Whether your palate is partial to a well made mojito or margarita - or something a little more molecular - Leeds' cocktail bars are some of the best in the land, so they should have you pretty well covered. There's variety to go with that quality too, so if you're looking for somewhere seriously swanky or somewhere just that little bit down and dirty where creative concoctions flow like wine, you should be able to find whatever you fancy. We've picked some of our favourite spots below, just in case you need a guiding hand or a little inspiration. Cheers.
The best cocktail bars in Leeds
Time Out's guide to the best places to drink cocktails in Leeds, from molecular mastery to classic concoctions
Since it opened in 2002, Sandinista has been a late-night watering hole par excellence. The rum cocktails are a particular speciality (give the zombie a go), with tequila drops not far behind (try the smoke & mirrors), but the bar staff here certainly know their way around an optic, so feel free to ask them to create something just for you. There are cocktail masterclasses, too.
Like The Alchemist upstairs, experimentation with exotic and unusual flavours is the drink menu’s selling point, as top spirits and strong-flavoured plants are harmoniously tumbled together. Some of the mixes sound terrible on paper – such as porcini-infused syrup and tomato juice – yet somehow produce sweet music rattled together with ice in a pretty glass. The drinks range from the simple (watermelon martinis) and the intriguing (think sorrel and orange mojitos), to the wacky, such as the red pepper and porcini Manhattan.