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The Ultimate Guide to Greek Street & its Neighbours

· Joseph Sheerin · Food and Drink

Get the lowdown on one of Leeds’ most popular nightspots.

El Gato Negro

Greek Street is back to its best, with a host of bars and restaurants for you to try, and it’s not alone…

Whether it’s your first night out in Leeds or your hundredth, Greek Street is right up there with the best of ‘em. In fact, it’s gone through something of a revival in recent years, with a medley of new openings sitting alongside the old favourites. But this is not a standalone nightspot, so prepare to extend your revelry to the neighbouring streets.

Greek Street

Back to the nightlife hub it once was, Greek Street has a lot to offer…

The Liquorist

Eton Mess G+T at The Liquorist

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The Liquorist is a swish Greek Street bar with a little something for everyone. The venue brings eclectic furniture together with cosy hidey-holes, perfect for romantic drinks or big group get-togethers. Come the weekend, it’s got a bustling atmosphere complete with DJs on the decks, for those of you who like a dance.

It’s classics all the way when it comes to their food and drink offering. Expect cocktails you know, with Porn Star Martinis, Amaretto Sours and Mint Juleps (although they get pretty creative with their Espresso Martinis). If you need a bite to eat, the menu offers tasty dishes like the Buttermilk Chicken Burger, Madeira Chicken and Red Lentil Dahl Curry.

The Liquorist, 5-7 Greek Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5RW.

Bar Soba

Bar Soba Greek Street

Bar Soba is a cool haunt that merges late night revelry with Asian eats. You’ll find yourself surrounded by graffiti and neon lights as the DJs play tunes until the early hours. The bar takes over the ground floor, and it’s here that they serve their creative cocktails. Try their trademark Drumstick Capirovska, which comes with the famous lollipop.

Upstairs, Bar Soba has a laid-back restaurant where you can tuck into a tantalising menu of Asian street food. From Singapore Noodles to Katsu Curry and Miso-glazed Steak, there’s something for everyone here. And if you want to start the day right, head in at the weekend to try their bottomless brunch menu.

Bar Soba, 6 Greek Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5RW.

The Lost & Found

Lost and Found, Greek St

The Lost & Found is a Victorian-style drinking den that revolves around a fictional character – on Greek Street it’s Professor Virginia K. Stevenson, a Yorkshire lass with a love for botany. You can expect an eclectic venue with a cosy vibe that makes it the perfect spot for both dinner and drinks.

It’s renowned for its unique, creative cocktails, so treat yourself to something like Yuki-Tsubaki, which brings together Roku gin, Briottet Crème de Figue, Frangelico, hazelnut syrup, lemon juice and ginger ale. The food menu is also a treat, with a varied selection taking you from the Glazed Duck Breast to the Roasted Cod Loin, Three Cheese Rissotto and the Chateaubriand.

The Lost & Found, 12 Greek Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5PT.

Neighbourhood

Neighbourhood is a Manchester import with a big reputation and it certainly lives up to the hype. This New York-inspired bar has become one of the highlights of Greek Street – expect Instagram-worthy cocktails, spontaneous flash mobs and sparklers in your champers.

By day, it’s a chilled out place to grab a bite to eat, in a venue that’s always a little bit OTT. Tuck into Chicken Lollipops, Popcorn Prawns and Beef Tataki before checking out their cocktail menu. Sugar Lips is their most famous tipple – it’s made with Bacardi Rum, Disaronno Amaretto liqueur, lychee juice and citric acid. Don’t forget to strike a pose with the edible chocolate lips.

Neighbourhood, 5 Greek Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5RW.

Gusto

Gusto

When Gusto decided to open a restaurant in Leeds city centre, they inevitably made a beeline for Greek Street. The restaurant itself is stunning, the ultimate in luxury dining with fairy lights, indoor trees and a sleek bar packed with all your favourite tipples – but it’s the food that you’ll be talking about when you leave.

The menu is full of tantalising morsels, from the Caprino pizza with its layers of goat’s cheese, caramelised onions, roasted peppers, pine kernels and pesto, to the Lemon and Pepper Tuna Steak, which comes with cherry tomatoes, soya beans and Nocellara olives – you’re sure to find something you want to come back for.

Gusto, 10 Greek Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5RU.

The Alchemist

The Alchemist

Not content with one venue – The Alchemist has a second Leeds bar on Greek Street. It’s a welcoming haunt, a little bit more relaxed than its bustling sibling, with a laid-back vibe, perfect for post-work drinks or weekend eats.

The name gives a lot away when it comes to the cocktail menu – it reads like a scientific experiment. Check out The Colour Changing One – with its hypnotic blend of Grey Goose vodka, Briottet Apple, soda, citrus and ‘magic’. The internationally-influenced food menu is equally as tempting, whether you plump for the Braised Beef Ragu or the Jerk Chicken with dumplings, rice and peas.

The Alchemist, Yorkshire House, Greek Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5SH.

Manahatta

Manahatta

You’ll find Manahatta at the bottom end of Greek Street. It’s a relaxed place to grab a bite by day, but visit in the evening and you’ll see it’s a popular spot for the after-work crowd. Inside, it’s just as sumptuous as their Merrion Street bar, with leather booths, neon lights and popular tunes.

You’ll find a decent range of craft beers behind the bar, but if you want to treat yourself, try something from their cocktail menu. It’s packed with thirst-quenching options like the Manahatta Spritz, which brings together Tanqueray gin, lemon, Campari, Manahatta cordial and grapefruit soda. Hungry? You can start your night out with anything from a Godfather Burger to Cajun Chicken Fajitas.

Manahatta, Minerva House, 29 East Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5PS.

Park Row

Just around the corner, you’ll find plenty more places to go on Park Row.

The Decanter

The Decanter

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Small but perfectly formed, that’s what you’ll be thinking when you first enter The Decanter. It’s one of the only indies in these parts, bringing something a little more personal to proceedings with its handpicked selection of wine and beer.

Originally a wine bar, The Decanter prides itself on showcasing lesser known grapes, while ensuring you can always find something you like. But their craft beer prowess soon shone through, and now they have a reputation for both. So whether you’re after a nice glass of vino or a decent brew, you’ll certainly find it here.

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

Thewlis

Thewlis

From the people behind The Decanter, Thewlis is an intimate cocktail lounge in a stunning Grade II-listed building. There’s a sense of old school elegance here, from the luxurious leather booths to the decadent cocktails that make this a must for your night out.

They do all the classics, so pick your favourite, like the Mint Julep, a sharp mix of blended Bourbon, sugar syrup and mint. They also like to get creative with their own concoctions, as well as one-off specials that change on a weekly basis.

Thewlis, 18 Park Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5JA.

Slug & Lettuce

The Slug and Lettuce

Okay, so it’s not the most exciting bar in Leeds, but Slug & Lettuce has been going strong for years, keeping up its standard offering of affordable food and drink, in a sweet little location, just around the corner from Greek Street.

The cocktails are the highlight of the menu here. There’s plenty to choose from, like the Long Island Iced Tea and the Porn Star Martini – keep an eye out for their 2-4-1 offer. Meanwhile, the food menu promises a variety of options, from Quinoa Chilli to Chicken Tikka Masala or head in on Mondays and Tuesdays for a burger and drink for £7.

Slug & Lettuce, 14 Park Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5HU.

Gino D’Acampo My Restaurant

Gino D'Acampo, My Restaurant, Leeds

Celebrity chefs are like Marmite, so you’ll either love this or hate it. Gino D’Acampo’s name is on the door of a popular Park Row restaurant, and while you’re unlikely to see the man himself, you can put his recipes to the test in a slick, modern space.

Expect classic Italian fare, with plenty of pizza and pasta dishes. Alternatively, tuck into refined mains like Slow Roasted Pork Belly with radicchio, balsamic, thyme and toasted hazelnuts. Not hungry? Gino’s also has a prosecco bar with over 40 Italian wines, alongside beer and cocktails.

Gino D’Acampo My Restaurant, 11-12 Park Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5HD.

Beckett’s Bank

Devil's Backbone at Wetherspoon's

It may not be the classiest joint in town, but Beckett’s Bank has been a part of the city’s nightlife since 1991, and it’s still going strong today. It is, of course, a Wetherspoon’s pub, and as such, it stocks a huge variety of beer, including a fair few UK exclusives, all at very down to earth prices. You can also indulge in shots or take advantage of their wide array of rum and gin.

The food is your usual Wetherspoon’s fare, with burgers, curries and steaks, alongside pub classics, like Hardy’s Shiraz and Mushroom Beef Burger and Lincolnshire Sausages, Mash and Peas. It’s not going to win any awards, but you certainly won’t be complaining about the price.

Beckett’s Bank, 28-30 Park Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5HU.

Indian Tiffin Room

Indian Tiffin Room

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Indian Tiffin Room is a feast for the senses. It’s an incredible restaurant, decked out in Indian trinkets, with rustic wooden panelling and flowers hanging from the ceiling. But you don’t come for the decor, it’s the food that will win you over.

Don’t expect your usual British Indian fare. Here the focus is on authentic Indian street food and it takes its cues from all 26 Indian states. Choose from dishes like the Kokum Fish Curry, the Vada Pav burger and the Samosa Chaat, as well as kebabs cooked over charcoal on the Tandoor. Pair your meal with one of their spice-infused cocktails for the full experience.

Indian Tiffin Room, 31-32 Park Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5JD.

L’Art du Fromage

L'art du Fromage Leeds

For something a little bit different, make a beeline for L’Art du Fromage. You’ll find this pop-up cheese restaurant just around the corner from Greek Street on Park Row – they set up shop in Le Chalet from 6pm to 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

Once inside, you can enjoy a nice glass of wine while you ponder the menu. They have two specialities – raclette and fondue. The former promises gooey, melted cheese, served with potatoes and a selection of cured meats or charcuterie, while the latter is designed for sharing and comes with French bread to dip in a molten bowl of Emmental, brie and gruyere.

L’Art du Fromage, 31-32 Park Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5JD.

El Gato Negro

El Gato Negro

El Gato Negro is a Spanish tapas restaurant unlike any other in Leeds. It’s headed by Simon Shaw, a chef who’s passionate about adding a little pizzaz to your usual tapas fare and for him, finding the right venue was key. Housed in a former bank, this two-floored restaurant has a grand yet rustic charm to it, with statement arched windows and exposed brickwork.

When it comes to food, you can expect a culinary marriage between British and Spanish cuisine. We’re talking Cauliflower Cheese Croquetas, Morcilla Scotch Eggs and Mini Catalan Chorizo with Aspall cider. Alongside their experimental dishes is much-loved traditional fare, like Patatas Bravas with aioli and Tiger Prawns in a chilli garlic and lemon butter. Pair your assortment of dishes with one of their hand-picked Spanish tipples, including an impressive selection of wine and sherry.

El Gato Negro, 35 Park Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5JL.

South Parade

South Parade is only a short walk from Greek Street and it has some fantastic options for you.

Gaucho

Gaucho Beef and Bottle

You can feast on quality steak in sophisticated surroundings at Gaucho. Fitted with chandeliers, cowhide upholstery and monochrome furnishings, it’s a refined take on your usual steakhouse. You can expect only the best here – they source their meat from the renowned ranches of Argentina and their expert staff know everything about the cuts they serve.

There are four main cuts of steak to choose from – cuadril (rump), ancho (ribeye), chorizo (sirloin) and limo (fillet). If you want to push the boat out, you can share a slow grilled Chateaubriand or a succulent Galician T-bone. Their hand-picked wines are the perfect accompaniment, but if you head in on a Monday, you can bring your own bottle with no additional corkage fee.

Gaucho, 21-22 Park Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5JF.

Sukhothai

Sukhothai Pad Thai

Sukhothai is a Leeds institution that has been serving up delicious Thai food in the city since 2002. Their empire has grown since then, with three other restaurants to go alongside their city centre home on South Parade. It’s decked out in Thai decorations, with statues, art and extravagant tableware all adding to the effect.

The menu is equally authentic, promising everything from Moo Yang (pork strips in oyster and honey sauce) and Lamb Gai Krob (crispy chicken with a spicy Isaan dressing) to Gang Supprarod (Thai curry with coconut milk and pineapple) and Pad Nam Prik Pao Phed (duck with chilli oil, mushroom, spring onion, carrot, red pepper and sweet basil).

Sukhothai, 15 South Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5QS.

Below Stairs

Below Stairs

This underground cocktail bar is just minutes away from Greek Street, but it’s still relatively unknown. It’s the work of award-winning mixologist Manachain Monaghan and his brother Jamie. They wanted to serve inventive, experiential cocktails in a venue that’s more like a local pub than a fancy cocktail bar.

Every cocktail on the menu is an original and they each tell a story. Take the Primary Education for example. It brings together butter-washed genever, porridge-infused Roe & Co Irish whisky and muscovado sugar syrup in an attempt to recreate the porridge Manachain had as a child in liquid form. It’s this attention to detail that makes Below Stairs worth a visit.

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

San Carlo

San Carlo

San Carlo is a refined Italian restaurant just around the corner from Greek Street. Outside, two pillars of flames make it impossible to miss, while inside the contemporary decor is coupled with attentive service to make sure your night goes off without a hitch.

The menu is full of tasty morsels, with pasta dishes like the Alla Norma (aubergines, tomatoes, garlic and basil, with pecorino cheese) and pizzas like the Diavola (spicy sausage, onions and chillies). But if you want something a little bit different, you can always tuck into their pesce or carne dishes – how about a Roasted Rack of Lamb with a breadcrumb crust and mint sauce?

San Carlo, 6-7 South Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5QX.

Stockdales of Yorkshire

Stockdales of Yorkshire

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Just two minutes from Greek Street, Stockdales of Yorkshire is well worth a detour. It’s a one-off steakhouse in a Grade II listed building, so you can enjoy a slap-up meal in lovely, traditional surroundings.

Wagyu beef is the speciality here, it’s sourced from local Yorkshire farms and you’ll find it in a plethora of dishes, from the traditional Sunday lunch to burgers and, of course, steaks – the latter of which are cooked on a Josper Grill over charcoal at up to 480℃ for that distinctive smokey taste.

Stockdales of Yorkshire, 8 South Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5QX.

East Parade

Whether you’re looking for a delicious meal or just a few drinks, you’ve got oodles of options on East Parade.

Ibérica

Iberica

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Ibérica is one of the most impressive restaurants in Leeds. Just a short walk from Greek Street, you’ll find it in the Grade II-listed Hepper House, which they’ve complemented with a decor that’s both posh and rustic at the same time – it’s an amazing setting for a bit of tapas.

Expect a menu of authentic Spanish flavours, in the form of traditional but creative dishes from renowned tapas chef Nacho Manzano. You can start off with a classic like their charcuterie boards, before indulging in the likes of Hake Fritters, Twice Cooked Lamb and Pitu Chicken Rice. Want in on a secret? Downstairs they have their own basement wine bar with 70 Spanish labels.

Ibérica, Hepper House, East Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2BH.

All Bar One

All Bar One

One of Greek Street’s mainstays, All Bar One has lived through the drama that’s seen Prohibition, Henry’s, Strada and GBK close around it. And they’re still tempting folk in with their down-to-earth atmosphere, round-worthy drinks offers and tasty eats.

From breakfast early doors to a plethora of small plates for lunch and dinner, All Bar One has something to sate your appetite from morning until night. Add a menu of cocktails that are surprisingly creative, with milkshakes and teas among them, and an impressive array of wines, beers and spirits – you’re all set for a great night out.

All Bar One, Corner of Greek Street, 27 East Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5BN.

Craft Asylum #2

Craft Asylum #1

From the people behind Salt Beer Factory comes Craft Asylum #2, one of a matching pair of bars in Leeds city centre. This stylish industrial-chic venue boasts exposed brickwork, leather booths and a copper-topped bar where you can try their wares.

They have 14 keg taps, seven of which pour their own brews, as fresh as you’ll find them in Leeds, and the other seven change on a regular basis to showcase the latest and greatest from UK breweries. If you prefer cask beers, they have four on-the-go at any one time and there’s also a wide selection of UK craft gins too.

Craft Asylum #2, 26 East Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5BW.

East Parade Social

East Parade Social

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There’s more to Avenue HQ than office space – it’s also home to East Parade Social, an all-day venue where you can grab a bite to eat. In the morning, you can enjoy Steak and Eggs or Home Baked Beans on Toast alongside San Agustín coffee. Then later in the day, you can tuck into Flatbread Pizzas or warming bowls of Spiced Lentil Dahl.

Alongside the cool, laid-back cafe, there’s a hidden courtyard to escape the hustle and bustle of city and a magnificent rooftop bar with views over Leeds Town Hall. This is the perfect spot for after-work drinks, with a choice of local craft beer and creative cocktails.

East Parade Social, 10-12 East Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2BH.

Tattu

Tattu

Tattu is quite the looker. It oozes cool, mixing a dark, atmospheric decor with traditional touches – the entire restaurant is decked out in white flowers, a nod to Yorkshire’s heritage, and it gives the place an opulent feel, perfect for romantic meals and big get-togethers.

The menu is diverse. Fancy dim sum? You’ve got it. Want to mix and match small plates? Go for it. Prefer a traditional main course? No problem. They show off their unusual approach to traditional Chinese cuisine with dishes like Red Pepper Lamb Cutlets with Hot and Sour Pumpkin and Ginger Miso Black Cod with boba leaf, pickled lime and daikon salad.

Tattu, Minerva House, 29 East Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5PS.

Dirty Martini

Dirty Martini

Head in during the day and Dirty Martini is a laid-back cocktail joint, but stop by after dark and you’ll walk into a lively party bar with DJs spinning a mix of club classics and pop anthems. And as you’ve probably guessed, they love a good martini.

They have 16 of them for you to choose from, including creative numbers like the Dragon Fruit and Pomegranate. But martinis aren’t the only thing they do. You can pore over an extensive menu of over 50 cocktails, like the Fallen Angel, a refreshing mix of Tanqueray gin, Briottet crème de apricot, sage, citrus, egg white and Peychaud bitters.

Dirty Martini, 31 King Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2HL.

The Box

The Box

If you want a bar that ticks all the right boxes, head to The Box. It’s got 14 HD screens, including a huge 80” TV, and they show all the live sport. If you fancy a game yourself, you can play a few rounds on their two 21-foot shuffleboard tables at the back or throw some arrows on the electronic darts board.

Hungry? Tuck into a menu of Neapolitan pizza, American-style burgers and New York bubble waffles, washed down with local craft beer or a pint from the city’s first Budvar tank, which is shipped in directly from the Czech Republic. If beer’s not your thing, they also have an extensive wine list and a cocktail menu full of classics with a twist.

The Box, East Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2JD.

City Square

The perfect stop on your way to Greek Street from the station, City Square has a few popular hangouts for you to try.

Restaurant Bar and Grill

Restaurant Bar and Grill, Leeds

Want a luxurious dinner before you hit the town? Head to Restaurant Bar & Grill. You’ll find it in The Old Post Office, a beautiful Grade II listed building with loads of character – expect high ceilings, decadent pillars and ornate arches. It’s the perfect setting for a bite to eat or even just drinks.

The menu promises a mix of quality steaks and refined dishes. Start with Isle of Man Scallops in Thermidor Sauce before you move onto a Chateaubriand or Beef Bourguignon. Afterwards, retire to the bar to enjoy expertly made cocktails, like their Espresso Martini, or get a bottle of wine.

Restaurant Bar and Grill, The Old Post Office, City Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2AN.

Banyan Bar

Banyan Bar Leeds

The other half of the historic Old Post Office Building is home to Banyan. It’s a welcoming haunt with a bustling atmosphere and a diverse offering that makes it perfect for any occasion.

If you’re just looking for drinks, they have a decent selection of craft beer, as well as a tempting cocktail menu. From the Salted Caramel Espresso Martini to the Lemon Cheesecake, you’ll find some really interesting tipples here. They do a lovely New Zealand Sauvignon too. And to eat? The menu takes inspiration from around the world, so you can tuck into the likes of Crispy Duck and Watermelon Salad, Steak & Ale Pie or Thai Red Curry.

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