Briggate is very much the beating heart of Leeds city centre
Ahhhh, Briggate. The very epitome of all things Leeds. Slap bang in the middle of our fair city, it smacks of good, old fashioned Northern grit, with a sheen of modernity added in recent years that makes it one of the most appealing and bustling streets Leeds has to offer.
But where to eat, drink, spend and generally be merry? Here’s our ultimate guide to all things Briggate (and, technically speaking, Lower Briggate).
Shopping: where to get some retail therapy
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The Trinity Centre
Leeds’ biggest shopping haven put the fear of god into Briggate lovers when it came to town, threatening to make the age-old epicentre of Leeds shopping an afterthought. It hasn’t quite transpired that way, partly down to the fact that the Trinity Centre has an entrance right in the heart of Briggate.
Trinity Leeds, LS1 5ER – more info
Set down Lower Briggate, Lambert’s Yard is an arty, chic independent clothes and accessories joint that won’t break your wallet. There’s a trim home and lifestyle section too.
Lambert’s Yard, Lower Briggate, LS1 6LY – more info
Perhaps Leeds’ best kept secret, Relics Records is, you guessed it, a record shop, but with an authentic feel that most music stores nowadays tend to miss. Part of the holy trinity of truly brilliant Leeds record stores, it’s a vinyl lover’s haven.
Relics Records, 53 New Briggate, LS2 8JD – more info
Eating: where to chow down
AM Kitchen & Bar
One of Leeds’ foremost Indian restaurants, AM Kitchen & Bar sits proudly towards the top end of Lower Briggate, and serves up a whole host of specialist dishes alongside the old favourites.
AM Kitchen & Bar, 24-26 Briggate, LS1 6EP – more info
If Italian be your thing, the bottom end of Briggate hosts Bella Italia, the Leeds leg of the food chain famous for pucker pizza. It’s all reasonably priced and beautifully decked out, offering Loiners a tiny taste of Turin right in the heart of the place we call home.
Bella Italia, 145 Briggate, LS1 6BR – more info
Harvey Nichols Fourth Floor Cafe
It’s not just a high end shopping paradise, you know. Harvey Nics also hosts one of Leeds’ most revered cocktails havens as well as a stunning cafe / restaurant. It ain’t cheap, but if it’s a top drawer experience you’re after, then look no further.
Harvey Nichols, 107 – 111 Briggate; Leeds; LS1 6AZ – more info
Drinking dens: the pubs with character
The Ship Inn
Very much curated in the image of an old fashioned Yorkshire boozer, there is a bit more to The Ship than meets the eye at a first glance. Set back in one of Briggate’s legendary tunnels, it serves quality real ale at prices you can’t complain about.
The Ship Inn, 71 Briggate, LS1 6LL – more info
Whitelock’s Ale House
Again, this couldn’t be further away from the swanky cocktail bars that seem to be shooting up left, right and centre nowadays (not that we’re complaining). Whitelock’s has the esteemed distinction that it is our city’s oldest surviving watering hole, and based just a skip off the city’s most bustling street. It’s not difficult to see how it has stood the test of time.
Whitelock’s Ale House, 4 Turk’s Head Yard, LS1 6HB – more info
The Pack Horse
Completing our trio of sleepy slurping hideaways, The Pack Horse is another proper Yorkshire boozer, well stocked in all manner of guest ales, wines and spirits. Earlier this year it was blessed with a swanky new refurbishment, too, which is always a bonus.
The Pack Horse, Packhorse Yard, Briggate, LS1 6AT – more info
Bar hopping: the best hangouts
Very much a Leeds institution, Smokestack provides a range of craft beers, cocktails and wines to thirsty Loiners all within the walls of the finest soul-styled drinking den around. Live music and relaxed vibes are in constant supply.
Smokestack, 159A Lower Briggate, LS1 6LY – more info
Another huge Leeds favourite that offers 241 drinks offers more regularly than you’d think possible, Fibre is a fun and hugely vibrant bar that warmly welcomes you into the city’s LGBT quarter. Frequented by Loiners of all tastes and walks of life, it’s a hugely colourful and entertaining spot for a few late drinks no matter the time.
Bar Fibre, 168 Lower Briggate, LS1 6LY – more info
Revolucion de Cuba
Technically on Call Lane but with its entrance on the corner of New Briggate, ‘Revo’ has taken Leeds by storm since it opened up last year, and is the ultimate hotspot for rum, funk and soul, cocktails and a fun, party vibe.
Revolucion de Cuba, 64-68 Call Ln, LS1 6DT – more info
After hours: where to keep the night going
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Stone Roses Bar
The ultimate 5am hotspot. You’re not a proper Leeds lad or lass unless you’ve stepped out of Stone Roses with the sun on full beam, screaming indie songs from yesteryear at the top of your voice.
Stone Roses Bar, 9 Lower Briggate, LS1 6ER – more info
Again, not strictly on Briggate, but it might as well be – just half a stone’s throw from the place in question. Mission is one of the true birthplaces of house music in Leeds, and plays host to one of the biggest dance music areas in the North.
Club Mission, 8 Heaton’s Ct, LS1 4LJ – more info