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Things we love:

Missing the wildlife at Trafalgar Square? Hit the Leeds Town Hall and it will cater for all your ‘lion’ needs.
The Leeds band Kaiser Chiefs named themselves after the former club of their favourite Leeds UTD football player (Lucas Radebe).
Leeds University have pieces of hair from Mozart and Beethoven.
Mel B is from here, go Spice Girls.
JellyTots were accidentally discovered in 1967 by Leeds scientist Brian Boffey.

Things we wish we’d known:

Be prepared for wolf whistles – there are builders taking tea breaks on every corner.
It’s home to the most burgled street in Britain.
Skip the library and play giant chess on the board outside.

Best bars in Leeds
Best bars in Leeds
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Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen
Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen

This venue/bar/eatery has been lifted straight out of London’s Shoreditch and plonked nicely in a discreet backstreet just off the Northern Quarter in Leeds city centre. With some cool dudes running the show, this century old assembly hall has transformed into Read More

Bibis Italianissimo
Bibis Italianissimo

If you’re in Leeds but are in fact looking for a little bit of Las Vegas with a touch of French brasserie, then head to Bibis. There’s the Art Nouveau decoration, an impressive oval-shaped bar, mini palm trees and raised Read More

Blind Tyger
Blind Tyger

Just like the dreaded Isla de Muerta, home to Captain Barbosa and his crew of miscreants, Blind Tyger is a bar that cannot be found, except by those who already know where it is. Luckily for you, BarChick is going Read More

Cielo Blanco
Cielo Blanco

Cielo Blanco is an assault on the senses; a bright and buzzing Mexican restaurant in Trinity Leeds that takes its inspiration straight from the streets of Jalisco. The owners bemoan the numerous trips to Mexico they endured in order to Read More

Epernay, Leeds
Epernay, Leeds

If you like your champagne then Epernay is the place for you, with 26 different champagne cocktails on offer, 13 available by the glass and over 80 by the bottle it’s safe to say they’re ready for you… go nuts. Read More

Jake's Bar & Still Room
Jake's Bar & Still Room

Jake’s Bar is something of an institution in Leeds, and with 10 years on Call Lane under their belt, they’ve done the time to earn it. Jake Burger is the man behind this gaff and London’s Portobello Star, he’s certainly Read More

MEATliquor Leeds
MEATliquor Leeds

A burger joint styled on a working men’s club. What’s not to love? Play pool, or hang out groupie style in the tinsel DJ booth. Obvs have a burger, these guys are famous for theirs and have come a Read More

MOJO and the Rhum Rooms Leeds
MOJO and the Rhum Rooms Leeds

Mojo bars are always a bit of an institution in the cities they haunt… we’re still waiting for a London joint to open (come on guys, you even have one in Barbados!). Needless to say they did not disappoint when Read More

Neon Cactus Bar
Neon Cactus Bar

Wow. Neon Cactus – what a joint. Mercilessly, this place has spent the last five years firmly staking their claim as one of the key players of the revered Call Lane. The music selection in this place alone will stifle Read More

Outlaws Yacht Club
Outlaws Yacht Club

You can leave your blazer and boat shoes at home – despite its name this place ain’t full of sailors or yachting types, it’s more Leeds lads and lasses looking for fun. Day or night it’s a great place to Read More

Red's True Barbecue
Red's True Barbecue

Just like at MEATliquor, don’t expect to waltz in here and get a table, head down at least an hour before you actually want to eat to get your name down and they’ll ring you (there are no bookings… GET Read More

Sandinista
Sandinista

Take a walk up from the centre of town and hit this rocking Latino/tapas bar – it’s worth the trek and you should probably burn a few calories before their awesome food. Bring your hungry, hula flower-loving hippy friend, it Read More

Sela Bar
Sela Bar

As the name suggests you’re going to be heading underground to check this baby out. The bar is at one end and there is a stage at the other, when BarChick was here they were gearing up for a birthday party and Read More

Smokestack
Smokestack

From the same peeps as the illustrious Sandinista bar/restaurant in Leeds and Manchester, Smokestack – hidden away on Lower Briggate, parallel to the infamous Call Lane -offers its take on a traditional New York style boozer. The inside is Read More

The Call Lane Social
The Call Lane Social

This laid back bar is very popular on Call Lane (the street of all streets to get your drink on in Leeds). With loud tunes and dark red lighting everyone looks beautiful. Sit back on one of the sofas or Read More

The Maven
The Maven

With an address like No 1 Call Lane, this place has got to be a cut above the rest. This is the closest that Leeds gets to a speakeasy and we’re going with it. Keep an eye out for the Read More

Wax Bar
Wax Bar

Enter this dim, orange-lit bar and act like you’re the Fonz in this 70s themed hangout. With old school ghetto blasters standing in as back bar shelves, cassette tape lamp shades, vintage VHS TVs and an Elvis clock, it’s clear Read More