The top cocktail bars in Leeds


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Any evening out in Leeds will reveal the character of this lively, cosmopolitan city. Particularly if you walk on the slightly edgier side of life by exploring some of the best cocktail bars in Leeds. Whether you live in the heart of town or you’re making your way in from a nearby place such as Huddersfield or Halifax, here we highlight five of the city’s top bars for sipping on a cool margarita or a refreshing mojito.

The Alchemist

If you want to be truly impressed by each and every cocktail you sample, the Alchemist is ready and waiting to blow your socks off. This unconventional bar truly lives up to its name, delving deep into molecular mixology and taking you along for the ride with magical offerings created as theatre in a glass. Expect breathtaking signature cocktails designed with flair and imagination and produced by highly-skilled mixologists.

The Botanist

Spawned by the same company as the Alchemist, the Botanist delivers an equally high standard of service. Based on a secret garden concept, this is one of Leeds’ best cocktail bars and the place to go to enjoy some live music while sipping on a delicious drink. The inventive cocktail menu can take you on a storied journey, while the bartenders are also more than capable of whipping up a classic for you too.

Dirty Martini

Like the Alchemist and the Botanist, Dirty Martini is another bar that’s part of a chain, also present in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Cardiff. With upmarket interior design complementing the speciality cocktails and late-night DJs, it’s little wonder the concept has spread right across the UK. Popular for its brunch menu, the bar also offers cocktail masterclasses either on-site or in your own home.

Ox Club

Not only is this one of the best cocktail bars Leeds has to offer, it’s also one of the best restaurants too. Featured in the Michelin guide, Ox Club is housed in a former mill and delivers an atmospheric experience where you can move between the restaurant, beer hall and cocktail bar to enjoy the best of all the components of this excellent venue.

MOJO Bar

As one of the most fun bar chains in the UK, MOJO has venues in Leeds, Manchester, Harrogate, Liverpool and Nottingham. Famous for its great music and party vibes, there’s also an extensive cocktail menu to sample. Whether you’re grooving to some rock ’n’ roll tunes or checking out the artwork hanging on the walls, MOJO also puts on cocktail masterclasses where you get two hours of fun while watching live demos, mixing your own drinks and, of course, taste-testing plenty of samples.

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