Whether you’re looking for some day drinking in Leeds, or a late one in town Leeds bars are the perfect places to visit for a night to remember.
Leeds bars vary from classy cocktail bars to craft ale bars, to dive bars where you want to end your night with the shot you don’t quite remember.
One of our favourite bars in Leeds, this speakeasy in the back of a barbershop sets the standard for Leeds bars as far as we are concerned.
You can enjoy live bands, classy 1930s decor with deep booth seating mahogany wood and cocktails that will blow your mind. 7 Grand Arcade, Leeds LS1 6PG
Found in one of Leeds’ historic yards, Headrow House has been given a new lease of life. Transformed from a textiles mill, the bar and beer hall are the best bars to spend a night sipping on cocktails and craft ales.
And, the roof terrace allows you to take in the sunshine with friends. The bar has guests DJs live music and amazing club nights so there is something for everyone. 19a The Headrow, Leeds LS1 6PU
If you choose to venture to this place expect a laidback setting that oozes class. The bar has a hidden roof terrace and offers both table and bar service.
Rolands is one of our personal favorite bars in Leeds offering a select choice of beers, wines, and spirits, but is best known for its cocktails featuring in the UK Top 50 Cocktail Bar in 2022.
We are quite partial to a Floralis, which includes Wolfe Bros. of Yorkshire London Dry Gin, Zero Waste Limoncello, Aperol & Champagne Syrup – and is a great shout for summer. 39 Call Lane, Leeds, United Kingdom
4. North Bar
This is a must for any craft beer fans. The OGs of craft ale in Leeds, North Bar have been serving up great beers for over 25 years offering informed staff ready to help you select your new favourite beverage.
Not only do they serve great beers, but this place is also famous for its Bloody Marys, Tequila Verdiate, and beer cellar full of every kind of ale you can imagine. 24 New Briggate, Leeds, United Kingdom
5. Below Stairs
Take a trip to this hidden gem in the heart of Leeds. Down some stairs on the high street, you are taken into a sleek cocktail bar that serves up unique and tasty cocktails.
The house-created cocktails aim to attack all the senses serving up everything from these incredible creations to the classics we all know and love along with a few craft ales and some small vineyard-produced wines.
Brought to you by the team that brought you Headrow House & Belgrave Music Hall is Waterfront Bar & Beer Garden.
The venue is a stunning and light-filled offering that has outside tables with a beautiful view out onto the canal.
Their beer garden is the perfect place to chill out with friends this summer and helps make it one of the best bars in Leeds. The idyllic spot is very cool, and the views are best viewed with a beer or two.
They do a variety of pizzas – which are absolutely delicious. Water Lane Boathouse, Canal Wharf, Holbeck, Leeds LS11 5PS
If you’re looking for laidback vibes, then Belgrave is the one. Serving up a huge range of craft ales they’re a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike.
You’ll have to get there early if you want to get a spot on their rooftop bar with views over the city. If that wasn’t enough they have two great street food offerings from Patty Smiths burgers and Dough Boys pizzas.
Expect good vibes spread across three floors at this Leeds bar. 1-1A Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, United Kingdom
One of Leeds’ great late-night bars, Call Lane Social has a fantastic atmosphere. The Independent, family-run iconic bar is open 7 days a week till 4am. Expect a fantastic atmosphere whether calling in for a pint after work or partying until the early hours.
Upstairs you’ll find the Tiki Hideaway where you can enjoy their fantastic cocktails and great tunes. 38 Call Lane, Leeds, United Kingdom
Mojo is definitely one of the coolest bars in Leeds located on Merrion Street in Leeds City Centre. It’s known for its great tunes and atmosphere on a night out and is one for those that love guitar music.
Merrion Street is one of our favourites on a night out as it is such a tiny street that it creates a fantastic vibe. Mojo serves up superbly crafted cocktails along with great beer and even greater vibes. 18 Merrion Street, Leeds, United Kingdom
Jake’s Bar is one of Leeds’ long-standing places to visit having spent over 15 years on the popular Call Lane where they’ve benn creating their own specialist cocktails that you won’t find anyone else.
Each year they create a new cocktail menu and are currently on their 14th edition. They produce their own spirits liqueurs & distillates. A popular venue for nights out, add it to your list of Leeds bars for your next visit. 27 Call Lane, LS1 7BT, Leeds
11. Neon Cactus
One of the top Mexican barsn in Leeds, Neon Cactus brings along the vibes with great food, drinks and an upbeat atmosphere and that’s sounds like the perfect night to us.
Every good night deserves tequila! So throw on a dress and a little spritz of perfume and get yourself down to enjoy a night on the margs with your best mates. 35 Call Lane, Leeds, United Kingdom
12. The Botanist
It may be a chain, but the city centre venue is one of the most beautiful spots to visit. Serving up some unique cocktail creations and tasty food it’s a great spot to visit anytime of day.
Like stepping into a secret garden, there is something new to catch your eye throughout your evening along with great music your gauranteed a good night. Trinity, 67 Boar Lane LS1 6HW Leeds
This spot has some of the best views in the city and is one of the best bars in Leeds to visit for cocktails on a summer’s day. The stunning wrap-around terrace and panoramic city views Angelica offers is unlike any othger bar in the city.
They hold regular events such as bottomless brunches, DJ appearances and all around touch of glamour in everything they do. If you’re feeling fancy. Then don’t miss out on this one.
14. Sela Bar
This bar and live music venue serves up pizza, beers and cocktail with live jazz, funk and soul. They serve a huge range of beers spanning from Pickering to New York.
Along with their range of beers, Sela serve up some fantastic coaktails with regulars and specials to enjoy with a slice of pizza and a slab of jazz. 20 New Briggate LS1 6NU Leeds
Smokestack has speakeasy vibes & is one of our favourite bars to hit on a night out in Leeds. It’s a great late night venue that sells itself as a piece of New Orleans in the heart of Leeds City Centre.
If you’re looking to dance the night away with a few cocktails the New Orleans-inspired bar and speakeasy is the place to be on the weekend.