From ale houses to cocktail bars, wine bars to vodka specialists, Leeds has it all when it comes to getting ‘over refreshed’, no matter what your taste.
One tipple that has enjoyed something of a renaissance in recent years is gin, and of course our fine city has responded in kind by producing some of the finest gin houses you are ever likely to stumble across.
Take a look at just five of Leeds’ finest gin hotspots.
The New Ellington
Ah, yes. The New Ellington’s famous Gin Garden is quite rightly a go-to hideout for gin-loving Loiners the city over, providing what is most probably Leeds’ widest selection of mother’s ruin (over 300 to choose from) in some of the most pleasant surroundings going. They promise even the most experienced gin experts a new experience every time, and with some of the most knowledgeable bar staff you’re every likely to meet on hand, it all adds up to a pretty special drink or two.
The New Ellington, 23-25A York Place, LS1 2EY – more info
The Pour House
— The Pour House Leeds (@PourHouseLeeds) June 9, 2015
Based at the Granary building and overlooking one of the more pleasant stretches of the canal is The Pour House, a cool and unpretentious gastro pub that comes with the same solid promises of ‘rustic’ grub and real ales, alongside a vastly underrated gin menu. Indeed, their ‘Gin Lane’ menu takes you on a journey to an alternative bar upstairs, where you’ll be met by a gin expert and the choice of over 30 carefully-selected gins from here, there and everywhere.
The Pour House, 4A Canal Wharf Water Lane, LS11 5PS – more info
— House of Gin (@houseofgin) April 30, 2016
A stylish and highly regarded tapas restaurant from the outside, it’s one of Leeds’ worst kept secrets that Pintura is home to a plush and proper basement gin bar, stocked with over 60 gins from all over the world. Prefer your gin in a cocktail? Pintura’s Head Drinks Curator (fancy!) Nick Fox has conceived a menu of Spanish-inspired cocktails, including six signature Gin & Tonic ‘Copas’, which come served in specially designed 21oz goblets. Spain is one of the world’s biggest consumers of gin, so this all makes a lot of sense.
Pintura, 1 Trinity Street, LS1 6AP – more info
Old Tom’s Gin Kitchen
As the old song goes, summer’s here, and the time is right, for drinking gin in the sun. Or something like that. Either way, the good folk at The Hedonist Project have developed a new concept for these sunnier climes, in the form of Old Tom’s Gin Kitchen, a seasonal gin bar that is a whole less creepier than its name might suggest. It’s based on Lower Briggate and is well worth a visit, but get in fast, it’ll have changed all over again come August.
Old Tom’s Gin Kitchen, Lower Briggate, LS1 6ER – more info
Tucked away beyond where most bars live is Lazy Lounge, a bright and perky independent bar that specialises in whisky, wine and, you guessed it, gin. The Wellington Street joint is a vastly underrated drinking den, also serving up good grub, and it’s well worth a hop, skip and a jump off the beaten path.
Lazy Lounge, Unit D, Westpoint, Wellington Street, LS1 4JY – more info
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