Bars in Leeds

Ian Jones, Food and Drink Editor

As you’d expect from a city as vibrant and exciting as Leeds, the bar scene is among the best in the North. Whether you’re looking for vast bustling spaces, or intimate backdoor dive bars, this city has them all. Here are our pick of the best bars in Leeds

Here are our picks

  • 1. Belgrave Music Hall

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    Belgrave Music Hall, 1-1A Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, LS2 8JP - Visit now

    Arguably the most high-profile bar in Leeds, this 1930s venue has three floors including the city’s best roof terrace. Originally built as a children’s nursery school, these days it attracts an older but just as lively crowd, albeit with slightly less vomiting.

  • 2. North Bar

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    North Bar, 24 New Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6NU - Visit now

    North is one of Leeds’ more intimate drinking dens, but what it lacks in square footage it makes up for in drinks, with a huge range of craft ales. With over twenty years in the business, they could well be the first craft beer bar in the UK.

  • 3. The Maven

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    The Maven, 1 Call Ln, Leeds, LS1 7DH - Visit now

    Cocktail-lovers should make their way to The Maven, but keep your eyes peeled – this stylish cocktail bar is a true hidden gem, with no signage and subdued lighting giving it a real prohibition-era look and feel.

  • 4. Blind Tyger

    Blind Tyger, 5½, Cross Belgrave St, Leeds , LS2 8JP - Visit now

    Blind Tyger is a snug gem of a cocktail den tucked into Cross Belgrave street and perfect for a quiet but sophisticated drink.

  • 5. The Decanter

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    The Decanter, 17 Park Row, Leeds, LS1 5JQ - Visit now

    One of Leeds’ most stylish bars, The Decanter is one for the winos – or as we prefer to call ourselves ‘wine-lovers’. Located in the financial district, the space is all exposed brickwork, mahogany and plush seating.

  • 6. Calls Landing


    Calls Landing, 36-38 The Calls, Leeds, LS2 7EW - Visit now

    Come summer Calls Landing becomes one of Leeds’ most popular bars thanks to the expansive beer garden and its glorious riverside view. The look and feel is timeless, with no gimmicks just quality drinks in uncomplicated surroundings.

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