The best bar in Leeds for...

The best bar in Leeds List

We all have different tastes, right? Leeds has an incredible bar scene and since moving here back in 2014 (do I get to throw my flat a third birthday party? Let me know in the comments), I’ve seen SO many new bars opening and they all have their own niche. Right now, there  are no excuses for coming to Leeds and ending up in Wetherspoon, unless your criteria is sticking to the floor.

The best bar for... gin
It has to be Pintura. I was invited there recently to try their new gin menu, but I was already a firm fan of the bar and restaurant, having been before for dinner. They have a whole gin bar downstairs which means the staff are total pros at a G&T plus their new drinks are the absolute one. We spent a lovely evening sat outside in their gin garden, enjoying the balmy weather and more than a few G&Ts, which is quickly becoming my drink of choice. My fave is the ‘Yorkshire Copa’ which has rhubarb Slingsby gin in it.

The best bar for... rum
I’m a massive fan of Revolucion De Cuba which is at the bottom of Call Lane. Their cocktail menu is extensive and features one hell of a lot of rum which is one of my favourite spirits. It’s a beautiful location (if you want that insta shot, head to the tiled tables by the window), and the drinks both look and taste impressive without blowing your budget.

The best bar for... Instagram friendly cocktails
I’m a long time fan of The Alchemist and in Leeds, it has to be their branch on Greek Street as it’s so much bigger than the Trinity bar, so you’re more likely to get a seat. Yes, you might have to wait a while to get served, but if you want something that’s impressive/on fire/smoking, head down there.

The best bar for... happy hour
I love The Liquorist and have done for a few years. It’s another absolute gem on Greek Street and I’ve found their happy hour to be one of the best in Leeds as they have a selection of cocktails for £6 – which I definitely prefer to having to get two cocktails that are the same, as per most places. I’ve found that they tend to have offers on by PG Leeds too so check that out and book ahead.

The best bar for... date night
The New Conservatory is underground and has featured in a few of my previous posts too. If you imagine a real life Cluedo board, that’s what the bar feels like – the restaurant area is even in a library which I absolutely adore. The food is great and reasonably priced, their happy hour is also pretty decent and it’s cute and cosy for a date.

The best bar for... wine
I did a wine tasting at The Decanter on Park Row in Leeds and I was really impressed by the knowledge of the staff there. It’s a small bar but definitely one to try if you love wine and want to go somewhere with a massive selection on offer, at a reasonable price. Their meat and cheese boards are also impressive, so I’d definitely recommend those.

The best bar for... after work drinks
Well, I can’t do a round up without mentioning Roland’s, can I? It’s one of those bars where you either go there all the time or have no idea that it even exists. It’s tucked away down the bottom of Call Lane and whilst it’s nothing special to look at, I’ve spent so much time there with work that it may as well be classed as a meeting room. The drinks are cheap, the staff are cool and unlike most of Call Lane will let in groups, so it’s become the bar where after work drinks turns into no going back and a commitment to a night out.

So that’s my round up of bars in Leeds for every occasion – what would you add to the list? Let me know in the comments! 


  1. Great tips and something for everyone! I could do with a chilled G&T at Pimtura right now - so hot today! x

  2. Next time we do brunch, we should just forget brunch and get wasted instead! :D