Drinking at the best bars in Leeds and Bradford is going to be covered in full detail as this post goes along. Some may be searching for a tall glass of beer, a shot of vodka, to save money on liquor during local drink special times, or maybe to sing karaoke and either way you should have a much better understanding of the scene soon.
We will kick this baby off with the best wine and cocktail bars in Leeds and Bradford. Breweries and sports bars where you can watch the big game or maybe play some pool or throw some darts will get our second section.
The best drink specials at bars near you with cheaper alcohol will come next before we pivot to bars with trivia, quiz, and/or game nights in your area. Bars for dancing, karaoke, and to listen to live music will garner our final section.
Expect to find a local bar map with all these spots pinned on it so you can have a better feel for what venues are closest to your current area at the moment. The UK is one region that we have written about many times in the past if you are interested in reading more.
Cocktail & Wine Bars
The best cocktail and wine bars in Leeds and Bradford might just be:
- The Decanter at 17 Park Row
- Farrands Bar at 18 Swinegate
- All Bar One Greek Street at 27 E Parade
- The Watermark Bar at 3 Cross Belgrave St
- Be At One Greek Street at 5-7 Greek St
- Veeno at 5 Wellington Pl
- Crafted at 24 N Parade, Bradford
- Rabbit Hole at 24-28 Westgate, Bradford
- Jok’s Ale House at 98A Victoria Rd, Bradford
- Rabbit Hole at 24-28 Westgate, Bradford
- Crown Sports Bar at 23 Ivegate, Bradford
- The Queens at Bridge St, Bradford
- The Wine Barrel at Piece Hall, Blackledge, Halifax
- Vine Bar at Stainland Rd, Greetland, Halifax
The Decanter sells wine, cocktails, and spirits in your area along with cheese, charcuterie, and other foods.
Farrands Bar serves fine wines, beers, signature local cocktails, and a delectable food menu.
Delicious brunches and quick lunches as well as scroll-stopping cocktails and a bottle of well-chosen wine can be found at All Bar One.
The Watermark Bar offers a variety of alcoholic beverages in Leeds including cocktails, wine, and beer plus they have board games and live jazz at 5pm.
There are over 100 different cocktails and a daily happy hour at 3pm and every Saturday at noon at Be At One.
Veeno offers a cozy setting where you can unwind and every day enjoy a glass of wine, a cocktail, a beer, and authentic Italian pizza and pasta.
Crafted offers a wide selection of carefully curated wines in addition to 12 beer lines and freshly prepared foods.
Expect to find an extensive selection of wines and spirits in Bradford at Rabbit Hole who also has draught or bottled beers and ciders in addition to happy hours every Friday from 6pm onward for all cocktails and shots.
Jok’s Ale House serves premium lagers, cider, and ale while also offering some of the best daily drink specials in Bradford.
Expect to find a large selection of wines and spirits as well as draught and bottled beers and ciders, drink specials, a live DJ, and music at Rabbit Hole.
Crown Sports Bar serves great food, cold drinks, and live sports every day of the week with some good happy hours.
A nice selection of drinks, all the best sporting action, pub quizzes, and live music with liquor specials can be found at The Queens.
The Wine Barrel serves a variety of alcoholic drinks in Halifax including 2 for £12 cocktails on Fridays from 4pm to 8pm. They also host quizzes, wine tastings, and gin flights.
Vine Bar serves cocktails, wine, beer, and afternoon tea as well as a delectable vegetarian and vegan options.
Leeds & Bradford Breweries & Sports Bars
Watch the big game with your friends and sample new flavors of beers at the best breweries and sports bars in your area:
- Box Leeds at 15 Infirmary St
- Walkabout at 43 Woodhouse Ln
- BrewDog at Crispin House, New York Rd
- Toast Bar at #C, West Point, Wellington St
- Brotherhood of Pursuits & Pastimes at 54 New Briggate
- The Sparrow at 32 N Parade, Bradford
- Jacobs Well at 5 Kent St, Bradford
- Meandering Bear at 21-23 Union St, Halifax
- The Duke of Wellington at 30 Commercial St, Halifax
Box is a great sports bar in Leeds that shows Sky Sports, BT, and Box Office events on their premium HD wide screens and every Sunday and Monday they have a 2 for 1 cocktail deal.
Walkabout offers refreshing cold pints, juicy burgers, and large HD screens positioned around the bar showing football, darts, and F1 racing.
A wide range of canned and 28 taps of super fresh craft beer can be found at BrewDog where you can also try sourdough pizzas and killer Buffalo wings.
Toast Bar has a selection of draught bottled beers to drink while watching many screens that are easily visible even when seated outside whether snacking with friends or trying one of their sharing boards.
Brotherhood of Pursuits & Pastimes is another fun sports bar near you with delicious food and drinks.
One of the best beer selections in Bradford is available at The Sparrow that come from the brewery and beyond with three beers on tap ranging from cutting-edge craft to traditional cask, bottles, and cans.
Jacobs Well has 9 real ale hand pulls, a wide selection of Belgian beers, specialty gins, whiskeys, and traditional ciders.
Cask and keg beer in Halifax from carefully selected breweries are what Meandering Bear is known for plus they have fine wines and cocktails paired with cheese and meat boards, toasted sandwiches, and eclectic music in the background.
The Duke of Wellington is another good sports bar in your are that serves lunch or a cozy meal, along with fizz, beers, and cocktails.
Local Drink Specials
Save some money buying cheaper alcohol at these bars with drink specials near you:
Dirty Martini has drinks specials in Leeds until 8pm Sunday through Friday and until 6pm on Saturday as well as music from some of the best DJ’s.
There are over 100 cocktails to choose from with happy hours from 4:30pm to 8pm most days, until 6pm every Friday, and from 12pm to 6pm on Saturday at Be At One.
We have done our best to mention any time a bar from our other lists also offers liquor specials when you can drink for cheap so don’t just focus on this section.
Trivia, Quiz, & Game Nights
There are plenty of bars with local trivia, quiz, and game nights:
- The Fenton at 161-165 Woodhouse Ln
- Kirkstall Bridge Inn at 12 Bridge Rd
- New Inn at 68 Otley Rd, Headingley
- The Black Bull at 7-9 Green End, Clayton, Bradford
At The Fenton you can try a wide range of liquors while enjoying entertainment like some of the best Leeds pub quiz nights on Thursdays at 8pm.
Kirkstall Bridge Inn serves fresh food and excellent beer while hosting a general knowledge bar quiz near you every Wednesday at 9pm.
A selection of expertly-kept beers, spirits, or a round of shots as well as a menu of pub classics, small plates for sharing, and trivia nights every Tuesday at 8pm can be found at The New Inn.
The Black Bull is a fun sports bar that has a great selection of liquors in Bradford along with pub quizzes every Thursday at 7pm and live music.
More fun bars with trivia or games in your area from different lists include Vine Bar, Box Leeds, The Wine Barrel, The Watermark Bar, and The Queens.
Dance, Karaoke, & Live Music
These bars are great for dancing, live music, and karaoke:
- Mix Karaoke Bar at 28 New Briggate
- The Domino Club at 7 Grand Arcade
- Smokestack at 159A Lower Briggate
- The Stone Roses Bar at 9 Briggate
- Howl Bar at 112 Vicar Ln
- Mojo at 18 Merrion St
- Nightrain at 7, 17 Queensgate, Bradford
- Yates Halifax at Silver St, Halifax
- The Grayston Unity at 1-3 Wesley Ct, Halifax
Mix Karaoke Bar in Leeds has seven themed karaoke rooms spread across two floors with each room varying in size and seating from four to forty people plus there is a cocktail lounge where a karaoke DJ plays late at night and where you can request songs to sing.
The Domino Club has an extensive wine, beer, and seasonal cocktail list along with live jazz, funk, and soul bands.
Live music is played every night at 9pm at Smokestack.
Howl Bar is the best alternative music bar in your area and it is open every day from 4pm until late plus they have a Rock & Roll music quiz every week at 7:30pm with prizes of beer and money.
There are top-tier bands playing live music in Bradford on weekends at Nightrain who also has resident DJ’s spinning the best in rock and they also have a game room with a pool table and dartboard.
Yates Halifax has karaoke on Wednesdays and Thursdays and a unique mix of music on Fridays and Saturdays in addition to DJ’s on Sundays.
Many musical events, poetry slam nights, a spoken word festival, a monthly music quiz night, and a bit of theatre on occasion are what you get from Grayston Unity.
Other bars for music lovers near you from other sections include Crafted, Meandering Bear, Dirty Martini, The Black Bull, The Watermark Bar, Rabbit Hole, and The Queens.
We also have written posts on:
- Sheffield Local Bar Business Info
- Manchester Local Bar Business Info
- Liverpool Local Bar Business Info
- Newcastle upon Tyne Local Bar Business Info
Have Fun Drinking At The Best Bars In Leeds & Bradford
Now that you have read all of that you should have a much better understanding of what is available in your area. There are plenty of local wine and cocktail bars, breweries to watch sports at, places with good drink specials to save money, trivia, quiz, and game nights, as well as bars to listen to live music, dance, and sing karaoke near you.
If you notice us listing any venues that are no longer open or just think we got something wrong please tell us in the comments so this page stays as up to date as possible. Now go have fun drinking at the best bars in Leeds and Bradford.