Thursday, 27 September 2018

6 Great Bars You Have To Visit In Leeds

6 Great Bars You Have To Visit In Leeds
It's no secret that I love Leeds. Whether it's for festivals, visiting friends or just a weekend getaway, over the years, it's quickly become one of my favourite places to visit. There's a whole host of articles online detailing the best places to go for drinks when in town including one of my own but since that's a bit outdated, I wanted to revisit it and tell you more about them along with some new discoveries. 

the liquorist + 7 greek street social

Where: 5-7 Greet Street

The Liquorist has been a firm favourite of mine since my first trip to Leeds. It serves delicious cocktails in an upscale lounge setting. On weekends you'll hear the saxophonist making their way around the bar as you catch up by candle light and in the summer you can sit out on Greek Street and enjoy the sunshine. If dancing is more your thing, head downstairs to Greek Street Social. Accessible only via The Liquorist, Greek Street Social brands itself as the best kept secrets in Leeds and honestly, it's well worth the visit.

headrow house 

Where: 19 The Headrow

In a previous travel post I mentioned why social media can come in handy when travelling - This is the perfect example of that. Earlier this year I asked on social media if anyone had any recommendations of great bars in Leeds, preferably with a rooftop, that I could head to for a few chill beers with friends - Joe came straight to the rescue with this gem. This is hands down a place I'll return to over and over because not only does it have the great rooftop that I was after, it also has a beer hall downstairs and a restaurant which serves the BEST brunch. To me, it's a 'something for everyone' type place and though we'd planned on moving to another bar, I couldn't find a good enough reason to leave. Definitely a spot to hit up.

be at one

Where: Millennium Square + 19 Boar Lane

Be At One now has two locations in Leeds and both are equally great. They have an extensive cocktail menu and happy hours every day of the week. The original location is set just off Millennium Square which is perfect for sitting outside in the summer and exploring everything else the Electric Press has to offer. The second location down on Boar Lane is closer to the likes of Call Lane and is the perfect place to start your evening if you're planning on being out until the wee hours. 

roxy ball room

Where: 58 Boar Lane

When I first set foot in Roxy Ball Room, I couldn't believe I hadn't been there sooner. It's got the most chilled yet fun vibe and ballgames include pool, golf, ping-pong and of course, beer-pong. We headed here one Friday evening for pre-drinks and had the best few hours failing miserably at ping-pong while sinking more pints than I'd care to count. Such a laugh, great for hanging out with a group of friends or even a date.

belgrave music hall + canteen

Where: Cross Belgrave Street

If you hadn't guessed already, I'm a lover of a rooftop bar and Belgrave Music Hall isn't one to be ignored. Serving a whole host of different beers, this place is full of great vibes, great people and great music. It also includes a cinema on the middle floor and a mouthwatering pizzeria to the front. Like Headrow House, I could spend hours here and highly recommend it as one to visit - Especially in the summer. 

the maven

Where: 1 Call Lane

Sitting in an old Victorian building in the heart of Leeds nightlife is the effortlessly cool cocktail bar, The Maven. Everyone I know rates this place in some form and it's easy to see why - The cocktails are mixed to perfection and the Mediterranean restaurant upstairs comes recommended second to none.


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I absolutely love finding great bars and restaurants when I travel to different cities. If you've been to Leeds I'd love to hear your recommendations. Above is a map of my six picks along with some extras in case you fancy something different.


6 Great Bars You Have To Visit In Leeds

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