Top Five Bars to break Dry January with:
Vice and Virtue, New Briggate
Replacing a former lapdancing club, the aptly named Vice and Virtue is the perfect bar to abandon any good intentions and sup some cocktails. Mixing up mouth-watering inventions, such as the Dutch Courage Old Tom made with gin, pistachio and honey milk, pink peppercorn syrup and topped with rose foam, there’s a classic drink, unique concoction or bespoke option for everyone. Just the latest addition in new openings beginning to populate the north side of the City Centre, from March 2016 fine dining and small plates will also be available in the upstairs restaurant.
Kirkstall Bridge, Bridge Road
If you’re a pub purist, then it doesn’t come much more comfortingly old-fashioned than the Kirkstall Bridge. There’s an impressive selection of beers and a stellar offering of pub food including homemade pies and artisan cheese and meat boards. While away the day tasting ales and playing board games. It’s dog-friendly too, so take Rover along and don’t worry about rushing home.
Shuffledog, New York Road
If you like your beer with a side order of friendly competition then this one’s for you. Shuffledog at BrewDog’s latest site on the lower two floors of grade II listed Crispin House serves the usual line up of 36 draft lines of craft beer in an industrial setting with modern decor. With three 22 foot shuffleboards, a game founded over 500 years ago, and several old school arcade games, there’re not many bars better equipped for a full day session.
Gin Garden, The New Ellington, York Place
If you haven’t already got the memo, gin is in. And if you’re a lover of mother’s ruin the Gin Garden in The New Ellington Hotel will probably be your favourite haunt. Serving over 300 varieties of gin, categorised for easy browsing, and a tonic to suit every taste (for easy drinking), gin lovers can indulge their passion in a sophisticated setting. A tranquil bar to escape the world on a grey January day.
Whitelock’s Ale House, Turk’s Head Yard
Founded in 1715, Whitelock's Ale House is the oldest pub in Leeds. Serving real ales, ciders and a seasonal menu, it’s a time capsule in the City Centre. Described by poet John Betjeman as “the Leeds equivalent of Fleet Street’s Old Cheshire Cheese and far less self-conscious…It is the very heart of Leeds”, pub’s don’t come much more Yorkshire than this. Come rain or shine the “beer garden” is always lively, so pack your cagoule and soak up some eighteenth century ambience.