tables that wrap around the bar. Here, parasols protect you from the elements and heaters keep you toasty long into the night. They’re famed for their theatrical cocktails – try the Insta-worthy smokiness of their Dry Iced Tea or the experimental magic of the Colour Changing One. Fancy a bite to eat? Snaffle Tempura Prawn Lollipops.
The Alchemist, Trinity Leeds, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW. Walk-ins only.
Nestled at the top of Victoria Leeds, Issho is a high-end Japanese restaurant and bar with a breathtaking roof terrace. It’s south-facing and comes decked out in cosy sofas covered surrounded by leafy shrubbery. Enormous parasols stretch out above you, with heat lamps to see off the evening chill. A tempting selection of champagne sits alongside Japanese-inspired cocktails, and if you’re hungry, you can snack on sushi, gyozas and bao buns.
Issho, 3rd Floor Rooftop, Victoria Gate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7AU. You need to book online.
Roland’s roof terrace is so well hidden, you’d never even know it was there. Follow the staircase from the courtyard and you’ll find yourself in a petite sun trap with room for just 30 people. Long benches and high stools line the walls with a few garden tables thrown in for good measure. If you fancy craft beer, you’re spoilt for choice – they have unusual brews you won’t find elsewhere in Leeds. But you can also enjoy expertly mixed cocktails.
Roland’s, 39 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BT. Walk-ins are welcome or you can book online.
Parkside Tavern has a huge rooftop terrace above the pool room. It’s covered with astroturf to give you the sense of a beer garden on high. Sit down on one of their long picnic benches and look out over Merrion Street Gardens while you try their extensive line-up of quality local ales on keg and cask. There’s wine, spirits and cocktails too – you can even get a feed while you’re there, with hand-stretched pizzas that are perfect for sharing (or keeping all to yourself).
Parkside Tavern, St Johns House, Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JE. Walk-ins are welcome or you can book online.
A hidden gem in the heart of Trinity Leeds, Everyman has its very own rooftop bar. It’s a narrow strip of alfresco joy that looks out over the glass-domed roof. Their low marble tables and comfy wicker chairs make this the perfect spot to enjoy a leisurely drink, and the fact that no one knows about it, means you’re more likely to find a spot. Their bar serves cold beers, classic cocktails and bottles of vino, best enjoy with stone-baked pizza fresh out of the oven.
Everyman Cinema, Trinity Leeds, Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AY. Walk-ins only.
The Rooftop at East Parade
With sun from every angle and breathtaking views over the Town Hall, The Rooftop at East Parade is one of the best sun traps in Leeds. It’s covered in a mix of astroturf and paving, with a mish-mash of picnic tables, benches and garden tables to sit at. As DJs soundtrack your visit, you can sup craft beer from local breweries like Northern Monk and Magic Rock. Prefer cocktails? They have all the classics, from Aperol Spritz to Espresso Martinis.
The Rooftop at East Parade, 10-12 East Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2BH. Walk-ins only.
Harvey Nichols’ Fourth Floor Bar
The rooftop terrace at Harvey Nichols’ Fourth Floor Brasserie gives you the perfect vantage point over Briggate. There are six swish tables laid out on an astroturfed terrace, complete with heaters and collapsible parasols. Fine wines are their speciality. There’s a tempting array of champagne, from Bollinger to Laurent-Perrier, but they also have a bespoke Botanist Gin cocktail menu. Hungry? Grab a light bite or indulge in their refined menu of seasonal dishes.
Harvey Nichols Fourth Floor Bar & Restaurant, Victoria Quarter, 107-111 Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6AZ. Walk-ins only.
East 59th is a New York-style loft with a sun-soaked roof terrace. It’s carpeted in astroturf, covered in leafy plants and decked out in stylish wicker furniture. Settle down in this urban jungle, under the shade of the massive parasols to grab a few drinks. It’s cocktail-central here. We’re talking Cherry Street Manhattans, Strawberry Slings and Watermelon Coolers. There’s wine and craft beer too, not to mention food. Their epic cheeseburger is the stuff of dreams.
East 59th, Victoria Gate, George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7AU. You need to book online.
There are two incredible roof terraces at Headrow House. The first promises long benches, collapsible parasols and overhead heaters, with a toe-tapping soundtrack provided by live DJs. The second is another floor up, with a mix of covered huts and open benches ripe for the picking. This is craft beer heaven, so expect local and global favourites. Prefer cocktails? There’s a small yet tempting menu. Ox Club is on hand to cure your hunger pangs with Spitz kebabs.
Headrow House, Bramleys Yard, 19 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PU. Walk-ins are welcome or you can book online.
Nowhere in Leeds has a view quite like Sky Lounge. At the very top of DoubleTree by Hilton, it offers views for miles around, in every direction. Kick back on the metal garden tables spread across the astroturf lawn. Their signature cocktail menu is inspired by Leeds landmarks and offers a twist on classics. Try the Corn Old Fashioned, which is made with popcorn syrup and served with a bowl of the cinema-style snacks on the side.
Sky Lounge, Doubletree by Hilton, Wharf Approach, Granary Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4BR. You need to book online.
One of the best-kept secrets in Leeds, the rooftop terrace at Victoria Gate Casino is worth checking out. It’s tucked onto the side of Live Bar, their famous sports bar, but it feels a million miles away from the cheers and chatter of the match. You can enjoy a steady stream of lagers, ales and stouts from the bar, or indulge in one of their premium spirits. Food is simple and down to earth – think pizzas, hot dogs and burger, the perfect stomach lining material.
Live Bar, Victoria Gate Casino, Victoria Gate, Eastgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7JL. Walk-ins are welcome or you can book online.