The day of love is nearly upon us and whether you love it or hate it, here are seven of Leeds’ coolest restaurants and bars to bring your other half or just hang out with friends on that special occasion.
Water Lane Boathouse,
Canal Wharf, Water Lane, LS11 5PS
Brought to you by the creators of Belgrave Music Hall and Headrow House, Waterlane Boathouse only opened its doors in May last year. Serving up sourdough pizza in a hand-crafted pizza oven imported from Naples, this waterfront bar is the perfect place to start your chilled evening. Originally an 1800s shipping warehouse, this Scandi-inspired venue boasts a menu of the finest pizzas, burgers, sandwiches and ales that Leeds has to offer.
Victoria Gate, LS2 7AU
Amongst all the glamour of Victoria Gate, Issho (‘together’ in Japanese) will have you fighting over the last piece of sushi. With a specially created Valentine’s menu and an independent vegan offering, there are dishes to suit every taste. And with a terrace overlooking the city centre, it can be the perfect setting to have a cocktail with friends.
Headrow House, The Headrow, LS1 6PU
For an aperitif to whet your appetite head to the top floor of Headrow House and find Redondo Beach. This tropical-style cocktail bar with an expansive roof terrace is an ideal location to soak up the chilled atmosphere and get your night started, and with every second Gin & Tonic at £1 it would be rude to miss out.
7 Duncan Street, LS1 6DQ
Tucked away, this underground and intimate bar in Leeds city centre serving craft beers, cocktails, and an extensive wine list, Distrikt has it all. This venue has a history of playing host to world famous DJs and some of Leeds’ best club nights. Don’t be fooled, this hidden gem has the best seasonal tapas menu you can find in town, I’d recommend the roasted butternut squash arancini. Created by award-winning chefs, you can find a bargain with half-price tapas on Wednesdays, a delectable menu to suit any student’s budget.
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