When payday feels too far away, make the most of these cheap cocktails…
Believe it or not, cocktails don’t have to cost the earth. In fact, you can get a tasty little concoction for as little as £6 at these cheap and cheerful bars. From Espresso Martinis to Caipirinhas, they’ve got all your favourite cocktails, and with such bargainous prices, you can afford another round. So what are you waiting for? Get stuck in…
Dirty Martini’s happy hour is such a permanent fixture that it’s earned them a place in this list. You can get half-price martinis all day Sunday, until 10pm Monday to Thursday, from 3pm to 10pm on Fridays and from 12pm to 8pm on Saturdays. They have 15 martinis for you to choose from, so you could treat yourself to a classic like their Espresso Martini or their very own Dirty Martini. If you fancy something different, give the fruity Sky Blue a go, as it brings together Absolut vodka, blue Curaçao, pineapple syrup and citrus.
Dirty Martini, 31 King Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2HL.
Brooklyn is a Leeds staple that brings New York party vibes across the Atlantic. Cocktails are what they do best here and all their creations are £6.50 on their own or 2 for £10 until 10pm everyday. They have a mix of classics and originals, so you can play it safe or try something new. Want something light? Try the Madison Square Mojito, a mix of rum, lime, mint and soda. Fancy something more indulgent? Go for The Big Lebowski, a mix of coffee liqueur, vodka and cream.
Brooklyn, 50 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DT.
Mook is a mainstay of Leeds’ nightlife, and with 2 for 1 cocktails every day, it’s no surprise. You can get ‘em until 9pm Tuesday to Saturday and all day Sunday and Monday. There’s an extensive menu to choose from – you could go for a classic like the Godfather, which brings together Johnnie Walker Red Label whiskey, amaretto and Pepsi, or try one of their signatures, like the Dib Dab, a heady mix of Smirnoff Red vodka, Chambord, amaretto and lemonade. Heck, why not get both?
Mook, Hirst’s Yard, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NJ.
You can sup Turtle Bay’s exotic concoctions for less. Their 2-4-1 happy hour runs every day until 7pm, then again from 9.30pm, so why not double up? It’s a Caribbean venue, so expect a host of rum-centric tipples. They have classics like the Mai Tai, or you can try their own creations, like the Beachcombers Zombie, which is made with Cockspur rum, dark rum, Woods overproof, Sebor absinth, grenadine, lemon and pineapple juice.
Turtle Bay, 14 The Headrow, The Light, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8TL.
The Liquorist is a smart bar that’s famous for its cocktails, so it might surprise you to learn that they have a range of cocktails that cost just £5.95 – and they’re available all day Monday to Friday. Like your cocktails fruity? Go for the Passion Fruit Cooler, which mixes Smirnoff Red vodka, passion fruit puree, sugar syrup, orange juice and lemon juice. Or you could indulge in the creamy Mochachini Martini, their own take on the espresso martini, which is made with Absolute vanilla vodka, Marie Brizard cacao brun, vanilla syrup and espresso.
The Liquorist, 5-7 Greek Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5RW.
Las Iguanas run their happy hour all day every day. That means you can get 2-4-1 cocktails every time you visit – whether you’re coming for food or just drinks. You have to order two of the same cocktail, but you know what they say – one good cocktail deserves another. You can sup two Mai Tais, Caipirinhas or Brazilian Spring Punches for £8.95. Feel like splashing out? Treat yourself to two Mojitos, Espresso Martinis or Rum Juleps for £10.95.
Las Iguanas, 3 Cloth Hall Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2HD.
Slocken is a new Yorkshire-centric bar from the people behind Wapentake and their cocktails are 2 for £10 all day every day. They do a range of drinks inspired by local sweet companies, so you can relive the taste of Terry’s Chocolate Orange, Rowntree’s Fruit Pastilles and Lyon’s Midget Gems in liquid form. They’ve even made a cocktail that tastes like Yorkshire parkin, which shows you just how creative they’ve got with their menu.
Slocken, 10-12 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DN.As always, drink responsibly folks...