Explore your world
The 10 Best Bars In Leeds, England

The 10 Best Bars In Leeds, England

Picture of Rebecca Wilkinson
Updated: 9 February 2017
Leeds, England is best known for its University and thriving student scene. Lots of students and a lively local crowd means that the bar scene is buzzing. This fantastic city has everything, from creative cocktail bars and sophisticated night lounges, to loud and fun bars with a crazy party atmosphere. Read on to discover the 10 best places to grab a drink in the city.

Brudenell Social Club

A perfect place to spend an evening, an afternoon, or even a whole day, the Brudenell Social Club is famous among Leeds’ bar scene for hosting some of the most incredible musical acts over the last few decades. Starting life as a gentlemen’s club in 1913, with cabaret shows and bingo games being the main attractions, the venue has since developed into the vibrant bar it is today. Head over to view some of the best live music in the UK, from emerging local bands to established names such as Franz Ferdinand or the Kaiser Chiefs. The quality of the entertainment is only matched by the range of drinks, including an excellent selection of craft ales.


Address: 33 Queen’s Rd, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS6 1NY, United Kingdom,+44 113 275 2411


The extremely popular Alchemist has bar-restaurants in London, Manchester and Leeds, and simply its name brings to mind an air of sophistication and unbeatable cocktails. In the Trinity branch in particular, guests can relax with a drink in hand on the inviting terrace and admire stunning views of the fabulous city of Leeds. Head to Alchemist for a drink, or even a cocktail making class. It’s so popular that there is soon to be yet another Alchemist in Leeds city centre to cater for the masses of people who love to dine and drink there.


Address: Level 1, Trinity, Trinity Leeds, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 6HW, United Kingdom, +44 113 246 0540

White Cloth Gallery

Another sophisticated choice, the White Cloth Gallery is not only a bar, but a place where emerging and established artists showcase their works, film screenings are held, and popular authors are invited for book signings. This multi-purpose location can even be hired out for events. Their popular bar boasts a tempting selection of classic spirits, as well as a varied cocktail menu, and three rotating cask ales amongst much more. If that’s not enough, they even offer their own cocktail classes. So for a little bit more than just a drink, White Cloth Gallery offers a unique bar experience.


Address: 24 Aire St, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 4HT, United Kingdom +44 113 218 1923


Particularly popular with the student crowd, Mojo is another bar well known for its fantastic cocktails. Their extensive cocktail menu features all of the classics, plus countless creative house favourites. They even offer mixology classes, which are popular with birthdays and hen dos. These master classes offer two hours of fun, cocktails, and expert bartender advice, as well as a finishing competition complete with prizes. Even on a normal night, Mojo is buzzing with fun and an extremely lively atmosphere all night through to early morning.


Address: 18 Merrion Street, Leeds, LS1 6PQ,+44 845 611 8643

Sky Lounge

Perfect for a relaxing evening, the Sky Lounge in Leeds is located in the luxury DoubleTree Hilton Hotel so, unsurprisingly, a night here might call for dressing up a little. This classy and modern city bar boasts spectacular views of the city’s skyline which are even more impressive by night. Guests are invited to relax on heavenly leather sofas whilst sipping a refreshing drink. Although beers might be somewhat absent from the menu, there’s a satisfying selection of cocktails, with over 20 different combinations, as well as 25 types of wine. A perfect location for a sophisticated and chilled evening.


Address: 2 Wharf Approach, Granary Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 4BR, United Kingdom, +44 113 241 1000

Roxy Ball Room

A unique combination of bar and gaming areas, Roxy Ball Room is not only a casual drop in bar, it’s also available to book, and popular with large groups who book weeks in advance to enjoy the luxury of drinks and games to themselves all night long. Most popular in this fun bar is the alternative VIP room, complete not with sophisticated lounges, but a pool table and ping pong table, as well as a self service bar.


Address: Boar Ln, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 6HW, United Kingdom, +44 113 322 1781

North Bar
North Bar Courtesy of North Bar

North Bar

Established in 1997, North Bar has since become the most popular bar for imported craft beers, with the most admired selection of beers in the country. Not only is North Bar a specialist in the finest variety of beers, it also boats an impression whisky and cocktail selection, as well as non-alcoholic choices. Fantastic drinks aside, North Bar is popular for its stage shows, impressive art exhibitions and, of course, tequila Tuesdays.


Address: 24 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 6NU, United Kingdom, +44 113 242 4540


Serving very popular 2 for 1 cocktails, Mook attracts a large, lively, and diverse crowd who flock here to enjoy a pre-drink cocktail before a huge night out, or just for a classy date. Boasting a tempting selection of well known cocktail classics, as well as their very own creative concoctions, it’s no surprise that visitors often stick around for several rounds. Mook is both a friendly and intimate bar, and lively nightclub all at the same time, with enough space for 300 people to drink and dance.


Address: 3-5 Hirst’s Yard, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 6NJ, United Kingdom, +44 113 245 9967


For a unique, German-themed night head to Bierkeller, a bar which boasts a newly completed 200-plus seating area to accommodate its many fans who flock here after work or university to spend the night enjoying authentic German beers, and even a Bavarian inspired food menu. With an almost unrivalled beer collection, as well as popular sports programming, it’s the perfect German pub. Head there on weekends for an even greater party, enjoying live Oompah bands and entertaining DJs.


Address: 1 S Parade, Leeds LS1 5QL, United Kingdom,+44 113 821 4850


Pleasing guests since 2009, Distrikt is somewhat of a hidden gem, located underground. This relatively small bar makes up for what it lacks in size through its fantastic Latin American/Spanish tapas, as well as a tempting drinks selection. Distrikt is no ordinary bar, it doubles as a Salsa studio, with Salsa classes for beginners as well as the slightly more advanced every Tuesday at 7pm. Forget cheesy, forget cheaply produced food and drink, and forget commercial music, Distrikt bar opts for diversity, authenticity, and quality in food, drink, and atmosphere.


Address: 7 Duncan St, Leeds, United Kingdom LS1 6DQ, United Kingdom, +44 113 243 3674