Your guide to the best bars in Leeds
Leeds has undergone significant redevelopment over recent years, transforming itself from a traditional old mill town into a thoroughly modern and vibrant city. A thriving bar scene is a key component of the city’s relatively newfound status as a cosmopolitan and enjoyable place to spend evenings out. Whether you live in the centre of town, one of the popular northern suburbs or in neighbouring Halifax, we’ve chosen five of the best bars in Leeds to visit.
Cool and quirky, this bar’s fairground theme sets the scene for a memorable night out. As the home of social darts in Leeds, you don’t need to be a master at the oche to have a great time at Flight Club. Amazing cocktails, top-notch service and brunch socials all keep punters returning to the venue time after time.
The New Penny
One of the oldest gay bars in Leeds, and indeed the UK, the New Penny traces its roots all the way back to 1953. It even has a blue plaque from the Leeds Civic Trust acknowledging its heritage. With more of a pub feel during the daytime, the vibes become significantly more club-like as the evenings draw on.
Known for playing great music and keeping the party going late into the night, MOJO is one of those places where you can be sure of a top night out any day of the week. Popular among other hospitality staff as a place to go for after-work drinks, there’s usually a fun crowd whipping up a lively atmosphere while rock ’n’ roll music fills the airwaves.
If you’re a fan of craft beer, you’ve more than likely heard of BrewDog. But did you know the company has one of the best bars in Leeds city centre? There are dozens of draft lines to keep the Punk IPAs, Hazy Janes and Lost Lagers flowing, while you can also have a go on arcade machines and play pinball while enjoying your favourite tipple.
For those searching for the top bars in Leeds to sip cocktails in, the Alchemist is hard to beat. Unique and inventive, the concoctions this somewhat eccentric bar serves up are guaranteed to blow your mind. The mixologists who craft the unorthodox menu aim to bedazzle and bewitch by bringing an air of magical mystique to their drinks, the like of which you’ll rarely have seen before.
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