The best places for after work drinks in Leeds

after work drinks in Leeds
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At the grand old age of 26, I’ve finally come to accept that I just don’t really go out out any more. I mean, I go out, but I don’t go out out. My socialising is getting limited to the working week and that means that I’m drinking off-peak and actively seek out the best happy hour deals. Here’s my round up of my favourite places for an after work pint.

This is probably one of the most frequented bars in Leeds by the agency I work for, mainly as it’s a five minute walk to the station for those who commute in and if you live in town, the chances are you have to walk past on your way home. Between 3-7pm, there’s 241 cocktails, including G&Ts which come in glasses the size of fishbowls and £3.50 for a pint of house lager.

Another bar that I spend probably a little too much time in, but Cuckoo has a free mini pizza with a drink deal, making it the best place to start a night if there’s a chance that ‘just going for one’ could escalate into stumbling down Call Lane at 2am (we’ve all been there). The pizzas are made fresh and cooked in a pizza oven and the offer runs 5-9pm every day.

This is a bit of a hidden gem as not many people seem to know that they have such a good happy hour. They have a two for £5.50 offer on a range of drinks including beer, cider, wine and a single spirit and mixer. I’m a long time fan of The New Conservatory as their food menu is a crowd pleaser and it has that cosy feel that makes you feel hashtag hygge, and a 5-8pm happy hour means it levels up a notch on the after work drinking scene.

If you’re up at the top end of town, then I’d definitely recommend the cocktails at Turtle Bay, especially if you’ve had an early finish/half day/fancy a boozy lunch as their 241 offer runs 11am – 7pm. It is on two of the same drink, but if you’re in a group then it’s easy to mix and match.

If you’re heading to Merrion Street, then stopping by Mean Eyed Cat is a must between 5-9pm as their twist on a happy hour comes with the roll of a dice. A 2 gets you 25% off, a 4 gets you 50% off and a 6 will get you your round for free. Oh and they also give you a free six inch pizza with every drink ordered between 5-9pm too.

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