The Best Boozy Student Bars In Leeds To Visit In 2023

Leeds is renowned for being a brilliant night out, and when you come to find just how many bars are littered here, you’ll understand exactly why.

Being a buzzing student city, you can immerse yourself in the Leeds nightlife with like-minded people of similar ages. It also helps that people are super friendly here too, so you can guarantee to make some friends along the way!

If you need some inspo for where to visit for your next night out, don’t worry, we’ve got a whole heap of student bars in Leeds for you to try.

Keep reading to discover the best student bars you need to visit with your besties!

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1. Mook

Trying to find the most instagrammable night out for you and your besties in Leeds? Then get yourself down to Mook!

Tucked away behind the bustling streets, Mook is a hidden gem you’re destined to fall in love with.

Expect live music, all night dancing on the dance floor and a delicious cocktail bar filled with a range of tasty cocktails.

They offer many themed nights for students to get involved in, so make sure to check out their Facebook for the latest events!



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Address: Hirst’s Yard, Leeds LS1 6NJ


Nestled on Merrion Street, a hotspot for all uni students, MOJO is one of those places you’ll find yourself ‘accidentally’ slipping in on every night out.

With its iconic slogan ‘music for the people’, you can almost guarantee that they play the biggest and best playlist that any music lover with adore.

This iconic rock’n’roll themed cocktail bar even offer cocktail master classes for everyone to get involved in; a brilliant activity for a birthday celebration!

They’re open every day of the week until late, so make sure to plan a night with your besties and head on down.



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Address: 18 Merrion St, Leeds LS1 6PQ

3. Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen

Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen boasts three storeys of melodious music, top food and drinks to die for.

It’s raved about by everyone and most love it for its unique feel and vibrant atmosphere.

Not to mention the mouth-watering food they have on offer from Dough Boys…mmm that’s sure to turn anyone’s head.

Visiting in the sunshine? Make the most of their epic rooftop terrace and bask in the rays with your besties – we’re dreaming about it!

The best part is, they even host frequent events so make sure to see what’s on.


Address: Cross Belgrave St, Leeds LS2 8JP

4. The Social

You can find The Social Bar nestled, once again, on Merrion Street.

Believe us, if you just decided to head to this area for a night out, you’re destined a night to remember.

If you’re the type trying to stretch out their student loan for as long as possible, this is the place for you.

Serving an extensive menu full of cheap drinks, it comes as no surprise that Leeds students find this bar so endearing.

From cask ales, to fresh coffee and cocktails, there’s so much to choose from and a winner for all your pals.



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Address: 21 Merrion St, Leeds LS2 8JE

5. Distrikt

For a unique experience unlike any other, get yourself booked into Distrikt and prepare to be amazed.

Located underground in the heart of Leeds City Centre, this intimate venue provides everything you would need for the perfect night.

Dive into some Tapas dishes whilst listening to some of the best DJ’s around. An odd combination, but practically brilliant.

They operate a mainly walk in venue, however they do cater for big parties and you can pre-book their VIP booths through their website.



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Address: 7 Duncan St, Leeds LS1 6DQ

6. Doghouse Bar & Bagel Shop

The Doghouse Bar & Bagel Shop brings something a little different to the table, in comparison to others Leeds student bars.

This quirky bar prides themselves on offering some of the best bagels, booze and music…and it’s dog friendly (if you couldn’t already tell by its name).

This well-run establishment provides everything you could need for a relaxing drink with your mates.

From reasonable drink prices, an outdoor seating area and an exceptional service, you might just find this becoming a firm favourite in Leeds.



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7. Blind Tyger

On the hunt for an extensive cocktail menu unlike any other? Blind Tyger is the place for you.

Tucked away in the Northern Quarter of Leeds, this secret drinking den can be quite difficult to spot at first.

However once you make your way through its subtle entrance, the journey you’ll be taken on is unforgettable.

Its speakeasy style interior will captivate you from the moment you walk in.

Whether you’re here with a big group of uni friends, or looking for a hot date spot, this bar should definitely be at the top of your list.



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Address: 5 Cross Belgrave St, Leeds LS2 8JP

8. The Maven

Similarly to Blind Tyger, if you aren’t looking for The Maven, then you probably won’t spot it.

This discreet venue is nestled on the first floor of a magnificent Victorian building, and the entrance is easily miss-able on Call Lane.

Once you’ve managed to make your way upstairs, prepare to be in awe at the interior of this eccentric bar.

Designed to exude a speakeasy feel, you’re guaranteed to feel like you’re taken back to the Prohibition-era of America.

Serving some of the city’s most delectable drinks, including a range of cocktails, you know that you’re paying for luxury here.

Things might cost a little more, but we know that Maven is 100% worth it.



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Address: 1 Call Ln, Leeds LS1 7DH

9. Pixel Bar

Pixel Bar is Leeds’ haven for all things computer gaming!

At this lively neon-lit gaming bar you can challenge your friends to some of the top competitive games out there, all over some fruity cheap drinks.

The way it works is, you book your own booth and you’re able to play PS5, Xbox or Nintendo Switch games whilst enjoying some tipples.

When it comes to their cocktail menu, you’re in for a treat. Offering a range of gaming-themed cocktails and happy hour drinks between 5pm and 9pm, you seriously can’t go wrong.

If you’re peck-ish, they even offer Almost Famous burgers and sides to munch on.


Address: 25 Great George St, Leeds LS1 3AL

10. The Shed

Looking for Rock’n’Roll student bars in Leeds? Well, if so, The Shed should be at the top of your list.

It opened its doors back in 2008 and has since been known as a feel-good venue with an exquisite interior.

Expect exposed brick and dark wood throughout with album cover decor, giving it a cool vibe.

They have a large cocktail and whisky menu to choose from, so you’re sure to find a tipple that suits!



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Address: 6 Heaton’s Ct, Leeds LS1 4LJ

11. Wharf Chambers

Why not spend your time in Leeds wisely and become a member of Wharf Chambers?

Especially when you realise that to be part of the club, it’s just a mere £2 annually – bargain!

The place is operated by a workers’ co-op in partnership with a members’ club.

Who aim to provide an inclusive atmosphere and affordable space for music, art, film, politics and discussion that brings together people from communities across Leeds.

They have a huge selection of beers and regularly change their taps regularly, keeping customers on their toes all the time!

Not to mention how shockingly cheap the drinks are…you’re bound to fall in love!

The only thing is, to attend any events here, you have to be a member or a guest of a member.



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Address: 23-25 Wharf St, Leeds LS2 7EQ

12. North Bar

Situated in the city centre, North Bar is a brilliant bar offering a niche selection of craft beers.

It’s actually known for being one of the very first craft beer bars in the whole of the UK, a title worth mentioning!

Aside from hard to find beers, they also serve over 50 whiskies, 10 gins, 30 rums and more.

If you need any help with choosing which drinks to try, the staff on hand are super helpful and will provide you with any insights you need to know.

A firm favourite from both locals, students and tourists, prepare to find yourself in here quite a lot during your uni years.



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Address: 24 New Briggate, Leeds LS1 6NU

13. Sela Bar

On the hunt for one of the best student bars in Leeds? Get yourself down to Sela Bar on New Briggate.

Offering a mouth-watering selection of drinks and pizzas on the side, there’s no where else you’d want to spend a drunken night other than here.

There’s an eclectic mix of live music events which feature throughout the week, so if you’re looking for student nights with you pals, make sure to head here.

Reviews rave about their top notch customer service, great atmosphere and delectable pizzas – what more could you want?



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Address: 20 New Briggate, Leeds LS1 6NU

14. Otley Run

Ahhhh, last but certainly not least, nestled close to our student accommodation in Leeds is the infamous Otley Run!

You probably already know what we’re on about, but for those that don’t, this ones for you.

The Otley Run is a famous pub crawl in Leeds which is renowned for its fancy dress attire and lots (and lots) of drinking.

Starting at Woodies, groups of students will meet here and embark on a journey unlike any other, with 15 pubs being a part of the crawl.

You truly feel accepted once you’ve completed this wild, wild course.



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There we have it, our full guide to the best students bars that Leeds has to offer – don’t say that we don’t treat you!

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