As the popularity of cosmos, mojitos and daiquiris endures, a new generation of bars has arisen to cater to tipplers’ increasingly voracious thirst for boundary-pushing mixology. That, and a polished experience that can make you feel justifed in spending tenner on a single drink. In Leeds, there’s Mook, The Alchemist, Sky Lounge and Angelica, at the top of Trinity. Its wide range of beautifully presented beverages are served with a side order of unbeatable scenery. This feels as close to VIP treatment as the average aspirational pleb can get.
Low-built Leeds isn’t the first place you’d expect to find a smattering of rooftop bars. But from glitzy Sky Lounge to bougie Angelica, this city them surprisingly well – and the views up there are striking. The canal, the Aire, all those rolling terraces: Leeds is really quite beautiful, isn’t it?
That said, of course you don’t have to get in a lift to have a good night out here. Whether you’re after swanky cocktails, fine wines or obscure craft beers, the very best bars in Leeds can sort you out at ground level, too. And in fact, many rank among the country’s finest.
Trouble is, with so many excellent places to eat and drink and club in these parts, it’s difficult to know exactly where to spend your time and money. So however long you’ve been here, and whether local or tourist, here’s our run-down of the 12 drinking dens you shouldn’t miss.
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